Thursday, 30 July 2015

Did you know that JewishCare runs a social group at the Factory Community Centre in Redfern to support elderly Russian-speaking community members to stay connected ?

For many years now JewishCare has had a successful partnership with the Factory Community Centre in providing services to the elderly Russian-speaking community in the Waterloo and Redfern area.

The project was established with the goal of encouraging community participation and alleviation of social isolation which impacts the older Russian-speaking community.

JewishCare is grateful to the Factory and feels that basing this project in the Factory Community Centre has undoubtedly assisted this older community to integrate in the wider local community, as they now have an understanding of, and access to the local events and activities.

Each Monday, the group meets either at the Factory Community Centre or participates in outings/social groups. During these meetings the participants are provided with information about current affairs or other topics, which are usually followed by lively discussions over tea and biscuits.

Often guest speakers are invited to speak on topics of interest such as healthy aging and exercise and the clients are encouraged to stay active. As a complimentary addition, on Wednesdays some of the group’s participants attend a swimming program for seniors.

This is a chance for fitness and a chance to develop friendships, in a safe and fun atmosphere.

Earlier this month The Daily Telegraph wrote about the positive impact The Factory  has made to many people's lives in the local community and JewishCare is glad to be a part of that.
If you or someone you know may benefit from this program please contact us on Firstcall on 1300 133 660.

Thursday, 23 July 2015

Have you registered for War Memorial Hospital's upcoming ‘Nutrition and Oral Health’ seminar’?

War Memorial Hospital will be hosting a free seminar on ‘Nutrition and Oral Health’ on the 3rd of August 2015 for seniors.

Health professionals will discuss:

  • Healthy eating for living longer
  • Hidden sugars in food and drinks
  • Looking after your teeth and gums

When: Monday the 3rd of August 2015
Venue: Day Centre War Memorial Hospital, 125 Birrell Street Waverley
Time: 10:00 am to 12:30 pm

For more information and bookings contact Catriona Beaumont on 9369 0215.

Tuesday, 21 July 2015

Why Volunteers Volunteer (According to Them!)

Volunteers are happier, healthier and sleep better than those who don’t volunteer
Volunteering has that effect on you.  You become more interested, more motivated and satisfied with life.

95% of volunteers say that volunteering is related to feelings of wellbeing.
We’ve found it overwhelmingly the case that volunteering has an effect on you physically.  The great feeling gets into your bones and changes your lifestyle.

Volunteering results in a “helper’s high,” a powerful physical and emotional feeling experienced when directly helping others.
Helping is also great for your mental health and is a great way to connect to others.

Just a few hours of volunteer work makes a difference in happiness and mood.
You can volunteer regularly for just a few hours at a time.  It doesn’t have to be a burden or impose on your life.  That’s all it takes to have an impact on you and the people you help.

A strong correlation exists between the well-being, happiness, health, and longevity of people who are emotionally kind and compassionate in their charitable helping activities.
Don’t take our word for it.  The statistics speak for themselves.  Helping others really does help the helper.

The experience of helping others provides meaning, a sense of self-worth, a social role and health enhancement.
You will be surprised at how helping others changes you and enriches your life.  It is the lifeblood of our community and we want to thank all our volunteers for all their dedication and support. It’s never too late to start over.  Try something different today.  At JewishCare we have 500 active volunteers. 

The NSW Volunteer of the Year Award is an annual awards program launched in 2007 by The Centre for Volunteering to recognise the outstanding efforts of the 2 million plus volunteers in NSW, and to promote the importance of volunteering to the community. 

This year JewishCare nominated two outstanding volunteers Kristina Voytenko and Tom Vizard and we wish them luck. Become a volunteer.

Thursday, 16 July 2015

Be Winter Wise - Top Tips for Winter Health

With Winter now in full swing, many of us are exposed to an increased risk of illness.

Community Aged Services recommends that we all follow some simple steps to improve our health and wellbeing not only during the winter months but all year round!

Check out Top Tips for Winter Health by NSW Health to find some useful tips to improve our health and wellbeing so we have a better chance of keeping those nasty germs at bay.

Winter Wise tips:
- Keep well by using good hygiene practices (thorough hand washing, using hand sanitisers, keeping your home clean, discarding of tissues or other contaminated materials)
- Wait at least 24 hours after your fever resolves before you return to public activities so you do not infect others

- Get a local GP

- Enjoy a wide variety of nutritious foods from the five major food groups and aim to include 2 serves of fruit and 5 serves of vegetable in your diet each day
- Limit intake of foods containing saturated fat, added salt, added sugars, and alcohol

- Keep hydrated - drink plenty of water

- Be active every day in as many ways you can

Unsure of where to start? Do you need some support?

NSW Health’s Get Healthy Information and Coaching Service provides information, advice, and support on healthy eating, being physically active, and achieving and maintaining a healthy weight.

The Get Healthy Information and Coaching Service is a free service which can support you to eat healthier and achieve a healthy lifestyle.

To talk to a Get Healthy Service Coach call 1300 806 258 or visit

Thursday, 9 July 2015

Put on your dancing shoes and join us for the Mid Winter Social

Once again JewishCare's Community Club Network and the COA and will partner up to present the Mid Winter Social. 

Event: Mid Winter Social

Date: TBA

Time: TBA

Venue: TBA

Bookings and Enquiries: Please contact
JewishCare's Community Club Network on 9302 8050.

To see other upcoming events at JewishCare you may like to check out our events page.

Thursday, 2 July 2015

Holocaust 'hero' Sir Nicholas Winton dies aged 106

Sir Nicholas Winton, who organised the rescue of 669 children destined for Nazi concentration camps, has died aged 106   
Sir Nicholas, then a stockbroker, arranged for trains to carry Jewish children out of occupied Prague.

Sir Nicholas brought the children to Britain, battling bureaucracy at both ends, saving them from almost certain death, and then kept quiet about his exploits for a half-century.

He died on the anniversary of the departure of a train in 1939 carrying the largest number of children - 241.
His son Nick said of his father's legacy: "It is about encouraging people to make a difference and not waiting for something to be done or waiting for someone else to do it”. "It's what he tried to tell people in all his speeches and in the book written by my sister".

Nicholas Winton - How one man changed the world