Working with the public sector

Training about the Charedi Community

The Orthodox Jewish/Charedi community is highly visible yet poorly understood. The community has developed its own network of social care, educational and training organisations and many businesses serving the needs of its members.

For over a decade, Interlink has been running cultural training sessions for the public sector, the wider voluntary    sector and other partners providing a platform for better engagement and improved service provision.

Understanding the Charedi Community is an interactive training based on information about the Charedi community and open dialogue with participants. The training is adapted to the particular needs of each client.

Interlink offers both full day and half day training depending on need. Understanding the Charedi Community is divided into generic and specific elements giving participants a deeper understanding of the community and norms to take account of when working with the Charedi community.

We are also pleased to offer our partner organisations community tours and walkabouts.                               

Strategy groups

We manage ‘strategy groups’ for public sector officials and Jewish community organisations.  Strategy groups meet regularly and provide a space where information can be exchanged, problems raised, and solutions explored.  We currently run the following groups:


North London Strategy Groups


Hackney Early Years  Public sector lead:  Angela Scattergood
Hackney Adult Services Public sector lead: Simon Galczynski
Hackney Children’s Services Public sector lead: Sheila Durr
Haringey Children and Young People Services Public sector lead: Vikki Monk- Meyer
Hospital Maternity Services Public sector lead: Marie Trueman


Othodox Jewish Forum in Manchester

Children and Young People Services including SEN Public sector lead:  Sue Wooodgate
Community Safety Public sector lead: Ben Dolan
Health Public sector lead: Sue Lightup
Mental Health Public sector lead: Sue Lightup
Safeguarding Public sector lead: Sue Woodgate
Training and Employment Public sector lead: Dave Timperley


Click here for minutes of previous strategy meetings

Research and data

We have a bank of research and data about the Orthodox Jewish community, including Interlink’s own research, and reports produced by other organisations such as the institute for Jewish policy research. 

We regularly update our data about population size, and also produce more detailed reports about subjects ranging from disability, spatial planning needs and community cohesion.


Click here for our online information resources


Representing children with SEND

The Children and Families Act 2014 has introduced significant changes for children with special educational needs and disabilities.  For example, SEN statements are being replaced by Education Health and Care Plans.

Local authorities are duty-bound to talk about these changes to parents, schools and organisations.

Hackney and Haringey councils have commissioned Interlink to act as the interface with the Orthodox Jewish community.  Our role is:

  • To make sure that parents, schools and organisations in the communities understand about the changes that are happening.
  • Feed back to the local authorities the needs of the community.
  • Work with the community and the councils to ensure that as far as possible new developments (such as Independent Supporters) are inclusive of the Orthodox Jewish community, and that future commissioning reflects community needs.