Northwood and Pinner Liberal Synagogue have been presented the award for an outside organisation that make a significant contribution to Jewish Care.
The award was presented at The Betty and Aubrey Lynes Annual Volunteer Awards evening which celebrated just some of Jewish Care’s 3,000 inspiring volunteers.
Jewish Care is the largest health and social care organisation serving the Jewish community in London and the South East.
The synagogue teamed up with Jewish Care in 2015 to enhance the well-being of members who are experiencing memory difficulties and isolation in the surrounding areas.
The duo created The Memory Matters Club, which is run by volunteers at the synagogue, and runs fortnightly at the shul.
The club offers the opportunity for members to find a new hobby, revisit favourite past times and build friendships as well as enjoy a three-course hot lunch with stimulating activities.
There is something stimulating for everyone at the club, including a discussion group, arts and crafts, knitting, yoga table-top games and singing. Also, guest speakers join them occasionally.
Angela Peters, London coordinator, said the group of 18 volunteers were thrilled and delighted.
She said: “People tell us at the end of the day how much they enjoy it. We know they go home invigorated by the experience and we all do as well. Many people don’t want to leave at the end so we know we are making a real difference.”
Volunteer, Michael Crabbe, added: “It’s very sociable and we all sit down to enjoy a three course meal together.”
The team have been recognised for “developing a meaningful and much needed programme for the Jewish community.”