About Jewish Care Scotland
Last updated: 2003-09-26
At the Jewish Care centre
Jewish Care Scotland was established in 1867 "to support necessitous people in Glasgow".
To be Jewish is to share a deep sense of community - it has always been that way.
In 1867, the founding fathers of the Glasgow Hebrew Philanthropic Society knew of their obligations to the vulnerable and less well off in society.
Today its successor organisation - Jewish Care Scotland - supports people in the community of all ages - in a professional and compassionate way.
Whether it is young people battling with multiple scelosis or mental health problems, or perhaps older people suffering from dementia, Jewish Care Scotland is there to offer a helping hand through its professional staff and its dedicated volunteers.
We provide support to people in crisis, or with more enduring problems.
We are a professional social work service supported by volunteers, but we also try to fulfil the role of an extended Jewish family, caring for those who don't have any family or the means to look after themselves.
What we do for an individual depends on what is required.
It could simply be assistance in claiming benefit or letting people know which benefits are available to them from government or other sources.
Equally it could be support in times of need from either a professional social worker or a volunteer befriender.
As a result of a professional partnership with East Renfewshire Council, we can undertake community care assessments and care management for those who need care in the community.
We also liaise with the local authority to secure appropriate funding for long term care either at home or in a residential nursing home.
We provide a registered day care service for frail elderly people and at the present time, over 40 people come twice a week to enjoy each other's company in our Aviv Day Centre.
Another 70 older people come along to the Thistle Lunch Club which also meets twice a week.
The Kandu Club provides a service which meets the needs of the younger disabled people in our community.
This is particularly important for those with enduring illnesses, many of whom are confined to a wheelchair for much of the day.
Additionally, we provide and deliver meals on wheels for people living in the community who are unable to cook for themselves.
Our custom built centre in Giffnock acts as a focal point where our people can gather socially to take part in a range of activities such as keep fit, bridge, artwork and music appreciation
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