King David Students Support Jewish Care Clients

September 15, 2013 by Ayal Tusia
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Jewish Care will substantially enhance support for families and carers of Jewish people living with a disability, thanks to some clear thinking and top decision making from Melbourne’s King David School students.

Bill Appleby

Bill Appleby

A grant of $2500 from the Lord Mayor’s Charitable Foundation, as elected by King David students, will go towards Jewish Care’s Carer Support Program, supporting people caring for a family member or loved one with a disability.

Bill Appleby, CEO of Jewish Care, said the money would make significant improvements in decreasing isolation experienced by carers by promoting greater social inclusion and facilitating increased access to life opportunities for them and their loved ones.

“A Carer Needs Research” study conducted in May 2012 found that those caring for adults and children in the Jewish community often struggle physically, emotionally and financially in their caring role,” he said.

“Our Carer Support Program works with carers to access support and services which are vital to maintain their health and wellbeing.”

The King David School was one of 18 schools that took part in this year’s Lord Mayor’s Youth in Philanthropy Program. The Program provides each school with the opportunity to research, visit and nominate charities for grant funding.

Jewish Care was shortlisted by King David along with two other charities. All three were invited to present on the validity and importance of their cause.

Jewish Care launched its Carer Support Program in February 2013 to meet the identified unmet needs of carers in the Jewish community. There are around 3500 people in the Jewish community caring for a family member or loved one with disability.

Jewish Care’s Carer Support Program is open to any family member or friend who is caring for someone with a disability.  If you are, or know someone who is struggling with navigating the system, or needing support for either themselves or the person they are caring for, please contact Jewish Care’s Front Door on 8517 5999 or info@jewishcare.org.au

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