Winter Will Be Warm With LJWB’s Help

LJWB are delighted to have secured funding from the Leeds Foundation & Leeds City Council as part of a city wide Winter Wellbeing Community Grant. The grant will enable LJWB to put together 100 packs, made up of non-perishable food items and warm clothing to hand out to many elderly & vulnerable people we support. Maurice Esofsky from QLM stores has kindly donated gloves, hats and scarves to start the campaign. Branded LJWB bags containing the goods will be delivered to those in need in the run up to Chanukah which usually brings colder weather and is a time when people can feel lonely & isolated over the holiday period.

The campaign will culminate on the 20th December at LJWB’s Community Celebration at the MAZCC, 5-7pm when the community are invited to join LJWB for a festive celebration, food, children’s activities and the chance to hear about LJWB’s plans for 2017. On this day  LJWB ask the community to support the campaign and bring along any non perishable food items, new, warm winter clothes such as hats, gloves, scarves, socks or hand warmers. There will also be a collection point at The Zone and thewellfairshop, Moortown leading up to the festive celebrations.

If you or anyone you know would benefit from one of our Winter Wellbeing packs please contact the Arnie & Essie Helpline on 0113 218 5875

Photo – Maurice Esofsky from QLM, Clayton Moore, LJWB’s Community Support Project Manager & Meirav Sasson, Income Generation Manager

New Support Network for Men Growing in Number

It was full house for coffee drinkers on Sunday at Women4Welfare’s annual coffee morning, hosted by Gabrielle Hurwitz, Dianne Lyons, Angie Shulman and Philippa Lester.

Over the years, the small group of women have raised many thousands of pounds for Leeds Jewish Welfare Board’s mental health services and the

Board’s chief executive Liz Bradbury attended the event by focussing her speech on the work LJWB does in the community for those who have mental health issues.

Ms Bradbury challenged anyone or their family members who hadn’t at some time been affected personally by mental health problems and depression either from the loss of a loved one or other personal matters.

“That is what mental health is all about, it’s about keeping well in mind as well as body,” she said.

Men were reluctant to acknowledge their health issues until they reached crisis point, she said. Many referrals the Board receives currently involve men who are more unlikely than women to consult their GP for help.

She advised it was essential to be proactive about such issues, but many men found it difficult to share their problems, trying to remain strong and silent rather than reach out for support when it is needed.

To offer help, as well as reducing the stigma, the Board has created a support network group for men, currently with about ten men who meet in a pub, or restaurant and who talk in a non-work environment about issues that affect them. The group is continually expanding.

Liz explained: “Quite often it’s easier to talk to someone you don’t know. This will enable them to open up and feel confident to share their experiences, and ultimately restore their confidence, self-esteem and mental well-being.”

The Arnie and Essie Confidential Helpline and the newly launched Listening Line for support for men and women of all ages, were also proving beneficial to the community, dealing with social isolation and people concerned about their health or other issues. “We have qualified people manning these lines who offer help or just a friendly chat in complete confidentiality. We want our service users to know they are not alone. We are there to help.”

Because not all wounds are visible the Board has introduced two Mental Health First Aid Courses, suitable for those aged 18-plus, which teaches how to spot the early signs of a mental health problem as well as explaining what mental health actually means, in a  one-day or two-day course.

The course also covers other areas including eating disorders, self harm and depression and offers a wider understanding of the issues surrounding mental health, while reducing the stigma and discrimination often associated with the condition.

At the end of the course people will become a certified mental health first-aider and receive a certificate and manual.

Contact Paul Townend 0113 268 4211 or e-mail: for booking and further details.

Openers were Wendy and Howard Bott, guests of honour were Jennifer and Ian Sillers and child presenters were Louis and Lily Baker. The event was held at the home of Dianne and John Lyons.

Photo: Dianne Lyons,  Gabrielle Hurwitz, Liz Bradbury, Angie Shulman and Philippa Lester.

Words by John Fisher

Chef Papi & ‘the chefs’ delight diners

110 diners were fed a stunning 3 course meal prepared by 9 community chefs – Robert Fearnley, Jason Broch, Ben Baker, Simon Barnett, Matthew Wootliff, Lisa Lee, Noa Levine, Gabby Rosenberg and Sofie Hirschtein, under the watchful eye of Chef Papi from The Palomar restaurant.

The chefs were split into 3 teams each preparing one of the courses, and competition was fierce. The first course consisted of a stunning Sea bass cerviche’  followed by mouth-watering chicken thigh soffrito , finishing with a unique desert of poached peach and zucchini in coconut custard.

