The Leeds Jewish Welfare Board has recently received the donation of a brand new vehicle, helping the board to bring those facing isolation together.
Thanks to a very generous donation from Simon Cope of Skopes Menswear, LJWB has been able to purchase a second adapted vehicle to bring people of all ages, who would otherwise be unable, to and from the community centre, to access the varied programme of support, activities, and events that are on offer, as well as the Kosher café.
“As a family and a company, we feel proud and privileged to have had an association and partnership with LJWB for many years,” commented Simon Cope. “For the board to have a second vehicle that will bring those who most need it to the community centre is an essential part of serving the community in so many ways and a lifeline for so many.”
Elizabeth Bradbury, LJWB’s CEO, commented on the new vehicle: “We are delighted to now be in possession of a Ford Transit Van which has been specially adapted to transport people who use wheelchairs as well as those with other mobility issues. This generous donation is already helping LJWB to reduce social isolation in the community by accessing our varied programme of activities and support. Our first vehicle has been a lifeline to so many of our community, especially during the last two years of COVID where the MAZCC has been a safe sanctuary for both therapeutic and non-therapeutic activities. Most notably allowing us to safely transport people with no other means to access vital COVID jabs and other important medical appointments.”
Michael Huxley, LJWB’s Community Engagement Support Worker, is responsible for co-ordinating the bank of volunteer drivers for the vehicles: “The driving team is helping over 65 people each week,” says Michael. “The adapted vehicles have become an indispensable tool for LJWB. They have enabled service users, (new and existing) to attend activities at the MAZCC, many of whom were isolated and had lost contact with the outside world. Using fully trained, regular, and familiar volunteer drivers is very reassuring for our service users.”
If you would like to access this service or for further information, please contact LJWB Transport Team on 0113 268 4211