Yorkshire More is delighted to be able to make their very first donation of profits to two local mental health charities – Leeds Mind and Leeds Jewish Welfare Board (LJWB) Mental Health Services.  The donations are being made on 10th October to coincide with World Mental Health Day.

Leeds Mind will use the cash to help fund their mental health services in Leeds – including Befriending, Peer Support, Counselling and Key working. LJWB will spend their contribution on further development of mental health services for men through their local men’s group and a wide range of support services on offer to the local community.

Yorkshire More is a social enterprise making jams and chutneys in support of mental health.  The enterprise is run entirely by volunteers, many of whom have been affected by mental health problems and all profits are donated to mental health charities.

All our volunteers have benefited from their involvement with us. Key successes include boosting the self-esteem, self-confidence and feeling of self-worth for our volunteers. In one case this has led the individual back in to work after being long term unemployed.  We also have a number of foreign individuals whose English has improved as a result of their involvement leading to improved social inclusion. We also help individuals who are carers of partners with mental health problems – their participation gives them an outlet to manage their own wellbeing.


Liz Bradbury (CEO at LJWB) “We are delighted with how far Yorkshire More has come in such a short time from when it began here at LJWB as a service user and staff joint initiative. Yorkshire More’s jams and chutneys are truly helping many people who deal with mental health issues or have a member of their family who does. The funds donated by Yorkshire More will now be helping us to support many more people, and especially men who generally access fewer mental health support services in the UK and locally. The icing on the cake is that Yorkshire More products are both delicious and of a high standard. We look forward to many more years of joint working with this remarkable enterprise.”
Linda Casper, (Director at Yorkshire More) “I am so proud of what has been achieved by Yorkshire More and it’s all down to our fantastic volunteers – the jam-making is therapeutic for many of our volunteers and so to be able to also donate profits to mental health charities, to support others in need, is doubly rewarding.  We are always looking for more volunteers so drop us a line if you might be interested.”
Becca Batchelor, (Leeds Mind) “We enjoyed visiting Yorkshire More, meeting the volunteers and seeing the jam-making in action. Leeds Mind are grateful for Yorkshire More’s support and fantastic fundraising efforts. The money raised will help fund our range of services for people in the Leeds area experiencing mental health difficulties.”

Photos of Yorkshire More with donation recipients Leeds Mind and LJWB Mental Health Team are attached. (L – R: Liz Bradbury (LJWB CEO), Yorkshire More Volunteers – Charlotte Land, Judith Black, Sarah Gould, Phylis Philips, Hilary Curwen, Nicola Smaje-Rosenbloom, Alex Serr, Becca Batchelor (Leeds Mind)

Jewish New Year – Holiday Opening / Closing Times

Please click on the link to see when we are open over the holiday period.


Shana Tova to all our friends

New Year Cards on Sale

New Years Cards now on sale @ the MAZCC, every weekday, 11am-1pm

4 stunning designs

New square shape

With envelopes

All proceeds to LJWB

£1.20 per card or £4 for 4

Cards can also be purchased at thewellfairshop, Moortown.

NY designs

Volunteer Newsletter

Take a look at our August Volunteer Newsletter. Find out what has been going on in the world of volunteering.

August 2017 volunteering newsletter

For more information contact Angie Furminger:

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

Dementia Counselling Service

Our Dementia Counselling Service is a new, FREE service for carers, and those in the early stages of dementia or memory loss

1:1 support will be given for for 8-12 weeks

Contact Ruth Brooks, Dementia Response Co-ordinator

0759 0862509 / ruth.brooks@ljwb.co.uk

Dementia Counsellor Leaflet Dementia Counsellor Leaflet1



New Children’s Activity Programme

Come and play in our fantastic new playroom with a range of toys and activities to encourage early learning through play. Our new room allows for arts & crafts, messy play, sand & water play, play-dough and more. Meet others and enjoy free refreshments and a snack for the children. See full timetable below:

Programme of activities

Please contact Melanie Tillman, Children’s Activity Co-ordinator
T: 0113 2185893 E: melanie.tillman@ljwb.co.uk

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