The chefs worked incredibly hard and coped well under the pressure ensuring a fabulous vibe on the night.   A huge thank you to all the chef, diners and the committee – Carly Poppelwell, Nicola Baum, Michelle Manning, Rachael Harvey and all their husbands who not only organised the event and waited on tables but had to wash up as well when the dishwasher broke down.

A fabulous £4000 was raised – all proceeds will support people with learning disabilities in our community.


Shana Tova

Happy New Year


Holiday Closing Times

We are approaching the Jewish holidays and have different opening & closing times on some days. Please take a look at the timetable below.

New Year closures 2016

On 3rd, 4th, 17th, 18th, 24th & 25th October the cafe area will be open 10.30am-1pm. You are welcome to pop in for a catch up with friends. There will be an urn, with tea, coffee & biscuits so please help yourself. For any further information before the holiday period call 0113 268 4211.


We Need You

Do you have a marketing background or any PR/marketing experience? Do you have a few hours to spare? Would you like to support your community? If the answer is YES please get in touch – we have exciting opportunities for volunteers to support our team. We would love to hear from you. Contact for more information.


New Year cards & gifts now on sale

Don’t Forget …. LJWB’s beautifully designed New Year cards are on sale every weekday at the MAZCC, 12-2pm. Cards are only 35p each or £3 for 10 with all proceeds supporting LJWB. You can also purchase your New Year Gifts from us at the same time. Yorkshire More, our social enterprise which gives employment and volunteering opportunities to people in the local community with mental health and learning difficulties, have produced 3 delicious chutneys and jams for Yom Tov in a beautiful jute gift bag.

Cards are also on sale at thewellfairshop, Moortown & Headrow Galleries on Harrogate Road

Happy New Year

Radical Sea Change Aims to Wash Away Stigma

According to statistics approximately 1.5 million people in the UK have a learning disability. The information was relayed by Connor Jones, Leeds Jewish Welfare Board senior support worker for adults with learning disabilities, who conducted a raising awareness workshop during Learning Disability Week, attended by staff, carers, support workers and service users.

Mr Jones defined what a learning disability is, the related causes, the different types of disability and the inability to perform some, or all of the tasks of daily life that others take for granted.

On a recent fact-finding visit to Israel one of the questions Welfare Board executive Liz Bradbury asked people at a  learning disability unit was how they knew when they were accepted in their community.

The answer was immediate. “When we live in a flat like everybody else and people invite us for Friday night dinner.”

This got the Welfare Board thinking how they can improve their engagement levels with people with learning disabilities and offer them a better chance of social inclusion after being hidden away for many years.

Ms Bradbury referred to royal family history. In 1909 Prince John, the fifth son, and the youngest of six children born to Queen Mary and King George V,  had epilepsy and possibly autism. As his condition deteriorated he was sent to live at Sandringham House and was kept hidden away from the public eye.

“We have this massive sea change happening now relating to people with learning disabilities and the stigma is reducing, but we still have a long way to go,” she said.

In 2001 the Department of Health published Valuing People, a White Paper designed to establish a framework for the delivery of health and personal social services for children and adults with learning disabilities in England. The four basic principles were rights, independence, choice, and inclusion. By 2025 it is hoped the vision will have materialised, so that disabled people in Britain will have full opportunities and choices to improve their quality of life, and to be respected and included as equal members of society.

For the Welfare Board the radical change to attitudes towards people with learning disabilities is all about working together and finding a way to support people so they feel empowered and engaged. “For us, it’s all about ability, not disability,” Ms Bradbury said.

And to prove the point the Welfare Board held its first celebration to recognise the successes of the people with learning disabilities they support. The party included stands with information and displays of artwork manned by those who are cared for and supported. After lunch, the same people staged a chat show fronted by husband and wife David and Judith Poyser which featured a Mastermind quiz and entertainment by Lost Voice comedian Lee Ridley.

Words by John Fisher

Take part in the survey #YourMentalHealthCare

The Care Quality Commission (CQC) is launching the #YourMentalHealthCare campaign to gather the public’s experiences of care.

It is estimated that nearly one in four people in England suffer with conditions related to depression, anxiety and stress, and the majority who seek treatment will do so via their GP. As a result, people experiencing these conditions may know a lot about the quality of mental health care in their communities. To encourage them to share their experiences of care, the CQC will be launching a multi-channel public engagement campaign on Monday 11 July.

The CQC has spoken with men and women about their experiences of mental health care – both good and bad – and their experiences will be at the centre of the campaign. They hope that these stories will encourage members of the public who are accessing care for treatment and support for mental health conditions to share their experiences of care.

For more information & TO TAKE THE SURVEY see the CQC website

On Twitter, follow @CareQualityComm and use the hashtag  #YourMentalHealthCare. On Facebook, go to CareQualityCommission


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