A year in the life of Norwood7 September 2018CorporateWe look back since Rosh Hashanah 2017 to see what Norwood has been up to: all the celebrations, successes and moments in time that you may have missed.Volunteers recognised at annual awards ceremonyOver 200 guests enjoyed a night of celebration at Norwood’s fifth annual Volunteer Recognition Awards at Allianz Park in Hendon. During the evening, Norwood trustees handed out an impressive nine awards to all the deserving winners.Norwood Challenges celebrate 25 yearsMore than 200 cyclists and trekkers, accompanied by 11 inspirational people Norwood support, completed an ‘unforgettable’ week in Israel to celebrate 25 years of Norwood Challenges. They took part in a spectacular series of three cycles and one trek, converging on the coastal resort of Eilat in southern Israel for a weekend of celebrations.Annual Dinner focuses on young peopleNorwood’s Annual Dinner, the most prestigious fundraising event in the charity’s calendar, saw generous supporters raise £3.2 million. Former South African President and Nobel Peace Prize winner FW de Klerk spoke to CNBC journalist and broadcaster Tania Bryer about his hopes for the youth of South Africa and beyond in front of more than 1,300 guests.Late-night designer shopping boosts charity stores’ salesNorwood’s Golder’s Green and Stanmore charity shops held late-night designer shopping events, helping to raise over £4,000 in just six hours, selling items which were generously donated to by guests at Norwood’s Annual Dinner.Norwood launches new project to help teenagers with learning disabilities learn work skills through volunteeringThe programme, funded thanks to a successful bid for the Big Lottery Awards for All, helps young people with learning disabilities to identify and recognise their employability skills, learn the expectations that are important in the workplace, and widen their skills base through providing work-placement opportunities.Norwood opens Sara’s Kitchen; a working café, at its Kennedy Leigh Family Centre in HendonSara’s Kitchen, a training kitchen for adults with learning disabilities as well as a working café, at the Kennedy Leigh Family Centre in Hendon was officially opened by Chief Executive Elaine Kerr on Tuesday, 30 January.Nicola Mendelsohn CBE leads influential tech panel at Norwood Business BreakfastNicola Mendelsohn led a panel of executives from four of the world’s most recognisable brands – Facebook, Snapchat, Twitter and Google – in a discussion on the role technology platforms play in shaping media and society at Norwood’s Business Breakfast event, held on 6 March – raising more than £100,000 for Norwood’s services.Norwood marathon runners raise over £59,000 for the Jewish charity at London MarathonA team of 20 runners competed in the London Marathon on Sunday 22 April in aid of Norwood. Leading the way was Lawrence Glass, a great supporter of Norwood, who describes the charity as “extremely close to my heart”.Norwood’s residential accommodation service rated ‘Outstanding’ by the Care Quality Commission (CQC)Thirty Old Church Lane, home to eight adults with learning disabilities, first achieved the accolade in January 2016 and has maintained its exceptionally high level since, meaning it stays in the top 2% of services (or top 100 homes out of 4,500) in the country.Ravenswood’s Music Therapy Manager uses PhD research to benefit village residentsNorwood’s Head Music Therapist, Lisa Margetts PhD GRNCM, uses research from PhD to inform and enhance her work with people supported by music therapy at Norwood.Norwood’s Kennedy Leigh Family Centre hosts Mitzvah Day’s 10th anniversary launchNorwood’s Kennedy Leigh Family Centre hosted the 10th anniversary launch of Mitzvah Day, a Jewish-led day of charity, volunteering and goods deeds, on Sunday (8 July).Norwood’s celebrates another ‘Outstanding’ rating for specialist autism care home in BerkshireFollowing an inspection in May 2018, the CQC found the quality of care provided by Norwood’s Tager Centre care home in Crowthorne, Berkshire, to be ‘Outstanding’, sighting in the report that Tager “was extraordinarily person centred and people were seen and responded to as individuals”.