Kisharon wheels out wel­come

The Jewish Chronicle - - COMMUNITY - BY JC RE­PORTER

A VISIT to the Hen­don of­fices of spe­cial needs char­ity Kisharon and its ad­join­ing adult day cen­tre gave 60 JFS stu­dents a chance to in­ter­act with peo­ple with learn­ing dif­fi­cul­ties.

Tak­ing part through the year nine Hand in Hand vol­un­teer­ing pro­gramme, stu­dents were wel­comed by Kisharon chief ex­ec­u­tive Dr Bev­er­ley Ja­cob­son, who ex­plained that the char­ity was set up be­cause chil­dren with spe­cial needs were not be­ing ad­e­quately catered for in main­stream ed­u­ca­tion.

They watched a film about Kisharon projects, such as its Tuf­fkid in­te­grated nurs­ery, day school and em­ploy­ment pro­gramme, be­fore join­ing res­i­dents and day cen­tre mem­bers for ac­tiv­i­ties in­clud­ing bi­cy­cle main­te­nance, gar­den­ing, mu­sic, arts and crafts.

Kisharon runs Bus Stop Bikes, a bi­cy­cle sales and re­pairs shop in Hen­don and staff mem­bers, in­clud­ing those with learn­ing dif­fi­cul­ties, were on hand to show stu­dents how to ser­vice bikes. “This is bril­liant,” said pupil Jack Rabin. “I never knew how to mend a wheel.”

JFS­head­JonathanMiller­saidtheHand in Hand pro­gramme “is an im­mensely im­por­tant project which al­lows 300 stu­dents to en­gage in so­cial ac­tion. Wel­com­ing ser­vice users from Kisharon and other part­ner or­gan­i­sa­tions to JFS is al­ways a high­light of our year.”

PHOTO: SUE RIFKIN

Be­spoke ser­vice: JFS pupil Yoav Wynne learns main­te­nance skills from Yaakov Leon of Bus Stop Bikes

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