Charity Central 201925th September 2019
Over 400 people attended Charity Central, the one stop shop for jobs and volunteering. This year Work Avenue partnered with JVN, hosting fifty-seven of the community’s largest and most high-profile charities, including Camp Simcha, Jewish Care, Maccabi, Norwood and UJIA, all taking a stall to engage, inspire and inform delegates seeking jobs and voluntary roles.
Charity Central is the response to feedback that jobs and voluntary roles in the community are very much in demand but hard to access. The fair provided the exhibiting charities with a platform to showcase their paid and unpaid voluntary opportunities and engage with prospective employees and volunteers. It was aimed at those who work or wish to work or volunteer in the charitable/not for profit sector, giving them an opportunity to see first-hand the diversity of community opportunity, all in one room.
Louise Jacobs, Chair of UJIA and JLC and Work Avenue trustee, addressed and inspired the delegates about her personal employment and volunteering journey in the community. She reinforced the diversity of the community to offer something for everyone and emphasised of the importance of understanding what you are offering to the charity.
Throughout the event, one-to-one careers, volunteering and fundraising clinics were busy, and the atmosphere in the room was electric, provoking positive conversations and much networking. Lucy, a participant who is looking to find a volunteering role that complements her skills, explained “Charity Central has been extremely helpful and energising. Having all the charities under one roof made it possible find specific voluntary work that suited me, making the suggestion and introduction to the relevant people and opportunities that were there”.
Assaf Admoni, CEO of British friends of United Hatzalah said: “Charity Central was so well organised. From my perspective it all went well. I enjoyed meeting other exhibitors and had some very useful conversations with candidates for the vacancies we are now recruiting. I am really optimistic we will fill our vacancies.” Richard Shone, Head of Community Engagement and Volunteering at Jewish Care, added: “We are always looking for talented and enthusiastic people at Jewish Care, and we were enthused and inspired by many of the delegates we met today.”