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Let all those who are hungry come and eat

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April 20, 2016

The refugee “crisis” in Europe has spurred many into action and there are plenty of people in our own Jewish community eager to help those in need. JVN is coordinating the volunteering effort on behalf of the Jewish community. Our Director Leonie Lewis here gives her perspective on the situation and notes how, with Pesach […]

Volunteering In Your Pocket – Microvolunteering Day, 15th April #MicroDay

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April 13, 2016

Volunteering is part of daily life. It appeals to all ages, genders, ethnicities and religious groups. There are many reasons why we take our time out to participate. For students and graduates, it’s part of building our CV into a tree of success. It appeals to those who have retired and want to spend their […]

When a Crisis is a Volunteering Opportunity

March 23, 2016

It is widely known that, arguably, the Japanese word for crisis – “kiki” – is comprised of their words for danger and opportunity. One of our star members of the JVN Ad Hoc Volunteering Squad, Sue Krisman, recently volunteered at an event led by the London Resilience Partnership, in conjunction with emergency services across the capital, called Exercise Unified […]

Sadaqa Day 2016 – A Day for All Faiths

Sadaqa Day
March 14, 2016

Sadaqa Day, which will be marked for the second time on Sunday 20th March 2016, was a new initiative started last year by the Muslim community. Modelled on the success of the Jewish community’s Mitzvah Day, it is an opportunity for people of all faiths to come together and engage in social action. Sadaqa (in Arabic), or […]

Who’d Be A Volunteer?

March 2, 2016

If you’re new to volunteering, we thought it might reassure you to know that you’re in good company, and a very large company at that. Over 21 million people volunteer every year in the UK, and nearly 14 million of them do so regularly. That equates to close to 200 million hours of time given […]

Swap the Library for Life Experience in Student Volunteering Week!

February 18, 2016

Student Volunteering Week is from 22nd-28th February this year. In its 15th year, SVW is now an important fixture in the calendars of colleges and universities up and down the country, with 86 institutions taking part this year. The aim is simple: to get students enthusiastic about volunteering and showcase the range of opportunities available to […]

Go Green for 2016!

Save the Planet!
January 20, 2016

Flowers, leaves and blossom may not yet be apparent, but there are still so many things you can do for the environment. Whether you have a passion for gardening, conservation or just being eco-friendly, there are volunteering opportunities out there for you. Organisations such as Trees for Cities, Thames 21 and Big Green Jewish are […]

Tim ‘Does His Bit’ for JLGB

The 'Do Your Bit' campaign poster, featuring Tim
December 15, 2015

Our valued partners JLGB are promoting a new campaign called ‘Do Your Bit’, asking adult volunteers to get involved in their fun and innovative programmes for Jewish young people. Tim Knott has been involved with the JLGB for a number of years and here he tells Sue Rifkin about his experiences and why he chose to promote the ‘Do […]

My Visit To Calais: What Can We Do In Response?

November 17, 2015

Leonie talks about her visit to the refugee camp in Calais and how we can all do something to help. Last Thursday, in my role as Vice Chair of the Faith Forum for London, Vice President of the United Synagogue and Director of the JVN, I made the journey to visit the refugee camp in […]

Where Will Volunteering Take You?

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November 11, 2015

Avrom Glickman tells us in his own words how he used volunteering as a means to improve the lives of people on the other side of the world… I have never been a person with a life plan and so when I stopped working full time I was very unclear how I was going to spend my […]


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