Mind in Croydon

PPF and Mind in Croydon – A Perfect Partnership

On Thursday 21st March the Pension Protection Fund (PPF) held an event to celebrate their year of supporting Mind in Croydon. Partnering with a local mental health charity, situated close to their head office in East Croydon has given PPF the chance to get hands on with a number of local volunteering opportunities. Mind in Croydon was chosen by PPF employees for a number of reasons, some of them personal.

At the event, PPF employees revealed the fundraising total of £10,000 to John Pestell, Chair of Mind in Croydon, Richard Pacitti, CEO of Mind in Croydon and some of the charity’s service users. Also in attendance were the Mayor of Croydon Cllr Bernadette Khan, and Cllr Janet Campbell, Croydon Council’s Mental Health champion.

Oliver Morley, Chief Executive Officer at the PPF said:

“We’re very proud to have achieved so much for Mind in Croydon. To say that it’s been a busy year of charitable activity for the PPF would be an understatement. Our people have thrown themselves into the challenge and have developed so much passion for the charity that they’ve voted to partner with Mind in Croydon for a second year; a third with a mental health charity. It gives me great pleasure to lead an organisation of people who care about making a difference in the community.”

Money was raised through a variety of fundraising events over the year, including bake sales, football tournaments, a 5k run and quiz nights, and other volunteering projects.

PPF volunteers also gave their time at the Mind in Croydon Hub, a drop-in centre where service users are able to take part in groups and activities to help boost their confidence, discuss their mental health needs, and meet with other people.

In October 2018, we organised our most ambitious fundraising event yet – Never Mind the Catwalk, at Boxpark Croydon. Volunteers put on a fashion show using clothes donated to Mind in Croydon’s charity shop, which were also made available to purchase. The event also featured live music, mental health information and special appearances from the Mayor of Croydon and Councillor Janet Campbell.

Lauren Furey, CSR Charity Champion said:

“Never Mind the Catwalk was such a massive collaborative effort and to see it bring the community together to raise money and open minds was incredibly moving. Every single person involved in that event from the volunteers to the performers and even the Mayor of Croydon understood the importance of what we were trying to achieve for Mind in Croydon.”

At Christmas, PPF volunteers donated goods for festive hampers, which were decorated and delivered to service users via the Mind in Croydon hub.

Richard Pacitti, CEO of Mind in Croydon said

“It has been an absolute pleasure to work with our friends at PPF over the last year. Staff there have taken a real interest in the work that we do and have become involved in directly helping a number of the people that we support. This interaction has created enormous benefits for the charity, the people we support and, I hope, has made the whole process much more rewarding for the staff at PPF. The celebration event today was a very special event. Staff from our charity and a number of the people who we support were able to attend, along with our friends from the PPF, the Mayor of Croydon and Cllr Campbell, Croydon’s mental health champion. We were delighted with the money that PPF were able to donate to us and all of this will go directly to the front line, helping people in the everyday lives. Things got even better when PPF announced that they had chosen us as their charity for next year! We look forward to continuing our working relationship with our friends at PPF, which we know will be as beneficial and as much fun as our work to date. Huge thanks to all at PPF.”


Donation from The Catenian Association

The working week started really well with a visit from Tony Neal from the Catenian Association to present us with a cheque for £2,271 as a result of their fundraising efforts.

We are most grateful to Tony and everyone involved with the Sutton circle of The Catenian Association.

Advocacy visits Hestia

Members of the advocacy team visited the offices of Hestia in Croydon on Thursday 28th February.  The purpose of the visit was to publicise and speak to staff there regarding the 2 projects currently being run by Mind in Croydon’s advocacy team; the IMHA (independent mental health advocacy) project and the community mental health advocacy project.

Awareness raising sessions with professionals from local voluntary sector service providers (charities and foundations) as well as public sector (nursing staff, social work teams or community mental health teams) is something we aim to do as regularly as is possible.   This increases professional’s knowledge of when to refer to independent advocacy, who their local mental health advocacy provider is and what level of service can be expected.

Much more regularly advocates raise awareness of independent advocacy directly with patients and mental health service users in Croydon on a weekly basis, visiting psychiatric hospital wards where residents can find themselves an inpatient, or conducting drop-in sessions at Jeanette Wallace House ensuring as many mental health service users know how they can access independent advocacy and ways to ensure their voice is heard regarding their care and treatment.

