Charities by Category: Children And Young Adults
Aish UK was created in 1993 to offer inspiring and relevant Jewish education and experiences for young Jews in the UK. We believe that the Jewish tradition is not only deep and fulfilling, but also relevant, engaging and compelling to the young person today.
Over the past 20 years, theory has been born out by practice. The demand for trips, events and courses has grown enormously. Today Aish serves almost every high school with a sizeable Jewish population, and University Jewish Societies from Durham to Bristol. We run young professionals branches and programmes in Manchester, Hampstead, Essex and the City of London.
‘To translate the wisdom, depth and beauty of our heritage to young British Jews.’
Arts Therapies For Children (ATFC) provide Art and Play therapy for children struggling with a diverse range of behavioural and emotional difficulties. We strongly believe that timely interventions offered to children whilst they are young can prevent issues becoming entrenched and continuing into adolescence and adulthood.
Sessions are held within the school as we feel that the best place for a child to receive therapy is a place where they feel safe and during times when they are not exhausted after a long day.
Working collaboratively with the school enables the therapist to observe the children at play or in class and meet with teachers, SENCO’s and parents in order to provide the best possible support for each child.
ALEH is Israel’s Largest Network of Care for Children with Severe Multiple Disabilities.
Over 700 children with intellectual and developmental disabilities and medical conditions receive advanced medical, educational and rehabilitative care in ALEH’s four residential facilities. In addition, ALEH provides over 26,000 outpatient treatments annually.
At ALEH, we look beyond the disability to the child within. By nurturing development and enriching quality of life, we enable each child to reach their full potential.
At Ohel Sarah, our mission is to enrich the quality of life for over 400 children and adults with cognitive and physical disabilities in Israel by providing comprehensive, ongoing support in the spheres of education, employment and independent living.
Delivering care from age six until end of life, we aim to help each person grow and acquire crucial skills to enable them to become confident, independent and contributing members of society.
15 – 17 HIgh Street
Shalva, the Israel Association for the Care and Inclusion of Persons with Disabilities is dedicated to providing transformative care for individuals with disabilities, empowering their families and promoting social inclusion. Non-denominational and free of charge,
Shalva’s programmes provide an all-encompassing range of services for thousands of individuals from infancy to adulthood. Additionally, Shalva supports and enables families to raise their children with disabilities within the family framework. Through nearly three decades of award-winning programmes, Shalva partners with various institutions in advocacy efforts to create a more inclusive society.
The Shalva National Center’s advanced programmes and facilities create new frontiers in disability rehabilitation, research, and inclusion; defining new standards in the field and impacting the world beyond those in Shalva’s direct care.
Shuvu’s network of kindergartens, elementary and high schools throughout Israel offer students from all backgrounds an outstanding education, equipping them with the skills and knowledge to become independent, successful and productive members of Israeli society.
Starting in 1990 with two schools providing education for Russian immigrant children, Shuvu has now established a network of 69 schools and kindergartens at 21 sites. As well as offering an unrivalled secular education, Shuvu connects children to their Jewish heritage by providing a positive and uplifting Jewish education.
The majority of Shuvu’s students come from immigrant, low-income and/or single-parent families. As well as an excellent education, these children are given hot meals, transport to school and a safe learning environment.
Euston Tower, 286 Euston Road
The British Friends of the Art Museums of Israel (BFAMI) is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to raise funds to support educational programmes run by the art museums of Israel. These programmes share the rich artistic culture and history of Israel alongside prominent international contemporary art, with future generations across all strata of society. We focus our fund-raising endeavours to support educational programmes targeted at more vulnerable social groups such as children from deprived backgrounds, terminally ill children in hospitals and new immigrants suffering from negative social stigma to name a few. Together with these we support programmes reaching the gifted and talented, as well as Israeli soldiers.
