Learning disabilities charities Langdon and Kisharon have taken over the running of Jweb, a specialist website for people in the Jewish learning disabilities community.
The charities aim to widen the reach of Jweb, which currently receives more than 800 visits a month. Jweb will continue to operate independently, offering a free-to-use, user-friendly portal with forums, events listings, noticeboards and a countrywide directory of Jewish learning disability services.
Users will not notice any changes to the website: Jweb will continue to pool information from organisations, parents, carers, teachers, therapists, and anyone with first-hand experience of learning disabilities in the UK Jewish community.
This move comes after disability charity Scope’s acquisition of Netbuddy, the other website founded by Jweb’s co-founders, Deborah Gundle and Linda Goldberg, which serves a non-denominational learning disabilities audience.
Anna Perceval, Jweb manager, said: “Kisharon, Langdon and Jweb share a common vision to support families, independent professionals and organisations in the field. This partnership is a really positive step towards ensuring that even more people can benefit from the wealth of relevant information Jweb provides.”
Dianne Martin, director of operations at Langdon, added: “Jweb is a particularly special and valuable resource for those with learning disabilities in our community. It is there to connect visitors to site with organisations, services and other people who can help. Langdon, together with Kisharon, are committed to enhancing the value it provides those who need it, and to helping it reach an even wider audience.”
Dr Beverley Jacobson, chief executive of Kisharon, added that in the current market it is essential for charities to collaborate. “By working together with Jweb and Langdon on this venture, we are able, collectively, to be far more effective in reaching and helping Jewish individuals with learning disabilities across the UK.”