LJWB Priviledged to host Mindful Employer Event

LJWB was priviledged to host a Mindful Employer Event last week @ the MAZCC. The theme for Mindful Employer Network Event focused on Workplace Wellbeing: Sharing Good Practice and featured a collection of local Employer Speakers, Lived Experience Stories and Networking Activities.

Event host and Mindful Employer Charter Signatory, Leeds Jewish Welfare Board, partnered up to share their journey of good practice as part of Leeds Business Week.

LJWB’s Head of HR talked through the different wellbeing strategies they have adopted in the workplace and how they engage with staff since becoming a Mindful Employer, whose aim is to support mental wellbeing at work.

Leeds Jewish Welfare Board also works closely with Mental Health First Aid (MHFA), and shared a selection of case studies and highlighted the  importance of training.

The Programme included –  an update from Mindful Employer Leeds, Top Tips on Wellbeing Policies from Irwin Mitchell and a new mental health resource, Mindwell.

TeamActiv led an interactive networking activity for this event that brought external business visitors and LJWB together to share knowledge of wellbeing in the work place.

Fundraising Newsletter 2016

Thank you for your support. The newsletter below shows that once again YOU have made a real difference. At LJWB we are acutely aware of the sacrifices you have made so that we can create better lives for people in our community.

With heartfelt thanks to our donors. If it wasn’t for you none of this would have been possible.


Gale Welfare Bridge Tournament

The 8th Annual Gale Welfare Bridge Tournament will take place on

Sunday 27th November, 7pm @ the MAZCC

£15 pp including tea & cakes

Tickets – contact Melvyn Cohen – 07932 164 654 / the2cohens@gmail.com

Drama Workshop Half Term Fun

Looking for something for you KS2 children to do during half term? Why not book them onto our all singing, all dancing, all acting day of fun @ The Zone? Limited places available.
Please contact Gabi Amar for more information – 0113 2185846 / gabi.amar@ljwb.co.uk

Help is Always on Offer at LJWB

Leeds Jewish Welfare Board commemorated UK Older People’s Day by celebrating the achievements and contributions that older people make to society and the economy. The event is held every October to coincide with UN International Day of Older Persons, with a challenge to change negative attitudes and outdated stereotypes.

LJWB marked the day with a programme of events that promoted cutting down on isolation and loneliness, bringing together older people, that culminated in a lively tea dance with entertainment from the swinging Sixties.

This year LJWB has focussed on social isolation, one of the biggest problems facing all age groups existing in local and broader communities, often not just related to older people but to those over 50 and above.

Social isolation exists right across the board with national statistics showing in the next two decades the number of people aged over 80 expected to treble, whereas the number of people over 90 is expected to double. In both sectors authorities forecast a huge increase in people prone to loneliness.

LJWB is able to offer a bespoke service for whatever is needed in terms of care and support, including a whole range of well-being activities staged at the community centre, which are more in demand than ever.

Carol Hooks was on hand to give information and advice on help-lines, Arnie and Essie and the Listening Line, providing a vital provision to many service users and a crucial link during those hours when the pain of isolation and loneliness is most acute.

The helpline is manned every weekday (8am-8pm) — contact 0113 218 5875

Words by John Fisher

International Older People’s Day

Celebrate the ‘International Day of Older People’ with LJWB on 6th October, at the MAZCC . Join us for Chairobics, 10.30-11.30am  and a tea dance, 2-4pm with entertainment from Trevor Woodhead.

Tea & cakes will be served in the afternoon.
Admission £3 – tickets can be bought in the cash office at the MAZCC or contact Sharon / Sara on  0113 268 4211.

Tea & Talk

We will be supporting World Mental Health Day with ‘Tea & Talk’  on Thursday 13th October 8.30-5pm. Pop in for a cuppa, our staff will be on hand to chat to you & there will be information on our mental health & well being services. For further details contact Janine Field on 0113 268 4211.

PAY DAY 2016

Our annual New Year Appeal ‘PAY DAY’  will take place on Thursday 13th October 2016. Pop in & redeem your New Year Appeal pledge.
You can call into the Community Centre any time between 8am and 8pm where we will take your payment, or call us on 0113 218 5848.
Alternatively you can pay online.
Donate Now

Further Information

We will also be recognising World Mental Health Day on this day – join us for ‘Tea & Talk’ (8.30am-5pm)  – staff will be on hand to chat to you & there will be information on on our mental health & well being services.

We look forward to welcoming you

If you cant make PAY DAY on 13th we will be available on Sunday 16th October, 10am-1pm for you to pop into the MAZCC and redeem your pledge (face to face only – there will be no-one on the phone)

Giving Dementia a Voice

Leeds Jewish Welfare Board has launched The Living Project, a new initiative for people with dementia and their carers, with two performances of a rehearsed stage play reading of Don’t Leave Me Now, written by Leeds dramatist Brian Daniels.

The play, directed by Jeni Draper, was inspired by the diaries of Professor Rachael Dixey who nursed her long-term partner Irene through early onset dementia and wrote about her experiences. Rachael asked Brian to read her journal to see if he thought there was a possibility of bringing the story to life on stage. Brian said: “She wrote so beautifully about the impact on her and her career, family and friends, I was gripped by the rawness and read the whole journal in one day.”

The play raises many questions including how could someone who had been so vital and vibrant be reduced to an almost vegetative state by this cruel illness, Where does love end and duty begin — or does it?

“I wanted to explore these questions. If not to find answers, then to at least give the carer a voice,” said Brian.

Shana Tova from LJWB

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