Mitzvah day team go green-fingered

By Peter Stanners

Local volunteers have been getting their hands dirty on a Faith in Communities Allotment in Gorton, Manchester, to prepare it for the winter season.

As part of Mitzvah day, a Jewish led day of social action, the green-fingered group trimmed hedges, cleaned tools and painted the sheds on the triple-sized allotment on Sunday 21 November 2010.

The allotment is run in partnership with several community organisations and provides many services, such as growing food for the disadvantaged people and running workshops on healthy eating, green exercise and poultry care.

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Muslim Jewish Forum recruits leaders

GREATER Manchester’s Muslim and Jewish Forum are on the look out for some new staff.

The forum, which exists to develop the cultural and social ties between followers of Islam and Judaism in the region, is looking for enthusiastic people to fill some paid-for job openings part-time.
VOLUNTEER CO-ORDINATOR

The post of Volunteer Co-ordinator is a most exciting one, giving the opportunity to reach out to the Greater Manchester community, increase awareness about faiths and increase respect and understanding between people from different faiths.

This post is offered on a self-employed basis, seven hours per week x £10 an hour. Fixed Term Contract to March 2011.

You will be responsible for organising and running multi-faith informal education sessions in schools and youth groups developing teenagers’ awareness of different faiths, their similarities, positive contributions to communities and disavowing myths.

You will work with the Faith Network 4 Manchester, other partners and by other means to recruit and skill volunteers to also undertake these sessions.

You will have a good understanding of the needs of young people in faith communities and be excited about meeting them.

You will have at least two years experience, as a volunteer or worker, of delivering sessions with young people.

There will be an informal interview day on the afternoon of Monday 25 January 2010 at GMYN, 27 Ardwick Green North, Manchester, M12 6FZ.

For a job description, application form and to book a place, please email muslimjewish@gmail.com or call 07930 534422. You will be required to bring a completed application form with you.

2 x FEMALE PEER COMMUNITY WORKERS

We are looking for one Jewish and one Muslim imaginative and dynamic Female Peer Community Workers for an exciting piece of work leading up to International Women’s Day.

This post is offered on a self-employed basis. Six hours per week x £9 per hour. Fixed term until end of March 2010.

You will be responsible for engaging with women from the Muslim and Jewish community. This is with the aim of promoting and encouraging active involvement in the planning, delivery and evaluation of International Women’s Day 2010.

You will be responsible for planning the International Women’s Day event together and with two arts practitioners.

You will have an understanding of the needs of people in your faith community and experience, as a participant, volunteer or worker in youth or community settings.

It is a genuine occupational requirement that the successful applicants be a peer of their community.

The posts are exempt from Religion and Sex Discrimination Legislation under paragraph 7 of the Employment Equality (Religion or Belief) Regulations 2003 and section 7 of the Sex Discrimination Act 1975.

There will be an informal interview day on Thursday 28 January 2010 from 4pm to 6pm at Birchfields Primary School, Lytham Road, M14 6PL.

For a job description, application form and to book a place, please email muslimjewish@gmail.com or call 07930 534422. You will be required to bring a completed application form with you.