Mind in Croydon were very happy to be involved in The Southern Co-operative’s new store opening event in Shirley on the 4th August. Jacqui Dyce from our Social Networking Service was on hand to accept a £500 donation as part of the event.
Mind in Croydon’s CEO, Richard Pacitti, said, “We were very pleased to be involved in the opening of the new Co-operative store in Shirley. The very generous donation made to us will help us to provide vital service to people in Croydon with mental health problems and their carers. Last year we saw record numbers of people coming to us for the help and support that they need and donations such as this enable us to staff our infoline and fund essential services such as the Hub which supports more than 500 people each year and prevents them from becoming lonely and isolated”.
We are delighted to announce that the Mind in Croydon Counselling Service has successfully renewed their accreditation with the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy and will now be accredited for a further 5 years.
The accreditation is a recognised quality standard and the service has successfully undergone a rigorous independent assessment in order for this to be awarded. It demonstrates that Mind in Croydon Counselling Service is an accountable, ethical, professional and responsive service to clients, staff volunteers and stakeholders.
We are one of just 3 services in the borough of Croydon to obtain this accreditation status and one of 28 in the whole of London.
On the 1st August Depression Alliance merged with Mind. Mind in Croydon is one of seven Local Mind Associations who will now deliver the Friends in Need service previously delivered by Depression Alliance. Depression Alliance’s services are all rooted in peer support. Friends in Need was created by Depression Alliance. It is a supportive space that everyone living with depression can use to connect with others online or in their local area. Nationally, Mind will continue to deliver the Friends in Need online community. You may be familiar with the Friends in Need local wellbeing network – it provides face-to-face services for people with depression.
We would like to welcome Sarah Strong and Katie Oliver to the Mind in Croydon team.
You can find out more about Mind’s merger with Depression Alliance on Mind’s website: www.mind.org.uk/depressionalliance
Crystal Palace Football Club (CPFC) Foundation are delighted to announce that all of the money has been collected from the Foundation’s 83 mile bike ride with Saints fans to Southampton which coincided with the last game of the season at St Mary’s. The money was shared equally between Mind in Croydon, which was one of the Mayor of Croydon’s chosen charities for the year, and to help purchase a new Powerchair for the Foundation’s growing disability football team.
In total, £5,771 was raised for the two good causes.
The donation to Mind in Croydon is to support the incredible work they do locally in relieving social isolation, enabling people to acquire skills for independent life and promoting positive mental health. Croydon Mayor at the time, Councillor Patricia Hay Justice, who to took the time out of her busy schedule to cheer the 18 riders along and watch the game said, “I’m really very grateful to all of the riders representing Crystal Palace who made such a big effort on the day and to those who donated so generously”.
Richard Pacitti, Chief Executive of Mind in Croydon said, “We are very grateful to everyone at CPFC Foundation for their tremendous efforts and the very generous donation. We have been working closely with the Foundation for a number of years now and the support that they give to our football team, the Croydon Eagles, has been superb”.
Elder Statesman, Stephen Way, who at 58 was the oldest but actually one of the fastest of the riders added, “It was really hard, but we all made it. The icing on the cake was the fantastic reception we received from the Saints fans when we were asked to give a lap of honour at half time”. The strong hope from Foundation’s Head, Donald Forde who also took part in in the fundraiser, is to organise the Bike Challenge and other fundraising events on an even bigger scale next season.
The Minding Money Project is looking for a Volunteer Workshop Facilitator.
The purpose of this role is to facilitate and deliver Minding Money budgeting workshops to a small group of mental health service users applying the Quaker Social Action, Made of Money training package to deliver the workshops. Workshops are to be delivered twice a week (Monday’s and Thursday’s) 10.00am – 2.30pm.
Click here for more information and application forms.
If you are interested please call on 020 8253 8218 or email,firstname.lastname@example.org
Megan Burrage took on the brave task of performing a skydive on 25th June 2016 to raise money for Mind in Croydon.
Here is what Megan had to say:
“Mental health issue have been a huge factor throughout my life and I have witness it affect many of my loved ones in numerous ways over the years. I have suffered with Anxiety and spurts of depression since I was 14 and the condition held me back from a lot of experiences and achievements that I felt everyone else could do with great ease but were my biggest struggles. I have recently been able to control my condition and following my journey, it gave me an enormous encouragement and confidence to help others.
Taking on the skydive was one of the most mentally challenging things I have done but I was ready to push myself and prove that if I could overcome all my fears and complete that jump, I could do anything and so can anyone else in a similar position. I couldn’t have chosen a better charity to raise money for, i’m so pleased I could raise as much as I have and I truly hope anyone that is suffering with any kind of mental health issue does seek advise and guidance because nobody should suffer alone. We’re all in this together❤ “
She raised went over her target and raised £725 so a big thank you to Megan from all at Mind.
Time to Change/Mind champions Ruth Moragas, Angela Awuah, Fiona Art and Dee Dee Phillips will be sharing their mental health stories.
This is a free event for up to 80 people to attend with an optional donation.
Refreshments and snacks provided.
Date: Saturday 30th July 2016
Location: Fairfield House, 10 Altyre Road, East Croydon, CR0 5LA
Do you have a relative with schizophrenia or a related disorder?
The Institute of Psychiatry at Kings College London are looking for first-degree relatives (parents and siblings, 18-55yrs) of patients who have or have had a diagnosis of schizophrenia or a related illness to participate as research volunteers in this study entitled: Decision making, context and Psychosis (DECOP).
The purpose of this study is to learn more about risk and resilience mechanisms in schizophrenia.
The study involves 2 sessions; during the first (1h) you will complete several questionnaires and we will give you an electronic diary device which you then complete in your daily life during the following week. During the second session (2h) you will also complete questionnaires and two easy decision making computer tasks.
We reimburse you with £40 for your participation and your travel expenses will be paid.
For more information, you can email Decop@kcl.ac.uk or call us on 07923537688 or 0207 848 0543.
The study has been approved by the London-Harrow Research Ethics Committee.