Norwood gets in the spirit of Mitzvah Day

27 November 2012

Over 350 volunteers took part in more than 30 different activities organised by Norwood, to celebrate Mitzvah Day last Sunday.

The day of good deeds included Future Clean, Norwood’s eco-friendly car wash which is manned by people with learning disabilities, washing cars at Jewish Care’s Rela Goldhill Lodge in Golders Green. They were joined by MP for Finchley and Golders Green, Mike Freer, and members of CST, a security service which operates in the Jewish community.

Mayor of Barnet, Councillor Brian Schama, also got into the spirit of Mitzvah Day by showcasing his drawing skills to a group of children from Unity, Norwood’s recreational service for children with disabilities, at their party in Hendon.

Rabbi Lister, together with 30 members of Edgware United Synagogue and Director of Communications Charles Golding, rolled up their sleeves in the garden at the Somers Family Centre in Hackney, weeding and planting spring bulbs.

Norwood also arranged the following activities:

  • The Neimah Jewish Choir, and children from Beit Shvidler Primary School, joined residents of Norwood homes for an afternoon of music and singing.
  • At Buckets & Spades, Norwood’s overnight short-break service in Finchley, garden fences were weather proofed, as well as cakes baked to thank the hard working volunteers who help at the service.
  • Redbridge Family Centre organised a party for members of Unity, Norwood’s recreational service for children with disabilities.
  • At Ravenswood, several projects took place with volunteers from Ner Yisrael helping to plant bulbs and clean and set up a new greenhouse.
  • Staff at Norwood’s head office in Stanmore collected unused cosmetics in aid of Marie Curie Cancer Care.
  • Volunteers at Norwood’s charity shop in Stanmore and Golders Green offered personal stylist services to shoppers; advising on style, colour, shapes and sizes.