Queen delights residents at Ravenswood

By Leon Symons, December 18, 2008

There were cheers from flag-waving staff and residents as the Queen made her first visit to Norwood’s Ravenswood village in Berkshire to open a new facility last Thursday.

The Queen, Norwood’s royal patron, spent an hour touring The Precinct, which houses a number of therapy workshops, before opening the Pamela Barnett Centre, a £3 million home for 16 adults with profound learning disabilities.

Among the first people the Queen met were Peter Girvin, Laurence Black, Stephen Treisman and Jackie Andresier, who were cycling gold medallists at the national Special Olympics.


Queen to open new Ravenswood facility

By Candice Krieger, November 20, 2008

The Queen is to visit Norwood's Ravenswood village for people with learning disabilities next month.

Norwood president Richard Desmond told the charity's annual dinner at Grosvenor House on Monday that The Queen would tour the Berkshire facility on December 11.


Young Norwood attracts legal aid

August 22, 2008

A new brief for London lawyer Rachael Davis is the co-chairmanship of Young Norwood.

The 26-year-old restructuring and insolvency specialist with Olswang began her involvement with the charity two years ago through the Young Norwood lawyers' committee, which she went on to co-chair.


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."


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.


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.


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.


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


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.


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.