Norwood chief probes health minister

August 14, 2008

Norwood chief executive Norma Brier pressed Health Minister Ivan Lewis over funding concerns when he toured the charity's facilities in Hendon and Finchley on Tuesday.

Mrs Brier highlighted the problem of attracting sufficient local authority support to cover those in need of Norwood's services. She said afterwards: "We are delighted that the minister has recognised the importance of what Norwood is doing to assist people with learning difficulties to lead more fulfilling lives."

In the company of Mrs Brier and Hendon MP Andrew Dismore, the minister was taken around the Deli, a training facility at the Kennedy Leigh Centre in Hendon for adults with learning disabilities. A Norwood client also showed him her specially-adapted flat in Finchley, a conversion from a former registered home.

Mr Lewis - who made a similar fact-finding visit to Jewish Care facilities last month - said he had witnessed "high quality training which supports individuals into employment, as well as accommodation which enables adults with learning disabilities to live much more independently.

"Norwood should be proud that it is at the cutting edge of service provision."

    Last updated: 4:12pm, August 14 2008