Norwood

Norwood chief probes health minister

August 15, 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."

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Mark Pollack through to second Backgammon Series qualifier

July 25, 2008

Mark Pollack has won the second qualifier in Norwood's Backgammon Series, sponsored by the Pears Foundation, finishing ahead of Roxanna Maynard and Michael Flesch. The previous tournament raised £80,000 for the children and family-services charity, and qualifiers are continuing for the next grand final.

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Charity gets Hope

June 13, 2008

The North-West London-based Hope charity, supporting children with special educational needs, is the latest addition to Norwood’s umbrella of children and family services.

Hope’s Centre for Cognitive Education was opened in 1996 by British parents of special needs youngsters who had been helped by Professor Reuven Feuerstein’s Jerusalem institute.

As part of the merger, Hope trustees’ chair Harry Simmonds will join Norwood’s corporate services committee, and fundraising chair Ian Fagelson will become a Norwood trustee.

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Changes planned for Ravenswood

May 30, 2008

Changes are planned to Norwood’s Ravenswood Village residential community in Berkshire in line with revised government policy that only those with complex disabilities should be placed in such communities.

The moves also reflect the findings of an internal review which have been shown to staff.

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Sarah Fattal

May 16, 2008

The 17-year-old student volunteers at Unity, Norwood’s recreational, play and youth service for children with disabilities. She is based at Hendon at the Kennedy Leigh Centre and Pears Wing for Children

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Miriam walks tall for Norwood

May 16, 2008

An 11-year-old Southgate girl became the youngest participant in the five-year history of Norwood’s Waterside Walk when she completed 10 miles in Sunday’s fundraiser, which took in some spectacular scenery in Berkshire and Surrey.

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Welfare homes score highly in inspections

By Leon Symons, May 9, 2008

Norwood and Jewish Care establishments have earned top marks in a new national inspection ratings system.

The Commission for Social Care Inspection this week launched a star scheme for Britain’s 4,000 care homes, ranging from three stars for excellent to zero for poor.

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Norwood aids Charedim

May 2, 2008

A collaboration with Norwood has enabled a Stamford Hill group offering out-of-school activities for Charedi youngsters with disabilities to improve its facilities.

Step by Step has moved its weekly Sunday Club to Norwood’s Somers Centre in Hackney — a purpose-built facility incorporating a main play area, adventure playground, garden, soft play room and arts and crafts provision.

The group made an approach to Norwood over use of the premises, “and we were delighted to accommodate them, as we have very good relations”, a spokesman told the JC.

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Norwood is searching for old scholars

By Jodie Mablin, April 25, 2008

Former residents of the Norwood Orphanage in South London are being sought for a major reunion in London in September.

Norwood Old Scholars’ Association secretary Jack Matthews is trying to track down old boys and girls from the orphanage, which closed in 1970. He hopes that more than 200 will be at the reunion.

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Norwood challenges the sporty

April 18, 2008

Norwood has launched a new programme of Challenges which the children and family charity hopes will generate more than the £1.3 million raised from the 2007 events.

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