Social Networking Service (inc The Hub) Reopened to New Referrals

We are pleased to announce that the Social Networking Service including The Hub is once again accepting new referrals.

Thank you for your patience during the summer.

For further information on how to refer to the services click here.

For more information the activities please see the Events Calendar or contact the service directly on 020 8688 1210.

CLOSED – Job – Social Networking Caseworker

£22,917 to £25,463 (between Grade 4, Scale point S1 and S5 on the Mind salary scale) per annum for full time, 36 hours per week.  Salary on appointment will depend on skills and abilities.

Hours to be worked – 36 hours per week, any time including if necessary, early mornings, late evenings, weekends and bank holidays. You need to be flexible and may be required to work your hours 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) and this may be required at short notice. 

Main purpose of job: To promote recovery and social inclusion in service users by facilitating their participation in mainstream activities. The aim is to achieve the following outcomes: assisting in maintaining and improving recovery; build self-confidence; improve physical well-being; improve social networks beyond mental health services; improve personal skills including educational attainment and reduce dependence on mental health services where appropriate.

The role is based mainly at Mind’s Social Networking Centre (which is just across the road from East Croydon Station), Fairfield House, 10 Altyre Road, Croydon CRO 5LA and the work takes place there and at other locations out and about in the community.

Staff benefits include an auto-enrolment pension scheme, 28 days holiday per annum (rising to 33 after 5 years) pro-rated downwards to reflect that this is a part-time role, and the opportunity to work for a ‘family friendly’ organisation.

All posts may be subject to enhanced DBS checks. Application packs are available below and should be returned completed to The Human Resources Manager, Mind in Croydon Ltd, 26 Pampisford Road, Purley, Surrey CR8 2NE or date Friday 16th March at 5pm.

Application forms can be found here.

No contact from agencies or media sales please

Kew Gardens Trip – April 2017

A day trip was organised in April which made the Chelsea Flower show look like a window box. Yes, I am talking Kew Gardens!  From towering tree walks to hidden horticulture, and gigantic green houses to prominent pagodas!

Our group from the Hub took the train to Richmond and then the Piccadilly line to Kew Bridge station.  Here we arrived at the Victoria Gate Kew Gardens entrance.   We split up into 3 groups and explored at our own pace.  The weather was  beautiful and sunny all afternoon which was a real bonus!

Kew Gardens requires at least a day to explore as it is absolutely huge.   Many visitors take the Kew Explorer Land Train to get around the gardens which is definitely worthwhile if you are limited on time, whilst others prefer to take a leisurely stroll around specific areas of the grounds.

Peter (One of our photographers on the day) advised visitors to put aside a whole day to appreciate Kew fully, adding; “I would have liked more time to explore”.

The Tree Walk was a popular attraction and Helen and Anthony reflected on their personal experiences:   “I did the tree walk, but found it scary!”.  This was echoed by Helen; “I’m glad I did the tree walk, as it feels like an achievement, but it was a challenge when I realised how high it was”.  Not for the faint hearted!

Preferring to keep their feet firmly on the ground, Abdi, Robert, Quetan and Danny explored the huge tropical green houses.  Abdi stated that he liked their tropical climate.  Robert found the colours of the flowers pretty and liked their smell.

Sandra Dewar enjoyed Kew’s peaceful surroundings and told me that she really enjoyed the 1:1 time with Elvette as they drifted around the gardens.

I must finally say that everyone on the Kew trip was blossoming with enthusiasm for the trip and we planted a seed for future visits!

David Beall

Christmas and New Year Service Times

Active Minds will be closed from Friday 23rd December 2016 until Tuesday 3rd January 2017.

If you have been referred to Active Minds please be aware some activities will have longer breaks over the Christmas period.

Please do contact Active Minds team on 020 82538208 or email for individual group running information 


Mind in Croydon Advocacy Service will be closed for new referrals from Monday 19th December 2016 until Tuesday 3rd January 2017.

The last day for allocation of referrals will be Monday 12th December 2016.

There will be a limited service available over the phone for queries however  no new referrals will be allocated until Tuesday 3rd January 2017.

The IMHA’s will be present on the Units as usual up to and including Thursday 15th December 2016.

A limited service will be available over the telephone for enquiries. 


The Counselling Service will be closed from Wednesday 21st December 2016 until Tuesday 3rd January 2017.

Charity Shops

The Addiscombe and Enterprise Shops will be closed from 2pm Saturday 24th December 2016. Addiscombe Shop will reopen on Tuesday 3rd January 2017 and The Enterprise Shop will remain closed for refurbishments.

The Employment Support Service will be closed from Friday 23rd December 2016 until Tuesday 3rd January 2017.



Welfare Benefits

The Welfare Benefits Service will be closed from Friday 23rd December 2016 until Tuesday 3rd January 2017

Saturday 17th December 
Strictly Come Hub – Dancing Competition

Monday 19th December 
Maths, Choir, Drama & Chess

Tuesday 20th December 

Wednesday 21st December 
Christmas Dinner – Croydon Park Hotel (Meeting 11.30pm at Fairfield House)

Thursday 22nd December 
Carol Singing (From 12.30pm at Fairfield House)

Friday 23rd December 
Hub Christmas Party (10am-2pm)

Saturday 24th December 
Hub Opening – (10am-2pm)

Sunday 25th December 
Christmas Day – Hub Closed

Monday 26th December 
Bank Holiday – No Groups

Tuesday 27th December 
Bank Holiday – No Groups

Wednesday 28th December 
Hub Opening – (10am-4pm)

Thursday 29th December 
Hub Assessments

Friday 30th December 
Hub Assessments

Saturday 31st December 
New Year’s Eve Roast – (10am-2pm)

January 2017

Sunday 1st January 
New Year Day – Sunday

Monday 2nd January 
Bank Holiday – No Groups

Tuesday 3rd January 
Staff Meeting

Wednesday 4th January 
Hub Day – (10am-4pm)