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Sadly it is inevitable that sometimes a client passes on while we are supporting them.
Jayne wanted the world to know how we changed her life.
Please click on the link below to view our latest Big Brother Big Sister Video proudly produced and directed by a former Big – Ben Strum.
Lina was born in Odessa and came to Australia in 1975 with her mother, husband and two children. The move was prompted primarily by her son, then 18 years old, who wanted to be a doctor but knew that the chance of releasing this dream in the Soviet Union was non-existent.
In 2014 Lina had a serious fall in her kitchen. The result was a broken right hip requiring months of rehabilitation. She also started experiencing breathing problems and the three flights of stairs to the ground floor now constituted a barrier which kept Lina isolated in her unit. “l had lost interest in life. I was so scared of falling again I was like a prisoner in my own home. I was feeling worse every day. Then JewishCare came to my rescue and my life improved dramatically” said Lina.
JewishCare Case worker Yuliya helped Lina to get a Level 4 CDC (funded by government) package which provided a wide range of services and supports including podiatry, walking frames, continence products and importantly physiotherapy. The twice weekly physio provided by My Mobile Physio helped her to dramatically improve her mobility. One of Lina’s physios, Hayley, commented on her progress. “Initially she could barely manage a few stairs at a time but now she can do all three flights. Its quite remarkable” said Hayley. See the photo on L/R which shows Lina’s elation at conquering the stairs for the first time.
“I couldn’t believe that I did this, even my daughter couldn’t believe it. I am now so much more mobile. I am now attending Russian Day at the Burger Centre with my husband, to catch up with some old friends. It’s like I have new life and I have to thank Yuliya from JewishCare for putting everything in place for me.” said Lina
The first and only Jewish specific suicide prevention strategy in Australia, the Jewish Suicide Prevention Strategy (JSPS), initiated and coordinated by JewishCare NSW, was developed in response to a number of people attempting and taking their own lives within the community.
A steering committee was formed, comprising representatives from 20 communal organisations, including local Jewish schools, Rabbis, Jewish crisis and emergency medical services, and Jewish Youth Groups and mainstream organisations.
JewishCare provides the widest range of services that help older people to live active and independent lives. This may include access to JewishCare’s Mental Health, Disability, Domestic Violence or other relevant programs.
JewishCare also employs an experienced Intake Officer who can provide information, referral and access to programs provided by JewishCare as well as other service providers
JewishCare has a number of ways that it can provide material and financial assistance for members of the community in a crisis.
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Press Release – Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse
JewishCare NSW with a long history of counselling survivors of child sexual abuse is working with the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse to ensure that victims and others impacted during the hearing can access culturally appropriate support from experienced professionals.
JewishCare NSW recognises that the hearings can provide both a positive experience for victims to tell their story and help to identify where systems have failed to protect children from sexual abuse but it also realises that this experience may also trigger many traumatic responses.
Claire Vernon CEO of JewishCare has considerable professional experience dealing with these matters having worked in the area of services for victims of sexual abuse for a number of years.
Claire said “Often people coming to us for a range of issues including mental health do disclose a history of child sexual abuse, usually within the family. Abuse that occurs within an institution adds yet another potentially damaging layer resulting from the inevitable cover ups and power imbalance between the victim and the institution. While there are a number of organisations who are being funded to provide counselling support for those affected by the Royal Commission, JewishCare NSW also offers its resources to the community”.
Anyone who would like to contact JewishCare NSW can be assured of appropriate confidentiality. They should contact FirstCall on 1300 133 660 and ask to be put through to one of our team working with the Commission.
After eight years in the job Claire Vernon CEO at JewishCare is taking a seven month sabbatical.
Claire has led JewishCare through significant reform and change and has ensured that it is highly regarded as the key provider of community services in the Jewish community and is the first point of contact by community members in need. During her time JewishCare has significantly increased services. This includes an annual budget of over $11m, a significant increase in the number of calls to FirstCall and a greater range of support services for clients. The very successful Capital Appeal ensured the construction of the purpose built centre on Saber St.
The JewishCare President Allan Vidor and the other Directors have been very supportive of the break and are pleased to appoint Richard Spencer as acting CEO for this period. Richard has impressive experience working at the CEO level in the non‐profit sector and other senior strategic roles. He was the CEO of The Benevolent Society from 2004 to 2011. Other roles have included CEO of Cerebral Palsy Alliance and President and CEO of AFS Intercultural Programs in New York. He also served as Executive Director for UNICEF Australia in the late 80s. Richard started in the corporate sector first as a corporate awyer for Clayton Utz and later as a senior manager with Pioneer International and Rio Tinto.
Allan Vidor says “We are thrilled for Claire to take a break from the considerable responsibilities as CEO. Recruiting Richard to the role for seven months was a real coup as he is highly regarded in the not for profit sector and will bring a new perspective to the organisation”
Research shows that having a mentor improves a child’s personal, family and school life.
Big Brothers Big Sister of JewishCare aims to improve the confidence, resilience and overall wellbeing of young people
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Mentors for older children and young adults can provide substantial benefits to all those involved. The mentors can help the younger person to deal with employment, academic and social challenges that can ‘loom very large’ in a young person’s life.