At EDRS we strive to support all of our members to the best of our ability and resources. While joining with our members in happy occasions, we also recognise that difficult situations can affect all of us at some time in our lives and we aim to be a first port-of-call if that occurs.
We employ a part-time professional Director of Welfare, Emma Roche, who operates a Confidential Helpline with a dedicated telephone number. Anyone can call this number and be assured of strict confidentiality. If Emma is not available when you call you can leave her a message and she will get back to you as soon as possible.
Members and their families can call Emma about absolutely anything and can expect an impartial and non-judgemental approach. Just a few examples of enquiries to Emma are: divorce & separation, bereavement, illness and disability, children & teenagers, drugs & alcohol, dementia, residential care options, HIV/AIDS, sexuality, employment issues. Emma would also love to hear from you if you are a carer, looking after a relative or friend. No problem or enquiry is too small - everyone is important.
Be a Mitzvah Mensch and volunteer for our Community Telethon
This year all 42 Reform Communities will be calling their members before Pesach to:
- wish them ‘chag sameach’
- ensure they have a seder to go to
- listen to any concerns they might have
Welfare Monthly Lunch Club
Welfare at EDRS has pleasure in inviting you to join our Supportive Communities Monthly Lunch Club.
With a friendly and welcoming atmosphere, you will have the chance to connect with others and feel a greater sense of belonging to our Community.
Our next lunches will be held on:
- Tuesday 9th May
- Tuesday 6th June
- Tuesday 11th July
- Tuesday 10th October
- Tuesday 14th November and
- Tuesday 12th December
Booking in Advance is Essential!
Transport is always available on request
Bereavement Support Group
Have you suffered the loss of a partner, relative or friend?
Would you welcome the opportunity to meet others who really understand how you are feeling?
EDRS has established a Bereavement Support Group which offers reassurance and comfort through the depth of shared experience. If you are recently bereaved and would like more information, please call Emma Roche, Director of Welfare on 020 8238 1013, or email
Are your children divorced or separated?
Does this give you cause for upset and worry?
Do you have problems seeing your grandchildren
on a regular basis?
Our aim is to offer mutual support through the depth of shared experience and where possible more practical support, advice and new strategies to cope. It is hoped each meeting will offer you both strength and hope.
There is no set format and we always go with what works for the group.