Mind in Croydon

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Matt Wilding-Ayre is Fundraising for Mind in Croydon

Matt works for the Pension Protection Fund who have chosen us as their charity for another year.

Having trained for the Brighton Half Marathon in February supporting a friend who lost his father to cancer, Matt Wilding-Ayre is taking on another two mammoth challenges to raise money for Mind in Croydon.

“I wasn’t planning on running for charity but since the mental health training, I’ve connected with friends who are having personal issues and gained a greater understanding of some of my own struggles. Being able to understand and offer help and support, or seek it as well, has led to positive changes and a deeper appreciation as to how important the subject really is. Mental health problems can be a difficult and complicated subject to discuss, especially for men. Raising awareness and vital funding for the services that Mind in Croydon provides suddenly became a really good idea.”
– Matt

Matt will be running the Gatwick Half Marathon on Sunday 12th May and the Herne Bay Half Marathon on Sunday 16th June.

If you would like to support Matt you can sponsor him at: http://www.justgiving.com/MattWildAyre

CLOSED – 2 Jobs – Social Networking Caseworkers


  • Full time permanent
  • 36 hours per week £23,375 to £25,972 pa (between Grade 4, Scale point S1to S5 on the Mind salary scale)



  • Full time, short term/temporary contract of one year only to provide maternity cover from June 2019 to June 2020
  • 36 hours per week £23,375 to £25,972 pa (between Grade 4, Scale point S1to S5 on the Mind salary scale)

We are looking for two Social Networking Caseworkers. These posts, based at Fairfield House in East Croydon promote social inclusion in people recovering from mental illness by helping them to identify and participate in mainstream activities such as: education; faith and cultural activities; arts and culture; sport and exercise; neighbourhood/community activities etc.  These activities take place in a variety of places in the community, at the project itself and in peoples’ homes. You will be required to work 36 hours per week any time including if necessary, early mornings, late evenings, weekends and bank holidays. You need to be flexible and will 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.

You will have: experience of working with vulnerable adults or transferable skills gained as eg a teacher/nursery worker etc; an understanding of boundaries; common sense; ability to get on with clients and professionals such as social workers and psychiatrists, and enthusiasm. Your dedication will be rewarded with the opportunity to work within a strong and committed team which makes a real difference to peoples’ lives.

Last date for return of signed application forms to our offices, 26 Pampisford Road, Purley, Surrey CR8 2NE is 9.00am on Monday 3 June 2019. 

Mind in Croydon Ltd is an award winning Registered Charity operating in the London Borough of Croydon. Founded in 1967, with an annual income of over £1 million and around 40 staff, we run a number of projects to help people with Mental Health problems. These include counselling, welfare benefits advice, advocacy, social networking and social inclusion and employment projects. Benefits include 28 days holiday rising to 33 after five years, a pension scheme and the opportunity to work for a genuinely flexible and ‘family friendly’ organisation. Staff are given every opportunity to train and encouraged to develop.

Please note the permanent post advertised is only open to men under the provisions of section 7 of the Sex Discrimination Act 1975, this is because many of our male clients specify a male worker especially for home visits. The other full time post which can be done by any gender is for one year only to provide maternity cover. Mind in Croydon Ltd is striving to be an equal opportunities employer and welcomes applicants from all groups.

PPF and Mind in Croydon – A Perfect Partnership

On Thursday 21st March the Pension Protection Fund (PPF) held an event to celebrate their year of supporting Mind in Croydon. Partnering with a local mental health charity, situated close to their head office in East Croydon has given PPF the chance to get hands on with a number of local volunteering opportunities. Mind in Croydon was chosen by PPF employees for a number of reasons, some of them personal.

At the event, PPF employees revealed the fundraising total of £10,000 to John Pestell, Chair of Mind in Croydon, Richard Pacitti, CEO of Mind in Croydon and some of the charity’s service users. Also in attendance were the Mayor of Croydon Cllr Bernadette Khan, and Cllr Janet Campbell, Croydon Council’s Mental Health champion.

Oliver Morley, Chief Executive Officer at the PPF said:

“We’re very proud to have achieved so much for Mind in Croydon. To say that it’s been a busy year of charitable activity for the PPF would be an understatement. Our people have thrown themselves into the challenge and have developed so much passion for the charity that they’ve voted to partner with Mind in Croydon for a second year; a third with a mental health charity. It gives me great pleasure to lead an organisation of people who care about making a difference in the community.”

Money was raised through a variety of fundraising events over the year, including bake sales, football tournaments, a 5k run and quiz nights, and other volunteering projects.

PPF volunteers also gave their time at the Mind in Croydon Hub, a drop-in centre where service users are able to take part in groups and activities to help boost their confidence, discuss their mental health needs, and meet with other people.

