NEWS

Take Control of Low Mood & Depression

June 2021

Neshomo launches our Take Control Initiative

Neshomo are pleased to launch our new Take Control Initiative- practical guide booklets to help you through different mental health conditions.  These audio-visual guides are interactive, offering information, advice and practical activities, together with corresponding audio recordings.  For more information CLICK HERE.

To order your guide CONTACT US.  

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Mental Health & Wellbeing Library 

June 2021

Neshomo launches our Mental Health & Wellbeing Library

Neshomo are pleased to launch our library of self-health and wellbeing books available for short term loan.  For more information CLICK HERE. 

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Zoom Cheesecake Cook-Along 

11 May 2021

Neshomo & JAMH host cook-along with Chef Debra Kaye

Neshomo & JAMH hosted a  cook-along, where participants were taught to make berry swirl cheesecake in time for Shavuos.  This was a group event in which ingredients were prepared and delivered to participants beforehand and participants joined together via Zoom from their own kitchens.  The cook-along was a great success with highly positive feedback from attendees. 

"It was just amazing tonight BH! Thank you so much and Debra was fantastic and so patient. I'm so glad I joined, I'd love to be part of more sessions like it in the future."

 

"Firstly thank you, and secondly I thought it would be difficult but found it easy when it was done step by step and asking questions when needed. Bring on more, Neshomo!"

 

"Thank you so much for the amazing zoom cookery event. I've never done one before and it was really such fun, so relaxing and so good connecting with other people. A semblance of normality! Please can you organise some more! The cake looks and smells delicious good job I'm meaty otherwise it wouldn't last until Yom Tov." 

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Men's Mindfulness 

27 April 2021

Relaxing with Mindfulness by Mind In Salford

Neshomo together with Mind In Salford held a Men's Mindfulness session over Zoom.  Mindfulness can help you become more self-aware and feel calmer and less stressed.  Participants welcomed the techniques taught to help manage every day stresses and requested follow up mindfulness sessions to continue practicing these useful skills (keep posted for more mindfulness to come!).  For audio recordings of the session and other mindfulness recordings CLICK HERE

 

An Evening of Music 

12 April 2021

Unlocking the Soul during Lockdown

Neshomo together with our partner JAMH held an inspirational evening via Zoom with Rabbi Danny Bergson.  Participants really enjoyed the event, with feedback stating:

 

"Thank you so much, Neshomo, for organising such a fantastic, amazing evening! It really lifted my spirits up. I particularly enjoyed listening to all the 'Golden Oldies' and singing along! I would love another musical evening."

 

"I truly enjoyed this Neshomo event. It was very inspirational as he gave intros to each song and being able to request a song was great as I got to have my favourites played. It was very relaxing after a stressful day."

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Pesach Preparation Sessions 

8 & 15 March 2021

Preparing for Pesach Together

Neshomo ran 2 sessions aimed at reducing stress and anxiety leading up to Pesach, with Time Management Coach Mrs H Breuer.  The first session focusing on writing down tasks in to do lists in an organised fashion to ensure there were no last minute shocks of having forgotten things.  The second session was centred around visually picturing how attendees would like to go into Pesach, and putting a plan into place for how to achieve that. A discussion was had about how to be okay with things that we'd have liked to do but didn't manage to get around to and how to differentiate between essentials and extras.  Attendees found the provided handouts very useful, in particular the meal planners which helped reduce anxiety around food planning.

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Zoom Yoga 

11 March 2021

Accessible Yoga for every body

Neshomo together with JAMH ran Yoga sessions on zoom, with Yoga teacher Miriam Zendle.  The sessions were very popular and were attended by ladies of a range of ages in the community.  Yoga can aid relaxation and help manage stress and anxiety,  which for many has increased during Covid-19.  

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Neshomo expands Covid-19 Support

28 January 2021

We are all in this together!

Neshomo has broadened support during Covid-19 in response to the community's need.  Neshomo now offers well being resources, mentoring, advice, referrals and befriending to all community members affected by Covid-19.  Neshomo are currently developing new resources including a library of well-being and self-help books. 

