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The Mayor of Barnet Talks to JVN

JVN were honoured this week to be invited to the office of the Mayor of Barnet, Councillor Brian Schama. A member of the Jewish community – he conducts no civic events on Shabbat and other festivals – the Mayor was eager to share his views on volunteering and the Jewish community in the London Borough […]

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Volunteering: How Far is Too Far?

Volunteering for a particular cause or organisation is often a way of becoming extremely passionate about it. People can go to extreme lengths in terms of the time they dedicate and, in some circumstances, the risks they take to see their vision become a reality. In this blog, JVN Intern Elliot Cukier examines just how far […]

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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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Do We Have a Big Society?

In 2009, David Cameron laid out, as an alternative to big government, his plan to create a Big Society. In May 2010, following the general election victory, these plans were given pride of place in the coalition’s Programme for Government. This vision has prevailed through the hard times and the language has become commonplace. Now, […]

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Guest Blog-Why Should Charities Embrace Cloud Technology?

This blog was originally posted by Andrea at SAM UK and when we saw this we thought we must share it with you all. As an organisation that has to be at the forefront of technology in order to provide the best service we can to all our charities and all our volunteers, we are strong […]

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Leonie’s View – A Pesach Message

It’s that time again… All volunteers to the decks; well in most cases to the floors. Pesach is here… a wonderful mix of hard work, celebration and family networking!! This year together with my close family, I will decamp to Israel. Everything will be done on a plate this year, or is that Seder plate? […]

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Volunteering in Schools: Ticking the Box is Not Enough

Leonie and I recently wrote an article entitled Who Want to Be a Volunteer?, printed in the 2013 Charity Matters supplement in the Jewish Chronicle a few weeks ago. In this article, volunteering in schools was identified as one of the two means of volunteering that has come to the fore in recent years (the […]

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Leonie’s View – What We Can Learn from the Birmingham Community

Leonie, JVN Director, has been a very busy bee this week! Aside from her regular jam-packed schedule of meetings, fundraising and replying to countless e-mails – not to mention the vast amounts of volunteering she does on the side – Leonie managed this week to squeeze in a trip to Birmingham. Dwarfed in comparison by […]

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Four Reasons, Four Sons, For Goodness’ Sake – We Need Young Volunteers!

Many of us who volunteer use our skills to do so. Whether we have learnt them through academia, during the course of our professional careers or simply out of life experience, the tools and talents that we have developed throughout our lives can really shine through in the world of volunteering. Whether you are a […]

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Guest Blog – An Outsiders View

On the 4th of February JVN 2013 held a meeting in Manchester which brought volunteer-involving organisation together to ascertain how to motivate and inspire Jewish volunteers in Manchester. The guest speaker was Langdon Community chief executive Robert Mutch whose aim was to offer a perspective of volunteering in the Jewish community that the Jewish community themselves were […]

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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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They May Take Our Funds… Will They Ever Take Our Freedom?

Barack Obama mentioned the word “freedom” seven times in his inaugural address on Monday. That might have been expected when marking the start of his second term as President of the land of the free and the home of the brave. The final mention came in the penultimate line of his speech. He said, “let us […]

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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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What Makes a Volunteering Role Suitable?

It is no secret that in order to get the most out of people in their job, you need to find someone to fit the job description. You wouldn’t invite a history graduate to speak at a nuclear physics conference, and you wouldn’t send a fisherman to fight a fire. Why not? Because they aren’t […]

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