Bushey Community Cares is a programme run by the community for members of the community. It was launched in February 1997 in the presence of Lady Jacobovitz and Lady Kalms and was only the second care group in the United Synagogue at the time and now acts as a blueprint for many of the more than 40 welfare groups that exist across the US network.
BCC offers a confidential service of practical and emotional support in a friendly manner entirely staffed by volunteers. It is our objective to promote and encourage a sense of belonging and involvement so that individuals within our community feel cared for and valued and to encourage the ethos of being a caring community.
Many of our members at time of need are well supported by friends and family, but there are times when neither is available or it may be easier to talk to someone not known to them, away from the family unit.
Since its launch in 1997, BCC has been instrumental in helping a large number of our community members and their families who required varying levels of help. This can mean anything from a carrying out a simple DIY job to supporting a member who is struggling to come to terms with the loss of a loved one or even the loss of a job. We also phone all our members aged 75+ (almost 300 calls) twice a year, prior to Pesach and Rosh Hashanah. Some of our members who may be finding it difficult to cope with the cost of Pesach have benefited from the US programme of Pesach parcels that are given to them free of charge. All members aged 90+ receive a honey cake, another US supplied programme.
This has all been achieved through a willing and committed group of volunteers who give of their time freely, dealing at times with some very trying and difficult situations. These require delicate handling by well trained volunteers but by people who always understand that total confidentiality is observed at all times.
What We Do
We operate under four main groups each led by an experienced group leader. The groups are as follows:
Financial and Legal
Financial and legal provide assistance with personal and business matters as well as employment issues including help with CV writing and advice about job search.
Sick and Elderly
Sick and elderly covers a number of areas which includes:
- Befriending service
- Home visiting
- Simple DIY
- Transport arrangements
- Simply dropping in for a chat
- Arranging meals on wheels, etc
Bereavement offers a befriending service that provides assistance and support for the bereaved and their families. They also deal with other types of loss that members are finding it difficult to come to terms with.
This group offers a specialist service for issues relating to relationship problems as well as individual counselling and parent skills.
How To Contact Us
Nobody should ever be too proud to ask for help if it is needed and sometimes it is easier to ask for that help from someone outside of the family unit or circle of friends, if indeed it is available from them in the first place. Once asked for you can be absolutely assured that your enquiry will be dealt with on a confidential basis.
BCC maintains a 24-hour contact line that is available all week. If a message is left on it, it will be picked up and one of our volunteers will call you back, usually within 48 hours.
The telephone number of the contact line is 020 8950 3344. Should the nature of your enquiry be beyond the scope or expertise of our volunteers, we have an extensive database of both Jewish and non-Jewish organisations which members can be referred to.
Would You Like To Be A Volunteer?
There are many ways volunteers can and do already help in our community. BCC is always looking for new volunteers as the demand on our services continues to increase. However little time you might have available, we will be glad to discuss where you might be able to help the community. Do you have the following personal qualities?
- To be non judgmental
- To be friendly and sensitive
- To be caring and patient
- To have good communication skills
- To have a sense of humour
- To understand the need for total confidentiality
- To be reliable
If you believe you do and can spare some time, please leave your contact details on the contact line and we will call you back for a chat.