Nor­wood story has an ap­peal­ing

The Jewish Chronicle - - Community -

THE STORY of how Nor­wood helped a man with se­vere phys­i­cal and be­havioural dif­fi­cul­ties has been the fo­cus of the Pe­sach ap­peal by the chil­dren and fam­i­lies char­ity, which has a £100,000 tar­get.

Yitz­chok grew up in a large fam­ily and his par­ents found it in­creas­ingly dif­fi­cult to care for him.

In des­per­a­tion, they ap­proached their lo­cal coun­cil, which found him a place at Ravenswood, Nor­wood’s res­i­den­tial vil­lage in Berk­shire.

There, staff iden­ti­fied that his dis­rup­tive be­hav­iour was partly through frus­tra­tion at be­ing un­able to com­mu­ni­cate.

Us­ing spe­cial­ist tech­niques, staff be­gan to un­der­stand what he was try­ing to say. Oc­cu­pa­tional ther­a­pists and phys­io­ther­a­pists also helped him to move about more freely with­out a wheel­chair.

He now takes part in ac­tiv­i­ties such as art, mu­sic and gar­den­ing and makes de­ci­sions about the run­ning of his home. “Peo­ple with learn­ing dis­abil­i­ties want the same things from life as you or I,” said Nor­wood chief ex­ec­u­tive Elaine Kerr. “Through our vi­tal ser­vices, we help peo­ple with learn­ing dis­abil­i­ties, and chil­dren and fam­i­lies in need, to ful­fil their po­ten­tial. Nor­wood needs the com­mu­nity’s sup­port to en­sure we never have to turn any­body away.”

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