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Learning Disabilities

Supporting people with learning disabilities to live full, active lives

Our work with children, young people and adults with learning disabilities is geared to providing the individual support that each person needs. We offer practical support with housing, learning, social and cultural activities and holidays. The overview below leads to more detail about each area of support.


Birthright is a fully-funded opportunity for young Jewish adults with learning difficulties to visit Israel. This life-changing experience offers the young people we support the same opportunities to celebrate their Jewish identity as other young Jewish people.

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Birthright group at the Kotel in Israel

Free information sessions

From September 2016, Norwood is providing a range of free information sessions for families of children and adults with learning disabilities.

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Buckets and Spades

Buckets and Spades is our Ofsted registered, short break residential service. We provide a range of breaks, including overnight stays, for children and young people up to the age of 18 with physical and learning disabilities.

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Family Support

Our Family Support teams are here to help any member of a family with any kind of issue, whether practical or emotional. Based at our Family Centres, our teams support children and young people, their families and adults with learning disabilities.

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Part of our work at Norwood is giving adults with learning disabilities the support they need to choose where they live. Norwood has different types of houses and flats where support is available according to the individual’s needs.

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Supported living flats

Life Long Learning

Life Long Learning is the use of both formal and informal learning opportunities throughout people's lives in order to foster the continuous development and improvement of the knowledge and skills needed for employment and personal fulfillment.

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Lyonsdown Road

Norwood, the UK’s largest Jewish charity supporting vulnerable children and their families, children with special educational needs, and people with learning disabilities, will be opening a new supported living service in Barnet in July 2017.

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Residential Care

Our 25 residential care homes in London and the South East, regulated by the Care Quality Commission, provide 24-hour-a-day support for the adults who live there. We support them in leading independent and fulfilling lives.

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Short Breaks for young people

We offer all sorts of short-term breaks for children with physical and learning disabilities. Our aim is to provide a positive experience for both the children and their families – and according to them, that’s exactly what we do.

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Supported Living

This service provides support for people with learning disabilities so they can live in their own homes, whether for a few hours each week or full-time. It is tailored to each individual person so they can live life to the full.

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Unity makes it possible for children and young people with disabilities to meet in a fun, sociable environment. It is one of the ways we make sure they get the chance to try activities that they may not otherwise experience.

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