We are happy to come and speak to groups of people about our work; From small to very large groups are all possible.
Groups could include;
- Coffee mornings
- Women’s groups
- U3a meetings
- Business lunches
- Fund raising events
- After dinner speaker
- Church service or mid-week group
- School lessons or assemblies
- Social clubs
An example of possible talk subjects are listed below. Other subjects could also be covered.
- Exciting adventures of an aid worker
- A global mission – the work of Jacob’s Well
- Why help the poor overseas?
- Africa; helping those in greatest need
- Medical aid; problems and opportunities
- Aid for Eastern Europe, past and present
To book a speaker or to talk about possibilities, please contact Jacob’s Well offices on 01482 881162 or email us at email@example.com
What we DO & DO NOT take!
Please bring donations to our warehouse rather than the shop. The warehouse is open Monday / Wednesday and Friday 9.30 to 4pm
Jacob’s Well Warehouse
Jacob’s Well Yard (Take the turn in between Aldi and MKM)
- Good quality clothing
- Shoes, Bags, Belts
- Hats, gloves, scarves
- Good Quality Underwear
- Blankets & sheets
- Knitted Items including Baby & children’s clothes, blankets from cot – single bed size.
- Hand tools & power tools (sent abroad)
- Unwanted Metal & metal items (for scrap value)
- Musical Instruments EXCEPT pianos.
- Shoe boxes to send abroad. Contents can include, small toys, toiletries, stationery, colouring books, wind-up torches, sewing kit, calculator, wallet/purse, jewellery, make-up BUT NO sweets/medicines/money
- NO BOOKS except for paperback novels published in the last two years.
- Unopened bags of rice, pasta, noodles & cereal
- Tinned food.
- Vitamin drinks (such as nutricia & fortisip) but they must have AT LEAST 9 MONTHS SHELF LIFE.
- NO MEAT OR FISH!
- Jigsaws ONLY IF all the pieces are there
- Small Bric-a-brac items
- Children’s toys & books. NOT Soft toys
- DVD’s and Music CD’s, LPs but NOT videos
- NO pictures NO lamp-shades
- Good quality Mirrors
- Working Mobile Phones
- Small Electrical Items in good condition & working order
- Working Computers & Laptops – but NOT printers
- Flat Screen Monitors, working keyboards and mice.
- Flat screen TV’s, NO DVD recorders or video recorders
- NO CD players or sound systems
- NO organs but we do take electric keyboards
- White Goods – washing machines, etc. providing that they are in VERY GOOD condition and work. BUT NO FRIDGES & FREEZERS
- Cookers; freestanding cookers in VERY good, working condition; Not built in ovens or hobs
We are currently not accepting furniture.
- NO MEDICINES!
- Bandages & dressings, Unused Ostomy/Stoma products
- Medical equipment, such as thermometers, blood pressure machines, ventilators, heart monitors, etc.
- Hearing aids, Spectacles (not broken ones or sun-glasses)
- Wheel chairs, crutches, etc.
- Hospital beds
- Medical Feeds – with at least 9 months until expiry
Going overseas to help with Jacob’s Well can be a life-changing experience. It is one thing to see pictures of poor people on our TV screens. It is quite another thing to meet them, to talk to them and to work together with them to try and overcome their problems! Every year we take teams of volunteers overseas to help local people in a variety of projects. People with specific skills or those who just have a willingness to get involved and do anything are welcome. Specific skills that could be useful are;
- Medically qualified people – Doctors, Nurses, Physiotherapists, nutritionists, primary health care educators
- Builders & DIY experts
- Sport instructors
- Art & craft instructors
- Sewing instructors
- Farmers & people with agricultural knowledge
- General aid workers/helpers
Going on a trip overseas with Jacob’s Well is certainly not a relaxing holiday. However you will have opportunities to get to know an overseas situation in a way that tourists would never have. Your trip could include the following experiences. Some will be pleasant and enjoyable. Others could be challenging.
- Getting to know local people and their families. Seeing how they live and trying to help them overcome their problems.
- Experiencing a different culture. The sights, sounds (and smells) of the developing world have to be seen to be believed! The bustle and noise of a 3rd world city contrasts sharply with the quietness of their country-side. Often great ugliness and beauty live side by side as beautiful, happy people eke out a meagre living in their pitiful shacks.
- Tasting local foods. Although we make every effort to make sure that our volunteers’ have a hygienic and healthy diet, you probably won’t be eating food that you are used to. In developing countries food is often simpler, with less choice or variety.
- Living and working with a team. You will travel and live in close proximity with others. Flexibility, patience and an ability to get on with anyone are skills that you will need.
- Living more simply. In the developing world, many of the things that you take for granted are simply not there. Things like running water, electricity, a hot shower, flushing toilets or the internet are things that you may not see until you come back home again!
- Difficulty in communication; Not everyone in the world speaks English! You may experience the frustration of wanting to communicate but not have a language in common to talk in!
If you are interested in joining one of our trips overseas, please contact our office for more details.
Income: Our main income is from donations and our charity shop. Donations, especially if given regularly even in relatively small amounts, e.g. by standing order, help us to plan ahead and can be enhanced by reclaiming tax paid by those who sign a gift aid form. Good as new clothes, bedding, bric-a-brac and second-hand books in good condition are always welcome. Some is sold to raise funds for transport, overheads and purchasing supplies. Much of the clothing and bedding is sent to those in need. Money is raised by our volunteer fund raiser and helpers who give talks explaining our work and the needs of our recipients.
