Families, friends and support workers

When a family has a member with a learning disability or mental ill-health, it can make inclusion difficult for the whole family.  They may feel uncomfortable coming to shul, find it hard to get out in the evening for classes at the shul, or feel that they are not welcome at communal events.  Friends may feel unsure how to respond and may withdraw out of fear, naivety or just not knowing how to behave.  Where people receive paid support, the worker may not be Jewish, and feel unable or uncomfortable to support the person’s Jewish identity.

As well as the benefits to the individual, families enjoy the chance to be part of something, together; an opportunity which may be rare when a family member has a learning disability or mental health problem.

If you would like to get involved with a synagogue please contact us or visit our What’s On Guide

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