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SNJ Charitable Trust

2306. Neena Julka

Neena Julka, from Wolverhampton, founded the ‘SNJ Charitable Trust’ to spread success and joy through health and education and combat elderly loneliness and social isolation in the local community, particularly among British Asians.

Neena launched the Trust in 2004, as a family-friendly organisation, arranging community sessions including a “Knitters & Natters” class, holistic yoga sessions, and bereavement support for elderly people at risk of loneliness. As well as promoting physical and mental well-being, Neena also helps people gain employment by providing training and support and has recently launched an IT programme supported with the council to help people improve digital and English language skills. The Trust has helped over 500 people gain digital skills and is supporting over 250 people with their mental health through talking therapy, bereavement support, their “Lets Get Men Talking” initiative and zoom calls which aim to bring people together.

‘SNJ Charitable Trust’ hosts regular fundraising activities through a range of challenges and events and also coordinates projects in India to support vulnerable people through education, health and food projects.

Congratulating Neena on her award, Stuart Anderson, Neena’s local MP for Wolverhampton South West, said: 

“It is excellent that Neena Julka’s exceptional volunteering work in our community has been recognised with this prestigious award from the Prime Minister. Neena truly is a point of light for our city and beyond, having done so much to connect and support vulnerable and elderly citizens. As the founder of SNJ Charitable Trust, Neena continues to be a role model for many generations of Wulfrunians. So I send my heartfelt congratulations to Neena on this well-deserved recognition for her community-spirited initiatives.”

Neena said:

“We’re delighted to receive the award as we work tirelessly to reduce loneliness & provide Mental Health Support to our community.”

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