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The Big Hand is WJR's community volunteer programme. It's flexible, accessible and is asking very little. As and when you want to help out, as and when you have some time to spare... you can always lend WJR a Big Hand.

The Big Hand is WJR's community volunteer programme. It's flexible, accessible and is asking very little. As and when you want to help out, as and when you have some time to spare... you can always lend WJR a Big Hand.

Whether it be packing at the WJR warehouse for a couple of hours, or organising a fundraising event, there are a range of volunteering roles with us. There are so many ways you can help.

Please note that we do not have any volunteering roles with our programmes abroad.

We have certain opportunities available with us at any one time. To be kept up to date with current positions and ideas contact thebighand@wjr.org.uk or call 020 8736 1250.

There are so many ways you can help on so many different levels:


WJR runs key campaigns throughout the year and we need you to help us get the message out there by putting up posters and leaflets around local shops, synagogues, restaurants and bakeries. Choose an area close to home and we'll arm you with everything you need!

You could also choose to be a 'collection box carer' and place some WJR collection boxes in locations near you, picking them up and replacing them when they are full and bringing the contents in to us at the office.

Become an Advocate

Delivering Talks:

Do you enjoy talking to groups and want to spread the word about World Jewish Relief's life changing work? As a WJR Advocate you'll get to meet all sorts of people whether it's at a synagogue, school, women's group or the local brownies. We'll invite you to one of our Advocate training sessions and guide you with everything you need to know to go out and spread the word.

Synagogue Representative:

Working with synagogues is something that is very important to WJR and it always helps if we have a synagogue member in each congregation helping us to build on the relationship. As an Advocate, you could organise a WJR talk for shul groups, and assist us with promoting our key campaigns. We would also require your assistance if we have an emergency appeal and need to spread the word fast.

Clothing Recycling Enterprise 

You can offer them a lifeline of warmth, dignity and hope by helping sort donated clothing - new, as new, loved, cherished or simply outgrown - as part of Operation Winter Survival to enable World Jewish Relief to feed, assist and improve the lives of thousands of the most vulnerable people worldwide.

Our Clothing Recycling Enterprise totally depends on volunteers like you to ensure that our extended family round the world are warm, fed and healthy. Come and help to pack new or nearly new goods at our Neasden warehouse, turn your garage in to a local drop off point, transport goods or source new ones.

Contributing to Story of Survival 

We want you to record the stories of survival of your family and friends on our website: www.storyofsurvival.org, to build a picture of the incredible stories of the Jewish people. Read the instructions on the website, interview friends and family, and then write up and upload their stories and pictures to the website. For those doing this as part of a volunteering award (e.g. Duke of Edinburgh Award) we recommend taking one hour to interview one person and then one hour to write up, so you should be adding one story to the website for every two volunteering hours.

Social Media Networking

Could you help promote WJR to a new audience who utilise social networks, and ensure our online followers are up-to-date with WJR activities, including fundraising campaigns, news, programming, events etc?

High Value Fundraising

Can you introduce WJR to companies or high-value individuals? Finding such contacts is a vital way of maintaining funding for the organisation. You could also help promote fundraising programmes such as legacies, sponsor a child and twinning.

Office Support

Are you good with computers, databases or happy to sit and stuff envelopes (tea and biscuits provided)? From time to time we get a bit too busy and need a Big Hand volunteer to call upon. Please let us know if you'd like to be an office angel and assist with any general work that arises.


Two questions... do you like bagels and can you make a cup of tea? If so, why not join hundreds of others and host your very own Big Bagel brunch? There is an official time of the year for our Big Bagel campaign but we love bagels so much we want you to do it any time that suits you. It can be done at home, work or in the community; simply invite guests over for bagels and a cuppa and ask them to make a donation to WJR in return. You'll get a fundraising guide with lots of goodies to make sure it's a success.

We also need volunteers to help out at office and committee led eventsWhether you want to come to an event or help organise one, be it big or small, we are always open to your ideas. You can organise events in your local area - e.g. quiz nights, coffee mornings, or take part in events - e.g. fun runs and marathons.

Selling Annual Raffle Tickets

Every year WJR runs an annual raffle with fantastic prizes to be won. Tickets are only £1 each and come in books of ten. Please let us know if you'd like some books to sell to your friends, family and colleagues. A pound goes a really long way in the countries in which we work.