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About the organisation

Association of Jewish Refugees (AJR)

The AJR provides an extensive range of social and welfare services, and grants financial assistance to Jewish victims of Nazi persecution living in Great Britain. The Kindertransport (representing the child refugees who arrived in Britain prior to the outbreak of the Second World War) and the Child Survivors Association (offering support to the people, who as children, were trapped in Nazi-occupied Europe) are AJR special interest groups. The AJR is also committed to ensuring that future generations can learn about the Holocaust. As well as supporting educational, research and commemorative projects, the AJR has produced several resources that will help create the legacy of the Jewish refugees and survivors shedding light on how they rebuilt their lives and their remarkable contributions to Britain.

We are looking for volunteers to help organising our monthly AJR Regional Group Meetings all around London.

Our members often have no surviving family and can find themselves to be very lonely. The network of regional groups offer a unique opportunity to socialise and share their experiences with people from a similar background. It is at such gatherings that many old friends have been re-united after more than 60 years. They have a cup of tea together, listen to interesting speakers and have a chat. Since its inception, the outreach programme has enabled the AJR to identify and help many new members throughout.

You as a volunteer will help with refreshments and contribute to the nice and cosy atmosphere. You will support one of our members of staff with setting everything up, serving tea and talking to the members. You will be given the privilege of hearing extraordinary stories, and the inter-generational bonds that inevitably form ensure the experience of the Holocaust will not be forgotten.Volunteers attend one of our monthly Group Meetings regularly and should commit for at least 3 months.

Role Aim: 

We are looking for volunteers to help organising our monthly AJR Regional Group Meetings all around London.

The network of regional groups offer our members, who often have no surviving family and can find themselves to be very lonely, a unique opportunity to socialise and share their experiences. It is at such gatherings that many old friends have been re-united after more than 60 years. Since its inception, the outreach programme has enabled the AJR to identify and help many new members throughout.

We need volunteers to help with refreshments and contribute to the nice and cosy atmosphere. These meetings provide members with the opportunity to attend a social get-together with people from a similar background. They have a cup of tea together, listen to interesting speakers and have a chat.

Duties: 

Volunteers will set up and clean up for social events and lectures. Volunteers will also have the opportunity to socialise with members.

Skills needed: 

- Welcoming

- Good organisation skills

- Can-do attitude

- Good listening skills

- Reliable and timely

Training: 

Volunteers will be trained by a staff member for regional group events. And training workshops are offered to volunteers periodically on a wide range of volunteer related issues.

Location: 
Around London at Regional Group meetings
Time commitment: 
1-3 hours per week
Opening times: 
Usually during the day - mainly during the week.