Mind in Croydon

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.

Hard to Believe now on YouTube

We have uploaded our film, Hard to Believe, to YouTube for everyone to view. You can view this on our YouTube Channel.

Hard to Believe

a film about mental health and spirituality

Spirituality is an area that mental health services may have overlooked in the past. Staff can feel out of their depth in this area – some see such beliefs as being harmful to people, others may interpret these beliefs as symptoms of mental ill health. Equally, some people from Faith communities lack knowledge and understanding of mental health issues, even though there is evidence that spiritual well-being is an integral part of good mental health.

Hard to Believe tells the story of three service users, how their Spirituality was perceived by mental health services, and the role that Spirituality has played as part of their recovery.

The film considers the work of the Chaplaincy at the South London and Maudsley NHS Trust, the Croydon branch of APCMH and Nigel Copsey’s Multi-Faith Team in East London. Dr Andrew Powell, Founder Chair of
the Royal College of Psychiatrists’ Spirituality Special Interest Group, also features.

Hard to Believe explores models of good practice in terms of how mental health services can work better to meet peoples’ spiritual needs and also how faith communities can develop a better understanding of mental health problems and thus support people in their community who may be experiencing such difficulties.

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.

Job – Head of Business Development

  • Full time 36 hours per week
  • Grade 6 scale point S21 to S28 on the Mind Salary Scale £35,649 to £40,105 per annum.  Salary on appointment will depend on abilities and experience
  • Permanent
  • Based in Purley

You will maximise the business development opportunities for our successful Local Mind Association, Mind in Croydon Ltd. We already have an income of £1.5 million per annum, own three charity shops with flats to rent and own two of the three buildings from which we undertake client work. We have a number of service delivery contracts to provide services to Croydon Council, and Croydon Clinical Commissioning Group for projects such as counselling, advocacy and welfare benefits advice and have benefitted over the years from major grants from sources such as the Big Lottery and Comic Relief. We have continued to expand and are looking for a Head of Business Development to maximise income both from statutory sources and elsewhere. You will maximise income from our shops and buildings being responsible for shop managers and certain independent contractors. You will have experience of seeking out new business opportunities, costing them, advising the Trustee Board and setting these up to become successful income streams. As well as service delivery, we have been successful in raising funds from training, carrying out events, doing paid outreach in our MindMatch project and many other ventures. You will have experience of completing tenders and grant applications, as well as expertise in creating successful commercial ventures.

Application Letter
Job Description
Terms of Employment
Person Specification
Application Form
Equal Opportunities Form

Mind in Croydon is striving to be an equal opportunities employer and welcomes applicants from all groups.
Closing date for return of applications to The HR Manager, Mind in Croydon Ltd, 26 Pampisford Road, Purley, Surrey CR8 2NE is 9am on Monday 7 January 2019. Expected interview date Thursday 17/Friday 18 January 2019.

No agencies please

Mind in Croydon are now on Instagram!

Mind in Croydon now has an Instagram account.

You can find us at:


Have you signed up to Red January yet?

Today the staff at Mind In Croydon were getting REDy!

Red January Staff

RED January 2019 launching today!

RED January Logo small

Support your mental health this January by doing something active every single day, and raise money for Mind In Croydon!

Active Minds is excited to be partnering with RED January, a community initiative providing people with support and a focus during a characteristically tough month.

Whether it’s running 5k or walking to work a new way, a morning swim or just taking your bike for a spin, you can join the thousands of people around the UK, kick-starting their 2019 in the most positive way.

To register please visit http://www.mindincroydon.org.uk/red-january.asp

You don’t have to get sponsored, but if you do all money raised will go directly to Mind In Croydon.  Once registered you’ll receive everything you need, including free RED January shoe laces and the option to buy a RED January t shirt!

Please email  redjanuary@mindincroydon.org.uk with any questions.

RED January 2019


We’re proud to be partnering with RED January this year, helping motivate people to get active every day in January to support their mental health.

RED January is now more inclusive than ever, focusing on getting active, your way. Whether that’s running 5k, walking to work a new way, a morning swim or just taking a bike for a spin – the choice is yours.

If you decide you want to fundraise for us this RED January, the proceeds raised will directly impact your local community, whilst giving you the opportunity to build a network of REDers nearby.

You will be able to register to take part with us directly when local Mind registration opens in November. We’ll be sharing further information shortly. Keep in touch or look out for news and updates via our social media channels.

We’re looking forward to seeing where your RED January journey takes you.