Mind in Croydon

Mind in Croydon Hoarding Project Makes National News

You might have noticed that our Hoarding Project featured as part of the BBC News last night (Sunday 28th January). You can read and see more about the project here http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/education-41949044

We are very pleased to have been able to work in partnership with Croydon Council to develop a new and innovative way of supporting people who hoard. The pilot project has proven to be extremely successful and we are in the process of writing up a full report on the project and preparing to support another group of people.

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Mayor of Croydon visits The Hub

We were very happy to welcome the Mayor of Croydon, Cllr. Toni Letts OBE to the Hub this Wednesday (17th January). Madam Mayor spent hours at the Hub, talking with members about their lives and how the Hub has been transformative in improving their health and well-being. She also got involved with the art group and sat in on a Minding Money session. Minding Money is a project funded by Comic Relief to help people to improve their financial literacy.

The Mayor stated:

“As always I am amazed at just how much work Mind in Croydon achieves for its members and I know that it is often seen by the membership as a life-line, where they can meet friends, share concerns with staff, have a meal, take part in activities and generally feel a sense of belonging.

Please pass my congratulations to all of your team. You all do an amazing job and clearly you are all respected and indeed loved by the membership”​

With some of the Hub members

Minding Money Workshop

Shop Assistant Needed

£18,364 per annum whole time equivalent pro-rated downwards to reflect that this is a part-time post of 14 hours per week (Grade 2, Scale point 21 on the Mind salary scale).

NB: We are a London Living Wage employer and this rate will increase in April 2018 to £19,128 pa wte, Grade 2, Scale point 23.

Hours to be worked – Mondays and Saturdays 9.45am to 5.15pm with a half hour unpaid lunch break ie. 7 hours per day so that the shop opens from 10am to 5pm each day. Post also needs to cover for annual/sickness leave of the Manager as and when requested.

Our shop is based at 289 Lower Addiscombe Road, Addiscombe, CR0 6RE. The purpose of our shop is to raise funds for Mind in Croydon, a busy local charity that has been running for 50 years. This very important role is to support the Manager’s efforts in maximising profits as well as keeping the shop clean, tidy and attractive to customers. Donations come in on a regular basis and you would also be required to deal with these. You would in addition be responsible on the days you are in, for the volunteers who help us to keep the shop productive as well calling up replacements to cover for times they cannot attend either on your days, or the Manager’s days. Customers can be challenging at times and the Shop Assistant will be solely in control on the days they work and will have to deal with any issues which might be raised. This is however a rewarding role. In a newly refurbished shop on a busy high street, we have become part of the community and as a local charity, all the funds you raise go to help our clients in Croydon. Overall strategy decisions, decisions on displays, methods of sorting and storing of goods etc will all be decided by the Manager and your role will be to carry out the strategy they have devised and support them in any way you can.

You will need to be extremely reliable and flexible in order to cover for any sickness/holiday absence of the Manager. Overtime will be payable for extra days worked.

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 admin@mindincroydon.org.ukClosing date Wednesday 31 January at 5pm. Candidates are welcome to phone 020 8668 2210 to speak to the HR Manager if they require further information.

Terms of Employment
Job Description
Person Specification
Equal Opportunities Monitoring Form
Application Form

No contact from agencies or media sales please.

Mind in Croydon Mental Health Directory

If you need information over the Christmas and New Year Period don’t forget our Mental Health Directory. We have links to lots of information and services in the Croydon Borough.
Our directory can be found at: http://directory.mindincroydon.org.uk/

In addition, please note the opening times below for our other services found here.

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

It’s beginning to feel a lot like Christmas . . .

At the Mind in Croydon shop in Addiscombe. The volunteers and staff at the shop have really excelled this year. The shop looks fantastic, so, if you’re looking for a Christmas bargain (or would like to donate goods to the shop), get down to 289 Lower Addiscombe Road.

Workshop – Managing Mental Health as a Carer

Are you caring for a disabled relative or close family member ? Do you have an interest in the welfare of others? Manju Shahul-Hameed Foundation for Mental Health is organising a FREE interactive workshop called ‘Managing Mental Health as a Carer’.

The workshop is led and sponsored by Dr V Sunil Babu, BSc MBBS FRCPsych DPM, Consultant Psychiatrist, Surrey and Borders Partnership NHS Foundation Trust.

The workshop takes place at Mind in Croydon, Fairfield House, 10 Altyre Road, East Croydon, Surrey, CR0 5LA on Monday 11th December at 2pm with a presentation and Q&A session.

Admission by booking in advance only. To prebook contact Manju on manju@msfoundations.co.uk.

* places are limited, first come, first served.

We are looking for Volunteer Counsellors!

We are currently recruiting for volunteer counsellors in the second year of Diploma or equivalent, qualified and looking for hours towards accreditation or simply wanting to volunteer with us. These vacancies are to see clients in the evening only on Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. Supervision will be provided for an hour and a half per fortnight on another evening to the one they see clients, or in the daytime.

You will find more information about the service and the application forms here.

Application forms must be received by Monday 20th November 2017 with interviews taking place on Monday 27th November 2017 and Tuesday 28th November 2017.

Please send application forms marked for the attention of the Counselling Service Manager, Mind in Croydon, 26 Pampisford Road, Purley, Surrey, CR8 2NE.

The Hub is celebrated at the 2017 Mayor of Croydon Civic Awards

Mind in Croydon’s project, the Hub, was shortlisted for a Mayor of Croydon Civic Award. Last Tuesday (17th October) staff and members attended the ceremony to celebrate the exceptional people who make Croydon a brilliant place for people to live, grow, work and visit. More than 200 nominations were made across ten categories and after careful consideration 25 nominees were shortlisted for the community awards. Although we were pipped at the post for the award, everyone had a brilliant time and it was a great accolade to have our work recognised in this way.

Councillor Toni Letts, Mayor of Croydon, said: “Croydon is full of unsung heroes, people who selflessly give their time and put others first to the benefit of their neighbours and the wider community. This is evidenced by the incredible number of nominations we received across the categories. I’d like to congratulate all of the finalists and thank everyone who submitted a nomination and for those who weren’t shortlisted on this occasion, thank you for what you do for our town and its residents.”