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Opportunity: Telephone Friend

We are looking for volunteers to keep in regular telephone contact with AJR members, over the age of 90, who are refugees and survivors of the Holocaust. Many members are frail and often isolated; some have few or no surviving family and are very lonely. They would really welcome a regular friendly call.
These calls can be very rewarding for the volunteer. They are given the privilege of hearing extraordinary stories and the inter-generational bonds that inevitably form ensure that the experience of the Holocaust will not be forgotten.


Opportunity: Computer Assistance for Holocaust Survivors and Refugees

The aim of this role is to assist Holocaust survivors and refugees with their computers. Many AJR members would like to learn how to use a computer to keep in touch with family and friends abroad or generally learn how to use websites such as Google, Google Maps, read online newspapers and generally browse the internet.

Some of our members have computers and iPads but struggle to use them. We are looking for enthusiastic, patient and friendly volunteers to assist and tutor our members from in sending emails, using Skype, navigating Google maps and playing online games. The volunteering takes place at the AJR member’s house.


Opportunity: Individual Befriending

We are looking for volunteers to visit elderly AJR members who are refugees and survivors of the Holocaust in their own homes. Many members are frail and often isolated; some have few or no surviving family and are very lonely, so they would be grateful to have your companionship and much-needed assistance. You as a volunteer would make regular visits, be someone to talk to and - depending on the member’s physical state - possibly go on walks or shopping. Through these visits, our volunteers build rewarding and enduring friendships with survivors and it proves to be an extremely rewarding activity. They are 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. Befrienders visit between 1-3 hours weekly, fortnightly, or even monthly and should commit for at least 6 months.


Opportunity: Memory Loss Befriending Project Volunteer

Living with memory loss does not prohibit someone from being a useful and valued member of society. The aim of this project is to provide a much needed befriending service for those members who are living with memory loss and who may feel lonely, isolated and in need of stimulation. Volunteers often say it is a real privilege to visit AJR members with memory loss as they gain a huge amount from the experience.


Opportunity: Regional Outreach Group Volunteer

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.