Supplies and medical equipment are our first priority. These come from a variety of sources – manufacturers, hospitals, pharmacies, surgeries, and patients. Many medical agencies have items which are still in working order which are replaced for new technology. In many cases such old equipment is better than what is currently in use in poverty situations. It is also often cheaper to operate and better suited to their conditions. Donated medicines can be passed on after careful checking and documenting, provided there is adequate shelf life to meet the recipients regulations and requirements and the condition is good. Some food is also sent to those in need. A sack of good clothes weighing about 7 kg is valued at £5. Valuation of medical items when second hand, some of which is functional but old, and some of which is good as new is related to market value depreciated according to expected life. Any money left over is used to purchase new medicines and or medical equipment.
Expenses: Gathering, transporting and shipping all these items is steadily becoming more expensive. We constantly review our methods of collection and distribution using rail freight or shipping where this is cheaper than by road. Our other two major financial commitments are our Rehabilitation Unit in Northern Romania now supporting 12 handicapped young people being prepared for normal life after years of institutional care and our Mother and Child Health Clinic in Kabul. We usually send about 12 shipping containers of aid abroad each year containing an average of approximately 12 tons of mixed donations with an average value of £50,000. This involves a tremendous amount of work from our Jacob’s Well teams both here in the UK and abroad. In England we employ 2 part time administrators. Our other workers are all volunteers. In Romania our associated Charity Fintana lui Iacob runs a Rehabilitation Unit for young people leaving long term institutional care with some support from England. Our Continental HGV driver is based there. In Kabul we employ a part-time doctor, nurse, clerk and administrator to run the Mother and Child Clinic.
Work in England: We have links with the local volunteer bureau, health authority, social services departments, social firms networks and main stream training providers. This has enabled Jacob’s Well to provide voluntary work for those who are unable to work full time when recovering from illness or who for any reason are not in a position to undertake ordinary work. Experience in a warehouse or shop setting builds up confidence benefiting the charity. Our aim is to help those who are having social difficulties to overcome their problems and be more involved in society so they can make a positive contribution and raise their sense of self-esteem. This is not easy in a competitive world where cost-effectiveness rules all. Often as people gain in confidence and skills we lose their help as they progress to the point of securing paid employment.
We are very grateful to all our volunteers and donors without whom this work could not continue.
We are working in partnership with a local firm of solicitors, Sandersons Solicitors who are offering a will writing service to friends of Jacobs Well Appeal. Sandersons have agreed to make a donation to Jacobs Well Appeal from every Will they complete for every client that instructs them and advises that they were referred to them by us.
If you are interested in making a will please call Sandersons Solicitors on (01482) 324662 or email them at firstname.lastname@example.org. Ensuring that you advise them you were referred to them by “Jacobs Well Appeal” in order to ensure a donation is made.
- Geography –Life in Burkina Faso an LEDC
- Geography – Natural disasters and emergency disaster relief
- Geography – Agriculture, Fair Trade/Free Trade.
- French – Burkina Faso – example of a French speaking country
- General Studies – Life in the third world
- General Studies – Aid organisations and how they work
- Water – The importance of clean, readily available water
- Literacy/World Book Day – Why education is important
- Business start ups – how to set up a small business
Every year we send hundreds of “Shoe Boxes” abroad as presents for some of the poorest children in the world. If you have any small items that you think would make a great present to a child in the developing world, pack them in a shoe boxes. If you want to wrap it up, even better! It would help us to put a label on saying the age and sex of the child it is intended for.
Items you could include are small items of clothing (Hats, Socks and scarves), Toiletries (toothpaste, soap and flannels), Stationary (Pens and Pencils, Paper, Colouring books), toys, Jewellery, solar calculator, Wind-up Torch, Candles etc. Please do not include perishables such as sweets or chocolates, medicines or money.
Volunteers play a vital part in enabling us to help the world’s poorest people. Without them our whole organisation would grind to a halt! Volunteering with Jacob’s Well can be a very rewarding and enriching experience for you, and can make a big difference to the lives of people overseas. Here are some different opportunities for volunteering
We have a great shortage of medically trained volunteers to help with the sorting and processing of our overseas medical aid. We receive regular donations of medicines and other medical products which all need sorting, listing and packing before they can be sent overseas. If you know the difference between a tracheal tube and a laryngeal mask, and would like to use your knowledge to help people overseas, please let us know.
We have a van and a small lorry that we use for collecting medical supplies and other donated items. If you are a good driver with a clean license and would be happy to drive for us in your spare time, please let us know.
Each week we receive hundreds of items which need sorting, packing in boxes, putting on pallets and then finally packing into lorries for shipping abroad. If you are happy to work in a team and don’t mind doing some physical work, this could be an opportunity for you. This could be great experience if you want to move into a job in logistics or warehousing.
We often get second hand medical equipment. This needs testing (and sometimes repairing) before it is sent overseas. If you have experience in this kind of work, and would like to help, please let us know.
Working in our charity shop you get to meet lots of new people. We need volunteers to staff the tills, sort out and price items and put items on display. This could be great experience if you want to move into a job in retail or sales.
Would you like to join a team to go overseas and help a project in the developping world? For more details, click here
For the Volunteer application form please click here : Volunteer form