Croydon Eagles Flying high again!

Mind in Croydon’s football team, the Croydon Eagles regain The National Football Therapy Cup in superb tournament football performance.

Over 100 young adults from clubs across England and Wales contested the 4th Lewes FC National Football Therapy Cup at The Dripping Pan yesterday, with the Croydon Eagles avenging their narrow defeat by Everton in the final last season to win the coveted trophy for the second time in three years.

The full article can be read here.

Men’s Swimming Volunteer

As part of our Get Set to Go programme, Mind in Croydon are looking for a male swimming volunteer to support individuals who have experienced mental health problems in group swimming sessions for males. (Please note: this is not for swimming lessons).

Sessions will take place once a week for around an hour on a weekly basis at a leisure centre in Croydon. This will involve supporting small groups to take part in the activity to enhance their overall wellbeing. Please note: The service, and therefore the role is only available during office hours (9-5, Monday to Friday).

We are looking for individuals who are local to Croydon and have a good understanding of mental health and are:

  • Confident swimmers
  • Reliable
  • Empathetic
  • Understand the importance of Confidentiality and Professional Boundaries

You’ll need to be able to establish good relationships with people from different backgrounds and have an understanding of how physical exercise can improve mental and physical wellbeing.

We look forward to receiving your application form.

To apply please return the application form to: Active Minds, Orchard House. 15a Purley Road, South Croydon, Surrey, CR2 6EZ or email to

For more information contact 020 8253 8205

Palace Fans raise funds for Mind in Croydon

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.

Five Week Golf Course

Active Minds are running a 5 week golf course starting on the 22nd February 2016.

This course is suitable for complete beginners. It will teach you to develop the skills to play golf through a range of fun games and team competitions.

On the final week we will take a trip to the driving range.

All equipment provided and the course is FREE!

Text your name to 07858 361857 to book your place!

For more information contact Active Minds on:

Tel: 020 8253 8205/6 

Walking Basketball starting end of January

Active Minds are starting a new course of Walking Basketball at the end of January! It’s just the same as normal basketball but you have to walk rather than run – the idea is that it makes the game more inclusive because you don’t have to be mega-fit or fast to participate.

All abilities and all fitness levels are welcome! And you pay week by week, so ideal if you just want to give it a try.

Places are limited.

To book your places or for more information contact:

Tel: 020 8253 8205