300 Regents Park Road
The Hebrew University of Jerusalem is Israel’s first and foremost University, an acclaimed educational and research institution of the highest calibre that has made an indelible impression both locally and internationally. It is regularly ranked in the world’s top 100. It has played a critical role in the development of the State of Israel and Jewish life, benefiting all citizens whilst reaching out to cure, feed and heal the world. There isn’t a single sphere of activity that has not in some way benefited: science; medicine; water-resourcing; plant, food and veterinary sciences; engineering and high tech; law; the arts, and Jewish studies. Invest in Israel’s most important resource, its brainpower, with a donation or a legacy in your will.
76 Gloucester Place
Established in 1982, the Jaffa Institute is at the forefront of poverty alleviation in Israel. Our mission is to achieve a lasting solution to the poverty which has been entrenched within the communities of Jaffa, south Tel Aviv and Bat Yam for generations. In addition to providing educational programming designed to ensure that the children in our care graduate from high school and achieve a good standard of living as adults, our holistic approach also includes emergency and long-term care facilities for at-risk children, the provision of higher education scholarships to disadvantaged youths, musical enrichment programming, food distribution, vocational training courses and therapeutic care. Through over 30 different programmes, our services reach 4,000 Israelis on an annual basis.
120 Regents Park Road
Rambam Medical Center in Haifa aspires to lead in all aspects of medical care on behalf of the two million population living in Northern Israel. Paediatrics is a speciality as is research to increase knowledge of the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of childhood diseases.
An underground emergency hospital in case of terrorist attacks has now been inaugurated. The hospital is just by the port area in Haifa and near to chemical factories, and thus vulnerable to enemy action in times of war. Incubators for babies, ventilators, beds for the burns unit, infusion pumps, dialysis machines and monitors, and special chairs and equipment for the chemotherapy department are all needed.
Bequests are truly appreciated for all departments. Donations always acknowledged. Plaques and commemorations available.
Tiferet Shlomo provides a safe and loving home for neglected, orphaned and homeless children who originate from all over the world. Life on the streets leaves many disadvantaged youngsters open to juvenile delinquency and crime. Tiferet Shlomo was established to help these youngsters by providing them with comfortable accommodation, as well as religious, secular and vocational education in a stable and happy environment. £95 will support a child for a month at the orphanage. Your donation now, or a bequest in your will, will help to give another Jewish child the chance to begin again with real hope for the future. Contact us now for a leaflet or more information about how you can help.
12 Queens Road
Camp Simcha exists to improve the quality of life of children suffering from Cancer or other life threatening illnesses. Our mission is to ensure that no such child, anywhere in the UK, has to suffer without us.
We provide 24/7 support to families who have the heart ache of dealing with an ill child by providing a wide range of services designed to provide both practical and emotional support to parents.
We aim to improve the quality of life, not only of the child but of the whole family, parents, siblings and grandparents; everyone who must shoulder the burden. Our philosophy is that the most effective way to help a sick child is to improve things for the whole family.
020 8203 6066
Emunah is a charity that helps disadvantaged and abused children and young adults. Emunah is one of the top providers of social welfare services throughout Israel, responsible for the care of 10,000 children and families every year. British Emunah supports 37 projects including children’s homes, day care centres, high schools and counselling services, providing a safe, nurturing refuge for Israel’s most desperate children at risk.
We help whoever needs our services, from many different backgrounds and nationalities – many children come to us because their parents can’t cope, they have been affected by drug abuse, alcoholism, illness or poverty. UK fundraising activities include our annual dinner, bridge lunch, Emunah Entertainment ticket agency, Emunah on Ebay, sponsored challenge events, local fundraising groups and more!
FJRO was created in 1919 and in the last ten years has developed numerous projects in Israel in cooperation with The Association for Children at Risk (therapeutic aid for autistic children), The Tel Aviv Foundation (projects for disadvantaged children and adults), and The Jaffa Institute (education for children from problematic backgrounds), and provided food and clothing for deprived families.
It has made donations towards a number of projects in England – particularly for Norwood – in addition to many other charities.
FJRO is also supported by the Christadelphian Community for the benefit of ‘The Children of Israel’.
