JCS Magen David Poppy Appeal 2017

Francis Samuels, Jewish Care Scotland volunteer, placed 56 Magen David poppies in the Glasgow Memorial Garden, George Square on Sunday 5th November 2017. It raised a fantastic £84 for Royal British Legion.

Francis wanted to find a way for all at JCS to participate directly in the UK wide Remembrance Sunday 2017 commemorations. The wooden Magen David poppies were a brilliant way to get involved.

In the run up to Sunday 5th November Francis gave JCS clients, volunteers and staff the opportunity to donate for a Magen David poppy. It enabled everyone at JCS to make their own very personal contribution to remember each generation of young Jewish men who served their country in the British armed forces, during WWI and WWII.

Francis said: “Everyone at JCS embraced the event with such warmth and enthusiasm that I will be engaging with the wider Glasgow Jewish Community in 2018 to build on this year’s success. I hope everybody gets involved, from primary school pupils through the generations to great grandparents.”


Cooking Demonstrations with Lennie Wilson

Our FNDraiser is back!

Our Friday Night Dinner fundraiser is back!

It’s a simple and delicious way to raise vital funds for JCS. Last year was the first time we ran this event and had a great success. All you do is host a Friday Night Dinner, invite guests and ask them to make a donation to JCS instead of bringing a gift.

You can choose to host your dinner on Friday 20th October or Friday 27th October.

Contact Sarah Rushbrooke on sarahr@jcarescot.org.uk or 0141 620 1800 to take part!

L’Shanah Tovah!

Rosh Hashanah Opening Times

Annual Outing to Bonnyton

On Thursday 14th September 80 people enjoyed Jewish Care Scotland’s annual outing to Bonnyton Golf Club. Aviv and Thistle club members, along with our dedicated volunteers and staff, travelled by coach and minibus to spend an afternoon at Bonnyton Golf Club.

Guests were welcomed by Ian Meth, Captain of Bonnyton Golf Club. He stressed it was an important time for everyone to remember their Jewish roots and celebrate their culture.

Kosher Kitchens provided a delicious lunch of poached salmon and cocktail chopped fried gefilte fish with salad. This was followed by apple pie and cream.

After lunch guests enjoyed live musical entertainment from Julie Max and lots of the volunteers, staff and club members had an impromptu dance. The sun was shining on the greens; a few club members ventured outside and had a leisurely golfing session! The afternoon ended with tea, coffee and home baking.

Doris Seidlin, club member, said: “The day was lovely; we were treated beautifully by the staff and volunteers. We enjoyed everyone moment of it.” Freda Barnett, club member, said: “We couldn’t have faulted it, it was a wonderful day. The entertainment was exceptional.”

Blooming marvellous befrienders

Social isolation is a major problem in the elderly population and JCS strives to make sure that no one in the Community feels lonely or isolated.

We provide a Befriending service for those most in need of company; it is held in high regard and we currently support 18 people. The service is in such high demand we currently have a waiting list.

Age UK have found that Befriending schemes are one of the more effective services for combating isolation and loneliness. We carefully match the Befriender to the client to maximise the benefit and ensure it is an enjoyable experience for everyone involved.

If you would like to get involved with this service on a voluntary basis then please contact Ellen McVey, Volunteer Manager, on 0141 620 1800 or ellenm@jcarescot.org.uk.

A Glowing Report

In March 2017 the Care Inspectorate visited our Aviv club and we were delighted to receive a glowing report. The report acknowledged:

‘laughter and friendships were evident in the group.’

It also stated:

‘All of the people said they were very happy with the quality of the service. People spoke highly about the staff that supported them and all respondents said that staff treated them with respect.’

The Aviv club was graded with ‘very good’ for Quality of Care and Support as well Quality of Management and Leadership. We endeavor to provide the best possible care for all of our clubs and are proud to have received such an excellent review.

Click here to read the report.

Maureen stands down

On Thursday 24th August Jewish Care Scotland held their Annual General Meeting and JCS chairman, Dr Richard Groden opened the meeting by thanking all staff, volunteers and his board for their hard work and dedication.

Richard announced that Maureen Solomons, Honorary President and Board Member, was stepping down from the Board. Maureen joined the Glasgow Jewish Welfare Board (GJWB) in 1986 as a volunteer and befriender, and became vice-chair of the Volunteer Group. Maureen was appointed as a Member of the Board in 1996, when Jewish Care Scotland was still known as GJWB.

In 1999 she took over as chairman of the Social Care Agency, formerly the Volunteer Group. Maureen became the first woman chair of JCS in 2005 and was chair for eight years, during which time Jewish Care Scotland received the Queen’s Award for Volunteering.

Dr Richard Groden said: “We are very thankful to Maureen for the invaluable guidance and wisdom she has brought to the Board. JCS are pleased that Maureen will continue volunteering with the Thistle Club and as an Honorary President.”

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