The JVN Reports Back from Lively Manchester!

In today’s rapidly changing society you have to be smarter, slicker and much more media savvy if you wish to engage volunteers to your organisations, the Director of Jewish Volunteering Network (JVN) Leonie Lewis informed the first gathering of Volunteer coordinators at a forum at Heathlands Village this week.

Volunteering has been proved not only to make you happy, keep you active, fit and connected to society. It also requires management skills and support to ensure the necessary motivation for volunteers to give of their skills without financial reward.

Volunteers have always been that glue that keeps the community together but the forthcoming cuts in public expenditure will create increasing challenges for our charitable organisations and we will have to use all our experiences as a community to respond.

Projects like Mitzvah Day on Sunday 21st of November in which charities and organisations all over Manchester and the North West are participating are excellent models of how people can give of their time in short bursts whilst having fun and make a difference for worthy causes.

Volunteer coordinators across the North West were hosted by The Manchester Federation of Jewish Services and were welcomed by Chief Executive Karen Philips who provided an overview of the Fed’s recent developments and expressed her passion for their volunteering pupil programme that has already involved many hundreds of young people in admirable projects.

In her key note address JVN President, Roslyn Preston OBE who describes herself as a ‘professional volunteer’ declared that JVN was a “one stop shop for volunteering.” And was delighted that so many regional organisations had already joined the Network . She commented that it was essential that volunteers become inspired from their early days, and was delighted that Habonim/Dror and other students were present and energetic in projects of social action.

The audience was shown inspirational video clips of the JVN National Volunteering Awards evening and Manchester Representative Council President Lucille Cohen summed up the view of all those present by expressing her appreciation and excitement of what she had learnt from the forum. She hoped that regular training events would be organised in the future and invited JVN to participate in Manchester’s own Community Awards Programme.

Karen Phillips (Director of the Manchester Federation), Es Rosen (JVN Regional Manager), Ros Preston OBE (JVN President), Leonie Lewis (JVN Director)

For those organisations and aspiring volunteers in Manchester wishing to know more about JVN, please contact Es Rosen,  Regional Development Manager on 0207 443 5100.


Categories: JVN News


Hi, I'm Mike, JVN's Youth Co-ordinator and blogger. I'll be blogging about all sorts of issues affecting the volunteering community, with a particular focus on how recent developments might affect the UK Jewish community's volunteers. I'm always interested to read the comments you make. If you have something you want to see in the JVN blog, e-mail me at and I'll be happy to talk. And if you're inspired by any of my blogs to volunteer, log on to and register to find your perfect volunteering opportunity.


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