Please consider us when making a donation or writing your Will, so that we can continue to offer these essential services to Jewish families in the UK and Israel.
Additional contact number: 07930 846135
ALYN Hospital, Israel’s ONLY comprehensive paediatric and adolescent rehabilitation centre, is recognized as one of the world’s leading specialists in the active and intensive rehabilitation of physically challenged children and young adults.
ALYN treats patients regardless of religious or ethnic background who suffer from a wide range of congenital and acquired conditions. More than 3,500 children, including some from abroad, are treated at ALYN Hospital every year. The ultimate aim of ALYN Hospital’s multidisciplinary staff is to rehabilitate the youngsters in its care and to return them to their families and to the community as quickly as possible having helped them achieve the highest possible levels of function, mobility and independence.
(0)20 8211 1023
Friends of Rachashei Lev
(0)20 8457 4429
GIFT’s twin objectives are to teach young people to GIVE and to help those in NEED.
Through GIFT, thousands of young people are being inspired to become GIVERS and to make a difference.
GIFT volunteers are helping almost 2000 people in need each week with food parcels and practical help including tutoring for their children, a helping hand after school, and visiting the elderly and infirm in hospitals and care homes.
GIFT run a food rescue programme – distributing over a tonne of fresh and dry food each week; we offer tailor-made Bnei Mitzvah projects and are active in schools across London, Manchester and Jerusalem, teaching and facilitating ‘giving’ and volunteering in a practical and real way.
The Holocaust Educational Trust was founded in 1988 during the passage of the War Crimes Act, to raise awareness and understanding about the Holocaust and its contemporary relevance.
We work in schools and higher education institutions, delivering innovative educational and teacher training programmes and producing groundbreaking resources. Through our Lessons from Auschwitz Project we have taken over 30,000 students and teachers to visit the Nazi concentration and death camp, Auschwitz-Birkenau. Our aims are to educate every person from every background in the UK about the Holocaust and its contemporary relevance, to teach the history of the Holocaust and to preserve the memory of those who were murdered in the Holocaust and those who survived.
IDF Widows & Orphans (IDFWO) is the sole organization recognised by the State of Israel, representing the widows and orphans of Israel’s fallen soldiers (est. 1991). Working with over 8000 widows and orphans, we strive to be the backbone of support that a lost parent or spouse generally provides, offering emotional, social and financial aid, to bring them light and hope once again.
We show those that have made the ultimate sacrifice for Israel that they will never be alone. We provide them representation to Israeli authorities and a variety of much needed welfare programmes to support them throughout the calendar year and at every milestone in their lives.
(0)20 8209 3155
Israeli Dance Institute (IDI)
56b Crewys Road
The Israeli Dance Institute (IDI) is a UK educational charity which nurtures the flame of Jewish identity with Israel at its heart, through Israeli dance. We develop special programmes, train teachers and youth leaders, and run classes for new and experienced dancers. We work with teachers in some 30 schools working with over 4,000 children in the UK. We run a major summer course, Machol Europa, which brings teachers and enthusiasts from around the world. More than 18,000 children worldwide, in Jewish communities emerging or distressed, benefit from this programme. We also have four performing groups, from children to adults, which represent the community at communal and interfaith events.
Founded by legendary Mayor Teddy Kollek fifty years ago, the Jerusalem Foundation’s mission is to shape a modern, unified and vibrant city by creating opportunities for all of Jerusalem’s population groups. Identifying and funding projects to aid and promote education, vulnerable populations, dialogue and shared living, arts and culture, and heritage and preservation.
The Foundation builds philanthropic partnerships and matches donors to worthy projects, preserving the city’s past and laying the groundwork for a dynamic future.
The Jerusalem Foundation – Your share in Jerusalem.
Jewish Child’s Day has been providing support for disabled, neglected, abused and underprivileged Jewish children in the UK, Israel and worldwide for 70 years.
