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Norwood Stories


Norwood’s stories are probably the most powerful way of showing how we help and what we are able to achieve as an organisation. These stories reflect the range of people we work with:

  • The adults and children we support to successfully achieve their goals and lead the lives they choose
  • Our committed and professional staff who bring such a wide variety of skills to the organisation
  • Our dedicated and caring volunteers who give their time to help Norwood because they want to make a difference.

Read their stories to find out how Norwood helps people take control of their lives and live as they choose, no matter what their disability.

In order to protect confidentiality the names and details of those in the case study may have been changed. Model photos are sometimes used to further protect their identity. All information is correct at time of writing.

A Personal Journey

In November 2016, the Musmeah Yeshua Synagogue in Yangon formerly Rangun was specially opened up for the Norwood bike riders so that a Friday night service could be celebrated in the Synagogue.

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Q&A with Kylie

What do you enjoy doing at In-Betweeners? Going out on trips, meeting friends of my own age. I love In-Betweeners.

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The Triplets’ story

Unity and Buckets & Spades are professionally run and tailored to their needs. There are no other provisions like them. We simply could not cope without Norwood’s support.

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Ben’s story

Norwood has supported Ben and his family every step of the way and we will always be there for them in the future.

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Natalie’s story

When she arrives, she races in without looking back. And by the end of her stay, she’s brimming with happiness as if she has just returned from a wonderful holiday.

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Jon F's story

Jon has cycled on three of Norwood’s International Bike Rides: twice in Israel, and most recently through Vietnam and Cambodia.

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Suzanne’s Story

I think the best part of my job is knowing that I’m doing something that makes a difference to someone else’s life, and my role has far exceeded any expectations I had before I started. I love seeing people grow.

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Nicola’s Story

Initially, Nicola needed more support, but now she knows how to deal with situations independently and uses her own initiative. She’s excellent when dealing with people on the phone and is a valued member of the team.

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David’s story

I’ve always considered that the potential for development and growth, for each individual within Norwood, has clearly been supported.

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Ayson’s Story

Working for Norwood has far exceeded my expectations. When I first started, I thought that being a support worker was the only role I wanted but, with support from Norwood, I realised that I could contribute more.

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Jacqueline's story

It is great to be part of such a wonderful charity and incredibly satisfying to raise money for such a worthy cause.

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Laurence’s story

Now that I have time on my hands, I can give something back to the community. But in addition, it is a fun and enjoyable environment to be working in

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Wendy’s story

Ravenswood is a fantastic place where residents get the most fantastic opportunities and experiences. As a nurse and a horse lover, it seemed natural to volunteer. I really enjoy my time there.

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Norwood Now - Winter 2016

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Where Your Money Goes

Find out how Norwood is funded and how we strive to use every penny responsibly.

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Rebecca Lane, who credits Norwood with giving her a ‘second chance’ in life, hopes to inspire female scientists after graduating with a 1st class degree in chemistry

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Inspirational young scientist Rebecca Lane, who as a child lived in 16 homes in 14 years and cared for two siblings with special needs, has completed an incredible turnaround by graduating from the University of Leeds with a 1st class Master of Science and Bachelor of Science honours degree in chemistry.

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