The Federation of Jewish Services (FJS) was created in December 2009. It was brought about the merger of two of Manchester Jewry’s oldest charities – The Fed and Heathlands Village. In November 2011 FJS became known as THE FED, whilst retaining its full title “The Federation of Jewish Services” for legal and charitable purpose.

The Fed

In 1885 the Manchester Jewish Home for the Aged and Needy was established as an offshoot of the Bread, Meat and Coal Society.

The Board of Guardians for the Relief of the Jewish Poor of Manchester was founded in 1867.

Between 1910 – 1938, following a move to premises in Cheetham Hill Road, capacity was gradually increased to 100 beds.

1945  Name of organisation changed to Manchester Jewish Homes for the Aged.

In 1956 a former childrens home in Leicester Road, Salford was purchased and converted into a branch facility housing 60 residents, making a total of 160.

In the 1960′s the Board changed its name to Manchester Jewish Social Services (MJSS). They employed the first unqualified social worker.

In 1972 The Heathlands complex was opened, housing 220 residents – 110 in a Nursing Wing, and the rest in single and double rooms. Between 1972-1993 extentions to the buildings increased capacity to 267 residents.

1990 saw the delivery of the National Health Service and the Community Care Act. MJSS employed professional social workers and developed the Phillip J Davies Centre to support people with mental health needs.

1993-1997 Conversion of multi bedded nursing wards to single or double en-suite rooms

The Medical Wing was built was 1994, housing consulting rooms and a physiotherapy department

1995 Commencement of Day Care facilities

The resulting loss of 66 beds was compensated by the opening of Eventhall House in 1996, which has 64 beds.

In 1997 MJSS merged with the Manchester Jews’ Benevolent Society to become Manchester Jewish Federation, or more informally, The Fed.

Our South Manchester office was opened in 2000 to support the needs of people living on the South side of the city.

In 2000 The Fed merged with Time for You to provide respite to carers through carefully matched volunteers.

Completion of Moorview House in 2002, a supported independent living facility.

2007  Opening of a new multi sensory room, the Sunny Lounge, and a cinema.


Heathlands Village

In 1898 The Committee of the Bread, Meat and Coal Society established the Home for Aged and Needy Jews.

In 1906 the Home for Aged and Needy Jews merged with the Temporary Shelter for the Jewish poor on Cheetham Hill Rd. This increased the beds from 6 to 18.

Between 1910 and 1938 the home was steadily extended from 18 to 90 beds.

In 1945 the name was changed to Manchester Jewish Homes for the Aged.

1972 saw the development of Heathlands Village, Prestwich. This was purpose built to include single and double rooms to accommodate 111 older people.

In 1984 the medical wing was built to include a consultation room and a physiotherapy department.

1996 saw the opening of Eventhall House.

In 2002 Moorview House, our supported, independent living facility was completed.

In 2007 Heathlands Village developed a new multi-sensory room, the sunny lounge and a cinema.

The Federation on Jewish Services (THE FED)

Following constitutional merger in December 2009, the summer of 2010 heralded the start of major change. The Fed’s Holland Road premises were decanted to The Heathlands Village site. Extensive refurbishment took place to upgrade the existing facilities and accommodate the intake of services and staff from The Fed. The refurb also made way for the development of new services. In particular, the ground floor of Eventhall House was converted to provide a new multi-purpose Community Centre and Children’s Centre.

The newly formed Federation of Jewish Services home at HEATHLANDS VILLAGE established a focal point for the community. For the first time Manchester Jewry had a one-stop-shop for social care support for people of all ages – a modern and sustainable organisation offering excellent and flexible services.