JewishCare knows how important it is for you to stay connected to your community so you do not risk getting socially isolated. Through our friendship clubs and activities for seniors we open the door for you to meet with your friends or make new friends.
Community Club Network
Activity Centres and Friendship Clubs are popular ways for active seniors to meet with their friends and participate in a range of activities.
Currently there are 12 Friendship Clubs, all located within the Sydney Metropolitan Area, run by volunteers and supported by JewishCare. Many Clubs operate in conjunction with local Synagogues and other community organisations.
These Clubs aim to reduce isolation by providing regular social meetings which provide a sense of belonging, mutual support and cohesiveness amongst members.
If you would like any more information about any of these Clubs listed below please ring JewishCare and we will arrange for you to contact the President of the closest Club to you.
The Club 50 Survivors of the Shoah Social Club was established in 1995, 50 years after the liberation of the Concentration Camps at the end of World War II, as a joint initiative between JewishCare and the Australian Association of Jewish Holocaust Survivors & Descendants to ensure the preservation of the unique identity of Holocaust survivors and provide therapeutic social support activities in a Jewish framework.
Club 50 offers:
- A Drop In Centre in Woollahra providing attendees with the opportunity to play cards or games or just have a chat or a cup of coffee with friends;
- Regular bus outings, including cemetery visits around the Chaggim;
- Referrals to other internal services and external agencies as necessary.
The Links program connects local Jewish volunteers with older members of our community.
These volunteers provide social support to clients who are living in their own home or in a non-Jewish residential aged care facility who may be socially isolated and lonely.
This support is usually by way of regular one-on–one activities which may include.
- Home visiting
- Playing games eg chess or scrabble
- Going to a movie
The program also includes Family Links in which a family can visit an isolated member of the community.
Russian Community Project
JewishCare provides a range of specific therapeutic and practical services for older members of the Russian community. Our Russian speaking staff who can provide case management, advocacy and education and liaison with other community organisations with the aim of helping migrants from the Former Soviet Union to more fully access the resources and activities of their area.
The Factory at 67 Raglan St Redfern is a drop-in centre for people who typically came to Australia from the Former Soviet Union at a relatively late age, live in the Redfern/Waterloo area and have generally not managed to acquire a workable level of English language.
The Factory operates 2 days a week where one worker who is proficient in Russian and English and a volunteer who takes the attendees through a range of activities that include current affairs discussions and outings.
JewishCare also facilitates English as a Second Language ESL classes for Russian speakers
The Herta Muller Program
The Herta Muller program keeps vision impaired people connected to the community by providing regular audio CDs of relevant media which are sent to the vision impaired person’s home.
The service is available to any person who has problems reading.
The program includes distributing excerpts of The Australian Jewish News each week as well as offering audio versions of various books.