Local charities can benefit from The Body Shop’s Volunteering Day on 23 Oct, 2018

The Body Shop is currently in the process of planning their volunteering day, Anita Day, at The Body Shop in Croydon which takes place on the 23 October 2018.

They are looking to partner with charities in the local area which they can support with volunteering activities. The Body Shop has over 200 employees that will be looking to volunteer on the day and they would love to work with local charities in Croydon.

They can be flexible on hours to find times most convenient for you and can offer a range of support and skills that would be most helpful for your charity.

If you’d like to get involved or to find out more, please either email or phone Amie Tyrer, who is part of The Body Shop’s Internal Communications & Engagement Team, based in their headquarters in Croydon.

Amie would love to hear from you!

Phone: 020 8388 2161

Email: amie.tyrer@thebodyshop.com

Robbie Gibson – still missing #FindRobbie

Have you seen Robbie?

Screen Shot 2016-06-17 at 15.32.48Robert (Robbie) Gibson, 45, was last seen at approximately 15:00hrs on Monday, 13 June leaving his home in Gipsy Hill, SE19 to go for a walk.

Police and his family are growing increasingly concerned for his safety and wellbeing.

Robert is described as white, 6ft tall with a slim build, with grey / silver hair with black rimmed Prada glasses.

He is possibly wearing a blue / grey T-shirt with green/brown khaki trousers.

Anyone with information on his whereabouts is asked to call police in Lambeth on 101 or the charity Missing People on 116000.

Please help by sharing this.

Here are the latest images of Robbie, released by the police.

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Please share any information or sightings with Lambeth Police on Missing People. 

Lambeth Police:
Call 101 or contact Tony Virgil, Lambeth Police, on 07876 131 748

Missing People: 
Call or text 116 000
Email: 116000@missingpeople.org.uk
It’s a free 24 hour service and confidential

You can download an official poster from the Missing People website, here.

Help find Robert Gibson – missing since 13 June 2016

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Robert (Robbie) Gibson went out for a walk and did not return home on the afternoon of 13 June 2016.  Police and family are growing increasingly concerned about his whereabouts and his safety.

If you see him, please report the sighting to Lambeth Police.

Please help by sharing this.

Here are the latest images of Robbie, released by the police.

Screen Shot 2016-06-14 at 21.52.12 Have you seen him?

A further update from the CCC committee

CCC made a general statement recently.

CCC committee have remained silent regarding our funding, despite ongoing social media agitation, as we felt that any points made might be used for political purposes in the run-up to the general election.

Now that the general election is over we are happy to make the following points:

  • We are not in dispute with the Council. We are waiting for answers to questions put to the Council early in February.  Only when these are provided will we be in a position to explain the situation fully.
  • The funds held by CCC were granted for specific purposes and cannot, as one person is claiming, be used for other purposes such as supporting food banks.
  • CCC remains apolitical. Our Vice Chair, Peter Staveley, stepped away in the run-up to the general election, as requested at the AGM where he was duly elected along with the rest of committee in a public election.  At no time has Peter or any other committee member allowed CCC to be used for political purposes.  Our public meetings are open and anyone can attend.
  • As a committee, we work collectively. The Chair has no special authority, as has been implied.
  • The latest AGM minutes and notes of the meeting that followed are on our website.  Due to the agitation and misinformation spread about this the committee decided to produce full notes and minutes.  These were agreed with all attending prior to publication and are a true record.  The accounts provided are for the financial year, as is standard practice.
  • Those alleging that CCC is being used for political purposes have provided no evidence, to date. No one attending any of our meetings, people of all parties and none, has raised any concern, other than the sole individual whose account of theAGM is at odds with everyone else present on the night.

We look forward to welcoming you to our next meeting on 3 June, but please get in touch if you have any concerns, questions or comments in the meantime or as a result of this post.

Thank you

Contact us by emailing Croydon.Neighbourhoods@gmail.com


Inspector Lee answering questions at our meeting in South Norwood


Meeting at Croydon Town Hall on Refuse and Recycling


Council officer, Tony Brooks, speaking at the meeting and taking questions.


Attendees arriving at the CCC meeting in central Croydon. We were joined by CI McGarry and Inspector Roche, who provided an update and took questions from the floor.

