Volunteering at Kisharon is incredibly rewarding and even more so during Covid. It’s an opportunity to build new friendships, share your skills – and learn new ones – and to enrich other people’s lives.
We are always looking for enthusiastic individuals to join the growing and dynamic volunteering team at Kisharon. With many everyday activities curtailed, you can make someone’s day by becoming a befriender, either by phone or video. Doorstep deliveries are needed more than ever and we have an urgent need for volunteers to drop off essential items. This can be a regular commitment or an ad hoc/flexible arrangement.
As a Kisharon volunteer, you will receive an induction, training and continual support. There is always a trial period, giving all involved the opportunity to experience volunteering without commitment. No previous experience is necessary.
For younger volunteers, every hour spent with Kisharon counts towards the Yoni Jesner award, or the volunteering element of the Duke of Edinburgh Awards. Young teenagers also help to make their bar/bat mitzvah more meaningful or to gain a different experience during their holidays.
Current volunteer vacancies
What do you enjoy doing? (Personal trainer, tennis player, chess player, arts and crafts enthusiast, baker, exercise enthusiast, walking and running buddy.)
Kisharon Noé School: Lunchtime club leaders (Davening; Basic Hebrew Reading and Chumash sessions.)
Kisharon Adult Day Opportunities in Temple Fortune – lunchtime activities
Many of the volunteering opportunities below are currently inactive due to Covid-19, but if you are interested, please apply so our recruitment process will be complete once these activities restart.
Volunteer department seeks volunteers to join the team
The volunteer department is seeking a couple of additional volunteers to assist with various functions.
We are looking for volunteers who are particularly skilled in administrative tasks. You can expect to be using Microsoft office software: MS Outlook, MS Word, MS Excel along with our volunteer database. You will be trained on the volunteer database and the other aspects of the role.
We are ideally looking for people who can commit to 3-hour blocks of time at once, (once or twice a week) preferably in the morning.
Strong communication skills: written, face-to-face and telephone
Able to work independently and with autonomy
Experience in using MS Outlook, MS Word and MS Excel
Experience of using databases
Experience of working in a team and to be happy working alone, as everything is done remotely at the moment
If you are interested please email email@example.com stating your experience and when you feel you could be available each week.
Kisharon Noé School: Lunch cover volunteers (Covid update: Placement inactive. We are recruiting.)
Helpers are needed to be on duty between 1-2pm during term-time at the new Kisharon Noé School in Parson Street, Hendon. You’ll join a rota of volunteers in this valued role. Are you interested? Please email firstname.lastname@example.org saying when you would be available.
Are you a singer or performer? (Covid update: Placement is active. We are recruiting.)
Many people in our supported living schemes love to listen to music and to sing. It is an activity that Covid-19 does not stop. As a singer or performer yourself, you know the magical impact music and singing has on an audience. Would you like to volunteer by singing or playing Jewish or other kinds of music? This would be done over Zoom, in the garden – keeping socially distanced, when this is permitted.
Do you like 0pera and would you like to offer access to 0pera singing to the people we support?
Are you interested? Please email email@example.com saying what you would like to do.
Childs Hill Library (Covid update: Placement is active. We are recruiting.)
Childs Hill Library, which is run by Kisharon, reopened in August 2020. As a large number of our existing volunteers are shielding, we’re hoping to engage new volunteers to help us stay open.
We’re taking all the necessary steps to make our service safe for volunteers, members of staff and the general public. We’re currently offering a book collection and drop-off service and PC use by appointment.
We need help in the following areas: Meeting and greeting library customers while maintaining a 2m distance, working at the desk to help customers find the resources they want, re-shelving books and keeping the library tidy and helping customers log on to computers. In addition, there are opportunities to organise online activities such as the conversation café, current affairs discussion etc. Time commitment: 3 hours a week. Currently, opening times are reduced to: Tuesday 10am-1pm, Wednesday 1pm-4pm, Thursday 1pm-4pm.
The library is located at 320 Cricklewood Lane, London NW2 2QE
For further information please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
Kisharon’s Gift and Homeware Store, Equal – Retail Assistants (Covid update: Not currently active or recruiting. Please register your interest by completing the form and we will be in touch.)
We need retail assistants at Kisharon’s gift store to sell our luxury gifts and homewares. No previous experience is necessary just a positive can-do approach to the work.
Sunday: 10am to 1pm.
Monday – Thursday: 10am to 1pm and 1pm to 5pm
Friday: 10am to 1pm and 11am to 2pm.
