Mind in Croydon

Minding Money to run from The Hub

From 25th October the Minding Money Project will be run via The Hub in our East Croydon building.  This project will run for 6 weeks.

The address is:    Fairfield House, 10 Altyre Road, East Croydon, Surrey, CR0 5LA.

More information on the project and how to refer can be found on our Minding Money page found here.


Last chance to have your say on the council’s five year plan for carers

Date: Monday 30th October
Time: 10-30am-12.30pm
Venue: Carers Support Centre, George Street, Croydon, CR0 1PB

  • Meet Carers’ Commissioner Stephen Bahjooshy.
  • Learn about the Carers’ Strategy
  • Read the draft and give feedback
  • Free lunch provided

Call 020 8649 6280 or email info@carersinfo.org.uk to sign up.

Our CEO features in ITV News London

Our CEO, Richard Pacitti, appeared as part of an ITV News London feature on the importance of peer support for young people. The report was about two young women from Croydon who have experienced mental health problems who have set up a peer support group. You can watch the clip here: https://youtu.be/0cUB4OFL5cE

Shaka and the Croydon Eagles

Shaka is another success story from the Croydon Eagles, the football team that Mind in Croydon runs in partnership with the Palace for Life Foundation. Shukhan (Shaka) Scanlan, grew up in Norwood, and loved playing football when he was younger, with his mum taking him to Pelo FC in Dulwich. Here, he enjoyed the little tournaments and went on to play for one of their League teams. Shaka went to school in Gypsy Hill, which he really liked and then after school went to study at Bromley College. However things started to take a turn for the worse around this time and Shaka dropped out of college pretty quickly.

He began to experience “sadness and bad dreams” which has taken his focus away from his interests. Shaka began to spend more and more time at home and the bad thoughts continued to grow. His sister helped Shaka to get in touch with Mind In Croydon, whose Active Minds project supported Shaka to join the football programme that the Palace for Life Foundation supports for adults who have experienced mental health problems.

Thinking back to his first day with us just over a year ago Shaka says he “liked it straight away. I liked being active and the boys were all good to me.” Now a regular member of the group, Shaka thinks the best things about coming to the program are “the matches we play in training every Wednesday, the league games we play and the camaraderie amongst the players.” Shaka does see some of the other lads in Croydon outside of these sessions from time to time, but he is happiest just coming and playing rather than trying to make a new group of friends.

Shaka acknowledges that coming to our football sessions has made a positive change to his life. He now also plays for the mental health football team that has grown out of these weekly training sessions, the Croydon Eagles. He says: “Getting active, getting out and doing things is good for the mind. It brings back good memories of when I used to play. I feel fitter and stronger and am improving again, trying to get back into playing.” If he was not involved with the programme and the Croydon Eagles, Shaka states that he would “probably be at home, not doing anything” which he believes does not help him maintain good mental health.

Things are still not easy for Shaka but he knows that these sessions are helping him do things that he thought he couldn’t do anymore. “I really look forward to coming every week.” he says. When asked if he would recommend this to anyone else who is experiencing mental health problems Shaka suggests that anyone interested should “come along and see it for themselves.”

Palace for Life Foundation Disability Manager Michael Harrington, who runs the weekly football sessions at the Crystal Palace National Sports Centre, offers the following insight:“Shaka was very quiet when he first came to us, and he still can be today. It was clear from day 1 that he had a great touch but his fitness levels and strength were low, leaving him struggling at times to keep up with others in the group. However attending regularly, and working hard when he is with us, has brought these levels up remarkably and he now can train and play for two hours straight through without the need for additional breaks. It is not just the football side that we aim to focus on, the social side of programs like this are equally as vital. This was highlighted to us when Shaka continued to come to recent training sessions even when he was out injured with a fractured wrist so he could see what was going on and to feel part of the group. His wrist is now healed and he is back doing what he loves the most – playing football!”

Cook & Taste and Boxercise start soon!

Cook & Taste

Want to brush up on your cooking skills?
Join our cook and taste session where we learn to cook different dishes each week.
Location: Orchard House
Next Group: Monday 6th Nov
Duration: 8 weeks
Cost: FREE


Come and train with three times World Champion, Duke McKenzie, using non-contact boxing techniques.
Location: Crystal Palace
Next Group: Starts 3rd Nov
Duration: 6 weeks
Cost: FREE

Macmillan Coffee Morning

As part of the “World’s Biggest Coffee Morning” held on Friday 29th September in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support, the staff and members of the Hub at Fairfield held a coffee morning. We had donations of delicious  homemade cakes from both staff and members and we transformed downstairs at Fairfield into a tea room for the afternoon  while also taking a tray of home baked goodies outside to offer to passers-by for a small donation. We also had a guess the height of the cake competition to win a beautiful rose covered cake donated by Luigi.

It was a relaxing and fun afternoon and we raised a grand total of £260 for Macmillan.

A big thank you to all who brought, bought and ate cake.

Pop Choir Concert

St Mildred’s Church in Addiscombe are holding a concert to raise money for charity this Saturday.

Our Friends in Need service has been picked as one of the charities to benefit from this concert so do pop along and support them.

Women’s Football

We are now running Women’s Football regularly each Thursday.

If you are interested please contact Matthew on 020 8253 8208 or email matthew@mindincroydon.org.uk.

Riding for Mind

Mark Turner is taking part in the Prudential 100 event on 30th July 2017 to raise money for Mind.

Here is what Mark had to say:

“I’ve wanted to do something on behalf of Mind for a long time, to support the great work they do, and this year I’ve secured a place in the Prudential 100 event – a 100 mile bike ride that follows the Olympic 2012 road race route. Cycling for me provides a cheap mode of transport, but more importantly gets me exercising which I find a great antidote to a stressful job. Thanks for reading and thanks for any donation!”

You can sponsor Mark at http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/markturner31

Carers Focus Group

On Tuesday 11th July we are holding a Carers Focus Group.

The focus of this group will be to generate new ideas for the 2017-2018 Carers Strategy.

It will be held at Fairfield House, 10 Altyre Road, East Croydon, Surrey, CR0 5LA at 6pm by Stephen Bahooshy, Carers & Independent Sector Commissioning Manager from Croydon Council.

For more information contact Angela Christinis on 020 8688 1210 or angela@mindincroydon.org.uk.