Mind in Croydon

Hard to Believe now on YouTube

We have uploaded our film, Hard to Believe, to YouTube for everyone to view. You can view this on our YouTube Channel.

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Hard to Believe

a film about mental health and spirituality

Spirituality is an area that mental health services may have overlooked in the past. Staff can feel out of their depth in this area – some see such beliefs as being harmful to people, others may interpret these beliefs as symptoms of mental ill health. Equally, some people from Faith communities lack knowledge and understanding of mental health issues, even though there is evidence that spiritual well-being is an integral part of good mental health.

Hard to Believe tells the story of three service users, how their Spirituality was perceived by mental health services, and the role that Spirituality has played as part of their recovery.

The film considers the work of the Chaplaincy at the South London and Maudsley NHS Trust, the Croydon branch of APCMH and Nigel Copsey’s Multi-Faith Team in East London. Dr Andrew Powell, Founder Chair of
the Royal College of Psychiatrists’ Spirituality Special Interest Group, also features.

Hard to Believe explores models of good practice in terms of how mental health services can work better to meet peoples’ spiritual needs and also how faith communities can develop a better understanding of mental health problems and thus support people in their community who may be experiencing such difficulties.

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.


Job – Head of Business Development

  • Full time 36 hours per week
  • Grade 6 scale point S21 to S28 on the Mind Salary Scale £35,649 to £40,105 per annum.  Salary on appointment will depend on abilities and experience
  • Permanent
  • Based in Purley

You will maximise the business development opportunities for our successful Local Mind Association, Mind in Croydon Ltd. We already have an income of £1.5 million per annum, own three charity shops with flats to rent and own two of the three buildings from which we undertake client work. We have a number of service delivery contracts to provide services to Croydon Council, and Croydon Clinical Commissioning Group for projects such as counselling, advocacy and welfare benefits advice and have benefitted over the years from major grants from sources such as the Big Lottery and Comic Relief. We have continued to expand and are looking for a Head of Business Development to maximise income both from statutory sources and elsewhere. You will maximise income from our shops and buildings being responsible for shop managers and certain independent contractors. You will have experience of seeking out new business opportunities, costing them, advising the Trustee Board and setting these up to become successful income streams. As well as service delivery, we have been successful in raising funds from training, carrying out events, doing paid outreach in our MindMatch project and many other ventures. You will have experience of completing tenders and grant applications, as well as expertise in creating successful commercial ventures.

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Equal Opportunities Form

Mind in Croydon is striving to be an equal opportunities employer and welcomes applicants from all groups.
Closing date for return of applications to The HR Manager, Mind in Croydon Ltd, 26 Pampisford Road, Purley, Surrey CR8 2NE is 9am on Monday 7 January 2019. Expected interview date Thursday 17/Friday 18 January 2019.

No agencies please

Mind in Croydon are now on Instagram!

Mind in Croydon now has an Instagram account.

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Have you signed up to Red January yet?

Today the staff at Mind In Croydon were getting REDy!

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RED January 2019 launching today!

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Support your mental health this January by doing something active every single day, and raise money for Mind In Croydon!

Active Minds is excited to be partnering with RED January, a community initiative providing people with support and a focus during a characteristically tough month.

Whether it’s running 5k or walking to work a new way, a morning swim or just taking your bike for a spin, you can join the thousands of people around the UK, kick-starting their 2019 in the most positive way.

To register please visit http://www.mindincroydon.org.uk/red-january.asp

You don’t have to get sponsored, but if you do all money raised will go directly to Mind In Croydon.  Once registered you’ll receive everything you need, including free RED January shoe laces and the option to buy a RED January t shirt!

Please email  redjanuary@mindincroydon.org.uk with any questions.

RED January 2019


We’re proud to be partnering with RED January this year, helping motivate people to get active every day in January to support their mental health.

RED January is now more inclusive than ever, focusing on getting active, your way. Whether that’s running 5k, walking to work a new way, a morning swim or just taking a bike for a spin – the choice is yours.

If you decide you want to fundraise for us this RED January, the proceeds raised will directly impact your local community, whilst giving you the opportunity to build a network of REDers nearby.

You will be able to register to take part with us directly when local Mind registration opens in November. We’ll be sharing further information shortly. Keep in touch or look out for news and updates via our social media channels.

We’re looking forward to seeing where your RED January journey takes you.

Minding Money Debt Poem Book

The poems in this publication were written by people who had experienced debt which had had an impact on their mental health and wellbeing.

This group came together as part of a wider project run by Mind in Croydon which enabled people to manage their finances and acquire budgeting skills. A series of workshops were adapted from the Quaker Social Action’s “Made of Money” course. The project was funded by Comic Relief.

Many of the contributors had not written poetry since school days. Writing a poem together was a good way for the group to start to express their feelings about debt. No-one was asked to say whether they were in debt or give any details about their own position. We acknowledged that debt is an emotional, not purely financial, issue.

Often people would be asked to describe how debt made them feel.

Thanks to everyone who has contributed to this anthology. Special thanks to the participants who worked together and supported one another to express their thoughts and feelings on this often sensitive topic creating strong and powerful poems.

Please click the image below to view the debt poems.

The printed copies will be launched at the Mind in Croydon AGM which takes place at Fairfield House, 10 Altyre Road, East Croydon, CR0 5LA on Thursday 11th October starting at 12pm.  If you would like to attend please RSVP to cat@mindincroydon.org.uk or book free tickets on EventBrite

Never Mind the Catwalk Fashion Show – World Mental Health Day – 10th October 2018

Mind in Croydon in Partnership with The Pension Protection Fund are holding a free to attend community event showcasing an array of low cost and high-end fashion available to purchase on the day, followed by a live music event.

There will be a wide selection of quality items available for all sizes, including kids’ fashion.

Join us for this special event and help us raise vital funds for Mind in Croydon.

The event will be held at:
Boxpark Croydon
99 George Street

Wednesday 10th October 2018

This will run from 5pm to 7pm with a pop-up shop and from 7.30pm until 11pm there will be live bands.​

Further information can be found at: www.boxpark.co.uk/events

Email: lauren@boxpark.co.uk


Minding Money Project Update

The Minding Money Project held its final Financial Literacy workshop on budgeting and learning how to manage finances.

Staff attended the last session adopting a wealth of knowledge to continue providing support and  information.

The Minding Money Project will be shortly publishing an anthology of debt poems by service users and we hope to launch this in October.

With regret, our funding with Comic Relief for this project has come to an end.  We have had fantastic three years delivering this to our service users in a fun and interactive way!

We would like to thank all participants for attending and our stakeholders for the ongoing support throughout the lifetime of the project.

Mind Attends Self-Care Event

Michael Edwards from our Advocacy Service attended a GP Hub Open Day on Saturday 15th September in Central Shopping Centre.

The event aimed to raise awareness about and allow patients to experience a number of local health and social care service providers accessible through the Croydon GP Hubs and directly by residents of Croydon.

Visitors were treated to FREE refreshments and had the opportunity to meet the Mayor of Croydon, Councillor Bernadette Khan, the Shadow Deputy for Families Heath & Social Care, Margaret Bird, and members of the team across all the Croydon GP Hubs.

Visitors got to meet with Mencap, Croydon Talking Therapies (IAPT), Mind in Croydon, The London Ambulance Service, Croydon Vision, Amber Crisis Pregnancy Centre, Just Be Croydon and other services.