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'My Voice' is Team of the Year!

The team behind the My Voice project has been named as Volunteer Team of the Year in the sixth Jewish Telegraph and Jewish Volunteering Network Manchester Jewish Community Awards.

 'My Voice' is a joint pilot project developed by the AJR and The Fed - the leading social care charity for the Jewish Community of North and South Manchester - to record the life stories of Holocaust Survivors and refugees in Manchester, focusing on each participant’s entire life, not just their experiences of the Shoah.

Accepting the award in front of a packed audience at the Hilton Suite, Prestwich, project coordinator Hila Kaye said: “ What started as a small project with five clients and five volunteers has now expanded into an entire 'My Voice' community - with over 20 volunteers from a spectrum of the Manchester Jewish community.  We are all working together to produce these treasured memories of a generation which is dwindling and may not be with us much longer. Time is running out and it is crucial to acknowledge these stories.”

Hila particularly highlighted the work of the volunteers for their generosity, understanding, empathy, compassion, patience and dedication – human traits of the highest calibre. As Hila said, their “…lives will forever be bound by these exceptional stories.”

Thanks to its incredible success, there are now plans to start rolling out 'My Voice' in London and Leeds during 2017.