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We’re Hiring!


We are currently looking for a paid Outreach and Volunteers Administrator to work alongside our team here at Mavar. It's a flexible job, on a freelance basis, working mostly from home but with regular meetings in North London. If you, or someone you know is looking, please do get in touch with mavar@mavar.org.uk. The job description and person specification is…

Perspectives on Educational Mentoring


An education mentor’s blog December 2019 In order to maintain confidentiality, all personal names have been changed. First steps I met my first mentee “Josh” in March 2014.   He immediately challenged my expectations of the composite Stamford Hill stereotype in almost every way. He had been secular for several years yet was still living and working in Stamford Hill. He…

Existential Crisis


In our 5th year, Mavar is publishing a series of blogs from members and the volunteers who support them, to open a window onto their relationship from both perspectives, as well as the ongoing journeys the members face. Here's, a fascinating blog from a Mavar member. "I was brought up in a community that was separated from the outside world,…

Learning English as a Yiddish speaker


One of our members went to speak to a local Yiddish group about his experiences learning English from within the Chassidic community in Stamford Hill and Gateshead, which also touches on some of his issues around leaving and entering the secular world. The group made a really wonderful short video about his experiences, which also mentions Mavar and the help…

Director’s Blog – January


Expansion, Expansion The last part of 2018 was a crazy but exciting few months, launching Mavar North (based in Manchester) and training additional mentors for Mavar London who themselves grew up in the Charedi world. This has meant running a bunch of training sessions, supported by updated resource packs, revised policies, DBS checks, references…….. you name it! All in a…