People we support are volunteering too

Learning disability is no barrier when it comes to helping others.   People we support are contributing to society in a variety of volunteering projects across the community.

These projects include: 

Talya, supported by Kisharon Langdon, reads stories to pupils at St Martin’s Preparatory School in Mill Hill every week. Kisharon Langdon people also collected and sorted toiletries for Sebby’s Corner, a charity for families in need. Rachel Ucko, Head of Jewish Living and Community, said: “I am proud of our work showing that the help we give isn’t limited to Jewish charities.”

In one of the biggest volunteering jobs tackled every week, people we support  package rice or pasta, separate and pack household goods like sponges and soups and count out candles for the families in need who are helped by the United Synagogue’s Chesed department.

Organisers of the JTrade B2B Expo for local entrepreneurs, which took place last month at Alexandra Palace, were helped by the enterprise team – made up of people we support – who packed the 2,500 branded bags given out visitors in just three days.

Hundreds of Jewish primary school children in this summer’s Etgar inter-school quiz will have their paper drinking cups labelled by the enterprise team, who volunteered at the Etgar offices in Hendon to get the job done. In one hour alone, the team labelled an incredible 1,288 cups!

Every month the team fills 800 bags with croutons, cutlery and a get well card for hospital patients who receive Bedside Kosher meals.

Also, residents of Sandringham Jewish Care home were helped to get into the Shavuot spirit after making flower pictures when people we support paid them a visit.

Rachel Ucko said: “People regard those supported by a charity as recipients of aid, but I want to change that narrative and show that learning disability is no barrier – we have the ability to give back.” 

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