Norwood commends Prince Williams’ call to action 1 February 2018 Announcements Founded in 1795, Norwood is one of the UK’s oldest charities. So it is well placed to comment on the prince’s recent statement to the Charity Commission’s annual public meeting where Prince William called on charities to “be open to collaborate, to share expertise and resources, to focus less on individual interests and more on the benefits that working together will bring.” Throughout Norwood’s rich history, the charity has championed collaboration. Buckets and Spades Lodge, a respite care home providing short-term breaks for children with special needs, was established in a partnership with Norwood and Ravenswood in 1993. The first joint project between the two charities. Following the success of that project Ravenswood officially merged with Norwood in 1996, adopting the new name Norwood Ravenswood and expanding its services to support children and adults with learning disabilities. Moving forward 25 years, Norwood is currently collaborating with the Jewish Leadership Council and JAMI (The Mental Health Service for our Community), researching how the charities can best support children, young people and their families who are living with mental health issues in the community. Norwood firmly believes the time is now to raise awareness on this important cause, a cause also close to the prince’s heart. Norwood has evolved throughout the years to continue to realise its unfaltering vision: to ensure vulnerable children and their families, children with special educational needs and people with learning disabilities live the brightest, fullest lives possible. It’s collaboration with other charities has been but one of it’s key secrets to success. For further information please contact Carissa Tucker, Communications Manager: By email: firstname.lastname@example.org By phone: 07928 525 100 About Norwood Norwood is the largest Jewish charity in the UK supporting vulnerable children and their families, children with special educational needs and people with learning disabilities and autism. Founded in 1795, Norwood is one of the UK’s oldest charities and the only Jewish charity to enjoy the Patronage of Her Majesty The Queen. Norwood helps children and adults to maximise their potential at home, at school and throughout their lives, through personalised services designed to enable choice. Each year Norwood needs £35m to keep its services running, £12m of which comes through voluntary donations. These services include a total of 55 residential, supported living and family centres across London and the South East. Norwood currently runs eight charity shops across North and East London thanks to the support of 150 dedicated volunteers.