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.



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.