Lottery windfall helps Norwood on its travels

April 7, 2011

A £235,000 grant from the Big Lottery Fund will help Norwood clients with learning disabilities to become more independent travellers.

The money will fund almost the entire cost of Freedom through Travel, a three-year scheme launching in June, which will use smartphone technology to provide "travel training" for 88 adults.


Norwood pay cut talks resume

By Jessica Elgot, April 7, 2011

A union official involved in resumed negotiations with Norwood over salary cuts for staff says the outcome is "bittersweet".

Unite representative Jamie Major said the union had negotiated improved terms for the front-line care staff who are having their salary reduced as part of Norwood measures to compensate for £4 million in lost local authority funding.


Norma Brier to quit after Norwood crisis measures

By Jessica Elgot, March 17, 2011

Norwood chief executive Norma Brier is to retire after 22 years with Norwood and Ravenswood, having delayed her departure to manage the consequences of the swingeing funding cuts from local authorities.


Princess admires Ravenswood's easy riders

By Jessica Elgot, March 3, 2011

Two Special Olympians impressed the Princess Royal with their riding skills during her visit to the stables at Ravenswood in Berkshire.

Eighty service users enjoy weekly lessons in horse care, dressage and riding skills at the Norwood-affiliated village, which houses 175 people in 120 acres of grounds.


'This will destroy our lives'

February 24, 2011

Anna Horton, 57, has worked at Norwood's Ravenswood village for 22 years, first as a teaching assistant and now as a care worker.


Union attacks Norwood over pay cuts

By Jessica Elgot, February 24, 2011

Children and families charity Norwood is fighting a war of words with the Unite union after talks over staff pay cuts broke down after just three minutes.

Unite official Jamie Major attacked proposed contracts as "Dickensian", describing Norwood as one of the voluntary sector's "renegade employers".


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.


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.


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


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.