Norwood goes to the top of the class

3 March 2020

To secure the next generation of Norwood supporters, we’ve been going into schools to educate and engage children about the vital work we do – with a little help from a couple of the very people we support.

Artwork from Goodwyn School pupils

Laurie from Carlton Avenue gave an interesting Makaton demonstration to Goodwyn School’s year-6 pupils when he joined Ruth Korel, our Young People’s Programme and Projects Manager, and home manager Eugene Valdez, on a visit to the Mill Hill school.
Ruth said: “It was a great first event. Following my introduction to Norwood, Eugene then talked about communication and how we interact with the people we support. We had a very lively workshop teaching the children Makaton, which is a language programme using symbols, signs and speech – and Laurie helped to demonstrate it.”

After the workshop, the children decorated paper hands and hearts, which have been put up in Laurie’s residential home in Kenton. Eugene said: “It is fitting to display the artwork in the residents’ lounge where everybody can see what the home represents – caring, colourful and happy – just like the children who made it.” So a huge thanks to all the children at Goodwyn whose efforts have brought so much colour to the lives of some of the people we support.

Michael, Lara and Gillian with Tu B’Shevat bags

Meanwhile, Anne, who also lives in a Norwood home, gave a heart-warming talk at Brooklands Junior School about how our charity has supported her to do the things she loves, such as going shopping and to the cinema, and to lead a fulfilling life. Ruth, who gave an earlier talk to staff and pupils about Norwood and the various ways to support us, said: “The whole class were enthralled by Anne’s story and the room was silent as they listened earnestly to all she had to say.” Following the talks, pupils at the school held a mini-market to raise money for Norwood.

As part of Project Impact, which provides impactful volunteer opportunities for Jewish teens across London, 22 young people heard a very inspiring talk from four people living in our supported living homes. On their visit to our Kennedy Leigh Family Centre in Hendon, the group of 13-year-olds listened to a talk about Norwood from Ruth and then wrote cards and decorated bags, which they filled with fruit they had brought with them, to give as Tu B’Shevat gifts to some of the people we support.

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