It provides the tangible items required – wheelchairs, life-saving medical equipment, hearing stimulus and special educational materials to name but a few. Jewish Child’s Day also ensures that Jewish children receive the bare essentials such as food and clothing.
Relying entirely on the generosity of the community and receiving neither government nor statutory funding, Jewish Child’s Day grants provide Jewish children throughout the world the chance to make a better life for themselves.
No longer can a one size fits all approach to Jewish education guarantee either successful engagement or continuity of the younger generation. JFT exists in order to present young people with a diverse range of educational opportunities and experiences from which to choose.
Built upon decades of experience in both formal and informal education, JFT organizations represent a broad portfolio of dynamic and innovative initiatives and approaches, each providing a different yet equally compelling and vibrant opportunity to connect. Each organization has a proud track record of success in attracting, educating and inspiring young Jewish people, whilst promoting best practice and non-duplication of resources.
A charitable investment in JFT is a palpable contribution to Jewish continuity that ensures bright Jewish futures for our younger generation.
(0)20 8989 8990
Jewish Lads’ and Girls’ Brigade
3 Beechcroft Road
London, E18 1LA
Today’s Jewish young people have the energy and enthusiasm to shape and change their world in innovative and exciting ways that simply weren’t possible in previous generations.
Since 1895 the JLGB has trained and developed tens of thousands of young people to reach their potential through active citizenship, within both the Jewish and wider community, empowering them to become future leaders.
Encouraging friendship through achievement, recognition and personal development programmes, such as the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award, the JLGB helps to prepare and enable young Jewish people to develop the essential life skills needed to help their transition from young person to adult life.
Young people represent the best possible investment in the future – help us to help them.
The Jewish Learning Exchange in the heart of Golders Green has now enthused the hearts and minds of thousands of young Jews for over 30 years! Our educational approach is to share a deeper meaning and greater relevance of Judaism in a way which creates a lasting impression in the everyday lives of our students. Our vision is to continue to inspire Young Jews across the UK through learning and education making Judaism relevant and meaningful in the 21st Century.
Our programmes in schools, on campus and with young professionals continue to make a meaningful difference to thousands of Jewish lives. Your support will ensure we can affect thousands more for many years to come!
Kisharon transforms the lives of children and adults with a wide range of learning disabilities. It is the only Jewish organization providing education, supported living and a complement of adult services which include an employment programme, social enterprise opportunities and life skills courses. All of which are offered across the community.
At Kisharon we believe equality is everyone’s right, whichever path they take. We provide a structured yet warm and caring environment that ensures every individual can meet their potential to live as independently as possible whilst integrating within the wider community. Please contact us for further information on how you can help or to make a donation.
Middx, HA8 4GL
Langdon empowers Jewish youth and adults with learning disabilities to live the independent lives they deserve. We do this by providing them with supported living, employment opportunities, education and a vibrant social life, all within a Jewish ethos.
Through Langdon’s supported living houses in London and Manchester, our members live in their own homes, with the appropriate level of support to meet individual needs. This enables them to gain independence in a safe and secure environment, living as a community within a community.
At Legadel, we believe that every child deserves to succeed, no matter his/her circumstances. Legadel provides professional support to disadvantaged children in the North West London, Edgware and surrounding Jewish communities that are failing to thrive and succeed at school, and we do this within their school environment.
We offer a pool of resources including speech and language therapy, specialist literacy teaching, specialist maths teaching, occupational therapy and one-to-one key worker support.
Our aim is that these children will be in a better position to fully integrate into school life socially, emotionally and behaviourally; and to see the children thrive as they become able to achieve their full potential!
London, NW4 2BZ
Maccabi GB plays a vital role within the community as the only provider of Jewish sport, health and wellbeing and educational activities in Great Britain. Our varied events engaged over 40,000 people in 2016. Our Community Sports Days, ‘Ability, Not Disability’ Programme and Weekly Sports Clubs demonstrate our ethos of ‘Sport for Everyone’ and our commitment to providing an outlet for Jewish people to get active, regardless of age, gender or ability.
