Black History Month in #Croydon ‘Celebrating Communities….’ Do you have an event to contribute?

Black History Month is fast approaching and if you would like your event/s to be promoted by Croydon Council  via a specific website which will go live nearer the time and in the Croydon BME Forum’s literature, you will need to email the details by Friday 14th July, 2017 to:

There have been some really good submissions so far but the organisers are keen to capture and promote all events so please do keep them coming in so that they can publicise all events.

Please complete the following template with the details of your event:

Description of activity







Please describe your event briefly- i.e. a very short paragraph or a few sentences with the key details

What date in October or early November will your event be taking place?

Where in Croydon will your event be taking place?

What time will your event be taking place?

Who is the desired audience, e.g. is it for children, families or over 60s

Can people turn up on the day or do they need to pre-book? If pre-booking is needed how can this be done?

Is there a cost or will the event be free?

If you have any photographs from previous events or that are associated with your event that you have permission to share, please send them over as the organisers may be able to feature some in the programme.

The theme of this year’s Black History Month is “Celebrating Communities – a Tribute to Black Institutions”.

If you have any queries, please email:

Council funding opportunities can be found here:

Free cycle courses during Summer half term 2017 in Croydon




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Are you a Croydon based organisation with an idea that will improve Croydon’s nightlife?

Katie Edland, senior communications and engagement officer for Croydon Council, writes:

“Your creative thinking could help to energise, rejuvenate and unleash undiscovered potential in Croydon as part of the ongoing regeneration in the borough. This could be anything from events to lighting, facilities to marketing – anything with culture at its heart that could be delivered within the next two years.

To find out more and to enter an idea please visit:

We’re keen to invest in and support the best ideas to make them happen, so if you have an idea, we want to hear it!

Please pass this information on to anyone in your groups who may be interested.”

To enter your idea:

  1. You must be a Croydon based organisation with a proposal which has arts and culture at its centre.
  2. Complete the online form to tell explain your idea (in no more than 500 words) including when and where it would take place. Please include what positive impact it would have on Croydon’s night-time economy.
  3. Include an outline of the costs (must be within the range of £5-£50k) including any potential for generating income.
  4. Send any photos/images to support your idea to
  5. And submit it all by 12 midnight Sunday 7 May 2017.

After the closing date, a specialist panel will select a shortlist of no more than five ideas. The successful organisations will each receive support to further develop their proposals in terms of practicalities, timings, costs and funding.

The final panel will meet during the summer to give the green light to some or all of the developed ideas.

If you would like any further information please email or call 020 8726 6000 ext 62690.


Why not plan a Big Lunch or Street Party the weekend of 17/18 June 2017?

With the weather brightening up at last, we can all start looking forward to the summer ahead and what better way to enjoy it than by having a big lunch and street party?

Croydon Council is encouraging residents to get involved in supporting the Big Lunch in Croydon on either Saturday 17 or Sunday 18 June 2017 by hosting street parties and lunches.  This date also happens to coincide with honouring of MP Jo Cox and Father’s Day.

Please note if you are planning to close your road or hold a party in one of the borough’s parks or open spaces for the Big Lunch, the deadline for applications in earlier. Your application must be submitted by Friday 12th May 2017.

All it takes is a 10-minute visit to

Or alternatively, call the team of customer services advisers on 020 8726 6000 or 020 8604 7042 for advice.



And find the FAQs here: Big lunch and MP Jo Cox’s street party FAQ 2017 180617

The good news is that with the aim of making it really simple to apply to hold a party, the council will even cover the costs of closing your road and provide road closure signs – saving your street more than £1,000.

You will just need to say where the event is to be held, what sort of facilities will be offered – such as if you plan to sell alcohol or intend to provide catering from an outside source – and when you want to hold it.

Where can I have my Big Lunch?

For the answers to frequently asked questions, or a list of available green spaces, visit where you will also learn how to:

  • safely stage events;
  • arrange road closures; and
  • arrange the use of land around your estate.

