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.


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.


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.


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.


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."


Chancellor George Osborne at Norwood event

By Jennifer Lipman, December 10, 2010
See Video

Following the tuition fees vote George Osborne addresses guests at a Norwood panel event.

The evening raised £26,000 for the charity.


Wheely good Norwood idea

December 2, 2010

Participants in Norwood's Israel bike ride included a resident from Ravenswood, the charity's Berkshire community for adults with learning disabilities.

Martin Weiss, 45, cycled in tandem with Joel Mishcon, 33, director of a television production company. Mr Weiss, who has Down's syndrome, said: "I got to visit lots of different countries and meet lots of new people. I love cycling, it is good fun."


A large crowd raises £3.3m for Norwood's services

November 23, 2010

Sarah Ferguson, the Duchess of York, was the guest speaker at Norwood’s annual fundraising dinner. She told the 1,300-strong audience about her recent visit to Norwood services in Hendon. "Being at Norwood filled my heart and restored my faith in human nature," she said. The event, held at the Grosvenor House Hotel in Mayfair, raised £3.3 million for the charity.

Photos: Mark Moody and Isaac Strang



Norwood's blue moment

By Simon Rocker, November 22, 2010

A great time was had by all 1,300 guests at the Norwood dinner on Monday – one of Anglo-Jewry's largest fundraising parties. But one number sung by Simon Webbe, former heartthrob of boyband Blue, was not the most obvious choice for a Jewish family charity: Sex on Fire by the Kings of Leon.

The lyrics allude to various amorous feats performed while driving a car. Still, the audience had no problem clapping and singing along, although Mr Webbe did look momentarily uncomfortable, not surprisingly since he was standing right next to the Chief Rabbi's table.


Fergie and Simon Cowell relish their starring roles

By Jessica Elgot, November 18, 2010

The stars came out for Norwood with Simon Cowell, the Duchess of York, Sir Philip Green, Theo Paphitis and Vanessa Feltz among the dinner guests.Simon Cowell - a close friend of Norwood president Richard Desmond - good naturedly responded to the many requests for photos. And he left fans in no doubt of his pride in his Jewish heritage.

"I've been coming to the Norwood dinners for many years now," he told the JC. "I can never say no when Richard asks me.

"This night is something very special. In times like these, charities do need our help more than before. Everyone's asking for more."