BES Cares is organised by the Community Support Co-ordinator, Karen Moss, who liaises with the Rabbis and other members of the BES staff team.
The Care Line is a confidential telephone helpline that can be accessed by all synagogue members and their families, and is intended to be a first port of call for any welfare or support issues with which you need help. It is not an emergency service. If Karen is not available to take your call, please leave a message and she will return your call as soon as possible. You can expect a confidential, impartial, supportive and non-judgemental service.
Karen is assisted by an experienced group and a team of trained volunteers. There are opportunities for more volunteers and anyone interested invited to email .
The Care Line provides support to people going through problems throughout life – such as divorce, bereavement, mental and physical health difficulties, or a wide spectrum of the other challenges which can be so difficult to cope with.
Covid 19 Wellbeing Resources
It's so hard to comprehend what is going on in our world at the moment. Each day can feel like a year and we can experience so many thoughts and feelings, moving from fear, to hope, to joy, to sadness, without really processing any of them. We are trying to do the best we can to look after ourselves and those around us, to be good friends, partners, siblings, children and parents and for that we can applaud ourselves. But it is hard and some days can be particularly hard. Naturally and understandably it can have a draining effect on our emotional wellbeing and we may even find ourselves struggling with our mental health.
Here are some resources that may be helpful to try to work through some of these feelings and pressures and to help keep you going on those tough days. There are also some useful numbers to call if things feel overwhelming.
- Coronavirus and your wellbeing MIND
- Coronavirus: How to Protect your Mental Health
- Psychological Impacts of the Coronavirus (COVID-19)
- ‘FACE COVID’; a set of practical steps for responding effectively to the Corona crisis, using the principles of acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT).
Working with fear and anxiety
- 60 second anxiety hack (youtube on soothing techniques)
Support for parents
Mindfulness & Breathing Apps:
Insight Timer Smiling Mind
Stop, Breathe & Think
Coherence Heart Trainer (Need a device to track your heart rate e.g. Polar 7)
Jami 020 8458 2223 Mental health service for Jewish Community
Cruse 01707 278389 Support dealing with Grief and Bereavement
Samaritans 116 123 (Freephone 24 hours a day)
Jewish Helpline 0800 652 9249 (Sun– Thurs 12:00 – 00:00; Friday 12:00 – 15:00)
Mind 0203 727 3600 Mental health support
Contact BES Cares
Telephone: 020 8207 5741
BES Cares is part of the United Synagogue's Community Cares.