The Jewish Leadership Council has announced the first twenty recipient organisations of its Social Care Assistance Fund. The fund aims to provide urgently needed additional funds for charities protecting and providing for over 15,000 people: including people with disabilities; victims of abuse; cancer patients; vulnerable children; and adults experiencing mental health problems.
People relying on these services include women and children moved to emergency accommodation; young adults with substantial additional needs unable to see visitors in residential care homes; and those who have attempted to take their own lives.
Charities are facing increased costs for extra expert care, measures to enable safe continuation of counselling, physical therapy and face-to-face contact with those most at risk, and more one-to-one support for those that would usually access group activities.
Many are providing additional practical assistance including safe transport for immune compromised children to hospital, kosher food to thousands of ill or isolated people and technology to ensure access to online support and programming.
Our fund seeks to address the immediate and additional increased costs of providing care during the pandemic and these challenges are quite stark.
From social care community charities surveyed by the JLC it is predicated that there will be:
- At least £2.6m in increased costs due to Covid-19
- A minimum lost income (through routine fundraising) of almost £6.5m
To date from those charities surveyed savings of almost £3.5m have been secured whilst reserves amounting to over £1.3m have been allocated to continue providing essential services.
The JLC has secured just under £1.5m and is seeking close to or over £2m in total for the Social Care Assistance Fund to ensure as many charities as possible are able to avoid facing this challenge alone. We are encouraging all members of the community to give at www.thejlc.org/scaf
The first twenty recipient organisations of the fund have now been announced. In the Orthodox community, grants were awarded to:
- Bayis Sheli, a sanctuary, a ray of hope, a home away from home for children with special needs.
- Beenstock Home, a residential care home, based in Salford, run by Agudas Israel Housing Association
- Chabad Lubavitch (Manchester) & Kids Trust for their work providing mental health and wellbeing support for young people
- Ezra Umarpeh provide patient support services for those challenged by illness and disability, whether at home or in hospital.
- Noa Girls provides practical, emotional and therapeutic support for adolescent girls in the Orthodox Jewish Community.
- Step by Step, based in Stamford Hill, is London's charity for Jewish children with disabilities.
Other recipients of the first tranche of grants included:
Jewish Women’s Aid
Leeds Jewish Welfare Board
Chai Cancer Care
Merseyside Jewish Community Care
Neshomo & Jewish Action for Mental Health
The Friendship Circle, Manchester
Jewish Care Scotland
The Zone (Leeds)