Mind in Croydon

Charity Golf Day with The Mayor of Croydon

In aid of The Mayor’s Charities the Mayor of Croydon is holding a Charity Golf Day and dinner.

It is £60 per person or £220 for 4 golfers which includes breakfast, golf, a 3 course dinner and entertainment.

Alternatively if you would like to attend for the Dinner only it is £27.50 per person or £200 for a table of 8 starting at 6.30pm for 7.00pm sit down.

Date: Tuesday 17th September 2019

Tee Off: 11.58am

Venue: Farleigh Golf Club, Old Farleigh Road, Warlingham, CR6 9PE

To Purchase Tickets: complete the Charity Golf Day Flyer and return to The Mayor’s Office, The Town Hall, Katharine Street, Croydon, CR9 1XW
This year the Mayor is fundraising for 5 local charities.

Mind in Croydon, which promotes good mental health and seeks to empower people to lead a full life as part of their local community.
Croydon Vision helps those who are blind or visually impaired and their families, encouraging greater independence, confidence and development.
Apasen International (Croydon branch) is a social care provider offering personalised support to meet the needs of vulnerable people.
Ashdon Jazz Academy provides support to vulnerable young women and girls who may be suffering from self-esteem issues, feelings of isolation, peer pressure, relational bullying, family breakdowns, stress and anxiety.
Croydon Refugee Day Centre is a safe, friendly meeting place offering practical advice and support to all asylum seekers and refugees.

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PIP Supreme Court Ruling

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Thousands of mental health sufferers could now be eligible for disability benefits following a landmark ruling in the Supreme Court.

A judge ruled on Thursday that entitlement to personal independence payment (PIP) should extend to cover more people who find social situations debilitating, in what has been hailed a “landmark moment” for disabled people.

Our Welfare Benefits Manager, Tom Goddard, helped give evidence in this case.

Read more at: The Independent

Pension Protection Fund Charity Quiz Night

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We are delighted that Mind in Croydon are now in our second year of being supported by our good friends from the Pension protection Fund. Fund raising activities continue in abundance! On the evening of the 27th June , the PPF ran a summer quiz at their offices in Croydon. Participants paid £30 per table of 6 and consisted mainly of PPF employees plus a MiC team too! Teams brought their own food and drink and all monies contributed to the PPF annual  fund raising target for MiC. The atmosphere was competitive but jovial and great fun was had by all. Interesting that the Executives team (including our own Richard Pacitti) came top of the league board! A great evening of fund raising and fun, thanks to PPF.

Two Universal Credit Advice Workers – one full time, one part time

PLEASE NOTE THESE POSTS ARE FUNDED ONLY FOR TWO YEARS (there is a possibility the posts may be continued beyond this time limit if funding can be found)

  • 36 hours per week – full time post – to be worked 9-5
  • 18 hours per week – part time post, hours to be agreed with Manager

The full time post is 36 hours per week at a salary of £28,569 per annum (Grade 4 S9 on the Mind salary scale). The part time post is 18 hours per week and the WTE salary is £28,569 which will be pro-rated downwards to reflect the part time hours.

We are looking for two workers to operate our much anticipated new project for Universal Credit (UC) claimants which will be based in South Croydon. In this innovative project you will not only work with clients but produce much needed data and evidence to enable national Mind’s campaign team to make the benefits system work for those it services.  You will help clients apply for UC and support them to maintain their claims. You will have at least one year’s experience in advice work, with a significant Welfare Benefits Advice component. Experience gained as a volunteer can be counted if it is of equivalent quality to professional experience. This is an opportunity to work within our expert Welfare Benefits Advice team which holds the coveted Advice Quality Standard (AQS), the mark of quality for independent advice organisations.

Mind in Croydon Ltd is striving to be an equal opportunities employer and particularly welcomes applications from people from minority groups. A full information pack can be found below.

