Jewish Care celebrated the work of young leaders at the MIKE Awards hosted at Kantor King Solomon High School in Redbridge on Wednesday, 13 October.

Participants in Jewish Care’s MIKE youth leadership programme, which stands for Motivation, Inspiration, Knowledge and Education, were back together again at the awards evening which praised the commitment to leadership and volunteering of more than 90 young people connected with Jewish Care in Redbridge.

The participants kicked off Jewish Care’s Go Purple week in support of the work the organisation does to support the community, proudly wearing their purple Jewish Care T-shirts.

The awards were hosted by Jamie Shone, who has been through the MIKE programme as a participant, volunteer and leader.

Mr Shone was awarded the Saul Keene Award for Excellence in 2020 for his commitment to the MIKE programme and his kindness and dedication in supporting to older members of the community through the Covid-19 pandemic by delivering Meals on Wheels, he now leads the youth team.

Jonathan Zenios, Chair of Jewish Care, who attended the evening, said, “It’s truly inspiring to be here with the MIKE youth leaders.

“You give so much to Jewish Care and you do it over and over again. It’s a great reminder that as much as our community depend on Jewish Care, we are only able to be here because of the commitment from our volunteers and the community.”