Mind in Croydon

Advocacy Service now providing Care Act Advocacy and Relevant Person’s Representative Service

Care Act Advocacy

Mind in Croydon now provide Care Act Advocacy to Croydon residents. This is where a person has ‘substantial difficulty’  and no-one appropriate to represent them. Care Act Advocacy will be provided around needs assessments, the creation and review of care plans  and safeguarding enquiries. Referrals should be made by the local authority. Contact 0208 763 6730 for more information.


RPR service

Mind in Croydon Advocacy are now able to provide a Relevant Person’s representative service on a spot purchase basis from out of borough local authorities (not Croydon). Please contact 0208 763 6730 for more information.

Christmas e-Cards with JustGiving to support Mind in Croydon

JustGiving now have an option to create christmas e-cards and raise funds for us while you do it!

If you would like to create your christmas e-cards and help support Mind in Croydon please visit the link below and get creating!


Men’s Swimming Volunteer

As part of our Get Set to Go programme, Mind in Croydon are looking for a male swimming volunteer to support individuals who have experienced mental health problems in group swimming sessions for males. (Please note: this is not for swimming lessons).

Sessions will take place once a week for around an hour on a weekly basis at a leisure centre in Croydon. This will involve supporting small groups to take part in the activity to enhance their overall wellbeing. Please note: The service, and therefore the role is only available during office hours (9-5, Monday to Friday).

We are looking for individuals who are local to Croydon and have a good understanding of mental health and are:

  • Confident swimmers
  • Reliable
  • Empathetic
  • Understand the importance of Confidentiality and Professional Boundaries

You’ll need to be able to establish good relationships with people from different backgrounds and have an understanding of how physical exercise can improve mental and physical wellbeing.

We look forward to receiving your application form.

To apply please return the application form to: Active Minds, Orchard House. 15a Purley Road, South Croydon, Surrey, CR2 6EZ or email to getsettogo@mindincroydon.org.uk

For more information contact 020 8253 8205

Mental Health Awareness in Sport & Physical Activity Workshop

Date: 20th January Time: 6pm – 9pm

Venue: Southwark Council Offices, 160 Tooley Street, London, SE1 2TZ

Cost: £30 per ticket please book through Eventbrite here

  • Want to know more about how being active is good for our minds?
  • Do you want to feel more confident in talking about mental health?
  • Do you want to better support those of us with a mental health problem to be more active?

Mental Health Awareness in Sport and Physical Activity (MHASPA) is a 3-hour workshop designed to give you the practical tools to help you better support those of us with mental health problems to be more active. This short course is aimed at anyone working within sport and physical activity – from coaches to front-of-house staff – who would like to increase their knowledge and understanding of mental health within the context of their work.

The workshop has been developed by Mind with support from Sports Coach UK and Sport England, and will be delivered by trainers from Mind in Croydon. During the workshop you will:

  • explore perceptions and misconceptions about mental health including the positive impact of sport and physical activity on physical and mental health and wellbeing
  • understand the barriers that those of us with mental health problem can experience in sport and physical activity
  • have developed practical ways that you can create a positive sporting environment which is more inclusive and accessible to those of us with mental health problems
  • feel more confident to talk about mental health and wellbeing and know where to signpost people to
  • Develop an action plan to embed practices into your organisation.

No prior knowledge is necessary and this highly interactive workshop will help you develop practical tools to ensure your activities are even more inclusive.

To Find out more, please contact Dora Crook at Mind in Croydon on 020 82538208 or email dora@mindincroydon.org.uk


New 4 Week Golf Courses

Active Minds are running three sets of 4 week golf courses.

Each course will include 3 weeks of practise on a driving range followed by 1 week on a 9-hole course.

The first course will start on Tuesday 29th November 2016 at 11am

for more information contact Active Minds on 020 8253 8206 or email activeminds@mindincroydon.org.uk.

Support Alan for Movember

Alan Michalak is growing his moustache for Movember.  He has chosen Mind in Croydon to raise funds for in memory of his sister Lucy.

Please show him your support and donate on his page which can be found at:


Smoking? Vaping? Still Craving?

Stopping completely, improves your mental health, adds years to your life and puts more £££ in your pocket!

Let us help you with free support and advice.

We run a drop in Thursdays 3-4pm Fairfield House.

Trained advisors will listen to you and discuss your smoking history and current patterns. Based on this information they will work with you to set up your personalised plan. The aim is to stop smoking completely whether you cut down gradually, or bite the bullet and stop altogether.

