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Leonie’s View – Commitment, Conviction and Community: A Tale of Two Leaders

The passing of Baroness Thatcher last week marked, for many, the end of an era, but her legacy of ‘Thatcherism’ will live on in the actions of governments and the minds of the British public for decades, possibly centuries, to come. Love her or hate her, one cannot deny that she was the woman Prime […]

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Royal Seal of Approval for JVN

You may remember that JVN, supported by the Board of Deputies, conducted a campaign in 2012 on behalf of the Jewish community called the Jubilee Hour campaign. The campaign encouraged people to give 60 minutes of their time for Her Majesty The Queen’s 60 years of public service. JVN collected 50,000 hours from the Jewish […]

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The Right to Volunteer

I wrote a blog a few weeks ago entitled ‘What Makes A Volunteering Role Suitable’, highlighting the need to change our attitudes towards the ‘suitability’ of a candidate for a particular volunteering role. I asserted that ‘those who claim to have individual support needs should be taken on their individual merits, not as part of […]

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The Charity Sector, Games Legacy and the Big Society – Where Does It All Come Together?

It has been four months since the London 2012 Games ended, and one word more than others has been used to describe the vision for the future: Legacy. There was a thought, back in September, of “the Games are over: now what?” Lord Coe pledged, when presenting Britain’s bid for the Games back in 2005, […]

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Jews in the news – behind the scenes at the Paralympics

Frank Weinberg, Chairman of British Friends of Israel War Disabled talked to me about his role in organising the Israeli Athletes for the Paralympic Games which takes place between 29th August and 11th September. Frank and his team’s remit is to liaise between the Israeli Paralympic Team and LOCOG and to act as a total […]

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Hasmonean gives the gift of time

Last week from the 4th to the 6th July inclusively, students in years 7-9 at Hasmonean Boys and Girls Schools devoted three whole days to volunteering. Under the guidance of JVN and Hasmonean staff, students took on a range of tasks over the three days. A group of students lifted the spirits of the residents […]

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Developing Yourself as a Volunteer Manager

Next Wednesday 11th July from 11.30 to 2.30pm we will be holding our 9th annual conference for volunteer co-ordinators entitled ‘How to Professionalise yourself in volunteer management.’ Our amazing key speaker will be Sue Jones who is the Training Manager at the Volunteer Centre Warrington in England, leading the development and delivery of  a range of […]

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JCoSS scoops the JVN Jubilee Award for Innovation in volunteering at the Yoni Jesner Ceremony

39 pupils from JCoSS proudly took to the stage on Monday night to collect their Innovation Award and a £500 prize at the Yoni Jesner  Award Ceremony. It was an emotionally charged evening with incredible speeches from The Chief Rabbi Lord Sacks, HE Ambassador Daniel Taub and The Rt. Hon. Eric Pickles, MP. Yoni Jesner’s […]

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Jubilee Hour – Can you give 1 hour over 1 year?

Our campaign partners, Jewish News will be running a feature over 4 months, with moving profiles on volunteers, who are after all the unsung heroes of our community.
We all have the capacity to make a real difference and contribute to making the world a better place.

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Dassa and Harley go schwopping for Chai Cancer Care !

Dassa Shalev and Harley Benson, two pupils at JCoss, were the brains behind a Schwopping Charity Event last night held at Dassa’s home in Finchley.

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A day in the life of Sharon Daniels at The Judith Trust – Inclusion & Inspiration.

Tell us about The Judith Trust? The Judith Trust was set up to help integrate people with learning disabilities and mental health problems in both religious and spiritual aspects of the Jewish community. It was set up in 1997 in the name of Judith, a woman with both these problems and whose family run the […]

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Power breakfasts and community Fun

Come rain or shine, the Community Fun Run is happening this Sunday. It’s always a very special day in the Jewish calendar of Events. 100.s of charities will be represented by adults and children who feel passionately about their particular causes.

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Pledge the gift of time (Eric Pickles MP did!) – JVN goes to Jewish Living Expo 2012

JVN team and volunteers give the gift of their time at Jewish Living Expo – and get Eric Pickles MP to as well…!

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Challenging times, testing opportunities

JVN’s Trustees Week event at HW Fisher posed big questions, big challenges and suggests opportunities

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