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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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”.


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.


Tory leader opens new Norwood unit

By James Martin, July 2, 2009

David Cameron praised Norwood’s Ravenswood Village as “a fabulous demonstration of social responsibility in action” as he officially opened a new residential building at the Berkshire facility, which is providing specialist support for adults with severe autism.

Eighty guests watched the Tory leader unveil a plaque at the £2.4 million Tager Centre. They included major donors Romie Tager and his sister Helen Tager-Flusberg, who spoke about their family ties to Ravenswood, which was co-founded by their late parents.


High property values

June 25, 2009

Norwood’s 10th annual property lunch was a big seller, raising £355,000 from the 500 guests to help people with learning and social difficulties.

Held at the Intercontinental Hyde Park, the lunch attracted leading players such as Gerald Ronson, who presented a lifetime achievement award to Sir Stuart Lipton, whose knighthood recognised contributions to London’s landscape.

Reflecting on the current economic climate, Sir Stuart was grateful to “planners who delayed consent. I’m lucky not to be building anything this year, though I do miss it.”


Cherie praises Norwood nursery

By Ben Jaglom, April 30, 2009

Opening Norwood’s first nursery on Monday, Cherie Blair told the assembled VIPs that it offered “some of the best possible education and inclusion for our children available anywhere”.

Mrs Blair, Norwood’s patron of children’s services, said: “In Britain every child matters. Here we have an example of not just that statement but of real action.

“This nursery shows the importance of giving children not only the best possible start in life, but an educational programme that will make them feel included in the wider society.”