Jewish Care

Veteran volunteers pick up care awards

June 25, 2009

In National Volunteers Week, Jewish Care honoured some of its most dedicated helpers in a ceremony at Redbridge Jewish Community Centre.

Among the winners were residents Solle Frankel, 98, and Hettie Tauber, 93, who were honoured for their respective contributions to the charity’s Rubens House in Finchley and Vi and John Rubens House in Redbridge.

A new award went to Sam Jacobs for her work on the e-file project for the mental health team. She spent six months collating client contact information and support plans for a central information resource.

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Jewish Care’s £3.6m dinner

By Leon Symons, June 25, 2009

A star attraction in Conservative leader David Cameron helped Jewish Care to raise a record £3.6 million from its annual dinner at Grosvenor House in London’s Mayfair on Monday night.

The total raised by the 1,150 guests outstripped last year’s proceeds by £100,000, to the delight of campaign chairman Steven Lewis. “The ability of our supporters to be so generous in recognising how vital our work is, in what is clearly a very tough year, was truly outstanding,” he said.

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MP hails Glasgow’s profitable branches

By Stephanie Brickman, June 4, 2009

Scottish Secretary Jim Murphy unveiled a Tree of Life artwork at Jewish Care Scotland’s day centre in Giffnock, Glasgow, on Sunday which has already raised over £12,000 for the charity.

Designed by Lynn Wolfson, the six-foot high installation is in the centre’s reception area. Community members can add leaves to celebrate simchahs or to remember loved ones by making a £250 donation. One-third of the 150 leaves have already been sold. There is also a book of dedications.

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Transfer bonus delights charity

June 4, 2009

The premises of the former Westmount care home in West Hampstead have been donated to Jewish Care, which intends to transfer residents from its Mapesbury Road home in Willesden.

Established in 1976 by Sidney and Elizabeth Corob, Westmount was a kosher facility offering beds on the basis of need, rather than ability to pay. It closed in April 2008 as a result of declining numbers.

Explaining the donation, Mrs Corob said that she and her late husband “wanted to make sure the home could continue to care for members of the Jewish community with the same ethos and quality as before.”

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Care story launches appeal

March 26, 2009

Jewish Care has set a £250,000-plus target for its Pesach appeal, highlighting the challenges in caring for the elderly population.

The appeal features the story of Jack and Joan, who struggled to cope when Joan was diagnosed with dementia. It explains how the staff at the charity’s Kay Court, where Joan went to live, noticed how calming it was for her to have Jack around and encouraged him to spend as much time at the home as possible. This way, his needs could also be addressed.

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Jewish Care job cuts

By Marcus Dysch, March 12, 2009

Thirteen Jewish Care employees are being made redundant following a six-week consultation process.

The charity announced in January that up to 22 jobs could go at its Merit House, Colindale, headquarters as part of a bid to slash £2.5 million off its budget.

Redundancies have been made across the administrative spectrum in departments such as human resources, marketing and fundraising.

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Volunteer of the week: Pat Allen

February 26, 2009

The volunteer at Jewish Care’s “Connect@Centre” at the Sobell Day Centre in Hampstead previously worked in her family’s retail fashion business

Why Jewish Care?
I retired in 1990 and having worked most of my adult life, I found it difficult to be a lady of leisure. I chose Sobell because I had heard from friends who were there of the good work being done; it seemed the right thing to do.

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Residents’ Brazil date

February 26, 2009

Residents and staff from Jewish Care’s Friern Barnet nursing and dementia home, Lady Sarah Cohen House, enjoyed a footballing treat when they were guests of Arsenal for the friendly international between Brazil and Italy.

The club supplied the tickets for the Emirates Stadium fixture as part of its community outreach programme and the residents at the game were Bernard Reiss, Peter Kaye, Harry Spicer and Gerry Romancer.

Care home manager Raj Sunderalingam said: “The residents thoroughly enjoyed the experience and we are really grateful to Arsenal.”

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Meat goes off the menu at day centres

By Marcus Dysch, February 12, 2009

New and cheaper charges for services are to be introduced by Jewish Care as part of its recession-beating strategy.

From late April, a flexible pricing structure for activities, food and transport will be implemented at its day centres. Last month, chief executive Simon Morris announced that up to 22 jobs would be cut at head office as part of attempts to save £2.5 million.

After Pesach, service users will be asked to pay £1 for transport to centres and £3.50 per day for activities, rather than the current all-inclusive charges of between £10 and £12.

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Redundancies at Jewish Care

January 29, 2009

Up to 22 administrative and support jobs are being cut at Jewish Care as the charity looks to chop £2.5 million off its budget for the financial year starting in April.

Faced with the prospect of increased costs and less voluntary and statutory income, Jewish Care hopes to save £1 million through the redundancies, with the remainder clawed back through a range of savings initiatives at its properties.

Around one-in-six of the staff at its Merit House, Colindale, base will lose their jobs and the consultation process is under way.

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