In a pioneering venture, Norwood is looking to a younger generation to help shape its future.
Plans for the Young Norwood Consultative Committee were outlined to 40 people aged from early 20s to mid 30s at an invitation-only, central-London reception attended by the charity's professional and lay leadership.
Nestled between a rare Andy Warhol print, glassworks by Dale Chihuly and sculptures by Lorenzo Quinn at London's Halcyon Gallery last Thursday were more than 40 paintings and pieces by some lesser known talents - residents of Norwood's Ravenswood Village and others supported by the charity.
Bright handprints and butterflies, an abstract self-portrait, a colourful image of rockets firing into t
We are arranged in a circle, surrounded by pots of coloured paint and plastic stencils, ready to create designs for Purim T-shirts. The place is northern Israel, minutes from the Mediterranean. Ages range from 18 to 25. In the past few days we have been donkey riding in biblical costumes, taken part in adventure activities in the Carmel forest and toured the Mini Israel theme park.
Ed Miliband commended Norwood's "important work" as he helped the charity to raise £14,000 at its third annual YN current affairs reception. The Labour Party leader said the charity "has a well deserved reputation for its vital services which allow thousands of people to achieve their goals".