In collaboration with Tikun UK, residents, staff and volunteers at Jewish Care’s Rela Goldhill Lodge in Golders Green got together, as part of the Supportive Communities initiative, to make soup and sandwiches which were then distributed by the Simon Community to the homeless in central London.
Matthew Kayne, a Rela Goldhill resident said:
“I enjoyed making sandwiches and soup with the Tikun volunteers, it was so much fun. All the residents had such a good time, we felt so good knowing that we helped homeless people.”
The Supportive Communities initiative encourages local groups of people to celebrate and share their skills with each other, building stronger social networks and a renewed sense of purpose. The scheme has proved to be enormously popular; there are now ten groups across London, with two further supportive communities groups about to open in Hackney and Golders Green
“The two biggest issues people in our community face are isolation and needing to feel that they can contribute to society in some way. This initiative gives the participants the dignity of being able to contribute to others in an environment where everyone, whatever their age or health situation, can be an equal in doing something for others.”