Six Sundays Make a Difference04 Mar 2019
“We have a lot to learn from one another across the generations.” Says Adam Overlander Kaye, Jewish Care’s Director of Fundraising & Community Engagement. “Volunteering can be a very healthy way to create balance in our busy lives and there are so many opportunities to support and engage with older people in our community.”
Talia Jacobs is a 26-year-old solicitor, and reflects on why volunteering is important to her.
“When I see the residents, I see myself getting old and know that one day it will be me sitting in that chair and waiting for young people to come and join me for the afternoon. After taking part in Young Jewish Care’s Six Sundays group, a regular volunteering opportunity for young professionals at Jewish Care’s Betty and Asher Loftus Centre in Friern Barnet, my friend, Natasha Kanolik and I, decided to create a new group in Essex.
I absolutely loved Six Sundays and we wanted to bring that joy and warmth to Essex. So far we’ve held two sessions at Jewish Care’s Vi & John Rubens House in Redbridge and they’ve been brilliant. The concept is simple. Committing to weekly sessions might be tricky for younger people with busy work and social lives however volunteering with friends and meeting new people on six Sundays a year, feels more achievable.
I love using my time doing something that is fulfilling and that is so different to my job. I am also lucky that my friends enjoy it too so it’s something that we do together. It really is an amazing programme that just seems to snowball as it appeals to so many people. Together, we plan stimulating activities for the residents and volunteers to do together, whilst we all chat and get to know one another. We may run an arts and crafts session around a festival, do karaoke or have a singalong. The activities vary but the main thing is to see everyone enjoying themselves.
I learn a lot from talking to and being with older people. They have lived through times that are so different to ours and they have so many interesting experiences to share. I’m also looking forward to working on Young Jewish Care’s new Law Committee, which will combine networking opportunities for young law professionals whilst supporting Jewish Care.”
Taking on challenging experiences can be a great way to stay fit and motivated, whilst raising funds for charity. This could be running 5k, 10k, half or full marathons to Tough Mudder events, cycling and parachute jumps.