As the governing body of ‘Team Maccabi GB’, we represent the elite of Jewish sportspeople at international sporting events including the Maccabiah, JCC Maccabi Games and European Maccabi Games. We work with our affiliated clubs, sports leagues and the community by providing quality youth projects such as the Leadership Programme and Streetwise.
“Competing for Maccabi GB [at the Maccabiah Games] left me inspired, reaffirmed my Jewish identity and made me determined to do everything I can to ensure our Jewish future for generations.”
Maccabiah Games participant
“Maccabi GB gave our son the chance to go on a ‘standard’ Israel Tour. He took part in so many experiences in an environment where he felt totally secure and valued. He made friends, enhanced his Jewish learning and, most importantly, had so much fun.”
Parents of Daniel, participant of the MGB Challenge Israel Tour 2016 (for young members of the Jewish Community with learning difficulties)
Herts, EN5 3HW
Maccabi London Brady provides quality sports and recreational facilities and opportunities for all. The 50-acre site includes tennis courts, netball courts, a bowls green, a cricket square and seven football pitches. Our all-weather pitch and floodlights, are used on a daily basis by schools and clubs.
Our school holiday schemes attract 100 kids a day; Noah’s Ark Nursery runs from our premises and with Maccabi London Lions and Brady Maccabi fielding over 45 football teams, Maccabi London Brady is already the number one destination for Jewish youth. Our vision is to build a centre for the community, improving our facilities, therefore adding to our activities and training our own leaders.
We actively fundraise, but any donations are greatly appreciated
Malki Foundation uniquely supports thousands of Israeli families who care at home for a child with severe disabilities. We provide them with the means to obtain paramedical therapy sessions (physical, occupational, speech, hydrotherapy, and horse-riding) when Israel’s government-mandated safety net runs out or when, for bureaucratic reasons that no parent can accept, the system says no.
For families in Israel’s peripheral communities where therapists are scarce, our supervised therapists travel directly to the child’s home. Malki Foundation also provides home-care equipment enabling families to keep a child with severe special needs at home rather than succumb to institutionalization for lack of realistic alternatives.
Founded in 2001 by parents who understand the need, we are passionate, efficient, and effective.
Save A Child’s Heart is an lsraeli based international humanitarian charity providing life-saving heart surgery and follow-up care for children from developing countries, regardless of their race, religion, gender, nationality or financial status. To date we have carried out over 4500 life-saving surgeries on children from 54 countries at no cost to the patients, half of the children are from the PA, lraq, Syria and Afghanistan. We also train medical personnel from developing countries in all facets of paediatric cardiac care – some 117 surgeons and clinicians to date.
Our current project is the construction of the lnternational Paediatric Centre in Holon,
lsrael which, when finished, will allow us to double the surgeries and doctors in training.
Mending Hearts – Building Bridges
Woodford Bridge Road
Essex, 1G4 5LN
The Fund, established in honour of the late Dr I Sidney Gold, first President of the Redbridge Jewish Youth & Community Centre, promotes the Doris and Sidney Gold/RAGS Scholarships. The driving concerns of his life were young people, Israel and Jewish community service and appropriately these scholarships combine all three elements. Selected Jewish students in the Essex area are assisted in funding a pre-university year on an approved study and training course in Israel with the understanding that they have a commitment to future communal involvement. The scheme’s success over nearly two decades has been the number of the Scholars who have become deeply involved in community leadership. Extra funds will enable more worthy young people to be assisted.
97 Stamford Hill
Step by Step supports children and young people with moderate/severe disabilities by providing fun, sport/recreational activities whilst offering respite for their families almost every day of the year. Our mission is to grant every disabled child with a happy, healthy productive childhood.
We are there for them every day after school and whenever school is closed. Our services include after school sports: swimming, horse-riding, ice-skating, music, cycling and creative arts, three full-day Sunday Clubs for children and adolescents, holiday play schemes, half-term trips, residential shabbatonim and a week-long winter camp.
