Yvonne Brent – Immediate Past President and Vice President of ICJW

“ I am a member of the Newbury Park Group and was the National President for the term 2013-2016. I joined the League of Jewish Women in 2005 and originally volunteered for three projects –

  • Monthly newsletter for Vi and John’s Residential Home in Ilford, Essex
  • Office administration helping the Social Workers based at Sinclair House, Redbridge
  • Visiting Jewish patients in Whipps Cross Hospital under the auspices of the United Synagogue

On taking on the role as President of the League of Jewish Women, I had to curtail my volunteering but still visit Jewish patients in Whipps Cross Hospital and have extended this role as I sit on a Hospital Advisory Committee.

When I was thinking about retiring, I decided that I would volunteer and initially contacted another volunteering organisation. I felt that they were not taking advantage of the skills I had to offer which I had attained during my working life both in retail and administration.

I typed in the words ‘Jewish’ ‘Women’ ‘Volunteering’ on my computer and up popped the League of Jewish Women. I rang the phone number provided and spoke to Jackie Baines who put me in touch with the Newbury Park Branch. I was advised not to jump at the first volunteering opportunity but to listen to what was on offer and then decide.

I was offered a place on their committee as joint Welfare Officer and was soon attending meetings at Head Office. I was then invited to join the Executive Committee and my job was to promote the organisation.

In 2012, I accepted the position as Vice President and took office as National President in June 2013.

I married in 1972 and have two daughters, three grandsons and one granddaughter.”