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Mental Health Awareness Shabbat 2021

22 January - 23 January 2021

How Laughter can help us cope with Lockdown

To mark Mental Health Awareness Shabbat, Neshomo together with JAMH held a Laughter Workshop on Zoom chaired by David Mintz from Saturday Night Live with Sandi Mann, Clinical Lead of JAMH.   

Mental Health Awareness Shabbat is an initiative by JAMI, a mental health charity based in London.

For more information on Mental Health Awareness Shabbat click here.

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Art Collaboration Social Project

29 Dec 2020 & 5 Jan 2021

Community Art Collaborative with Artist Chava Erlanger

Neshomo ran two Art collaborative sessions on Zoom for members of the community.  Each participant created an art piece using materials provided, including paints, that were delivered to their door.  The art pieces will be combined by Artist Chava Erlanger to create a masterpiece to be displayed in our community.  The sessions were well attended with participants ranging in age from 10-80 years old and received very postive feedback.  Neshomo loaned out tablets to participants who did not have access to their own device, for these sessions.  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Zoom Middle Eastern Cook-Along 

7 December 2020

Neshomo & JAMH host cook-along with Middle Eastern Chef Reuven Banay

Neshomo & JAMH hosted a  cook-along, where participants were taught to make vegan mushrrom shawarma with salad, techina & pitta.  This was a group event in which ingredients were prepared and delivered to participants beforehand and participants joined together via Zoom from their own kitchens.  This event was part of Neshomo's drive to help reduce social isolation in these difficult times.

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Neshomo Covid-19 support

November 2020

Neshomo support vulnerable adult members of the local Jewish Community

Neshomo has increased it's support provision during Covid-19 through their befriending service, social activities over Zoom & teleconference including Mindfulness sessions together with Mind in Salford.  Neshomo has also continued to provide training to other professional services on topics such as Mental health and the Jewish way of life.  

In the Kitchen with Debra 

17 November 2020

Neshomo & JAMH host cook-along with Debra

Neshomo & JAMH hosted a  cook-along, where participants were taught to make minestrone soup & crackers.  This was a group event in which ingredients were prepared and delivered to participants beforehand and participants joined together via Zoom from their own kitchens.  This event was part of Neshomo's drive to help reduce social isolation in these difficult times.

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Zoom Cook-Along 

30 September 2020

Neshomo & JAMH host cook-along with chef Denise Phillips

Neshomo & JAMH hosted a  cook-along, where participants were taught by the chef and author Denise Phillips to bake a fig & date honey clafoutis.  This was a group event in which ingredients were prepared and delivered to participants beforehand and participants joined together via Zoom from their own kitchens.  This event was part of Neshomo's drive to help reduce social isolation in these difficult times.

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Rosh Hashana PPE packages

September 2020

Wishing our members a Happy & Healthy New Year

Neshomo thanked their wonderful team of volunteer befrienders with a package filled with items for a sweet new year as well as new guidance on returning to face to face contact with clients, with PPE provided. 

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Neshomo-JAMH Covid community support

September 2020

Neshomo & JAMH work together to offer mental health support

Neshomo and Jewish Action for Mental Health (JAMH) have been working together to provide mental health services to those in the community affected by covid-19, including offering befriending, mentoring, counselling and therapy and social prescribing sessions via Zoom or telephone.  Neshomo are very grateful to the donors who have helped to fund these important services.  

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New Female Outreach Worker

August 2020

Neshomo welcomes  new Female Outreach Worker Racheli Bass

Neshomo are sad to say goodbye to Tamar Tabor who has helped develop Neshomo as Manager and Female Outreach Worker for the last 2 years.  We thank Tamar for all her incredible work and wish her mazel tov on the birth of her daughter and the best of luck in all her endeavours.  

We are very pleased to welcome Racheli Bass to the team and know her  skills and experience in Mental Health will be a great asset to Neshomo.  For more information about Neshomo's team and credentials click here

'Post coronavirus' Mental Health impact

June 2020

Rabbi's Journal by Rabbi Yitzchok Reuven Rubin

Rabbi Rubin's article featured in the Jewish Tribune highlights the emotional impact of coronavirus such as stress, loneliness and grieving the loss of loved ones and how psychological pain is often supressed, particularly with men.  Rabbi Rubin stresses the importance of reflecting on these past few months, talking and offloading to heal our emotional pain.  Neshomo was named for "standing out with their professional support system for volunteers who are working with those with acute mental health needs".  Neshomo is here to support the community during this very challenging and stress inducing time through our Covid-19 telephone befriending service.  Click here for more information.

