Mind in Croydon

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.

Soul Symphony Concert Raises Money for MiC

We were delighted to be the beneficiaries of a fundraising concert by the Soul Symphony Choir on 29th April at St Paul’s United Reform Church, South Croydon.

There was an evening of wonderful music and many people present spoke about the importance of good mental health and the importance of the support provided by Mind in Croydon.

The event raised £1,242.45 and choir leader Joanne came along to Mind in Croydon to deliver the cheque in person.

We are very grateful to the choir and all of the hard work they put into the evening. You can find out more about the choir at https://www.facebook.com/SoulSymphonyChoir.Croydon/

DVD Sale!

All of our DVD documentaries are now on sale at £5 each.

Order forms can be found here.

Alternatively pop us a payment over through our website donation routes (Get Involved – Donations) and email a copy of the payment made to admin@mindincroydon.org.uk letting us know which DVD your are purchasing and where you would like it posted.

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.