31st, December 2012

Mental Health Pre Summit

On 30th November Service Users, Relatives / Carers and Staff from Norton House attended the Mental Health Pre Summit at Voluntary Action Leicester.

The idea for the Summit originated from the office of John Ashworth MP, and was to specifically look at issues for mental health services in light of the recently enacted Health and  Social Care Act 2012, and generally to raise the profile of mental health services in Leicester City.

The Pre-Summit intended to give a voice to Service Users / Carers, and representatives from various Mental Health Charities/organisations. There was an opportunity for Service Users and Carers to participate in discussions to establish the followings:

  1. What is working well?
  2. What are the key issues/concerns/gaps in current service provision?
  3. What kinds of services do we want now and in the future?

A summary of key themes raised will now be presented as part of the formal summit in Spring 2013, ensuring local politicians and health and social care commissioners hear people’s views.


In October eight Norton House residents and two Support Workers travelled to Bruges for a four day holiday.  Vanessa tells us all about the holiday:

We got the taxi at 6am and set off on the coach at 6.45am. The coach driver and courier were nice and helpful all through the holiday. We got to Bruges, checked in and found our rooms. We stayed at a Bed and Breakfast. The breakfast was nice and so were the Belgian people. The day after we arrived we went to the town centre of Bruges and looked around, went into cafes, looked in shops and walked around taking in the scenery. We also went on a canal boat along the canal. On Wednesday we went to Ostend and did more shopping. We went in nice restaurants.

The ferry journey there and back was alright. The hotel was very nice and comfortable. There were a lot of people on bicycles and pedestrians. There were loads of chocolate shops. The chocolate was lovely and the drinking chocolate was nice as well as the beer. We went to a beer cellar. I particularly enjoyed the architecture of the old buildings. The last day, Thursday I think everyone said that they would go there again and they enjoyed their time there. Also the weather was good.



31st, December 2012

Impact Event

The HRS (Housing Related Support) provider forum hosted its second annual IMPACT Event on 31st October.

As part of Midlands Support Matters month 2012, it was an opportunity for sixteen of Leicester’s HRS providers (including Norton House) to celebrate the positive impact which housing support has in people’s lives.

The highlight of the event was when Service Users took to the stage to talk about their own experiences of receiving support.

Providers held stalls to showcase their services, and the event was attended by over 100 visitors.

Impact Event



31st, December 2012

Conduit Consortium Launches

Norton House, Foundation Housing Association, The National Autistic Society and Network For Change were proud to celebrate being part of Leicester’s first mental health consortium. The Conduit Consortium offers support to people with mental health issues and housing related support needs.

The launch event at Voluntary Action Leicestershire on 12th October, aimed to raise awareness of the link between mental health and housing related support and celebrate the success of the projects so far.

Service Users from all four providers stole the show with their accounts of how support from the Conduit Consortium had made a difference to their lives.

The Conduit Consortium Launch Event.Service users.Conduit Launch (2)

The event culminated with Service Users cutting a multi coloured ribbon.


31st, December 2012

We have a new website!

Welcome to Norton House’s new website. Our aim is to provide you with more information and a modern looking website which we feel makes the new site much more user friendly.

We hope you like what you see. You can let us know what you think by filling in the feedback form below.

21st, December 2012

Service User Christmas Party


Decorations at the Party

On 7th December 2012 Service Users, Staff, Relatives and Volunteers of Norton House gathered at Nuffield Health Centre for their annual Christmas Party.

As usual a delicious buffet courtesy of Lunch Direct was very much enjoyed and a DJ was provided to get everybody into the Christmas spirit and dancing the night away.

The annual raffle also took place with some fantastic prizes donated from companies such as; Next, Leicester City Football Club, Boots, Asda, Wilkinsons, Marks and Spencer, Ask, Dunelm, and Rosewater.

A big thank you to everyone that attended and especially relatives / carers who took the time out of their busy schedules to join us. As well as a massive thanks to all the staff for making everything on the evening possible.

May we take this opportunity to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas and a prosperous New Year!

The annual Service User / Carer evening took place on 7th November at Leicester University and was a huge success! Service Users, Staff, Relatives, Carers, Trustees and Volunteers all came together for an evening of entertainment and an enormous buffet.

The annual tombola, running for the third year was the most successful yet with all money raised going towards funding Service User Activities in the next year.

Entertainment was provided by several Service Users and included a poetry recital, singing, guitar playing and juggling. The recent Norton House holiday to Bruges was also spoken about by a Service User who had been on the holiday, along with a slideshow of pictures to show what a great time they all had. Other Service Users chose to talk about their experience of living at Norton House and how much their lives have improved since they moved in.

The Norton House video (which can be found on YouTube) also received its first public screening on the evening and was met by huge applause.

It is safe to say that a good night was had by all and everyone is already looking forward to next year.

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