Club­house gets po­lice ap­proval

The Jewish Chronicle - - COMMUNITY - BY MAR­CUS DYSCH

MORE THAN £160,000 was raised at the first fundrais­ing din­ner of the Boys Club­house, which runs a drop-in cen­tre for young Jewish men with ad­dic­tions such as al­co­hol, drugs and gam­bling, or prob­lems like home­less­ness.

The din­ner was held at the Met­ro­pol­i­tan Po­lice mu­seum in Colin­dale, where a range of his­toric po­lice cars were on show.

Makinganemo­tion­alap­peal,aformer Club­house user told din­ers how the fa­cil­ity had helped him find work and a home af­ter his fam­ily life col­lapsed.

The char­ity’s work was praised by guest speaker Craig Mackey, the Met’s Deputy Com­mis­sioner. “I feel priv­i­leged to be part of this,” he said. “I wanted to be here to hear the suc­cess sto­ries of the Club­house.”

He also dis­cussed the chal­lenges posed by the in­ter­net and so­cial me­dia, which he said had im­pacted on teenagers’ home lives.

En­cour­ag­ing the Jewish com­mu­nity to en­dorse the ef­forts of the Club­house, the po­lice chief said its work proved that “hope is alive”.

Lon­don­ers Tali and Ada Michaels sup­port­ing José Pek­er­man’s Colom­bian World Cup team. The Michaels have fam­ily in Colom­bia and visit of­ten

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