NO AGENCIES PLEASE

Last date for returned applications to the Human Resources Manager, Mind in Croydon, 26 Pampisford Road, Purley, Surrey CR8 2NE is Monday 5 August at 9.00am

UCAW External Application Letter

UCAW Application Form

UCAW Job Description

UCAW Person Spec

UCAW Terms Of Employment

UCAW Equal Opportunities Monitoring Sheet

Lunch with The Mayor of Croydon

Asian Resource of Croydon is delighted to host a 3 course Charity Lunch with The Mayor of Croydon Cllr. Humayun Kabir to raise funds for The Mayor’s Charities.

You are cordially invited to attend and support much needed services in Croydon.  Book your tickets via eventbrite or call 020 8684 3784 or email info@arccltd.com.

Date: Thursday 25th July 2019

Time: 1pm-4pm

Venue: Croydon Town Hall, Katherine Street, CR0 1NX

This year the Mayor is fundraising for 5 local charities.

  • Mind in Croydon, which promotes good mental health and seeks to empower people to lead a full life as part of their local community.
  • Croydon Vision helps those who are blind or visually impaired and their families, encouraging greater independence, confidence and development.
  • Apasen International (Croydon branch) is a social care provider offering personalised support to meet the needs of vulnerable people.
  • Ashdon Jazz Academy provides support to vulnerable young women and girls who may be suffering from self-esteem issues, feelings of isolation, peer pressure, relational bullying, family breakdowns, stress and anxiety.
  • Croydon Refugee Day Centre is a safe, friendly meeting place offering practical advice and support to all asylum seekers and refugees.

New Hoarding Group Starts 1st October 2019

The purpose of the project is to provide free group counselling sessions to participants, who reside in the Borough of Croydon, in order to help them examine why they collect items that clutter the home and what would it be like to consider letting some of these go.

As part of the project, if participants feel comfortable to do so, they will be introduced to De-Clutter Buddies who will come to your home on invitation and look at what could be done to support you in this decluttering. This offer is for an hour a week. If a client would prefer they can meet the De-Clutter Buddy outside of their home to start with.

For more information visit our Hoarding Project Page

Day Lewis Charity Day

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Every year Day Lewis host an Annual Charity Day, where all pharmacies across the estate take part to raise money for their local charities. This year, the Day Lewis Support Office based in Purley Way raised funds for their two chosen charities, of which Mind in Croydon are one. The day was a real family occasion and was also attended by the Mayor or Croydon and his wife. Despite the constant rain,  employees participated in a number of events to raise funds for us. These included a basketball match, a clothes sale, raffles and opportunities to wet sponge the bosses! A grand total of £2500 was raised that was matched by the KC JC Foundation, which means each charity received £2500 each. We are delighted and thankful to Day Lewis for this donation  which will contribute to the running of our front line services to help those experiencing mental health issues to lead better lives.

Social Networking Service (inc The Hub) temporarily closed to referrals

Our Social Networking Service, incorporating The Hub, will be closing to any new referrals from July 2019 to September 2019. Those referrals which have been received prior to Monday 1st July will be processed as per our referral procedure. This is due to large numbers of people currently accessing the service as well as the number of referrals received.

This is a temporary measure. We will be reviewing this in September 2019 after the Summer Programme of activities has concluded.

Thank you for your understanding.

Creative Minds Event at Project B Croydon

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Matt Wilding-Ayre is Fundraising for Mind in Croydon

Matt works for the Pension Protection Fund who have chosen us as their charity for another year.

Having trained for the Brighton Half Marathon in February supporting a friend who lost his father to cancer, Matt Wilding-Ayre is taking on another two mammoth challenges to raise money for Mind in Croydon.

“I wasn’t planning on running for charity but since the mental health training, I’ve connected with friends who are having personal issues and gained a greater understanding of some of my own struggles. Being able to understand and offer help and support, or seek it as well, has led to positive changes and a deeper appreciation as to how important the subject really is. Mental health problems can be a difficult and complicated subject to discuss, especially for men. Raising awareness and vital funding for the services that Mind in Croydon provides suddenly became a really good idea.”
– Matt

Matt will be running the Gatwick Half Marathon on Sunday 12th May and the Herne Bay Half Marathon on Sunday 16th June.

If you would like to support Matt you can sponsor him at: http://www.justgiving.com/MattWildAyre