Mind in Croydon

Women’s Football

We are now running Women’s Football regularly each Thursday.

If you are interested please contact Matthew on 020 8253 8208 or email matthew@mindincroydon.org.uk.

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Riding for Mind

Mark Turner is taking part in the Prudential 100 event on 30th July 2017 to raise money for Mind.

Here is what Mark had to say:

“I’ve wanted to do something on behalf of Mind for a long time, to support the great work they do, and this year I’ve secured a place in the Prudential 100 event – a 100 mile bike ride that follows the Olympic 2012 road race route. Cycling for me provides a cheap mode of transport, but more importantly gets me exercising which I find a great antidote to a stressful job. Thanks for reading and thanks for any donation!”

You can sponsor Mark at http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/markturner31

Carers Focus Group

On Tuesday 11th July we are holding a Carers Focus Group.

The focus of this group will be to generate new ideas for the 2017-2018 Carers Strategy.

It will be held at Fairfield House, 10 Altyre Road, East Croydon, Surrey, CR0 5LA at 6pm by Stephen Bahooshy, Carers & Independent Sector Commissioning Manager from Croydon Council.

For more information contact Angela Christinis on 020 8688 1210 or angela@mindincroydon.org.uk.

FREE Hoarding Project

Mind has been funded by Croydon Council to run a hoarding prevention project.

The purpose of the project is to provide free group counselling sessions to participants in order to help them examine why they collect items that clutter the home and what would it be like to consider letting some of these go.

This will be a 6 fortnightly group counselling session plus an hour a week with a De-Clutter Buddy to support clients with the decluttering.

Please phone 020 8763 2064 for more information and/or an information pack.

Social Networking – First Summer Programme Outing

Social Networking took some of their clients on the first outing for the new Summer Programme to Coombe Woods in Croydon.

“We had a wonderful time looking at the stunning plants, exploring the woods, admiring the fishes in the pond, navigating the rockery walk and having a hot lunch.

We also managed to jump on the tram before the heavens opened!”

Daphne Bastians

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

Carers Week

We have an afternoon of relaxation and fun planned on Friday for Carers Week.

There will be yoga, manicures, mindfulness, tea & cake and goodie bags.

Come and join us at Fairfield House, 10 Altyre Road, East Croydon, CR0 5LA on Friday 16th June, 1pm-4pm.

The Great Gig in the Sky

Family and Musicians from around the local area are holding a tribute gig for Jeremy Dodds who recently passed away.

This will include an open mic, jam session and special guests – The Tar Babies.

The event takes place at Ruskin House, 23 Coombe Road, Croydon, CR0 1BD on Friday 16th June 2017 – 7pm-12pm.

If you would like to perform or take part in any of the sessions please email Sara: milnesarah@me.com.

There will be a £2 entry fee on the door with proceeds coming to Mind.  Donations are also gratefully received at http://www.justgiving.com/bernard-dodds

Women’s Football Taster Session a Success!

The Women’s Football Taster Session yesterday was a big success.

Regular sessions will now start from Thursday 22nd June 2017 and will run weekly each Thursday after from 12pm-1pm.

If you are interested in joining please contact Matthew on 020 8253 8208 or matthew@mindincroydon.org.uk.

More information can be found on the poster below.

Relief in Need Grant Supports Our Work

We were delighted to learn that the Croydon Relief in Need Charity had awarded us a grant of £15,000 towards our work. The money will be used to support our Welfare Benefits Advice Service. In particular, we will add more volunteers who can support people at benefit appeals and medical assessments.