Snapshot of people we support

2 March 2020

We share photos of what the people we support have been getting up to over the last couple of months and highlight some of their proudest achievements.

Norwood’s Carlton Avenue residents – including Laurie (far left), Raymond and Tamara – enjoyed a second visit from the Travelling Chassidim, who encouraged lots of singing and clapping at this happy home in Kenton. Among these popular performers was Norwood’s very own SEN advisory teacher Isaac Kohn, who encouraged Laurie to attend Kenton shul’s Shabbat service the next day because he was performing as chazan (prayer leader). Laurie was given such a warm and welcoming reception by all the synagogue members and, following the Torah reading, Isaac gave Laurie the special honour of kissing the Torah.

Travelling Chassidim at Carlton Avenue

Shabbat celebrations moved to Tu B’Shevat celebrations when people across Norwood came together to mark the new year for trees. At our Kennedy Leigh Family Centre, some of the people in our accommodation services planted seeds in pots to take back to their homes, while the Sara’s Kitchen team prepared five platters of exotic fresh fruit for all to enjoy. To coincide with the festival – when it is traditional to eat the fruit of Israel, including figs, dates, pomegranates, grapes and olives – Sara’s Kitchen served up a delicious menu of barley soup, Mediterranean vegetable casserole and pomegranate cous cous, with a selection of salads and an exotic fruit salad for dessert.

Naomi on Tu B’Shevat

Ben and Alex

Daniella Phillips, who is supported by Norwood, and Amanda Gershinson, one of our fantastic volunteers, made banana and raisin muffins for all the staff and visitors to enjoy.


At Ravenswood, residents enjoyed making happiness trees, adding different items and thoughts that fill them with a sense of joy. Well done to Steven for his valuable contribution!

Steven at Ravenswood

Hot on the heels of Tu’Beshvat came Valentine’s Day and, once again, Norwood’s services pulled out all the stops to celebrate this special day. At Ravenswood, a pre-Valentine’s Day disco got everyone in the mood, while lots of residents tucked into a special Valentine’s Day meal on Thursday 13 February, courtesy of the café team who concocted a delicious feast of Thai fishcakes with sweet chilli sauce, roasted veg and pitta bread, followed by lemon posset. With music playing in the background and tables decorated with rose petals and flowers, the atmosphere was set for love, laughter and light-hearted banter.

Valentines Disco at Ravenswood

Participants of Ravenswood’s glass fusion workshops also got to see the fruits of their labour when their heart-shaped creations were turned into beautiful hand-crafted Valentine’s Day cards and sold in reception for £2 each. Watch out for their next enterprising project – Mother’s Day products!

Valentine’s Day card

Meanwhile, at our Edgeworth Crescent residential home in Hendon, residents Naomi, Anne and Vera baked a fairy cake, made cards and produced heart shapes to spread the love on Valentine’s Day.

Valentines Day at Edgeworth Crescent

Our services are always a hive of activity, bringing new experiences and exciting opportunities to the people we support. Ravenswood’s ‘Super Sundays’, a monthly programme of fun events, funded by the families of residents there, are proving a bit hit.

The latest act to entertain residents was Terry, who got everyone up and dancing and singing as he interacted with them all and ensured they had a great time.

Ravenswood’s Super Sunday

The residents of Kadimah at Ravenswood, our collection of homes in Berkshire, also enjoyed a visit from five members of the Wokingham Fire and Rescue Service, who gave them a talk about what the fire brigade do and what to expect if anyone ever needs their help. Jane, one of the firefighters, showed the group fire gear and everyone got to try on a helmet, which was very heavy.

They also got to hear the loud siren and try out the hose.

Julian in front of the fire engine

And then it was the turn of Kadimah’s residents to show the Blue Watch crew what they get up to, so Matt, George, Paul, James and Jane were given a tour of the home and thanked for all their efforts with a well-earned cup of tea and biscuits.

If there weren’t enough occasions to revel in these past two months, some of the people we support had their very own individual achievements to celebrate.

A huge well done goes to Edgeworth Crescent resident Rachelle who successfully completed her travel training instruction. Rachelle is now able to travel independently from her home in Hendon to her new volunteer work placement at Norwood’s charity shop in Edgware – which we all agree is fantastic.


Meanwhile, David, from Edgeworth Crescent, was named best player of the day, on Sunday 16 February, in the Disability STEP football league.


And finally, Laurie, from Carlton Avenue, engaged pupils at Goodwyn School in Mill Hill when he gave a fantastic presentation, together with home manager Eugene, on Makaton – a language programme that uses symbols, signs and speech.

Laurie and Eugene from Carlton Avenue

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