A very different Volunteers’ Week

The latest Jewish News

Read this week’s digital edition

Click Here
Promoted Content

A very different Volunteers’ Week

Since the start of the crisis, volunteering has been the silver lining

Nicky Goldman, JVN
Nicky Goldman, JVN

National Volunteers’ Week run by the National Council of Voluntary Organisations (NCVO) takes place annually between 1–7 June. Traditionally, this has been an opportunity to celebrate volunteering and to thank volunteers for everything they do for charities year-round. 

Traditionally, the Jewish Volunteering Network (JVN) has encouraged all the charities we support to celebrate their volunteers, as well as going on a week-long roadshow, meeting and thanking volunteers and promoting volunteering to those who might be interested.

This year has been very different, but all the more reason for thanking the volunteers for their amazing contributions to make a difference in the community, especially during this unprecedented pandemic.

Since the start of the crisis, volunteering has been the silver lining. Nationally through the NHS, regionally, in religious communities, in neighbourhoods and via social media, people have come forward to help each other get through the situation with dignity and have shown they care.

JVN has seen this first-hand, witnessing a huge increase in the number of people accessing our website, which has meant that we in turn have been able to provide charities with delivery drivers, befrienders, activity organisers and much more. In fact, Jami has said that half of its 60 new volunteers were directed to the charity through JVN.

Anyone who volunteers knows that you get as much out of what you do as you put in. And anyone who works with volunteers knows that they don’t do it for the thanks. They do it because they want to help someone else, they do it because they care, they do it to make a difference. Needs will not go away over the next few weeks, months and years, and charities need to be there to support their beneficiaries. In turn, charities need volunteers to help deliver their vital services. And JVN is here to support charities and volunteers to enable them to do so.

So, a huge thank you to everyone who has volunteered over the past three months and year-round. We couldn’t do this without you.


Support your Jewish community. Support your Jewish News

Thank you for helping to make Jewish News the leading source of news and opinion for the UK Jewish community. Today we're asking for your invaluable help to continue putting our community first in everything we do.

Unlike other Jewish media, we do not charge for content. That won’t change. Because we are free, we rely on advertising to cover our costs. This vital lifeline, which has dropped in recent years, has fallen further due to coronavirus.

For as little as £5 a month you can help sustain the vital work we do in celebrating and standing up for Jewish life in Britain.

Jewish News holds our community together and keeps us connected. Like a synagogue, it’s where people turn to feel part of something bigger. It also proudly shows the rest of Britain the vibrancy and rich culture of modern Jewish life.

You can make a quick and easy one-off or monthly contribution of £5, £10, £20 or any other sum you’re comfortable with.

100% of your donation will help us continue celebrating our community, in all its dynamic diversity...


Being a community platform means so much more than producing a newspaper and website. One of our proudest roles is media partnering with our invaluable charities to amplify the outstanding work they do to help us all.


There’s no shortage of oys in the world but Jewish News takes every opportunity to celebrate the joys too, through projects like Night of Heroes, 40 Under 40 and other compelling countdowns that make the community kvell with pride.


In the first collaboration between media outlets from different faiths, Jewish News worked with British Muslim TV and Church Times to produce a list of young activists leading the way on interfaith understanding.


Royal Mail issued a stamp honouring Holocaust hero Sir Nicholas Winton after a Jewish News campaign attracted more than 100,000 backers. Jewish Newsalso produces special editions of the paper highlighting pressing issues including mental health and Holocaust remembrance.

Easy access

In an age when news is readily accessible, Jewish News provides high-quality content free online and offline, removing any financial barriers to connecting people.

Voice of our community to wider society

The Jewish News team regularly appears on TV, radio and on the pages of the national press to comment on stories about the Jewish community. Easy access to the paper on the streets of London also means Jewish News provides an invaluable window into the community for the country at large.

We hope you agree all this is worth preserving.