Norwood

Lottery cash for Norwood

August 19, 2010

A £10,000 Big Lottery Fund award to Norwood will help people with learning disabilities to acquire new domestic and work skills.

Norwood's supported employment service is piloting a scheme involving hand-held personal digital assistant devices (PDAs).

The aim is to assist clients to perform daily tasks such as tea-making, running a bath, using a photocopier or operating a DVD player.

The PDA will gradually remove steps from a pre-programmed sequence to the point where the person can perform the task from memory.

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Caring for Herts

August 12, 2010

To meet the needs of the growing Hertfordshire Jewish community, Norwood's family support service is branching out into Elstree.

Although social workers and other staff at the charity's Kennedy Leigh Family Centre in Hendon already assist many Herts families, a Wednesday morning service will be available at Allum Lane Community Centre from October.

Family support service manager Eileen Martell said Norwood was "committed to providing a safety net to the children and families in the community who need it most.

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Desmond: Channel Five and Jewish faith

By Rob Lyons, July 29, 2010

Media mogul Richard Desmond, who has just bought Channel Five, said this week that he retained a strong commitment to the Jewish community.

The 59-year-old billionaire owner of the Daily Express, Daily Star and OK! Magazine - who is famously hands-on with his titles and not afraid of giving its editors a dressing-down - told the JC that, despite the huge task ahead in making the broadcaster profitable, it will not affect his dedication to the Jewish charity Norwood, of which he is president.

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New president of League of Jewish Women

By Jessica Elgot, July 22, 2010

The new president of the League of Jewish Women lists her top priority as the organisation's survival over the next 10 years.

Marilyn Brummer, 68, identifies a need for a re-energised membership, but acknowledges that changing women's priorities are making recruitment difficult for a voluntary work organisation.

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Jewish charities warn of cuts as donations fall

By Jessica Elgot, July 22, 2010

Jewish charities have been hit by a huge drop in donations this year and may have to make further cuts as local authorities, which use their services, tighten their belts.

Norwood, whose services for children and families in need are mostly purchased by local authorities, has been warned by councils that it must significantly reduce its fees or the councils will not continue to buy its services.

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Piers Morgan: I feel at home at Jewish events

By Jessica Elgot, June 17, 2010

Piers Morgan is beginning to feel very much at home at Jewish community events.

The Britain's Got Talent judge and former Mirror editor was the star attraction at the Norwood property lunch in central London which raised £500,000.

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Norwood welcomes new government coalition

By Robyn Rosen, June 10, 2010

Launching Norwood's three-year strategy this week, chief executive Norma Brier says the charity has "nothing to fear" from the policies of the Conservative/Liberal Democrat administration.

Mrs Brier was unsurprised by the new government's plans to cut welfare costs by encouraging volunteering. Eight-hundred volunteers help 1,200 staff to deliver Norwood's 120 support services to 7,000 children, families and adults.

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The Who's Roger Daltrey tours Norwood

By Robyn Rosen, April 22, 2010

Norwood was number one for rock legend Roger Daltrey when he toured a Stanmore-based service offering employment training and opportunities for adults with learningdifficulties.

The Who singer was joined by fellow musicians Russ Ballard, Nick Newall, Jackie Rawe and Steve Smith and Norwood president Richard Desmond for the formal launch of the RD Crusaders WorkHub.

All are members of Mr Desmond's "supergroup" the RD Crusaders, for which he is the drummer, and the centre was funded by a £1 million donation from concert proceeds.

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Norwood’s £2.7m dinner

By Robyn Rosen, November 19, 2009

Norwood chiefs have described the £2.7 million raised from its annual dinner on Monday as a huge success in the current economic climate.

The proceeds from the Grosvenor House event, attended by 1,200 supporters, will go towards the £9 million needed from voluntary income to complete the charity’s £35 million budget for children, family and adult services.

Norwood chairman Bernie Myers warned that the recession “has reduced our statutory and voluntary income causing us to renew our efforts to be even more financially prudent and cost effective”.

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Brigade unveils big changes

By Robyn Rosen, August 13, 2009

The Jewish Lads’ and Girls’ Brigade has announced a major revamp of its activities to meet the changing demands of young people.

A JLGB Enterprise Award will replace the Proficiency Badge Scheme which has been a staple of the organisation’s work for over 30 years.

The new award, for 11-to-14-year-olds, is part of an overhaul of its programming and training infrastructure as the brigade prepares to enter its 115th anniversary year in 2010.

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