Social Care Information

Cancer Support Group

We meet monthly on a Tuesday evening from 7-9pm

This is a support group for people who have had or currently have cancer. There is no age limit and it is open for both male and female attendees. WLS is a safe environment to come to in which to share issues in confidence with people who understand what you are going through. Each meeting is facilitated by Jo Michaels and Rabbi David Mitchell. Unfortunately this is not a carers group although a separate group is due to commence shortly – see below for more details.

Please contact Jo Michaels on 020 7535 0290  if you would like to discuss this further.

Carers’ Support Group

There are many amongst us who are taking care of a family member, a neighbour or a friend who is unwell. We do not always see ourselves as ‘carers’; we say “I’m her sister”, “I’m her husband”, “his daughter” – “of course I take care of him/her when they are unwell.”

Yet, sometimes the caring role is overwhelming, isolating and hard, even if it is difficult to admit this to ourselves and to others. More often than not it takes its toll on us if we don’t get the right support.

Most important of all is the support we can give one other in the community, by providing advice, information and a space to socialise and interact with others who are often struggling with the same kind of issues and who understand the challenges we face.  The sharing of experiences and tips with others may strengthen our ability to cope and this does make a real difference.

That is why we at WLS plan to start a Carers’ Support Group. The first meeting will take place on Monday 24 March 2014 from 2.30pm -4.00pm. The meeting is for those within the community who are caring for a family member or a friend who suffers from any condition. If you are caring for someone and would like more information about the Carers’ Support Group please contact Tirza Waisel on 020 7535 0278

Bereavement Visitors Group

We meet monthly on a Tuesday evening from 7.00pm-8.30pm

West London Synagogue rightly claims to serve its membership in many aspects of their lives, from birth through each of life’s cycles. To do so, it relies on its members who contribute in so many ways. Helping others is probably the most rewarding of all activities. Perhaps the most neglected are those who suffer the loss of a loved one. Maybe a parent, or other relative, or even a child. Or a close colleague or special friend. We at WLS have our own ‘Bereavement Visitors Group’ but it is tiny in comparison with the numbers which it might be supporting. We are each unique in the way that we may ‘accept’ bereavement, and only a proportion of us wants to experience the help which may come from a trained Bereavement Visitor. People from all walks of life may become trained visitors. The more such visitors we have, the better service we can offer.

If this is something you would like to consider further then please contact:
Jo Michaels on 020 7535 0290.

Bereavement Support Group

Have you suffered the loss of a partner, relative or friend? Would you welcome the opportunity to meet others in a similar position to yourself?

WLS has started a group to meet the needs of people like you to meet once a month.  The direction the group takes will be determined by the group itself.

The group will be facilitated by Jo Michaels and Rabbi Helen Freeman. For more information or to discuss this further please contact Jo Michaels  on 020 7535 0290.

Volunteer Training

Further to the successful training sessions in 2012 and 2013 – we are pleased to be repeating the Volunteer Induction Course with Jo Michaels and Tirza Waisel in 2014. The purpose of the training is to: Support Volunteers working within the community, specifically those visiting and befriending our members at home, in hospital and those in residential care. Please do get in touch if you would like to know more: Jo Michaels at or call 020 7535 0290, or Tirza Waisel on 020 7535 0278.

Volunteer Feedback

Are you volunteering within the WLS community? A Volunteer Feedback session with Jo Michaels and Tirza Waisel. The purpose of the feedback session is to:

  • Exchange experiences and be a forum for mutual liaison of all those volunteering in the various fields within WLS
  • Hear from you about what goes well, what is challenging, and how we can best support you in your volunteering role within the community.

Contact The Elderly Tea Parties

Life Fills Us With Stories. Stories Fill Us With Life

Our WLS community is holding monthly Tea Parties for senior members who are isolated or lonely and who would like to socialise with other members of the community, in collaboration with the charity Contact the Elderly. The parties have proved a success, as more and more people would like to join them. These are pleasant get-togethers for an afternoon tea, and all those attending – guests, hosts, volunteers and the Rabbis alike, enjoy them very much.

If you would like to take part in these parties, as a guest, a host or a  volunteer, please contact Tirza Waisel on 020 7535 0278.

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