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'At Home Together' Herb Garden Social Project

June 2020

'Grow Your Own Herbs' Kit

For Neshomo's latest  'At Home Together' project, Neshomo delivered 'Grow Your Own Herbs' kits to their members front door. It was supplemented with a group telephone conference session on the topic of gardening that was enjoyed by all who attended. Evidence shows the benefits of horticulture in helping people with their mental wellbeing.  Many thanks to Neshomo's trustees Clive Moss-Barclay and Elaine Marshall who put together these kits and delivered the telephone conference session. 

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Celebrating National Volunteers Week

June 2020

Thanking all our wonderful volunteers

In aid of National Volunteers Week, Neshomo sent out handcrafted cards made by our very talented female outreach worker Shulamit Chesner, to thank all our volunteers for the amazing work they do for Neshomo.  We are also investing in helping develop the skills of our Volunteer Befriends by providing training and ongoing support.  Click here for more information on Training Events for Befrienders. 

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New COVID-19 Telephone Befriending Service

May 2020

Telephone Befriending Service and Volunteer Recruitment Drive 

Following a successful recruitment drive for volunteer befrienders, Neshomo has set up a new telephone befriending service during Covid-19 for people who are more isolated and experiencing increased anxiety during this time.  If you would benefit from this service please CONTACT US

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'At Home Together' Craft Social Project

April 2020

Teleconference Clay Workshop by Chava Erlanger

Neshomo delivered packs of crafting clay to our members in preparation for a group telephone conference talk, where the artist Chava Erlanger gave some ideas on how to use the clay.  After that, members had a go with making their own creations at home.  This was then followed up by a second teleconference talk to round off the project.  Here are some samples of creations that were made. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

"I had a really enjoyable afternoon experimenting with the clay art. Many thanks for organising it!"

 

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Celebrating Mental Health Awareness Shabbat

31 January - 1 February 2020

Raising Awareness of Mental Health in the Manchester Jewish Community

In honour of Mental Health Awareness Shabbat, Neshomo's Male Outreacher Worker Daniel Nissen spoke at Shrubberies after Friday night davening to the community on the topic of Depression, raising awareness and challenging stigma. 

 

On Shabbat day, Neshomo together with JAMH and Pathways hosted a panel  Q&A after davening at the Shrubberies.  Daniel Nissen spoke on the topic of Stress- How to manage better and feel less anxious: Understanding and recognising triggers and providing strategies for dealing with stress.  The event was well attended and an engaging discussion was held.  

Mental Health Awareness Shabbat is an initiative by JAMI, a mental health charity based in London.

For more information on Mental Health Awareness Shabbat click here.

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Manchester Jewish Community Awards

3 December 2019

Neshomo recognised for volunteer work in the community

Neshomo was invited to attend the Manchester Jewish Community Awards, in conjunction with The Jewish Volunteer Network , the Jewish Representative Council and the Jewish Telegraph, hosted by Angela Epstein, at the Hilton Suite, Prestwich.  

 

Neshomo was privileged to have been shortlisted in the categories of Volunteer Team of the Year and Special Recognition and was praised for the support our team of volunteers provide for people with mental health difficulties in the Manchester Jewish community.  Neshomo congratulates all the wonderful Manchester organisations and volunteers that were recognised for the work they do for the community. 

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Salford Stories Showcase

9 September 2019

Salford CVS Salford Stories: Celebrating the impact of the Third Sector Fund Showcase

Neshomo was privileged to be one of 10 organisations in Salford invited to the recent Salford CVS Salford Stories showcase celebrating the impact of the third sector fund, at the Lowry Theatre. 

As a recent recipient of a grant from the Third Sector Fund, we were able to showcase the impact that Neshomo's Befriending Project has had on the health and wellbeing of the local Jewish community.

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