In October 2018, we organised our most ambitious fundraising event yet – Never Mind the Catwalk, at Boxpark Croydon. Volunteers put on a fashion show using clothes donated to Mind in Croydon’s charity shop, which were also made available to purchase. The event also featured live music, mental health information and special appearances from the Mayor of Croydon and Councillor Janet Campbell.

Lauren Furey, CSR Charity Champion said:

“Never Mind the Catwalk was such a massive collaborative effort and to see it bring the community together to raise money and open minds was incredibly moving. Every single person involved in that event from the volunteers to the performers and even the Mayor of Croydon understood the importance of what we were trying to achieve for Mind in Croydon.”

At Christmas, PPF volunteers donated goods for festive hampers, which were decorated and delivered to service users via the Mind in Croydon hub.

Richard Pacitti, CEO of Mind in Croydon said

“It has been an absolute pleasure to work with our friends at PPF over the last year. Staff there have taken a real interest in the work that we do and have become involved in directly helping a number of the people that we support. This interaction has created enormous benefits for the charity, the people we support and, I hope, has made the whole process much more rewarding for the staff at PPF. The celebration event today was a very special event. Staff from our charity and a number of the people who we support were able to attend, along with our friends from the PPF, the Mayor of Croydon and Cllr Campbell, Croydon’s mental health champion. We were delighted with the money that PPF were able to donate to us and all of this will go directly to the front line, helping people in the everyday lives. Things got even better when PPF announced that they had chosen us as their charity for next year! We look forward to continuing our working relationship with our friends at PPF, which we know will be as beneficial and as much fun as our work to date. Huge thanks to all at PPF.”

Donation from The Catenian Association

The working week started really well with a visit from Tony Neal from the Catenian Association to present us with a cheque for £2,271 as a result of their fundraising efforts.

We are most grateful to Tony and everyone involved with the Sutton circle of The Catenian Association.

Advocacy visits Hestia

Members of the advocacy team visited the offices of Hestia in Croydon on Thursday 28th February.  The purpose of the visit was to publicise and speak to staff there regarding the 2 projects currently being run by Mind in Croydon’s advocacy team; the IMHA (independent mental health advocacy) project and the community mental health advocacy project.

Awareness raising sessions with professionals from local voluntary sector service providers (charities and foundations) as well as public sector (nursing staff, social work teams or community mental health teams) is something we aim to do as regularly as is possible.   This increases professional’s knowledge of when to refer to independent advocacy, who their local mental health advocacy provider is and what level of service can be expected.

Much more regularly advocates raise awareness of independent advocacy directly with patients and mental health service users in Croydon on a weekly basis, visiting psychiatric hospital wards where residents can find themselves an inpatient, or conducting drop-in sessions at Jeanette Wallace House ensuring as many mental health service users know how they can access independent advocacy and ways to ensure their voice is heard regarding their care and treatment.

Relief in Need grant supports Active Minds

We were delighted to hear that Croydon Relief in Need Charity had awarded us a grant of £20,000 a year for three years to support the work of our Active Minds service. Relief in Need have been supporting our work for a number of years and we are delighted that they are able to continue to give financial help. We are most grateful. You can find out more about Active Minds here.


Unspoken now on YouTube

We have uploaded our film, Unspoken, to YouTube for everyone to view. You can view this at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCct-6vGMx_I6RbYsgOh4rpA

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a film about sex, relationships and mental health

The sexuality of people with mental health problems raises important clinical, social and legal concerns. Despite this, there is relatively little written about the subject and staff can feel confused and embarrassed when discussing these issues.

Mental health problems may interfere with peoples’ sexual function. For example, depression is typically associated with decreased sexual interest, libido and sexual performance, whereas mania is associated with disinhibition, sexual inappropriateness and heightened sexuality.

Practitioners are aware that psychiatric medication can interfere with sexual function, yet service users sometimes feel that these matters are ignored or discounted.

Sometimes, lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender service users feel poorly treated by services.

This is perhaps not surprising, given that for many years psychiatry considered homosexuality to be a mental disorder.

Unspoken explores these issues, with service users explaining their experiences. A range of other experts discuss how professionals might respond differently, and models of good practice are presented.

At a time when there is such an emphasis on promoting equality, working towards recovery and overcoming stigma, the film argues the importance of discussing matters openly, challenging poor practice and recognising and celebrating progress.

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.

Selsdon Shop Re-Opens After Refurbishment

The Mind shop in Selsdon re-opened today (6th February) after being completely refurbished. Here at Mind in Croydon, we would like to express out thanks to Jason, Andrew and all at Mind Retail and to Vicky and all of her wonderful volunteers who work at the shop. Although the shop is run by Mind Retail, Mind in Croydon gets a share of the profits and this money supports the work that we do here in Croydon. The quality of goods for sale is excellent and the welcome that you’ll get from the volunteers is first rate, so make your way along to 135 Addington Road, Selsdon, Surrey CR2 8LH to bag a bargain and support our work.

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.