We have come a long way since Reform Judaism launched the Communities that Care Initiative, focusing on the effect on Loneliness and Isolation on our communities and members.
Although this initiative is coordinated by Reform Judaism, it is run and steered solely by our communities.
We put Care on the map. We held the first conference focussing on Combatting Loneliness and Isolation within the Jewish community, highly praised by Jewish Care and the Jewish media. As we learned and were inspired by each other we introduced a wide range of ways to tackle these issues such as telethons and Tea parties. Where we also made a demonstrable impact was enabling and supporting communities that had minimal or no care provision at all and have now established Care teams.
The Communities that Care networking meetings, represented by over 20 communities, have decided that the next project of this initiative will be focusing on the impact of loneliness and isolation on mental wellbeing.
Please join us at Chagigah 2018 to launch this new project. Early Bird places are now available till 25 may 2018!
The 4 initiative sessions will include:
Session 1: Mental Wellbeing through Members Stories Emotional pain is not something that should be hidden away and never spoken about. There is truth in your pain, there is growth in your pain, but only if it’s first brought out into the open.” Steven Aitchison
In this introductory session, we will explore true stories form our own members – of all ages, and hear about how they felt in their community, dealing with complex issues, knowing that everybody thinks they are ‘just fine’.
Session 2: Dementia – more than just a memory loss. What would you do if a member with dementia ask you to help them to hide from the Nazis? Would you politely explain that the Nazis were defeated 73 years ago, or actually find a safe place to hide until the war is over?
In this session we will explore different communication ways and scenarios that we may engage with those members who suffer from dementia and learn about effective ways to engage with them, while understanding their condition.
Session 3: Can our communities help elevating mental health effect on young people? Peer Pressure. Anxiety. Exams. Friendships. Puberty. All these and more have a huge effect on young people and young adults in our community. What could be our responsibilities as a community to help them through this period of time? What should we be aware of and what are the do’s and don’t with regard to young people and mental wellbeing.
Session 4: The community as a way to achieve the Five Ways to Wellbeing You’ve heard of eating your 5-a-day for physical wellness. Now, the government has published ‘5 Ways to Wellbeing’ for mental wellness: Connect, Be Active, Keep Learning, Give to Other, Be Mindful. All of these are available through our communities. How can we make these opportunities available and positive experiences for all our members, so we can become communities of wellbeing?
We are also fortunate to host the play Don’t Leave Me Now, which tells real stories of the effects of Dementia on people and their families.
Please join us. We cannot do it without the wisdom and input from the communities. Build a team and make a real difference in your community.