Last Sunday (28 February) Norwood hosted its first ever Norwood Carnival. The launch event, held to coincide with Purim and hosted online this year, brought families together with Norwood residents for a feast of activities and entertainment that attracted hundreds of attendees and raised more than £3,000.

The event featured a Makaton (sign language) masterclass held by Norwood resident Laurie (who lives in the charity’s Carlton Avenue home in Kenton), a mask-making workshop hosted by student volunteer Yona Taub, family entertainment from puppeteer/magician/comedian Skittleman and a disco run by London Rox Events. All who signed up were sent a Norwood Carnival pack that featured arts and crafts materials, gifts and information about Norwood’s work specifically produced to engage children. The Norwood Carnival was sponsored by Credo Wealth and the Gardnor Group.

Norwood’s head of community engagement, Natalie Burger, says: “The first Norwood Carnival was great fun and hugely worthwhile. It perfectly showed us all the magic that can happen when you bring families and young children together with the people Norwood supports and I can’t wait until we can host this event again next year.”