Chief Rabbi joins religious leaders in backing coronation weekend volunteering drive

Jewish charities are involved in a number of events supporting the Big Help Out


The Chief Rabbi is among religious and community leaders involved in the coronation service at Westminster Abbey who are supporting the Big Help Out volunteering drive on Monday’s Bank Holiday.

One of the official projects of the coronation weekend, the Big Help Out is designed to promote and showcase volunteering, building on the upsurge during the pandemic.

Sir Ephraim Mirvis, who took part in the campaign launch, said that “by volunteering our time and energy, we can make a positive impact on our communities, help those in need and promote social cohesion.

“I urge everyone, regardless of their faith or background, to embrace this opportunity and take part in this day of national volunteering.

“May the Big Help Out be a source of inspiration and hope and may it strengthen the bonds that unite us as a people.”

Planned activities include a community clean-up of Wimbledon Common led by Council of Christians and Jews’ members and a local church.

A coronation coffee morning and food donation drive for the Queen’s Crescent Community Association food bank in Hampstead will involve Mitzvah Day and Rosslyn Hill Unitarian Chapel. And the Gift charity is organising an afternoon of fun activities and volunteering opportunities.

Brendan Cox, co-founder of the Together Coalition, which is organising the Big Help Out, was heartened by the “continued support from faith leaders and groups, representing millions of people. The UK’s faith communities excel at volunteering and bringing people together. That’s why we are excited about what they can contribute.”

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