US Chesed News

 
National Volunteers' Week 2015
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Monday 1st June 2015

June 1st – 7th is National Volunteers’ Week, an annual event run by NCVO, the National Council for Voluntary Organisations. Volunteers’ week celebrates the contribution made by millions of volunteers across the UK. 

This seems a very appropriate time for us to recognise and show our immense appreciation to our army of volunteers. Here at the United Synagogue, we rely hugely on our many volunteers, people who visit those who are in hospital or prison or sit on their local synagogue's Board of Management. Among the large number of volunteers who make such a vital contribution, here are mini biographies of just two of them, onewho volunteers as a Hospital Visitor at Whipps Cross Hospital and another who is one of the joint care co-ordinators at St John's Wood United Synagogue. We also have a piece written by Claire Cantor, Editor of Women's View, about the value of volunteering.

If you are already volunteering, thank you so much for your time and commitment - you really are the lifeblood of our communities. If you are thinking about volunteering, please do get in touch. There are so many different opportunities, depending on your interests, the time you can give, whether you wish to do something home-based or out and about. Our synagogue community care groups who support our members are always looking for new volunteers, so if you think this might be of interest to you, please contact either your local synagogue or US Chesed on 020 8343 6238, chesed@theus.org.uk. 

The United Synagogue also co-ordinates Jewish Visiting which provides a chaplaincy and visiting service to hospital patients. If you think this is something you would like to do, please do also get in touch with us. Not only do the recipients benefit but so do the people who give their time. A number of studies have showed that voluntary work elevates one’s happiness, physical health, self –respect and sense of making a difference, together with a greater life expectancy.