Pension Protection Fund Deliver Festive Cheer

Once again, our very good friends at the Pension Protection Fund (PPF) have exceeded our expectations with their kindness and generosity. Today they visited the Hub with Christmas Hampers for the members and a massive pile of Christmas gifts for the children of members. Thank you so much to everyone at the PPF for their kindness, thoughtfulness and for making Christmas go with a swing.

It’s looking a lot like Christmas . .

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At our shop in Addiscombe. Largely due to the skill and dedication of all of the staff and volunteers, the Mind in Croydon shop in Addiscombe is looking absolutely fantastic. In particular, our wonderful volunteer, Adrian, has created new Christmas decorations for the shop that are absolutely stunning. He has also crafted beautiful Christmas centrepiece decorations which are for sale. We are all so appreciative of his efforts and his talents. Quite rightly, the shop has been shortlisted for an award for its appearance. So get down to 289 Lower Addiscombe Road, Croydon, Surrey, CR0 6RE to have a look at the shop, get some last minute gifts and support the work of Mind in Croydon.

Christmas and New Year Opening Times 2018

Advocacy 
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

Counselling 
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.

Shop 
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 Closed Until January

Due to staff shortages and the festive period the advice line will be closed from Thursday 14th December 2017 and reopen on Thursday 4th January 2018.

The Welfare Rights Team at Croydon Council provide benefits advice and help. The freephone number for this service is 0800 731 5920.

Citizen’s Advice Croydon are also contactable on 020 8684 2236 until Thursday 21st December and reopens on Tuesday 2nd January.

We also provide factsheets on several issues you may find helpful below:

How to Appeal an Employment Support Allowance Decision

Transferring from Disability Living Allowance to Personal Independence Payment

The Under Occupancy Charge or Bedroom Tax

Council Tax Support

Job Seekers Claim Procedure

Preparing for / What happens at a medical examination meeting with Atos

Applying for PIP Booklet

Appeals – Preparing for Tribunal Checklist

Appeals – Myths vs Facts

Challenging a PIP Decision and Example Reconsideration Letter

Christmas & New Year Opening Times 2017

Advocacy
Closed: Monday 18th December 2017
Reopens: Tuesday 2nd January 2018
Any new referrals taken after Friday 15th December will not be allocated until Tuesday 2nd January 2018 when normal service will resume.

Active Minds
Closed: Groups end Friday 22nd December 2017
Reopens: Monday 8th January 2018

Carers’ Support
Closed: 25th, 26th December & 1st January
Evening groups will be 5.30-7.30pm on 28th Nov, 12th Dec, 9th Jan and 23rd Jan

Counselling
Closed: Wednesday 23rd December 2017
Reopens: Wednesday 3rd January 2018

Employment Support
Closed: Monday 25th December 2017
Reopens: Wednesday 3rd January 2018

Fairfield House, Friends in Need & The Hub
Closed: 25th, 26th December & 1st January
Please see the in-house schedule for detailed opening times.

Shop
Closes: Saturday 23rd December 2017 at 3pm
Reopens: Tuesday 2nd January 2017

Welfare Benefits
Closed: Monday 25th December 2017
Reopens: Wednesday 3rd January 2018