You’ll need to be 18+. Click here to apply
What do you enjoy doing? (Covid update: Some placements active. We are recruiting.)
Kisharon is looking for volunteers to enhance the creativity and wellbeing of the adults with learning disabilities we support.
Currently we are looking to fill the following voluntary positions: Personal trainer and exercise enthusiast, tennis player, chess player, arts and crafts enthusiast, baker, walking and running buddy. Some activities can’t currently take place, but we are keen to establish the relationships with those you will be supporting over Zoom so that when face-to-face interaction is possible activities can begin.
Kisharon Noé School (Covid update: Placement is active. We are recruiting.)
We are looking for people to run lunchtime club sessions. These will be Zoom based at the moment.
Do you have the knowledge to lead any of the sessions?
Davening: Morning prayers.
Basic Hebrew reading: Alphabet teaching and word recognition.
Ad-hoc volunteering. (Covid update: Some placements are active. We are recruiting.)
Join our database and be the first to hear about ad-hoc opportunities. These include helping at stalls, events, collections and supporting adults and children on holidays.
We are also looking to involve volunteers in other creative and sporty ways, so if you have a hobby that you would like to share with the people we support, please get in touch.
Minibus driver (Covid update: Placement is active. We are recruiting.)
Our students and the people we support often need to be driven to sports centres, swimming pools or other venues, at various times of the day and week. If you have a clean licence and can drive a minibus, please contact us. Fully trained staff will accompany vehicles at all times. You would need to commit to two hours a week to drive people in Hendon or Stamford Hill.
Visitors on Shabbat (Covid update: Placement is inactive. We are recruiting.)
Volunteers are needed to support adults with learning difficulties to take part in Shabbat activities such as kiddush or to attend shuls in Golders Green. This is a twice-a-month commitment for half an hour, and can be undertaken in pairs. Ages 16 and above.
Befrienders (Covid update: Placement is active. We are recruiting.)
During these Covid-19 times we have introduced befriending via Zoom. This has proven extremely successful. Once the Covid-19 restrictions are lifted you would continue by moving to face-to-face interactions.
We are currently in need of someone who would like to befriend one of the ladies we support on a weekly basis on the phone or on Zoom. We also have ladies who would love to have a companion to walk or run in the park.
If you are interested in a specific befriending opportunity (running, walking…) please let us know by emailing email@example.com
Once the Covid-19 restrictions are lifted you would continue by moving to face-to-face interactions. You could also visit Supported Living services to do specific activities with the people we support.
Visits to Supported Living (Covid update: Placement is inactive. We are recruiting.)
Visit adults living in supported living accommodation between 6-7pm to do arts and crafts, play games, read together, learn or have discussions. This is a once-a-month activity in Hendon or Golders Green. This is suitable for young and older volunteers and can be undertaken in pairs.
Friday night candle lighting (Covid update: Placement is active. We are recruiting.)
During the Covid-19 restrictions candle lighting is taking place on Zoom.
Would you like to support women with learning needs to light candles and sing songs at dusk on a Friday to help bring in Shabbat?
As a volunteer you will light candles, make the brachos, sing shalom aleichem and recite kiddush. A supportive, calm, patient person with knowledge of Jewish prayers needed. This is suitable for girls aged 15 + and can be undertaken in pairs once, or more, a month for half an hour.
Make Havdalah for two ladies once a month. (Covid update: Placement is active. We are recruiting.)
During the Covid-19 restrictions Havdalah is taking place on Zoom.
Would you like to make Havdalah for two ladies after Shabbat? Suitable for men above the age of 21 years, once a month for half an hour and can be undertaken in pairs.
Kisharon Adult Day Opportunities in Temple Fortune – lunchtime activities. (Covid update: Placement is active. We are recruiting.)
Support individuals over the lunchtime period. During this time you can play board games, take part in arts and crafts, read, chat or tend our beautiful and growing vegetable garden. The men and women love to meet new people, are very welcoming and eager to share their stories and ideas with you, promising to bring many enjoyable moments. We are looking for calm, supportive and patient people who can come once a week between 12.30 and 2.00pm.
Pet therapy. (Covid update: Placement is inactive. We are recruiting.)
We are looking for the owner of a dog, or cat, living in Hendon or Golders Green. A woman we support with learning disabilities would like the opportunity to take care of a pet once a week and would come to your home with a member of staff. The animal must be extremely tame.
You’ll find our application forms above, but for more information, please email: firstname.lastname@example.org