Mind in Croydon

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.


Praise for our Employment Support Service

Here’s some feedback from someone who has benefitted for our Employment Support Service over the last two years.  “To everyone at the Mind in Croydon Employment Support Service (ESS), I just wanted to say a massive thank you for everything! I will post back the feedback questionnaire that I’ve completed but there just wasn’t enough room to praise you guys highly enough!

From my initial assessment with you back in 2016 to being discharged this month the support I received was just brilliant. I was very suspicious of anything to do with mental health support after a really negative experience in 2015 but you helped restore my faith in mental health support services. You are very down to earth and approachable and I was quickly put at ease. Sue Coleman is just amazing and we worked very well together. Not too much pressure but really encouraging and motivating without being patronising or condescending. I also got really useful CV feedback from one of your digital champions which was about a million times better than the feedback I got from an actual Recruitment Consultant.

As a result of the superb support from Sue I discovered the SLaM Recovery College and the Involvement Register and subsequently Hear-Us – who I am now a link-worker with. And countless other opportunities that I took part in (minding money, training courses, work trial day – the list goes on). In 2016 at the beginning of my support with ESS I was just about able to leave the house, but not much more than that. I wasn’t really sure if I’d ever be able to work or volunteer again. Now, as well as link-working, I am presenting training for SLaM staff (100+ people) and doing talks to the police with Hear-Us to challenge stigma and countless other things to help improve the quality of mental health services in Croydon and beyond.  I have re-discovered old skills and developed new ones, growing in confidence and now feel that I am making a positive contribution to society once again.

I could go on but I’m sure you are a busy man! Mind in Croydon ESS is a brilliant service and I would recommend to anyone. My life has improved about a million times since that initial assessment in 2016. Keep up the good work! THANK YOU for all the opportunities and brilliant support!!!”

Claire Hawkes

If you would like to find out more about the Mind in Croydon Employment Support Service, you can telephone us on 020 8253 8203 / 4 / 7 or email ess@mindincroydon.org.uk

Blue Light Project

National Mind’s independent research shows that members of the emergency services are even more at risk of experiencing a mental health problem than the general population, but are less likely to seek support.

Mind in Croydon has signed up to help deliver the Blue Light Programme to provide mental health support for emergency services staff and volunteers from ambulance, fire, police and search and rescue services.

For more information on our service visit: http://www.mindincroydon.org.uk/blue-light-project.asp

Advocacy for Croydon

We are very pleased to announce that Advocacy for Croydon, a partnership between Advocacy for All (AfA) and Mind in Croydon, went live on the 1st May 2018. Mind in Croydon will continue to provide the mental health advocacy services in Croydon as we have for many years, but the partnership with Advocacy for All means that there will be a single point of contact for advocacy in the Borough. We look forward to working with Croydon Council and Advocacy for All on this exciting new development. You can find out more information from www.advocacyforcroydon.org

Job – Counselling Service Manager

  • Part-time, 28 hours per week (worked Monday to Thursday)
  • £33,102 to £35,350 pa wte pro-rated downwards to reflect that this is a part-time post.
  • Permanent
  • Based in Purley 

Would you like to lead Mind in Croydon’s counselling service into the next phase of its development? This is an exciting time for us. Our latest innovative Hoarding Project has attracted national interest and was recently featured on BBC’s News At Ten. As well as our one to one work, we run popular anger control training and anxiety groups. We are looking for a new Counselling Manager to run our BACP accredited service. We also have a Carers’ Counselling Service. As well as the Manager there are 2 Administrators, 3 part-time Counsellors and approximately 32 volunteer counsellors. You will give general managerial support to the staff team, provide management (but not clinical) supervision to volunteers and take the service forward at an exciting time when Mind in Croydon is developing and expanding. You will lead the service into new areas which respond to client needs and reflect an innovative organisation during a time of growth. You will have BACP accreditation, be UKCP registered, or equivalent. This is a permanent position.

Mind in Croydon has just celebrated its 50th birthday and provides a wide range of projects including a Social Networking Service, a Welfare Benefits Advice Service, Advocacy Service, Employment Service and an Information Service. We employ approximately 40 staff and have won many awards for our work.

Benefits include 28 days holiday pa (pro-rated for part-time staff), an auto enrolment compliant pension scheme run by NOW pensions and the opportunity to work for a genuinely flexible organisation. Staff are given every opportunity to develop. As the post is situated in a building with no lift you will need sufficient mobility to climb stairs. Mind in Croydon is striving to be an equal opportunities employer and welcomes applicants from all groups.

Staff benefits include an auto-enrolment pension scheme, 28 days holiday per annum (rising to 33 after 5 years), and the opportunity to work for a ‘family friendly’ organisation.

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: Tuesday 29 May 2018 at 9am. For any queries, phone the HR Manager on 020 8668 2210.

Application Letter
Terms of Employment
Job Description
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Equal Opportunities Monitoring Form
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Shop Volunteers Needed

We are on the lookout for more volunteers in our Addiscombe Charity Shop.

Please click the image below to see more details.

Mind in Croydon gains new Advocacy Quality Performance Mark (QPM).

Mind in Croydon has been awarded the Advocacy Quality Performance Mark (QPM) from the National Development Team for Inclusion (NDTi). The QPM is the UK’s only independent quality performance mark for organisations offering independent advocacy; an essential service for people who need support to express their needs and have increased choice and control in their lives.

To gain the QPM, independent advocacy providers have to undergo a rigorous self-assessment process and policy review. This is followed by a structured site visit for NDTi assessors to meet advocates and the people they support. As well it being good practice for Local Authorities to provide advocacy to people at risk of exclusion, commissioners are required to provide statutory independent advocacy under the Mental Capacity Act, Mental Health Act, and more recently the Care Act. The Advocacy QPM provides them with a robust benchmark to measure independent advocacy services, ensuring they select the very best providers.

Richard Pacitti, CEO from Mind in Croydon said: “We were extremely pleased to achieve this accolade once more. Holding the QPM means that the people accessing the service can be assured of a high quality, professional standard of support.”

Gail Petty, QPM Manager and Lead for Advocacy and Rights at NDTi said: “The Advocacy Quality Performance Mark is only awarded to advocacy organisations who can demonstrate that they are providing excellent services to people often experiencing challenging situations in their lives. It indicates that they have the training and policies in place to ensure people’s rights are upheld and their preferences are heard and responded to.”

Originally developed by Action for Advocacy (A4A), the Department of Health funded NDTi to review and revise the QPM in 2014, working with providers, users and commissioners of advocacy services. The application process was streamlined to be as straightforward as possible, while retaining the rigour required to ensure that high standards are met. It is available to organisations providing independent advocacy in England, Wales and Northern Ireland. Further information can be accessed and applications can be made via www.qualityadvocacy.org.uk.