About Norwood

About us

NORWOOD IS THE OLDEST JEWISH CHARITY IN THE UK

Supporting vulnerable children and their families facing challenges and anyone with a learning disability and autism.

Norwood supports more than 2,500 people each 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 including residential and supported living accommodation and short-breaks facilities, as well as a range of support groups aimed at the whole family, not just the individual.

Our History

A HISTORY OF NORWOOD

Since our relatively modest beginnings in Mile End in 1795, we have helped many thousands of people. The ways we work have changed over the centuries but our motivation remains the same: to do what we can to help people change their lives for the better.

Your Family Connection With Us

With such a long history of caring for so many people, it’s no surprise that Norwood has accumulated thousands of documents and records. Among these, you can discover:

  • about your family origins and your family background
  • information for adopted people about their origins and the circumstances of their adoption
  • records relating to Norwood’s orphanage from as far back as 1821
  • historical records of Norwood’s many services

To find out more about our archives, please call Norwood on 020 8809 8809

Norwood Old Scholars Association

For people who grew up in Norwood’s care, the Norwood Old Scholars Association (NOSA) provides opportunities to get together and keep in touch with each other. It also offers support to people in need. If you would like more information, please contact Tony Seager at tony-seager@hotmail.co.uk or 01689 873420

TODAY
TODAY

Norwood is the oldest Jewish children, family and learning disability charity in Britain, delivering services to 2,500 people every year

2017
2017

Norwood opens first smart home with Assistive Technology

1996
1996

Norwood and Ravenswood merge

1990
1990

Norwood Family Centre opened in Hendon

Mid 1980's
Mid 1980's

Norwood established Jewish fostering and adoption services

1980's
1980's

Residential and community services established within Barnet, Harrow, Brent and Redbridge

1966
1966

Norwood establishes a Hostel for Unmarried Mothers

1950's
1950's

Ravenswood residential school and then Village established

1928
1928

Renamed The Jewish Orphanage

1901
1901

King Edward VII is the first reigning monarch to become Norwood’s patron, setting a precedent for subsequent monarchs

1900
1900

Norwood School established at Norwood orphanage site

1876
1876

Jews’ Hospital and Jews’ Orphan Asylum amalgamated at one site in Norwood

1866
1866

West Norwood Jewish Orphanage built

1815
1815

Norwood lists its first Royal patron, beginning an enduring tradition of royal patronage

Early 1800's
Early 1800's

Jews’ Hospital and Jews’ Orphan Asylum founded

1795
1795

Norwood founded for the relief of the Jewish poor in London