Wellbeing

We provide support, advice and guidance to individuals and families of all ages who are struggling in their everyday lives.

We receive referrals from various places including Leeds Jewish Housing Association, schools, Social Care and Health Visitors. We assess each family or individual to establish their needs and requirements. The support work we offer is bespoke to each individual and can often require more than one member of the team as well as co-working with other teams and organisations. This may also include support through our counselling service, activity programme, wellbeing afternoons, advice and guidance, personal development and parenting classes.

Watch this space for exciting new developments in our children’s services, supported by the Manny Cussins Foundation.

The support we offer can range from days or weeks to a number of years. It is our aim to empower people to take control enabling them to manage their own lives more effectively.

For older people we conduct initial assessments, refer to professionals and other agencies on their behalf, organise volunteer befrienders, refer to GPs regarding mobility aids and help them to apply for benefits. We promote social inclusion and support our elderly clients in the community to access various activities and events that we offer at the Community Centre. At the MAZCC older people (and people of all ages) can find companionship, join an activity, wellbeing group, learn a new skill, discuss and debate or simply meet in the café for a coffee and a chat. Hot lunches at a reduced rate are available everyday for people over 70 and a support team are on hand for a confidential chat, advice and help.

Our Wellbeing Services

KEEPING SAFE

Counselling

Our Counselling Service supports people going through a huge range of issues including depression, panic, anger, helplessness, illness diagnosis, anxiety, low mood, loneliness, bereavement, trauma, low self-esteem/confidence, feeling down, unhappiness, bullying, harassment, domestic violence, abuse, stress, suicide, careers, disabilities, family breakdown, relationship issues, eating disorders and phobias.

We have a range of counselling styles including person centred, relational, NLP and integrative, along with experience of working within and understanding models such as Psychodynamic, Gestalt, Body Therapy and CBT. We work with children, adults, older people, adolescents and couples.

Every client who is referred to the service is assessed for suitability. This ensures the client receives the best support possible. On occasion that we meet a client who requires a service within counselling we don’t offer, we know where to refer to and can signpost the client and their worker as appropriate.

The LJWB counselling service is offered at a reduced rate, has fully registered counsellors and has a waiting list far shorter than that of statutory services. You can be referred by a professional, family member or friend with your consent, or you can refer yourself. The cost ranges from £5-£35 on a sliding scale of affordability.

FINANCIAL AND HOUSING

Unemployment and debt can cause huge stress on the family and people often require help to get them through these difficult times.  Unfortunately this has become all too common in recent years.

We offer assistance on housing issues, Jewish Temporary Shelter Grants, debt management, issues around benefits, excessive gambling and signposting.

FAMILY AND RELATIONSHIPS

Family & Relationships

We support families with young babies and children through a wide range of needs including young parent support, safeguarding and child protection, domestic violence, post-natal depression, additional needs, single parenthood, birth trauma and loss of a child.

Family creative sessions are provided in a safe and relaxed setting where the problems the family are facing each day can be put aside to allow the family to have fun. The sessions are based on the ages, abilities and needs of those involved. The activities that run through these sessions are designed to target the identified needs of the family in tackling issues such as difficulties bonding, understanding the value of praise, healing from the trauma of domestic violence, sibling rivalry, appropriate discipline and improving communication.

We run several targeted parenting courses throughout the year providing a bespoke group to meet the needs of those attending as well as baby massage classes and toddler groups.
Sarah’s story – attach link

KNOWLEDGE AND DEVELOPMENT

We offer practical courses for people with reduced independence skills, reduced social skills and life skills. These include first aid and Internet safety courses and one to one advice and guidance on public transport and personal safety.

Our personal development award winning course STEPS has become hugely successful in empowering people to tackle challenges and make improvements in their lives. Participants have ranged from 18 to 88 years old and the course has received continuous positive feedback.

HEALTH AND WELLBEING

Often life throws us a curve ball and we find ourselves dealing with situational, stress, anxiety and depression. We offer support to people whose health and wellbeing is suffering as a result of their personal circumstances through one-to-one support and signposting.

We have a range of health & wellbeing activities at the Marjorie & Arnold Ziff Community Centre including our weekly wellbeing afternoons offering afternoon tea and entertainment, chairobics classes and ‘Sing Yourself Happy’ group.

We also run a discussion group, film club, fitness, yoga, drama and art classes. Click here for details of our full programme of classes and activities.

ABUSE

Abuse

We offer support to people suffering from domestic violence, historical abuse, drug and alcohol abuse and eating disorders.

Emma’s Story

Marie’s Story

Catherine’s Story

LONELINESS AND ISOLATION

None of us are immune to loneliness but we are very fortunate to have the Marjorie and Arnold Ziff Community Centre at heart of our community. It is vitally important for people of all ages to stay socially connected and that is one of the reasons why the Community Centre was built;- to tackle the devastating effects of loneliness and promote socialisation. ‘Some people seek solitude but few choose to be lonely primarily because it isn’t good for us.’ The centre offers community services and wellbeing activities and, in addition, offers many opportunities to those who feel lonely and isolated, to socialise and be part of the community. There are over 30 activities and classes on offer in our daytime programme at the Marjorie & Arnold Ziff Community Centre as well as hot subsidised lunches every week day and a kosher café and restaurant.

We would love to hear from you about what you would like from us, as well as the many opportunities available to you for helping us. Don’t be on your own –be a part of the LJWB family. For further details on our programme and what the Community Centre can offer you, please call our Community Engagement Team on 0113 2684211.

Our new Arnie & Essie helpline is now available for advice, support and guidance when you need it most. The helpline will be manned until 8pm every weekday and an on-call service will operate at weekends. The helpline is there to offer support to people of all ages, whatever their issues, from across our community. Annie & Essie Confidential Helpline 0113 2185875.