Sal­ford out­reach project sur­vives

The Jewish Chronicle - - Community - BY JONATHAN KALMUS

A SUS­PENDED ci­ti­zen’s ad­vice ser­vice ded­i­cated to Manch­ester’s Jewish com­mu­nity has been guar­an­teed sur­vival af­ter the leader of Sal­ford City Coun­cil in­ter­vened.

The Jewish Out­reach Project, part of Sal­ford’s Ci­ti­zen’s Ad­vice Bureau, had funded a ded­i­cated Jewish ad­vi­sor, but was forced to shut in May when lot- tery fund­ing ran dry. Now the bureau’s chief, Tom Tougher, said the ser­vice will re­ceive half its £16,000 an­nual bud­get through Sal­ford coun­cil. Its leader, John Merry, se­cured the money af­ter be­ing told of the clo­sure.

The re­main­ing cash will come from a suc­cess­ful bid for gov­ern­ment funds by strictly-Or­tho­dox char­ity Agu­dah, who will house the project. While Agu­dah’s fund­ing will last just one year, Mr Tougher said Sal­ford has paved the way for other coun­cils to fund the project.

Aguda’s Michelle Cif­fer said mak­ing ci­ti­zen’s ad­vice ac­ces­si­ble to the com­mu­nity is key. “Peo­ple can get the proper ad­vice and quickly — that’s what’s im­por­tant, es­pe­cially in this eco­nomic cli­mate.”

If other coun­cils come on board, it will be the first guar­an­teed fund­ing since the ser­vice be­gan six years ago.

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