Norwood

Unite attack 'belligerent' Norwood over job cuts

By Jennifer Lipman, February 18, 2011

Norwood has defended itself over employment union Unite’s allegations that it is one of the voluntary sector’s “renegade employers”.

Unite accused the charity of not living up to its “caring” label after talks on staff pay cuts and new contracts broke down within minutes.

The disability charity has been heavily hit by local authority budgets cuts and has lost around £4 million in funding.

In November it laid out plans to cut the wages of front-line care staff and make 20 per cent of head office staff redundant, as well as reduce supplier costs.

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The day I lost my shirt: Dragon's Den's Theo Paphitis

February 17, 2011

Dragons' Den panellist Theo Paphitis told a Norwood audience how a contestant on the BBC show swindled him out of £80,000.

Credited with turning round failing chains including Ryman and La Senza, the Cyprus-born entrepreneur held court on a variety of business issues before a breakfast audience of 200 at a central London hotel.

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Dragons Den's Theo Paphitis at Norwood

By Jennifer Lipman, February 17, 2011
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The Dragons discussed entrepreneurship and disabilities in the work place

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Dragons' Den star helps to collect £90K for Norwood

February 17, 2011

Entrepreneur and Dragons' Den panellist Theo Paphitis was the guest speaker at the annual Business Breakfast fundraiser for Norwood. He spoke to the 200 professionals about the responsibilities of big businesses towards charities as part of the Government's Big Society initiative.

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Norwood launches jewellery social enterprise

By Jennifer Lipman, February 10, 2011

In what has become a Tuesday routine at Norwood's Stanmore premises, Susan Evans is sorting through a tub of beads as she strives to finish a bracelet she has been working on within the next hour.

The Hendon resident is one of several adults with learning disabilities who attend weekly jewellery-making sessions at Norwood and at Ravenswood village in Berkshire. The classes are popular, not just for the therapeutic nature of arts and crafts, but also as the basis of the charity's first social enterprise project.

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Norwood makes a show out of vintage ‘rags’

February 10, 2011

Creative restoration of unsellable clothing stock from Norwood charity shops proved a model fundraiser for the charity at a fashion show on Monday.

Vintage items which would normally have been sold on as rags for small change were customised into catwalk favourites, admired by 170 supporters at a Hertfordshire hotel.

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A cruel cut below the rest

By Norma Brier, January 20, 2011

Jenny lives in a Norwood residential home at Ravenswood Village, in Berkshire. She loves to visit her relatives, some 70 miles away, by travelling regularly in an adapted wheelchair. During the week, she attends college locally and in the evenings goes to the cinema or to friends. All these activities and her summer holidays are possible only with specialised transportation.

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New man at Norwood is to direct marketing

December 22, 2010

A former chair of Limmud has become the newest member of Norwood's board of trustees.

Along with 11 other trustees, Elliott Goldstein, 30, will help to decide the charity's strategic direction and will have responsibility for overseeing its approach to marketing and communications.

Mr Goldstein, an Oxford graduate with an MBA from the University of Chicago, is the managing director of Anouska Hempel Design. He is currently a trustee of the London School of Jewish Studies (LSJS) and was also recently appointed to the board of the Jewish Community Centre for London.

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Osborne helps Norwood cash in

December 16, 2010

Chancellor George Osborne has added £26,000 to the Norwood budget - the proceeds from his appearance at a Young Norwood current affairs reception in London.

Interviewed by Times columnist Daniel Finkelstein, Mr Osborne defended the rise in tuition fees and gave his views on the coalition government, the bailout of the Irish economy and charity funding. More than 250 young people attended.

Speaking afterwards, Mr Osborne praised Norwood as "one of the best charities I've come across in Britain. I think it does an absolutely brilliant job for all sorts of people who need help."

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Chancellor George Osborne at Norwood event

By Jennifer Lipman, December 10, 2010
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Following the tuition fees vote George Osborne addresses guests at a Norwood panel event.

The evening raised £26,000 for the charity.

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