The advisors will give you free, safe products to replace the nicotine and will also meet with you or be in touch with you every week to cheer you on and help pick you up on tough days.

It’s a drop-in, so other smokers will also be there to support you…and you can support them!

Help is available for up to 12 weeks…who knows, you might not even need this long!

When can I start?


Runs every Thursday at Fairfield House, 10 Altyre Road, East Croydon, Surrey, CR0 5LA

Keen to join? Let us know 020 8253 0200 or email hub@mindincroydon.org.uk

View the poster here

Croydon Eagles Season Review 2015-2016

The Croydon Eagles have just completed another successful season; we completed the double in the Surrey Community Inclusion League. We began the season by retaining the Community Cup coming top in a round robin format. We followed this up with a highly impressive league campaign giving a number of top drawer performances and almost going the whole season with a 100% record. We got to the second to last game before losing to Guildford and Waverley.

However we were content to have achieved a second successive league and cup double. We would like to thank all at the Surrey League for their warm welcome and the graciousness of the other teams. For the 2016/17 season we have decided to also enter a team into the South London Grassroots Football League and we look forward to what we know will be a highly competitive season for both teams.

We had a very busy time away from the league entering quite a few tournaments around the south of the country visiting Arsenal, Portsmouth, Brighton, Lewes and Charlton. The most successful of these were our trips to Lewes and Brighton. We unluckily lost the final in Lewes on penalties after a tight 1-1 draw with an Everton team as tough as they come but our lads gave it their all.

In Brighton we went all the way beating the hosts in their own backyard with Dan Butler getting the winner. We won’t gloat too much but know The Seagulls don’t like to lose to a team connected to Palace. That aside we left as friends and they were, as always, fantastic hosts.

We also for the second year hosted our own tournament at The Dome in Crystal Palace Park where we were joined by old friends from QPR, Arsenal, Lawn Court, Status and others. We had two teams on the day and both gave a good account of themselves. One of our teams reached the final before losing to Brixton Pumas. We led the game through a Jamie Singers goal until the dying seconds and it was heart-breaking when Brixton equalised. Brixton eventually won 2-1 in extra time through a goal worthy of winning any match. Brixton had just won a very competitive Grassroots League so no great shame in losing to them, everyone said they enjoyed the tournament so that was what counted.

We gave out a few individual trophies at the end of the season: Dan Butler top goal scorer and player of the year. James Prins and Kelvin Olugbosun drew in the voting for most improved player and our budget just stretched to a trophy each. Marlon Hobbs won the managers award for being an ambassador for the club when playing for other teams.

We would like to thank all our players and opponents , our management team of old codgers Jel Clifford and James Cregan, Mind in Croydon’s Peter Rogers and all at the Crystal Palace Foundation.

Croydon Eagles are the Mind in Croydon and CPFC Foundation mental health football team.

By Tim Mattias

World Mental Health Day with Croydon Eagles

To mark World Mental Health Day on 10th October 2016 the Croydon Eagles (Mind in Croydon’s mental health football team run by Active Minds in partnership with the Crystal Palace Foundation) stretched our resources and legs to get two teams to two tournaments on the same day.

Our old friends at ‘Love Me Love My Mind’ in Epsom held their 4th annual World Mental Health Day Charity Shield of which we were defending champions and Millwall FC Community Trust held their first mental health tournament.

Early in the morning we all met briefly at West Croydon before setting off in different directions for different days. Croydon Eagles Blues went off to a nice indoor complex at The Den, home of Millwall FC while Croydon Eagles Reds went off to outdoor pitches at Epsom (but were provided with a picnic which more than made up for the lack of a roof to play under).

The Reds at Epsom won 4-0, lost 4-0 and won 2-1 to finish third narrowly missing out on a place in the final which was played between Kingston Mind and Status Employment, Status eventually triumphing 1-0.


The crowd at Epsom mesmerised by the Croydon Eagles silky style


The Blues comfortably overcame Millwall B, Charlton B and Kempston Rangers in the group stages. Shortly afterwards Peter Rogers made his annual 30 second cameo appearance in the semi-final against Arsenal (once there was no chance he could alter the result). In the other semi-final Millwall A Beat Charlton B setting up a derby final which Croydon Eagles won 3-0.

Massive thanks go to Ben at Millwall Community and Chris at Surrey Enabling Independence Service, all the organisers, officials, teams and most of all to the players in Epsom and Millwall for coming together to raise awareness of mental health issues and the stigma surrounding them.

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Raise money for us as you do your Christmas shopping!


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