Welcome to Norwood’s 2016/17 Annual Review

Elaine Kerr2016/2017 has been a tremendous time of change for us here at Norwood: a year of personal bests for us and the people we support. We have continued to evolve into an organisation that is flexible, innovative and fit for the future.

I am extremely proud of Norwood’s accomplishments over the past year and I am confident that with the support of our donors, we can continue be at the forefront in providing the best care and support possible for those who need us; now and into the future.

Elaine Kerr, Chief Executive

Our partnership programme continued to expand

Our partnership programme continued to thrive, demonstrating our strength as one of the country’s top service providers. The programme has given volunteers, such as 70 from the National Citizen Service, fantastic learning opportunities (and the chance to have a lot of fun too). Every year these special partnerships are celebrated at our Volunteer Recognition Awards ceremony.

Our school partnership program

Through our school partnership program we offered a range of services to 830 children, 590 teachers and 390 families who benefitted from individual or group counselling sessions. We also ran weekly therapeutic counselling sessions across five schools. These sessions focussed on well-being and went a long way toward reducing self-harm in students, while boosting their self-esteem at a time when they can be at their most vulnerable.

Building our young volunteering support

Young people are the future of Norwood and this year, our young people’s volunteering programme has continued to grow in strength and popularity. 706 people aged 16-25 supported Norwood, with an estimated 5,000 hours donated in volunteering time this last year! The work of our wonderful volunteers, of all ages, is celebrated at our annual Volunteer Recognition Awards.

Our values

We are the largest Jewish charity in the UK supporting vulnerable children and families, children with Special educational needs and people with learning disabilities. Norwood was founded in 1795 and remains today the only Jewish charity to have the honour of the patronage of Her Majesty The Queen.

We passionately believe everyone, irrespective of their abilities or circumstances, has the right to live the life they choose and achieve their goals. We uphold five key values namely;

Empowering the people we support to maximise their potential.
Always maintaining professional standards and codes of conduct with all we work with.
Being supportive to all those who turn to us.
Maintaining honourability in the way we perform our services.
Embracing innovation and finding new approaches that will benefit the organisation as a whole and those we support.