A year in the life of Norwood

19 December 2018

Here we look back since the start of 2018 to see what Norwood has been up to: all the celebrations, successes and moments in time that made the last year so special.

JAN

Norwood launches new project to help teenagers with learning disabilities learn work skills through volunteering

The 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.

FEB

Norwood opens Sara’s Kitchen; a working café, at its Kennedy Leigh Family Centre in Hendon

Sara’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 our former Chief Executive Elaine Kerr on Tuesday 30 January.

MAR

Nicola Mendelsohn CBE leads influential tech panel at Norwood Business Breakfast

Nicola 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.

APR

Norwood marathon runners raise over £59,000 at London Marathon

A 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”.

MAY

Norwood’s residential accommodation service at 30 Old Church Lane is 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.

JUN

Ravenswood’s Music Therapy Manager uses PhD research to benefit village residents

Norwood’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.

JUL

Norwood’s Kennedy Leigh Family Centre hosts Mitzvah Day’s 10th anniversary launch

Norwood’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.

AUG

Norwood’s celebrates another ‘Outstanding’ rating for specialist autism care home in Berkshire

Following 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”.

SEP

Volunteers recognised at annual awards ceremony

Over 200 guests enjoyed a night of celebration at Norwood’s sixth annual Volunteer Recognition Awards at The Postal Museum in London. During the evening, Norwood trustees handed out an impressive nine awards to all the deserving winners.

OCT

Norwood heroes conquer challenges in Nepal, Greece and Tanzania

Starting in October, over 125 thrill seekers took on four of Norwood’s international challenges in the space of four weeks. The fundraising heroes joined forces with some of the people Norwood supports to take on epic cycling challenges in Nepal, Greece and Tanzania, as well as a trek in Nepal, raising an incredible £470,000 so far.

NOV

Annual Dinner focuses on young people

Norwood’s Annual Dinner, the most prestigious fundraising event in the charity’s calendar, saw generous supporters raise £3.2 million. More than 1,200 guests gathered at the Grosvenor House Hotel for Norwood’s annual fundraising dinner, which focused on how Norwood enables families to thrive.

DEC

Late-night designer shopping events boost charity stores’ sales

Norwood’s Golder’s Green and Stanmore charity shops held late-night designer shopping events, helping to raise £1,372 in just six hours, selling items which were generously donated by guests at Norwood’s Annual Dinner.