Norwood celebrates partnership with Persimmon in Ravenswood development project

7 December 2017

Norwood has secured plans to invest in a development project that will see a major upgrade to its residential accommodation and facilities at Ravenswood, following successful negotiations with Persimmon, a national housing developer.

Development of the Ravenswood site will see Norwood invest in brand-new self‑contained fully accessible homes and ancillary infrastructure ensuring Norwood can continue to deliver outstanding support to current and future residents.

David Ereira, Norwood Chairman said: “This is an exciting time for Norwood as the proposed development will secure the future of our residents in what is already a wonderful community at Ravenswood”.

Elaine Kerr, Chief Executive said: “I’m thrilled to see Norwood partner with Persimmon on this innovative project. Development of the Ravenswood site will make a real difference to the people who call it home and support them to live their lives to the fullest which they so rightly deserve.”

Roger Filer, Chair of Ravenswood Families Association, a body which represents the people living at Ravenswood, said he and the families he represents are delighted with the agreement.

Roger added: “This represents a very positive development for Ravenswood and the people currently living there. It will vastly improve the living accommodation and external environment for many of Ravenswood’s residents.”

Construction will commence during the 2019/20 financial year, with plans to officially unveil the upgraded site in 2021.


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About Ravenswood

Ravenswood was set up in 1953 by four families aiming to provide education and care for their children and for others with a learning disability. Today, Ravenswood is home to 130 people with learning disabilities living in 13 registered care homes set in over 120 acres of Berkshire countryside.

About Norwood

Norwood is the largest Jewish charity in the UK supporting vulnerable children and their families, children with special educational needs and people with learning disabilities and autism.

Founded in 1795, Norwood is one of the UK’s oldest charities and the only Jewish charity to enjoy the Patronage of Her Majesty The Queen.

It helps children and adults to maximise their potential at home, at school and throughout their lives, through personalised services designed to enable choice.

Each year Norwood needs £35m to keep its services running, £12m of which comes through voluntary donations. These services include a total of 55 residential, supported living and family centres across London and the South East.

Norwood currently runs eight charity shops across North and East London thanks to the support of 150 dedicated volunteers.