SHABBAT WALK AT A GLANCE...
650 WEEKLY VOLUNTEERING HOURS
inc 100 HOURS IN HOSPITALS
inc 50 HOURS IN SHABBAT WALK ISRAEL
150 FAMILIES HELPED
8 WEEKLY EDUCATIONAL SESSIONS
VOLUNTEERS FROM ALL JEWISH SCHOOLS
WORK ALONGSIDE OTHER LOCAL ORGANISATIONS
Help families with special needs children
Shabbat Walk volunteers befriend and take out special needs children at times which is beneficial for the family. This can include going out for pizza, going to the park or general playing at home.
Help families with newborns
Shabbat Walk volunteers assist families with newborns where the mother is not coping with the normal schedule. Our volunteers help with holding the baby whilst the mother rests or gives the other children some much needed attention, playing or doing homework with the other children.
Help families with financial and emotional struggles
Shabbat Walk volunteers assist families in financial and emotional crisis. This could be due to the family bereavement or mental health. Our volunteers help these families with providing much needed support by doing homework with the children, playing, taking the children out to the park.
Israel Shabbat Walk
Shabbat Walk Israel volunteers are yeshiva and seminary students who give up their break time to assist families with special needs and visit the elderly.
Visiting care homes
Shabbat Walk volunteers visit over 20 care and assisted living homes on Shabbos.
Hospital visitation & overnight shifts
The hospital Visiting Project volunteers visit and assists patients and their families in hospital. These are volunteers (aged 18+) who go straight from work or uni to the hospital. The volunteers will visit, do a day time or night time shift, or even an entire Shabbos shift. This allows the family much needed respite. In some cases the patient has no family and our volunteers are their only visitors.
Walking to hospitals on Shabbos
Shabbat Walk volunteers walk to hospitals across London on Shabbos to visit patients who wouldn’t otherwise be visited by family and friends due to Shabbos.
Shabbat walk volunteers have the opportunity to deepen their understanding of what it means to become a true giver by attending one of our education sessions. We have 7 fantastic female madrichot who have set groups and meet on a fortnightly basis. For the boys there are 5 weekly programs which is well attended. In excess of 200 volunteers attend.