Mind in Croydon

Croydon Eagles Season Review 2015-2016

The Croydon Eagles have just completed another successful season; we completed the double in the Surrey Community Inclusion League. We began the season by retaining the Community Cup coming top in a round robin format. We followed this up with a highly impressive league campaign giving a number of top drawer performances and almost going the whole season with a 100% record. We got to the second to last game before losing to Guildford and Waverley.

However we were content to have achieved a second successive league and cup double. We would like to thank all at the Surrey League for their warm welcome and the graciousness of the other teams. For the 2016/17 season we have decided to also enter a team into the South London Grassroots Football League and we look forward to what we know will be a highly competitive season for both teams.

We had a very busy time away from the league entering quite a few tournaments around the south of the country visiting Arsenal, Portsmouth, Brighton, Lewes and Charlton. The most successful of these were our trips to Lewes and Brighton. We unluckily lost the final in Lewes on penalties after a tight 1-1 draw with an Everton team as tough as they come but our lads gave it their all.

In Brighton we went all the way beating the hosts in their own backyard with Dan Butler getting the winner. We won’t gloat too much but know The Seagulls don’t like to lose to a team connected to Palace. That aside we left as friends and they were, as always, fantastic hosts.

We also for the second year hosted our own tournament at The Dome in Crystal Palace Park where we were joined by old friends from QPR, Arsenal, Lawn Court, Status and others. We had two teams on the day and both gave a good account of themselves. One of our teams reached the final before losing to Brixton Pumas. We led the game through a Jamie Singers goal until the dying seconds and it was heart-breaking when Brixton equalised. Brixton eventually won 2-1 in extra time through a goal worthy of winning any match. Brixton had just won a very competitive Grassroots League so no great shame in losing to them, everyone said they enjoyed the tournament so that was what counted.

We gave out a few individual trophies at the end of the season: Dan Butler top goal scorer and player of the year. James Prins and Kelvin Olugbosun drew in the voting for most improved player and our budget just stretched to a trophy each. Marlon Hobbs won the managers award for being an ambassador for the club when playing for other teams.

We would like to thank all our players and opponents , our management team of old codgers Jel Clifford and James Cregan, Mind in Croydon’s Peter Rogers and all at the Crystal Palace Foundation.

Croydon Eagles are the Mind in Croydon and CPFC Foundation mental health football team.

By Tim Mattias

World Mental Health Day with Croydon Eagles

To mark World Mental Health Day on 10th October 2016 the Croydon Eagles (Mind in Croydon’s mental health football team run by Active Minds in partnership with the Crystal Palace Foundation) stretched our resources and legs to get two teams to two tournaments on the same day.

Our old friends at ‘Love Me Love My Mind’ in Epsom held their 4th annual World Mental Health Day Charity Shield of which we were defending champions and Millwall FC Community Trust held their first mental health tournament.

Early in the morning we all met briefly at West Croydon before setting off in different directions for different days. Croydon Eagles Blues went off to a nice indoor complex at The Den, home of Millwall FC while Croydon Eagles Reds went off to outdoor pitches at Epsom (but were provided with a picnic which more than made up for the lack of a roof to play under).

The Reds at Epsom won 4-0, lost 4-0 and won 2-1 to finish third narrowly missing out on a place in the final which was played between Kingston Mind and Status Employment, Status eventually triumphing 1-0.


The crowd at Epsom mesmerised by the Croydon Eagles silky style


The Blues comfortably overcame Millwall B, Charlton B and Kempston Rangers in the group stages. Shortly afterwards Peter Rogers made his annual 30 second cameo appearance in the semi-final against Arsenal (once there was no chance he could alter the result). In the other semi-final Millwall A Beat Charlton B setting up a derby final which Croydon Eagles won 3-0.

Massive thanks go to Ben at Millwall Community and Chris at Surrey Enabling Independence Service, all the organisers, officials, teams and most of all to the players in Epsom and Millwall for coming together to raise awareness of mental health issues and the stigma surrounding them.

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World Mental Health Day 2016

The World Health Organisation recognises World Mental Health Day on 10 October every year as an opportunity to raise “awareness of mental health issues around the world and mobilising efforts in support of mental health.”

For this years WMHD we will be holding all sorts of activities at our Fairfield House building in East Croydon. 

Why not pop along and join in – see the poster below for an idea of some of the things going on.

Fairfield House
10 Altyre Road
East Croydon

Tel 020 8688 1210


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Support us through The Co-Op


We have been selected to receive funding from the Co-op Local Community Fund.

It means that we will get a contribution towards our projects. But we need your help. The more support we get, the more funding we could receive.

So if you’re a Co-op Member log in to your Co-op Membership account and choose us. If you’re not a member, please join and support us!

For more information visit: http://www.coop.co.uk/membership/local-community-fund/

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Assistant Project/Mindmatch Worker

* Part-time 28 hours per week worked flexibly 
* Salary £17,600 to £18,364 WTE (Grade 2 scale point 16 to 21 on the Mind Salary Scale) pa pro-rated downwards to reflect that this post is for 28 hours

We are looking for someone flexible for this very varied role. Based at Fairfield House in East Croydon you will promote recovery in our Mindmatch project for people with mental health problems. You will help clients to live independently in the community, enhance their living skills, ensure they take their medication, assist them to attend medical appointments etc. These activities take place in a variety of places around the borough and in peoples’ homes. You will also help with catering at our Hub in East Croydon, a popular part of our social networking service.  You will be required to work 28 hours per week any time required including if necessary, early mornings, late evenings, nights, weekends and bank holidays. This will be to meet the needs of service users (for example, if a service user needs to be taken to hospital emergency department towards the end of a shift or they wish to undertake a regular early morning activity, or their support needs arise out of hours) and this may be required at short notice. You will have: experience of working with vulnerable adults or of working with children which will give you transferable skills; an understanding of boundaries; common sense; catering skills and an ability to get on with clients and professionals such as social workers and psychiatrists.

Job Description 
Application Letter 
Application Form 
Person Specification 
Terms of Employment 
Monitoring Sheet

Mind in Croydon Ltd is striving to be an equal opportunities employer and welcomes applicants from all groups. Please send signed completed application forms to our offices, 26 Pampisford Road, Purley, Surrey CR8 2NE by Thursday 20th October 2016. Any queries, please phone Cara Scott on 020 8668 2210.

No contact from agencies or media sales please

Help Mind in Croydon by becoming a Trustee!

Mind in Croydon, the leading local mental health charity, is seeking to appoint one or two new trustees. The charity has forty staff and more than a hundred volunteers and has an income of £1.5 million per year. Its services include a counselling service, an information service, advocacy, welfare benefits advice, employment support and services that support and encourage people to be more socially included and to take part in sports and active lifestyles.

The charity holds a number of awards and quality marks and has won accolades for its pioneering work.

You can find out more about the charity at http://www.mindincroydon.org.uk

Being a charity trustee is an important and interesting role and would suit people from all walks of life. Trustees are responsible for setting the direction and values of the charity, ensuring that it complies with relevant regulations and supporting the staff and volunteers that deliver the services of the charity.

We run a “link trustee” system which allows trustees to take a particular interest in one of the charity’s projects.

To find out more you can e-mail cat@mindincroydon.org.uk or call 020 8668 2210.

Mind in Croydon Benefits from Store Opening

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”.