The 160-year anniversary of Jewish Care Scotland coincides with the end of our three-year strategic planning period so it’s timely to take stock, to look at how the organisation has evolved over time, and to consider the future. 160 years ago, JCS was formed as a welfare organisation for those in financial hardship. Today, JCS offers a wide and diverse range of support and services:
• Our much-loved clubs for older people
• Support for refugees seeking asylum
• Befriending for isolated people in the community
• Support for younger people with mental health challenges
• A Kosher Foodbank
• Addiction services
• … and much more
JCS is very much at the heart of the community and we could not do the important work we do without the dedicated support of our volunteers.
Looking forward, it’s vital that JCS remains focused on supporting our community, but we recognise that what was wanted and needed in the past, may not be what is wanted and needed in the future. With this in mind, we are embarking on a process to refresh our strategy and we would like to invite everyone to make a contribution and have their say.
At our AGM on Wednesday 5th September, we will be launching our strategy development process. Over the next 9 months, we will consult widely with our community and with stakeholders to design the future for JCS. There will be lots of opportunities to participate in different ways: online and in person; through surveys, discussion groups and workshops.
There are lots of questions to consider:
• What support does the community want and need in the future?
• How can we ensure we have the financial stability necessary to delivery this?
• What buildings and infrastructure might be most appropriate?
We are looking forward to some lively discussions!
If you would be interested in hosting a discussion about the future of JCS, or if you have views of your own you would like to share, please do get in touch on firstname.lastname@example.org and we will be in contact with you after Wednesday 5th September.