Last year, the Big Lunch saw communities from all corners of the borough sitting down to eat and chat with people they may see every day but because of the busy lives we all lead, never really get to know our neighbours.

It is a simple, yet profound, act of community that can have a real impact. Research shows that when people get involved, they feel good, and it has a noticeable effect on their area. Show your support and register your event at the national Big Lunch website, or talk to the Council if you’re planning to hold a street party.

Show your support and register your event at the national Big Lunch website, or talk to the Council if you’re planning to hold a street party.

The Big Lunch website has a useful frequently asked questions section, offering advice on a range of issues, including the important subject of public liability insurance.  You will also find details of discounts arranged with insurers.

Even if your event doesn’t involve a street party, the Council is also keen that you register your event by emailing details to This will enable the council to record what happened in Croydon for the Big Lunch and Street Party 2017.

All registered events will have the chance for their Big Lunch to be featured in Your Croydon.

Funding for community activities
Croydon Council is inviting groups to apply directly to their local councillors for funds from their Community Ward Budgets to provide community activities in the London Borough of Croydon.  These activities could look at developing active and inclusive communities

Useful links
Organise street parties to celebrate the Big Lunch:

The Great Get together:

Information on the Big Lunch project:

The Big Lunch on Twitter:

Funding for community activities:

#WeStandTogether event at CVA Centre, West Croydon, on Tuesday 11 April 2017

Croydon Voluntary Action writes,

Refugee Public Debate

“Sad; angry; distressed; ashamed; sick; numb; frightened.” These are some of the sentiments our member organisations and users of our services have conveyed since the brutal and senseless attack on the young Kurdish man in Croydon last week.

This young man / child came to the UK alone, like many asylum seekers, seeking our safety and protection. We as a society failed him. This vicious attack, fuelled by hatred and ignorance has no place in the Croydon that we are proud of and that our families live in. We as a community need to learn lessons from this incident and look to how this can never happen again on our doorstep.

To start the dialogue, a community event, #We Stand Together, has been organised for Tuesday 11 April 2017 to bring agencies and groups from private, statutory and voluntary sector together to show their solidarity and commitment to showing that Croydon is a borough where refugee and asylum seekers are welcome. To show that Croydon is a borough where those fleeing persecution and injustice will be protected and given sanctuary. The event is also, most importantly, an opportunity for members from refugee backgrounds to share their experiences and stories. An opportunity to have their voices heard by those who have the power to determine the level of protection and support that they receive if they come to Croydon.

Please share this event (download a flyer here) and encourage people from refugee and migrant communities to attend so that they can feel reassured, and also they can guide those in authority on solutions to improve the quality of life of minority communities in Croydon.

#We Stand Together
Tuesday 11 April 2017
CVA Resource Centre
82 London Rd, West Croydon CR0 2TB
6pm to 8pm.
Doors open 5.30pm
Spaces are limited so please arrive early.

Invited speakers include the Leader of Croydon Council, the Metropolitan Police Borough Commander, the Refugee Council, local MPs, faith leaders and volunteers from refugee organisations. The Mayor of London has also been invited.

For more info contact Bhupendra at CVA,

Croydon Council survey on JustBE campaign – Have your say

Diane Bacchus, Croydon Council’s Digital Engagement Officer, is keen to receive your views.

Please take a moment to take part in the survey, which closes on 7 April 2017.   The Council are seeking to learn whether you have seen the Council’s public health campaign messages for JustBE Croydon.

Find the survey, here: https://getinvolved.croydon.govuk/survey/348

Please take a moment to complete the survey and do pass it on to others.


Just Be

Permits needed to use Recycling Centres in Croydon from 3 April 2017

From 3 April 2017 you need a permit to use any of Croydon’s three Household Reuse and Recycling Centres (HRRCs). The Council has introduced the scheme to reduce waiting times at the sites and to ensure that only Croydon residents use the sites. a

The permits are free. In order to get a permit you need to bring along two pieces of ID from a list of acceptable documents, one being photo ID.

See the council website for full details, here.