The Union of Jewish Students (UJS)has launched a scheme giving up to £300 per initiative to support social action projects.
UJS has set up the initiative “to encourage the donation of time not money” and said the grants could either be given to individual students or a university’s Jewish Society (JSoc).
Grace Diamond, JSoc officer responsible for social action, said: “Social action is a way to change what we feel is wrong in our society by introducing new ideas and processes for doing better in the future.”
UJS also supports Mitzvah Day by encouraging students to volunteer at food banks, homeless shelters, asylum seeker drop-in centres, gardening initiatives and care homes.
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