Norwood does many Mitzvots this Mitzvah Day

20 November 2018

On the 10th anniversary of Mitzvah Day, Norwood was out in force; hosting a variety of events, volunteering opportunities and doing Mitzvot of its own for interfaith partner charities Goods for Good and Sufra.

Over 250 volunteers, including a number of children, along with nearly a dozen Young Norwood (YN) volunteers provided their time and energy to the cause.

Laura Marks OBE, founder and chair of Mitzvah Day, said: “Norwood has been an incredible partner for Mitzvah Day over the last 10 years. To see so many people volunteering side by side to help some great causes this year was something special.”

Norwood’s Kennedy Leigh Family Centre hosted seven groups in total; making menorah, decorating cakes and making Chanukah decorations. Speaking about the importance of volunteering in the local community, one such YN volunteer, Andrew Cohen, who spent the morning at Norwood’s Kennedy Leigh Family Centre, said: “I have always wanted to come to a Norwood service and see what the charity does. This is the first Mitzvah Day I’ve taken part in and it’s been amazing to see so many people come out today and support Norwood. I would definitely do it again.”

Kenton United Synagogue hosted a delightful afternoon tea for many of Norwood’s adult care services residents. The partnership between the Synagogue and Norwood is long running with the Synagogue having already raised £1,000 this year toward a project at two local Norwood homes.

YN Volunteer, Sarah-Beth Neville, who assisted with the afternoon tea, said: “It is lovely to be here today and see some of the amazing work that Norwood does.”

At the Radlett Reform Synagogue, children from the Cheder spent the morning doing a variety of different projects. In aid of Norwood, the children filled Chanukah jars with dreidels and chocolate coins, and sorted through clothing donations for Norwood Charity Shops. Some of the children also painted plant pots, made greeting cards and created coasters from upcycled CDs.

In aid of partner interfaith charities Goods for Good and Sufra, the Cheder children also made sandwiches and fruit salad, and collected/packed toiletries – it was a productive day all round.

Carol Green, Cheder Head Teacher, Radlett Reform Synagogue Cheder said: “Radlett Reform Synagogue Cheder is so pleased to be partnering with Norwood again this year for Mitzvah Day and our on-going Mitzvah Programme. The children love completing their Mitzvot and are also pleased to be making Tzedakah donations each week to save up to support one of Norwood’s residential accommodation homes. It is great to be able to support Norwood and their work as well as supporting other local groups like Goods for Good and Sufra.”

Ruth Korel, Young People’s Programme and Projects Manager at Norwood, said: “This is the second year Norwood and Radlett Reform Synagogue Cheder have collaborated for Mitzvah Day. It is not just one day but a year long project teaching the children and their families about Norwood, giving and charity. The projects today will benefit the people Norwood support, Sufra and Goods for Good. It is a fantastic day with over 100 children participating. What a great opportunity to teach the next generation about Tikkun Olam.”

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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.

Norwood supports over 4,000 people every year, giving them the tools they need to live the most fulfilling lives they can.

Norwood works with 56 local authorities, delivering wide-ranging services in a variety of residential accommodation and supported living services, short-break facilities and family centres across London and the South East.

Through a workforce of over 2,500 – made up of 1,250 staff and 1,500 volunteers – we provide the highest-quality care to transform the lives of children and their families, and vulnerable adults.

It costs £34m a year to deliver Norwood’s services, £12m of which must be raised from voluntary donations.

Norwood Volunteering

Norwood relies on around 1500 volunteers who give their time regularly to support our work. Hundreds more support our events and fundraising activities.

People choose to volunteer for Norwood for so many reasons, but they all have one thing in common: an understanding of how important it is to support our work in their communities.

There are many ways that you can help support Norwood’s work too. Whatever your skills or interests, we are bound to have something you will enjoy doing.

To apply to be a volunteer, then please call our Volunteering team on 020 8420 6926 or email