We aim to improve children’s physical skills, social skills, emotional health and future independence through our projects. The essential respite provided for parents and siblings ensures happier home environments.
Tikva’s core mission is to care for the homeless, abandoned and abused Jewish children of Odessa, Ukraine. Tikva provides a loving home, essential social services, a quality education, while revitalising the growing Jewish community of Odessa, and provides an opportunity for a brighter future through immigration to Israel. The lives of more than 3,000 men, women, and children have changed significantly through programmes including the Tikva Boys’ and Girls’ Homes, which cares for 160 children aged six to sixteen, an Infants’ Home for 40 children, a university dormitory catering for 110 students, a Day Care Centre for 125 children and primary and secondary schools, teaching over 750 Jewish children from Tikva’s homes and the Odessa region.
For nearly 100 years UJIA has been building meaningful connections between the UK Jewish community and the people of Israel. To achieve our vision of a strong British Jewry with a lifelong commitment to Israel, we are active in three key areas: in the UK we deliver and support educational programmes to enhance knowledge about Israel from childhood to adulthood, and we ensure or create immersive experiences to connect British Jewry with the Israel of today.
In Israel itself, our educational and welfare initiatives impact tens of thousands of lives each year, transforming communities, increasing social mobility and building cohesion.
Schneider Children’s Medical Center of Israel is a paediatric tertiary care hospital, providing medical care from birth to age eighteen.
Since its inception in 1991, Schneider Children’s has made an indelible contribution to Israeli healthcare and is Israel’s leading children’s hospital in the fields of bone marrow and organ transplants; endocrinology and diabetes; oncology, and cardiology and cardiothoracic surgery. The Medical Center has the busiest emergency room in the country, and has pioneered advanced surgical, therapeutic and research protocols.
Schneider Children’s treats children in Israel and from neighbouring countries, serving as a ‘bridge to peace’ in the region.
University Jewish Chaplaincy is the premier rabbinical campus service in the UK, providing official representation for Jewish students on religious matters in over 100 campuses. Our nineteen chaplains also provide extensive home hospitality, pastoral support on a host of welfare issues, and original Jewish education.
A main part of our charitable organization’s remit involves working collaboratively with local Jewish communities and organizations across the country to plan and develop for the future of Jewish student life.While students come and go, Chaplaincy ensures that the infrastructure is in place year-after-year, providing consistency and stability in the ever-changing university environment.
Our chaplains and chaplaincy couples are there for all Jewish students to provide a warm, non-judgmental, vibrant, inclusive and inspiring Jewish environment on campus.
Yad Voezer is a helping hand for people with learning disabilities and their families. It manages:
• Three Registered Residential Care Homes
• Three Supported Housing projects
• A Day Programme
• Clubs & leisure activities
• Family Support
• Soap Workshop
34 Arcadia Avenue
YACR provides a nurturing home for children at risk where they can live, learn, and heal together. We transform the lives of vulnerable and at-risk children in Israel and across the world. Children are provided with a warm and supportive home in one of our five youth villages and two leadership programmes. They are given everything they need to live happy, fulfilling and productive lives. Our ‘Village Way’ educational approach has been globally recognised for dramatically improving the lives of children.
Thousands of children from Israel and around the world have benefitted from our life-changing work. Over 400,000 children in Israel have been deemed at-risk by authorities and with decades of experience we can take them ‘from survival to leadership’.
Suppose you are a parent whose child has been diagnosed with cancer and your whole world has come to an end. Suppose you are a boy or girl, suddenly in pain and discomfort, being examined and prodded by doctors, living in hospital away from your family and friends. Now relax because there is a loving, caring organization that can bring hope out of despair. The therapeutic effect of all that Zichron Menachem does, including its Jerusalem Day Centre and camps in the UK and Holland has to be seen to be believed. ZM services are available to all Israeli families.
We cannot take the sickness away from the child but Zichron Menachem takes the child away from the sickness.