Vodafone Volunteers take to ‘The Green’ at Norwood’s Ravenswood Village

23 July 2018

Thirteen Vodafone volunteers from the Bracknell area recently spent the day at Norwood’s Ravenswood Village renovating the outdoor area of ‘The Green’.

Together, the volunteers replanted colourful flowers, cut back overgrown shrubs, and sanded down and painted the wooden furniture.

The Green is a group of supported living homes housing 13 residents who live independent lives thanks to Norwood’s dedicated team of on-site carers.

Speaking about the day, one Vodafone volunteer said that it was a “fabulous place and would go back in a heartbeat”, while another added they were “really happy that we made a difference”.

Some of the volunteers even designed and painted a mural of Abba in memory of two late residents, Annie Lemon and Richard Tooke. Annie lived in Ravenswood for 44 years and Richard for 53 years. The mural is a welcome addition to the outdoor space, contributing to the positive wellbeing of all the residents.

David Harris, Director of Development at Norwood, said: “Our ambition is that corporate volunteers taking a break from their day to day working activities derive as much from their time here as we do from their effort.

Developing partnerships with local companies such as Vodafone serve to enrich the lives of our residents and provide volunteers with diverse activities in an environment that may be unfamiliar to them. We hope that they find their experience here equally rewarding.”

Carol Goodall, Norwood’s The Green Manager, wished the volunteers a big thank you and concluded by stating that “we are proud to say our Garden is looking gorgeous at the moment”.

Norwood’s corporate volunteering partnerships play a vital role in the running of Ravenswood Village and are testament to the strong relationship the Village has with the local community.

To find out more about volunteering at Norwood’s Ravenswood Village, contact Norwood by phone on 020 8420 6926 or email volunteering@norwood.org.uk.

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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.

It 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 over 55 sites 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.

Norwood Volunteering

Norwood relies on around 650 volunteers who give their time regularly to support our work. Hundreds more support our events and fundraising activities.

People choose to volunteer for Norwood for so many reasons, but they all have one thing in common: an understanding of how important it is to support our work in their communities.

There are many ways that you can help support Norwood’s work too. Whatever your skills or interests, we are bound to have something you will enjoy doing.

To apply to be a volunteer, then please call our Volunteering team on 020 8420 6926 or email volunteering@norwood.org.uk.