LJWB’s 140th Anniversary Challenge

** Breaking news **

In celebration of our 140th year LJWB have managed to secure 140 places for the Age UK Abbey Dash on 5th November 2017. 100 places are allocated to adults and 40 for children ages 8-14 years. Do YOU fancy the challenge? A fun, family event, whilst raising money for LJWB at the same time – what could be better than that?


Don’t miss out – email: the140challenge@ljwb.co.uk to reserve your place now!

Like our Abbey Dash Facebook Page to keep up to date: https://www.facebook.com/Abbey-Dash-2017-The-140-Challenge-1722187077794624/

LJWB Rides London

We are delighted Lloyd Rakusen & fellow keen cyclist Andrew Saffman are once again taking to their bikes and challenging themselves in the Prudential 100 mile Ride London – Surrey, on 30th July. This year they will also be joined by Lloyd’s son Philip Rakusen , Simon Walton, Richard Fingret and Chris Ducker.  The event starts in the East End, continues through Surrey, and ends up on the Mall.  Like the Marathon there are over 25,000 riders from all over the world, most of them doing it for their personal preferred charity and of course their “personal best”.

“We’re exploring every avenue to raise those desperately needed funds to help all those in the community less fortunate than ourselves. We are doing this with all of you in mind and any contribution will be very much appreciated and greatly received,” commented Lloyd.

Please support their tremendous efforts.

Sponsor the team


Volunteer Newsletter

Check out our June 2017 Volunteer Newsletter. Our new Volunteer Development Manager introduces herself and talks about various exciting volunteer roles available.

Volunteer Newsletter

For more information contact Angie Furminger:

T: 0113 218 5893
E: angie.furminger@ljwb.co.uk

Volunteers wanted … to help in thewellfaishop

Do you have a few hours to spare?

Do you like fashion?

Fancy helping out in thewellfairshop, Moortown?

See leaflet below for more details

volunteer leaflet

LJWB to benefit from Big Lottery Awards for All

LJWB and Leeds Mind have received £4,580 of funding from the Big Lottery Awards for All Fund. LJWB and Leeds Mind have received £4,580 from the Big Lottery Awards for All fund. This amount will be used to fund a three day training course in September 2017 for up to 30 staff. Peter Bullimore from the Hearing Voices Network will facilitate the course in the Maastricht approach to voice hearing. Through intensive and hands on training delegates will learn this pioneering technique enabling them to help voice hearers to listen to and understand the origins of their voices. They will also learn coping mechanisms to teach individuals how to manage and control their voices.

The grant will also fund a pilot support group for those who hear voices in North Leeds. This will encourage personal resilience for voice hearers who will be able to openly discuss their voices. The realisation that they are not alone will help reduce feelings of stigma and discrimination, reducing social isolation by increasing confidence to open up about their experiences.

It is estimated that up to 28% of the general population hear voices. LJWB and Leeds Mind have a wide and diverse reach into the community supporting an ever increasing caseload of people with a mental health diagnosis each year. The pioneering Maastricht Approach to voice hearing originated in the Netherlands in the 1980’s and offers a holistic alternative for mental health clients who hear voices due to conditions such as schizophrenia, manic depression and psychosis. Traditionally individuals are taught to ignore their voices so as not to reinforce or validate them and are prescribed medications such as tranquilisers. However research at the University of Maastricht linked patients’ distressing and destructive heard voices to early traumatic events such as sexual abuse and bullying. Consequently they found that encouraging clients to listen to and accept their voices rather than repressing them can lead towards relief and even recovery.

Janine Field, Adult Wellbeing Manager commented, “the training will enable the Community Support Team to understand the principles of the Maastricht Approach. Our aim is to then help individuals  make some sense of the life experiences and  links with their voices, to bring some relief and possible recovery.”

