Norwood makes Mitzvah Day bloom

18 November 2013

Norwood launched itself into its partnership with Mitzvah Day UK by organising more than 20 different activities on Sunday 17 November, involving over 200 volunteers and Norwood staff.

We were supported during our day of mitzvot by young people from the Edgware United Synagogue and Edgware District Reform Synagogue, young professionals from the Israeli Embassy, members of the community and Norwood volunteers.

Mike Freer, MP for Finchley and Golders Green together with young professionals from the Israeli Embassy got into the spirit of Mitzvah Day, showcasing their painting skills to create a mural for the new Music Garden at Buckets & Spades, Norwood’s short-break residential care home for children with learning disabilities, in Finchley.

Norwood also arranged the following activities:

• A Bulb-a-thon at Ravenswood where hundreds (literally!) of bulbs were planted ready for the spring
• Parties for the young people who attend the respite service provided by Unity in both North West London and Redbridge.
• Collections of dried foods as Norwood’s mitzvah to charities, GIFT and a night shelter supported by the Salvation Army in Redbridge.
• A party for the people we support in our homes which was hosted by one of our volunteers who attends Kenton United Synagogue.

The day was made all the more special by visits from local dignitaries including the Mayor of Barnet, Councillor Melvin Cohen, who visited the Kennedy Leigh Family Centre, the Deputy Mayor of Redbridge, Councillor Tania Solomon, who joined the Unity party at Redbridge and the Mayor of Bracknell Forest, Councillor Jan Angell, who visited the Ravenswood Bulb-a-thon. The Unity parties also benefited from visits from two Pets As Therapy (PAT) Dogs.

Mike Freer, MP for Finchley and Golders Green said: "I am an enthusiastic supporter of Mitzvah Day and have been for many years. It’s a great multi-faith charitable event and I’m pleased to be here at a Norwood facility lending a hand."

Sophie Wellings, Head of Community Engagement & Volunteering at Norwood said: "Norwood strongly believes that Mitzvah Day is a wonderful way of showcasing the work that we do and to support other charities which we will do through this year’s food collection which has taken on a life of its own!"