Leonie’s View – Women in the Workplace Conference

On 21st November, some of the female members of JVN’s staff team went to TrainE-TraidE‘s Women in the Workplace Conference in Finchley. The conference was extremely well-attended and twelve speakers, experts in their fields, led workshops on a large variety of topics, including JVN Director Leonie’s workshop entitled “Volunteering – your way back into work.” Here is Leonie’s account of the day…

My workshop at the TrainE-TraidE Women in the Workplace Conference focussed on demonstrating how volunteering can actively encourage employment. There are clear examples, which I gave, that show how volunteering can lead to gaining new skills and how volunteers are viewed as responsible, reliable and dedicated to the cause by those inside and outside the organsiation for which they are volunteering. Volunteering also demonstrates to employers a willingness to engage with a particular issue of the day and with one’s community, and it showcases an ability to adapt to dealing with different people, equipment and situations.

In my session I was assisted by my JVN colleagues Hilary, our Office Manager, and Lia, our Volunteering Development Manager, who demonstrated how their current roles at JVN came from experience gained whilst volunteering. Hilary showed how, after 12 years of work, she used the JVN network to find an administrative role that maintains her skill set and at the same time gives her a reason to get out of bed in the morning! Lia initially left work to look after her children, but after taking on a volunteering role for nearly three years she became a qualified and successful volunteer manager.

The whole day offered workshops giving practical tips on how women can make the most of their skills and their time in the workplace. I also produced handouts listing some current volunteering opportunities which required highly skilled and trained individuals to fill them. All in all the conference was a great success. A huge mazal tov to TrainE-Traide for engaging 150 participants and offering women great opportunties to network, support each other, share information and learn new skills.

For more information on women’s networking you can contact the JLC Commission on Women in Jewish Leadership. For information on jobs available for women and on other employment skills such as how to build a CV, visit the TrainE-TraidE website. And, as always you can contact info@jvn.org.uk for help getting into volunteering.

Volunteer Opportunity of the Week

Crisis at Christmas provide centers across London between 23 and 30 December that offer vital companionship, hot meals and warmth, and a wide range of essential services that homeless people often miss out on.

This year, Crisis expects 3,000 guests to visit their ten centres across London, and hopefully for many this could be the first step towards leaving homelessness for good.

Crisis needs more than 8,000 volunteers to make it happen, from those willing to ‘muck in’ and help out anywhere to people with particular skills like caterers, logistics specialists, hairdressers, lorry drivers and performers. Crisis is also looking for volunteers who can do nightshifts. If you would like to register for Crisis at Christmas volunteering contact go to www.crisis.org.uk and click on Volunteering  or contact Crisis by email on ccvolunteering@crisis.org.uk or by telephoneon 0300 636 1000.


Categories: Leonie's View, Volunteering Perspectives


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 mike@jvn.org.uk and I'll be happy to talk. And if you're inspired by any of my blogs to volunteer, log on to www.jvn.org.uk and register to find your perfect volunteering opportunity.


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