JewishCare provides a unique and seamless range of programs that help those who are vulnerable or in crisis.
Some programs like Big Brother Big Sister and Family to Family Respite are proactive and aim to reduce the likelihood of problems occurring later in life. Others programs like Family Support and Family Dispute Resolution provide responses to immediate unforeseen problems. Programs like
Mental Health and Domestic Violence have elements of both, helping to deal with a current crisis as well as providing an ongoing framework to reduce future problems.
JewishCare has a number of ways that it can provide material and financial assistance for members of the community in a crisis. Read more
This program aims to improve the self esteem and feelings of wellbeing of young people between the ages of 7 -15 who are experiencing a challenging upbringing by being linked to a suitable Big Brother or Big Sister. This Big Brother or Big Sister will provide the support of a special mentoring relationship.
The Big Brother and Big Sisters are Jewish adults, 18 years and older who are responsible, mature and caring and are prepared to commit to provide consistent, dependable friendship, guidance and companionship to their little brother or sister for a period of at least 12 months.
If you are interested in becoming a Big Brother or Big Sister - volunteer for JewishCare.
All parties involved including the parents of the little brother or sister remain in close contact with the program manager at JewishCare and appropriate training and supervision is provided to all Big Brothers and Big Sisters
A certain number of places within this program are provided for children with disabilities.
Family Dispute Resolution (FDR, also known as mediation) provides couples with an opportunity to reach agreement regarding parenting arrangements for their children and/or property settlement in a neutral and informal setting.
The program which is known as Eastern Suburbs Family Dispute Resolution Centre (ESFDRC) has a team of accredited FDR practitioners who are registered with the Attorney General's Department and are able to provide Section 60I Certificates in parenting matters. These certificates are required in cases where there is no agreement and parents need to file an application in court.
The ESFDRC team have a background in psychology, social work and family law and are skilled in addressing emotional and developmental needs of children following separation and can incorporate child inclusive practice.
ESFDRC maintains strong links with family lawyers in the city, Eastern Suburbs and Northern Suburbs and welcomes lawyers' participation in mediation if requested by clients.
The program provides a positive link for a family with another Jewish family in the community. It also provides a different experience of family and relationships for children who may have had many difficulties in their own family.
A Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between JewishCare and The Benevolent Society has been signed to ensure that Jewish children who require out-of-home care are given the maximum opportunity to be placed
As part of the MOU The Benevolent Society will provide information and conduct training for potential Jewish foster carers as well as assisting JewishCare to assess the appropriateness of applicants who have expressed the desire to be part of various foster care related programs.
If you want to know how you can make a substantial difference to a child in the community contact Lyn Brand on 9302 8024 or email@example.com
Clients are assessed and case managed by JewishCare’s professional staff and offered services which will best meet their needs. These services may include:
The program assists women and children in domestic violence situations, generally by the provision of casework and counselling by professional social workers.
A first priority is to ensure the safety and wellbeing of women and children.
This can involve
Domestic Violence 24 hour hotline -1800 656 463
NSW Rape Crisis Centre 1800 424 017
Violence Against Women Helpline 1800 200 526
Domestic Violence Advocacy Service 8745 6999
Law Access Line 1300 888 529
This program offers a range of supports for people experiencing mental health issues.
Referral can be made to other services or professionals as required
JewishCare's Mental Health program has extensive links and Memorandums of Understanding with leading mental health organisations.
The aim of the program is to link inmates with the Jewish community to reduce the possibility of re-offending as well as educating Department of Corrective Services staff about the religious and social needs of Jewish inmates.
Prison Outreach Brochure (237.25 kB)
If you want to become a Prison Outreach volunteer - volunteer for JewishCare