For further information contact Janine Field on  0113 268 4211

See Link for details of Big Lottery Fund Awards



Call for volunteers to help with new & exciting children’s activites

Do you like working with children? Could you help? We are looking for fun and energetic volunteers, current and new to help with our exciting new children’s services & activities.

For further details see flyer below:

Children Activities VOL flyer

Contact Melanie Tillman – 0113 218 5893 / melanie.tillman@ljwb.co.uk

Volunteers Thanked at Annual Awards

A driver, a team of lunchtime helpers, a group of charity shop workers, a listening line, and a JT reporter, were rewarded last week when Leeds Jewish Welfare Board acknowledged its unsung heroes.

The trophies, presented at a special community centre ceremony, gave a nod to the Welfare Board’s 200 volunteers who spend more than 22,000 hours annually, giving help, support and a welcoming smile but above all making a difference to people’s lives.

Hosting the event was Helen Lewis. The winning workers were told they were not only the lifeblood of the Leeds Jewish community but a source of tremendous inspiration.

Addressing a band of over 100 volunteers on the Board’s register, chief executive Liz Bradbury said the best gauge of any community is the way it looks after its vulnerable, and listed volunteering gifts as those of understanding, patience and dedication. She told the helpers: “You are all special; the work you do for the Board is tremendous and truly life-enhancing.”

She reminded the volunteers that those who set up the Welfare Board 140 years ago truly understood Tikkun Olam, a Jewish concept defined by acts of kindness. “Thousands of our community have been helped by the Board and by our volunteers and continue to be so.”

She said: “Small or large acts of kindness can change a miserable, depressed day into one of sunshine, love, joy and even forgiveness,” she said. “Being human is what makes our lives worthwhile.”

Up for grabs were eleven awards for unsung heroes across a wide range of categories. Handing out the trophies was president Russell Manning who told the volunteers that so many things have happened since the organisation was founded in 1878. There had been “huge events and changes”, he said, including the relocation from the Queenshill Day Centre to the present building.  “But here we are 140 years on, incredibly thriving and doing as well as we have ever done before,” he added.

“Part of that success is the engagement of loyal volunteers who help us and commit to what we are doing — they are absolutely incredible.”

Ms Bradbury added that to ease the suffering of others and to be of service is to be human and, because of the volunteers,  someone will gain a friend and enjoy a conversation, someone will have been served a meal with care and compassion, and someone will know there are people in the world who care.

Those in the line-up to lift the coveted trophies were the team of helpers at the Welfare Board charity shop, as well as young volunteer Lara Bush, lunchtime volunteer Roselyn Manning, and community centre volunteers Freyda Stoller, Fiona Levi, Hazel Ruben, Fenella Conway and driver Gary Enkin.

All had shown true dedication to the organisation, commented Ms Lewis, and made a huge difference to people’s well being.

And there was even a nod to the Jewish Telegraph when reporter John Fisher scooped the special engagement award, offered by Ms Bradbury, for “spreading the good word” and raising awareness about the Board’s many achievements, projects and activities.

(Words By John Fisher)

New Menu at ‘the cafe @ the mazcc’

Feeling hungry?

the cafe @ the mazcc has a fabulous new menu with lots of mouth-watering new dishes. Why don’t you pop in and give them a try?


Monday – Thursday 9am-4pm

Friday 9am – 1pm

Sun 9am-3pm

Tel 0113 218 5888


What’s Happening in July

Take a look at the flyer below for an overview of what is happening at the MAZCC in July. There is so much going on. We look forward to welcoming you.

July 2017

For further details contact Hagit Greenberger – 0113 218 5846 / hagit.greenberger@ljwb.co.uk



1001 Days Project

Join us to celebrate the launch of our exciting new ‘1001 Days Project’ for expectant and new parents and children up to 5 years.

Monday 3rd July

10am-12pm –  Launch for Families

Family invite

4pm-5pm –Launch for Professionals

Professional invite

For further details please contact Melanie Tillman – 0113 218 5893 / melanie.tillman@ljwb.co.uk