Norwood's outstanding nursery

February 19, 2015

Norwood's nursery based at the Kennedy Leigh Centre in Hendon has been graded outstanding in all aspects by Ofsted inspectors.

They found excellent opportunities for playing and learning, effective leadership and "welcoming and caring staff" who promoted partnership with parents.


Sporting chance

January 15, 2015

Norwood's inclusive sports programme, Change the Game, has been boosted by a £121,000 grant from City of London Corporation charity the City Bridge Trust.

Change the Game offers sporting activities for those with learning disabilities.

The grant will be used to deliver the final stages of the programme, helping participants to pursue sports at an elite level.


Pryce is right for Norwood debate

December 4, 2014

Economist Vicky Pryce and solicitor Nick "Mr Loophole" Freeman discussed "Are celebrities above the law?" at a Young Norwood legal event.

Speaking about the case of Ms Pryce - who was convicted for accepting driving penalty points on her licence for then husband and government minister Chris Huhne - Mr Freeman argued that if she had not been in the public eye, "she would have been prosecuted by


Israel will always be our ally, pledges David Cameron

By Sandy Rashty, November 17, 2014

David Cameron has pledged that Israel would always be an ally of Britain while he remained in Downing Street.

Speaking at the annual Norwood dinner on Monday night, which raised a record-breaking £3.6 million for the charity, the Prime Minister said: "Israel is our ally. Israel is our friend. And with me as Prime Minister that will never change."


The challenge that changed my life

By Robert Desmond, November 14, 2014

It’s difficult to admit but let’s face it we all do it — we walk past beggars on the street as if they don’t exist. It’s as if we’re too embarrassed to confront them. The same goes for people with disabilities. Some find it a challenge to engage with them, worried they might say the wrong thing, react in the wrong way or cause unnecessary upset.


Jonathan Shalit: Starmaker who shows celebs what it means to be Jewish

By Sandy Rashty, November 13, 2014

'Yes, I work in showbusiness, the business of show, but I work in a very serious business, a very hard business,' Jonathan Shalit tells me with his infectious enthusiasm.


'State cuts have hit us hard but we’ll go on, says Norwood CEO

By Sandy Rashty, October 3, 2014

Every day, Elaine Kerr takes tough decisions that affect some of the most vulnerable people in our community.

As the chief executive of Norwood, her choices impact on the lives of around 8,000 children and adults with learning difficulties who have come to depend on the Jewish charity.

And her job, she says, has never been tougher.


Bremner is a roaring success for Norwood

September 18, 2014

Rory Bremner made a huge impression on guests at Norwood's "distressed investment" dinner in London's Mayfair, which raised a record £322,000.

A pitch perfect George W Bush was a clear favourite and satirical swipes at the financial sector also went down well with the 290 diners.


Richard Desmond and Ronnie Harris' letter in full

August 28, 2014

We are all aware of the attacks on our Norwood shops as well as the large increase in antisemitic comments throughout the UK. We also heard last week a wonderful speech by the Israeli ambassador in Bradford as well as excellent words from Yair Lapid when he delivered a speech at the Holocaust Memorial in Berlin.


Desmond urges leaders to step forward and lead

By Marcus Dysch, August 28, 2014

The leading figures of one of Britain's biggest Jewish charities have criticised the response of communal leaders to the Gaza crisis.

In a letter published in today's JC, Norwood president Richard Desmond and vice-president Ronnie Harris call on senior figures including Peers and rabbis to "lead from the front".