Relief in Need grant supports Active Minds

We were delighted to hear that Croydon Relief in Need Charity had awarded us a grant of £20,000 a year for three years to support the work of our Active Minds service. Relief in Need have been supporting our work for a number of years and we are delighted that they are able to continue to give financial help. We are most grateful. You can find out more about Active Minds here.


Unspoken now on YouTube

We have uploaded our film, Unspoken, to YouTube for everyone to view. You can view this at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCct-6vGMx_I6RbYsgOh4rpA

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a film about sex, relationships and mental health

The sexuality of people with mental health problems raises important clinical, social and legal concerns. Despite this, there is relatively little written about the subject and staff can feel confused and embarrassed when discussing these issues.

Mental health problems may interfere with peoples’ sexual function. For example, depression is typically associated with decreased sexual interest, libido and sexual performance, whereas mania is associated with disinhibition, sexual inappropriateness and heightened sexuality.

Practitioners are aware that psychiatric medication can interfere with sexual function, yet service users sometimes feel that these matters are ignored or discounted.

Sometimes, lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender service users feel poorly treated by services.

This is perhaps not surprising, given that for many years psychiatry considered homosexuality to be a mental disorder.

Unspoken explores these issues, with service users explaining their experiences. A range of other experts discuss how professionals might respond differently, and models of good practice are presented.

At a time when there is such an emphasis on promoting equality, working towards recovery and overcoming stigma, the film argues the importance of discussing matters openly, challenging poor practice and recognising and celebrating progress.

The film is also available for purchase on DVD at £5 per DVD.

If you would like to purchase please make a donation through our website – http://www.mindincroydon.org.uk/donations.asp – and email the receipt to admin@mindincroydon.org.uk with the name and address you would like it posted to.

Selsdon Shop Re-Opens After Refurbishment

The Mind shop in Selsdon re-opened today (6th February) after being completely refurbished. Here at Mind in Croydon, we would like to express out thanks to Jason, Andrew and all at Mind Retail and to Vicky and all of her wonderful volunteers who work at the shop. Although the shop is run by Mind Retail, Mind in Croydon gets a share of the profits and this money supports the work that we do here in Croydon. The quality of goods for sale is excellent and the welcome that you’ll get from the volunteers is first rate, so make your way along to 135 Addington Road, Selsdon, Surrey CR2 8LH to bag a bargain and support our work.

Christmas cheer from Pension Protection Fund

We were overwhelmed by the generosity of our good friends from the Pension Protection Fund who delivered Christmas hampers and children’s gifts to the Fairfield Club on Thursday 20th December.

We would like to thank them very much and wish them a very happy festive season.

RED January Activities

Active Minds have put together a few activities to help people achieve their goal for RED January. (click to download)

Christmas and New Year Opening Times 2018

Closed: Monday 24th December 2018
Reopens: Monday 7th January 2019
Advocates will be at work and attending wards on the week commencing 17th December but not taking any referrals for work to be done after the close of business on Friday 21st Dec 2018.

Active Minds 
Closed: Groups end Saturday 22nd December 2018
Reopens: Wednesday 2nd January 2019

Carers’ Support 
Closed: 25th, 26th December & 1st January

Closed: Wednesday 19th December 2018
Reopens: Wednesday 2nd January 2019

Employment Support 
Closed: Monday 24th December 20178
Reopens: Wednesday 2nd January 2019
Please contact Active Minds for individual activity closures

Fairfield House, Friends in Need & The Hub 
Closed: 25th, 26th December & 1st January
Please speak to The Hub for the full schedule of opening times as times vary over the festive period.

Closes: Monday 24th December 2018
Reopens: Wednesday 2nd January 2019

Welfare Benefits 
Closed: Friday 21st December 2018
Reopens: Thursday 3rd January 2019

Welfare Benefits Advice Line Temporarily Closed

The Mind in Croydon Welfare Benefits Advice Line is temporarily closed.

We ask that people continue to leave their details on the advice line voicemail (020 8763 2037) for appeal assistance enquiries and we will return calls on these issues.

For general benefits advice please contact either Citizens Advice Bureau Advice Line on 020 8684 2236 or the Councils Welfare Rights Advice Hotline on 0800 731 5920.

We hope to reopen the advice line in the New Year but will continue to keep you informed on this.