JLGB re­ceives cash boost from the Chan­cel­lor

The Jewish Chronicle - - COMMUNITY - BY JC RE­PORTER

CHAN­CEL­LOR GE­ORGE Os­borne has an­nounced a ma­jor six-fig­ure grant to the Jewish Lads’ and Girls’ Brigade to be used to­wards get­ting more young Jews in­volved in so­cial ac­tion.

JLGB was among 14 na­tional youth or­gan­i­sa­tions funded af­ter a com­pet­i­tive ap­pli­ca­tion process. The money will sup­port a new team of re­gional pro­fes­sion­als, heav­ily sub­sidised ac­tiv­i­ties and camps and the es­tab­lish­ment of na­tional cam­paigns to at­tract more stu­dent, young adult and par­ent vol­un­teers.

Chief ex­ec­u­tive Neil Martin said: “This ma­jor boost from the gov­ern­ment gives JLGB the re­sources we need to take our award-win­ning pro­vi­sion to the next level, ex­pand­ing and cre­at­ing new JLGB groups and pro­grammes.”

The grant is part of the Step Up To Serve campaign, geared to dou­bling the num­ber of young peo­ple in­volved in so­cial ac­tion by 2020. JLGB has been in the fore­front through its eVOLve young vol­un­teer­ing ini­tia­tive, launched in Jan­uary by Prince Ed­ward and the Chief Rabbi.

Mr Os­borne said the money for the campaign had been found from the fi­nan­cial penal­ties re­sult­ing from the Li­bor bank­ing scan­dal. “It is right that money paid in fines by peo­ple who demon­strated the worst of the val­ues in our so­ci­ety is now be­ing used to sup­port those who demon­strate the very best and bring about a pos­i­tive change.”

Civil So­ci­ety Min­is­ter Brooks Newmark added that “this scheme will help to build a gen­er­a­tion of young peo­ple with raised as­pi­ra­tions and greater prospects for their future”.

PHOTO: JOHN FISHER

The first dog show held by Leeds care home Don­isthorpe at­tracted a big turnout of pooches and their own­ers. There were prizes in cat­e­gories in­clud­ing res­i­dents’ favourite — Lexi, owned by Is­abella and Oliver New­man

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