æSupported by a team of volunteers and staff, more than 40 people enjoyed a lively afternoon tea at Shaare Sedek synagogue in South Manchester last week, thanks to The Fed’s South Manchester Services.
The event, organised by Manager, Carol Moffatt, brought together clients of The Fed and residents of Belong Morris Feinmann.
Carol said, “We were thrilled at the opportunity to work with Belong. Many of our clients commented on how lovely it was to see old friends who are now residents of the new care village. They were very keen for us to organise similar events in the future. ”
Angela Luckett, Experience Co-Ordinator of Belong agreed, enthusing: “We are delighted to be involved with The Fed. It was wonderful to see our residents’ and tenants’ faces enjoying themselves so much and meeting up with people they knew. It was community spirit at large!”
Guests enjoyed a delicious spread, prepared by Heathlands Village’s Manchester Beth Din-supervised catering staff.
Rabbi of the shul, Rabbi Amir Ellituv, led a large group on a tour of its beautiful buildingæ pointing out noteworthy artwork and artefacts.
Expressing his delight with the afternoon he said: “It was lovely to be able to host everyone. The synagogue and its lovely grounds make events like this such a pleasant experience for all involved – we would love to do this more often and get even more volunteers from the community involved.”
“What a lovely day out, with such lovely people. I have made some wonderful memories,” said one Belong resident.
“It is so nice being together, specifically for older people who live alone. I would like to be at more meetings like this. G-d bless!” said one gentleman living in the community.
Ian Wilcock, Fed porter and driver was singled out by Angela for special praise. “Ian was absolutely brilliant with our residents – he was so patient and kind.”