Six Point Foundation aims to close within three years…
…so they want to hear from you NOW!
Since it began Six Point Foundation has awarded over £360,000 in over 340 grants to individual UK Holocaust survivors and refugees in financial need.
Grants have been for one-off expenses to improve quality of life such as home adaptations, medical bills, travel costs and temporary care.
In one case, AJR approached the Foundation to help a Manchester-based refugee to install a walk-in shower, to redecorate after the installation of a stair lift and to install a downstairs toilet. This individual has had long-term mobility issues that have greatly impacted on his quality of life. His support worker explained that, “his physical condition stems from the fact that he was on a waiting list to have surgery done to his foot when he was a child when the Germans said they would no longer treat Jews.” This request fitted well with the Foundation’s purpose to enhance the lives of survivors and refugees in economic difficulties. He reported later that, “The adaptations are of long-term benefit and will significantly assist in the individual’s ability to remain at home in the event of his health deteriorating further.”
But Six Point Foundation will close within the next three years, having distributed all its funds.
In this time the Foundation aims to reach and help as many struggling Holocaust survivors and refugees as possible in modest but meaningful ways that would not come about if it did not exist.
To achieve this Six Point Foundation wants to hear from you now!
Holocaust survivors/refugees must be of Jewish origin living in the UK with an income of less than £10,000 per year (excluding pensions or social security) and have assets less than £32,000 (excluding a primary residence and a car).
Please contact one of the agencies below for more information:
The Association of Jewish Refugees 020 8385 3070
Agudas Israel Housing Association 020 8802 3819
Bikur Cholim 020 8800 7575
Holocaust Survivors Centre (Jewish Care) 020 8203 9033
North London Bikur Cholim 020 8802 5032
More about Six Point Foundation:
Six Point Foundation was set up in 2011 with some of the proceeds from the disposal of assets which were owned by the Otto Schiff Housing Association (OSHA). OSHA had its origins in a fund set up in 1933 to rescue Jewish people from Nazi oppression in Germany. Five partner agencies work with the Foundation to give out grants: The Association of Jewish Refugees (AJR), Holocaust Survivors Centre (Jewish Care), Agudas Israel Housing Association (AIHA), Bikur Cholim and North London Bikur Cholim. They confidentially assess people who have requested help and make requests for grants to the Foundation on their behalf.
Six Point Foundation also gives grants to organisations supporting Holocaust survivors and refugees. So far it has awarded over £2 million in grants to organisations around the UK. In Glasgow, Newark Care receives grants for Burnfield Care Home and for Westacres Care Home to run innovative activities for residents over a three-year period. Activities include workshops with a professional storyteller and singer, mosaic making and running a Namaste intensive sensory stimulation care room.
The Holocaust Survivors Friendship Association in Leeds was awarded a 3-year grant to fund the infrastructure to co-ordinate volunteers to support HSFA members as they become older and frailer and for a Yorkshire-wide outreach programme.
In Liverpool, Merseyside Jewish Community Care was awarded a grant towards refurbishing its kosher kitchen. Its kosher meals service provides meals for older individuals, including survivors and refugees, and enables community members to access kosher lunch and activity clubs each week as well as special holiday functions.
Jewish Community Care / Nicky Alliance Day Centre in Manchester was awarded a grant to subsidise its day care and meals-on-wheels provision. Survivors and refugees in financial need benefit from activities at the centre such as art lessons, exercise classes, computer classes and discussion groups. They also enjoy free or very low cost meals at home twice a week, in addition to meals at the centre. One survivor battles with depression; however she achieves some solace at the centre where she can meet her friends who are also Holocaust survivors.
Other organisations that have received grants include Ezra U’Marpeh, The Holocaust Centre and Museum (Beth Shalom), Holocaust Survivors Centre (Jewish Care) and Schonfeld Square Foundation.