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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?

Avrom Glickman blog picture
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 […]

Venturing into Volunteering

Claire Cantor blog picture
October 29, 2015

This guest blog is written by Claire Cantor. She writes about her new-found love for volunteering and how JVN has helped her find roles she finds really fulfilling and worthwhile. A few months ago I decided to make some changes to my working life. I have been a self-employed nutritionist for the past six years, […]

Why small #charities shouldn’t be overlooked

Small charities blog
June 16, 2015

So, it’s small charity week and we decided to lend our support to the countless small charities out there by examining how difficult it is for them to make the impact and difference they want. There are 180,000 registered charities in England and Wales, all of which are recorded on the online register of charities. In addition, […]

Leonie’s View – The Sarajevo Haggadah: When Truth is Stranger than Fiction

March 24, 2015

As we approach Passover and Seder night, and we follow a service from the comfort of our dining table, family members often including several generations read and relive the sort of the Exodus through ritual and through the eternal Jewish story book, the Haggadah. This year our Seder will be even more meaningful as I […]

Volunteers have a Price on their Heads!

March 4, 2015

There is a famous saying about #volunteers: “Volunteers are worthless not because they are no good but,  because the work they do is impossible to cost out – its priceless.” Traditionally, most people volunteer because they will be making a difference to the lives of others, while also generating benefits for themselves – greater confidence, […]

Why I Love Volunteering – Guest Blog

i love volunteering
December 2, 2014

Take a look at the ultimate volunteering role – The job is 24/7. There’s a zero hours contract with no guaranteed time off or holidays. There’s no sick pay and you must keep going even when you are literally dead on your feet. You must be able to multi task and give 100% energy, effort […]

Leonie’s View – When Volunteering is a True Mitzvah

October 2, 2014

I often write about volunteer stories that inspire or challenge me, or make me reflect. I mentioned last week the book Relational Judaism by Dr Ron Woolfson, and my thoughts on relationships have been so recently heightened by a series of events and above all personal challenges. My younger son has been a little unwell […]


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