The Jewish community gathered at the Arts Depot, North Finchley on Tuesday 1st November to recognise the achievements of volunteers. The shortlisted nominees, selected from a pool of 120 nominations from 60 charities and representatives from their charities, watched as the winners were announced in each of the ten categories. The ceremony was compèred by renowned journalist Lord Daniel Finkelstein OBE and musical entertainment was provided by acapella group, The Four Sons.
It has been long established that volunteering has the power to improve the well-being of the volunteer. However, more recently, those in the medical profession have proposed prescribing volunteering as an alternative to medicine for some patients with mental illnesses.
Almost 100 women attended a special ladies’ brunch on Sunday 17th January to celebrate the 80th birthday of Ros Preston OBE, JVN President and ‘professional volunteer’. The event, which took place at The Grove Hotel, was a celebration of Ros’ ongoing and phenomenal contribution to volunteering, with many of the attendees being former colleagues of hers in the voluntary sector.
The Yoni Jesner Awards was held on Thursday 2nd July at the Camden Centre, London. JVN hosted the event along with the JLGB, the awards programme being a programme coordinated under the banner of JLGB’s new umbrella initiative for youth volunteering in the Jewish community, evolve, and a partnership between the two organisations.