We catch up with what’s been happening at Leeds Jewish Welfare Board.
Things have been busy over at Leeds Jewish Welfare Board (LJWB) recently! LJWB was privileged to recognise the remarkable commitment of staff, spanning an impressive 10 to over 30 years of service over a delicious afternoon tea. This special event served as a heartfelt acknowledgement of the invaluable contributions and wealth of experience that these dedicated individuals bring to the organisation.
During the gathering, Liz Bradbury, LJWB’s CEO, warmly extended her congratulations to the long-serving staff, delivering a message of gratitude: “Each and every one of you here today have contributed to the success of Leeds Jewish Welfare Board and on behalf of the Trustees, Senior Leadership Team and all our clients, service users and colleagues thank you for your dedication and service.” The organisation also warmly welcomed 30 Year 6 students from Brodetsky school for an unforgettable Inter-Generational Chairobics session!
The event was just one of the many activities that Alwoodley included in the Festival of Sport, honouring Leeds Year of Culture 2023. The energy and enthusiasm displayed by the children was heartwarming to see proving that chair – based exercise is lots of fun and suitable for all.
There was also a get-together to celebrate the board’s incredible volunteers who selflessly dedicate their time and energy to the organisation. As well as the many that are ‘front of house’ there are also a large number behind the scenes, including trustees, committee members, and our amazing fundraising volunteers. In addition to its regular volunteer services, this year witnessed the launch of several new projects, such as the ‘pay as you feel café,’ gardening at Montague Burton House, and delightful live music sessions in the conservatory.
And finally, the 32nd ‘LJWB Caring for Children’ Golf Day at Moor Allerton Golf Club took place in June with 31 teams competing. The event raised just under £27,000 and all funds raised are restricted
to support LJWB’s children’s services. These services provide help and support to families in crisis, children with additional needs and inclusive play and support programmes.
LJWB’s children’s services are experiencing a huge rise in demand as a result of post pandemic anxiety and stress as many children struggle to rebuild their social connections. Family breakdown, domestic and emotional abuse, food poverty and cost of living increases are also exacerbating the crisis.
Mark Manning, Chairman of the committee said: “This is my first year as Chairman and I’m really pleased with the amount of money raised from our annual ‘Caring for children AM- AM’ Golf Day. These funds will be used to support over 200 children and their families who LJWB are currently working with.”
You can contact LJWB on 0113 268 421 to find out for information about volunteering, or any of the activities the board offers.