Norwood Centre in Redbridge officially opened by Mayor

10 June 2013

Norwood welcomed 70 guests to the official opening of the Norwood Centre, Redbridge, last week, at the South West Essex Settlement Reform Synagogue (SWESRS). The Norwood Centre, which is one of the charity’s three family centres in London, was previously based at King Solomon High School in Essex.

The Mayor of Redbridge, Councillor Felicity Banks, marked the occasion by cutting the official ribbon alongside Roy Gilbert, who lives at Norwood’s nearby residential home in Gants Hill.

Norwood’s Chief Executive Elaine Kerr, gave a short speech in which she spoke of the charity’s first-class social care services, recreational groups and holistic approach to community care.

She added: "Our family support services help tackle some of the most challenging issues and problems which exist in our community. We offer support and care for the people who need us most, each and every day of the year.

I must extend our heartfelt gratitude to the synagogue board and its members for their warm welcome to us and the people who use our services and for sharing their wonderful facilities with us. Watch this space for some exciting developments!"

A number of high-profile guests were present including Redbridge Councillor Alan Weinberg and Norwood’s Rabbinical Advisor Rabbi Alan Plancey, who welcomed the audience with a few words on the spiritual significance of Norwood’s work.

The event also welcomed Rabbi’s from across the community including Norwood Drugsline’s Consultant Rabbi Aryeh Sufrin M.B.E, Deputy Head teacher of King Solomon High School Rabbi Jeremy Bruce, Rabbi Nissan Wilson, Rabbi Nancy Morris and Rabbi Richard Jacobi.

Guests were given a guided tour of the building, from which many of Norwood’s family services operate, including one-to-one counselling, family support, education, after-school clubs and holiday schemes for 5-18 year olds with learning disabilities and transition groups for 18-25 year olds with learning disabilities.

The Kennedy Leigh Family Centre in Hendon provides services to North West London and the Somers Centre located in Hackney serves children and families in East London.

For more information, please contact Norwood on 020 8809 8809, email or visit