CCC committee statement

CCC aims to facilitate open public engagement and to connect communities across Croydon. 
The potential of CCC has been hindered by a handful of agitators over the past year who clearly seek to undermine the group.   
We are aware of misleading statements being made about CCC, both about us as a group and as individuals. The committee was not approached for the facts before this disinformation was spread. Repeated requests to provide evidence or to discuss the issues have been ignored or met with blank refusal.
Many thanks to those of you who continue to show support and appreciation for the group and its activities.
If anyone has any comment or questions we would welcome hearing from you.
Contact us by emailing Croydon.Neighbourhoods@gmail.com

Meeting at Croydon Town Hall on Refuse and Recycling


Council officer, Tony Brooks, speaking at the meeting and taking questions.

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Listening to the TfL presentation prior to the Q&A at our meeting in South Croydon.


Attendees arriving at the CCC meeting in central Croydon. We were joined by CI McGarry and Inspector Roche, who provided an update and took questions from the floor.

Notices from South Croydon CCC Meeting on 25/2/15

Thank you to all who attended to contribute to discussions at this meeting, and thanks to the 8th South Croydon Brownies unit who kindly helped by setting tables up before leaving the hall.

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Particular thanks go to Jo Elmer and her colleague Kate Orage from TfL who gave a short presentation and were questioned thoroughly on the Fiveways proposals, giving time longer than originally committed to answer all questions put to them.

Sth Croydon 2 Feb 15We’d also like to thank Chief Inspector McGarry and Inspector Robbins of the Metropolitan Police, who joined us to provide notices and answer questions from the audience.

We were also pleased to be joined by Cllr. Andrew Pelling, who attended to support the local community and contribute to discussions.  

The notes of meeting will be circulated to the TfL staff and the senior police officers who attended this evening, and then to all attendees for checking and comment, before being uploaded on our website.

The initial notices given on the evening, were:

Update on outstanding matters addressed to council officers or taken away by councillors in previous meetings: There have been no updates on matters raised with council officers and councillors since those provided at our last meeting. These will be pursued again.

Steven Mubanga is a 20 year old from Norbury who has been missing since 11 January 2015 when he did not return, as expected, to the army barracks where he was stationed. There have been several reported sighting of him in different areas.

Please help spread the word. His family is desperate to find him. See: https://croydoncc.wordpress.com/2015/02/01/help-find-steven-mubanga-20-year-old-missing-from-norbury/, which includes links to Facebook and Twitter accounts.

Details of the Croydon Opportunity and Fairness Commission are posted on the CCC website: https://croydoncc.wordpress.com/category/opportunity-fairness-commission/. The deadline for nominations for Resident Commissioners has been extended to this Friday 27 February. See https://croydoncc.wordpress.com/2015/02/18/resident-commissioner-deadline-extended/

The Stanley Halls is to be community run and the Stanley People’s Initiative is looking for people willing to stand as Trustees. See: https://croydoncc.wordpress.com/2015/02/14/stanley-halls-seek-trustees/

Croydon Clinical Commissioning Group (Croydon CCG) is holding workshops to gather patient and public feedback of Urgent Care in Croydon. These are planned for Friday 6 March from 1.30 – 4.30pm and Wednesday 25 March from 5.30 – 8.30pm. See: https://croydoncc.wordpress.com/2015/02/25/croydon-ccg-consult-on-urgent-care-in-croydon/

The CCG are also consulting on people’s experience of using 111, using a short online survey. See https://croydoncc.wordpress.com/2015/01/22/what-do-you-think-of-nhs-111/

An engagement exercise to discuss Stop and Search in Croydon is being held at the BME Forum on Friday 12 March, from 4-6pm, at the Forum in Palmcroy House, 339 London Road.

The Croydon BME Forum is also looking for donations of books suitable for 10 to 16 year olds for use in a mentoring programme pitched at Black and Minority Ethnic BME males who are deemed at risk, to help steer them away from negative influences and help guide them to make positive life choices.

We are happy to receive any donations to pass on, so let us know if you have any, or pass them direct to the BME Forum.

We’ve already passed on details the Siobhan Dowd Trust, a charity that might be able to help.

See https://croydoncc.wordpress.com/2015/02/23/do-you-have-spare-books-to-help-support-a-local-project/

CCC has been asked to point out the petition against the proposal for Fiveways. See https://croydoncc.wordpress.com/2015/02/22/petition-say-no-to-fiveways-proposals-croydon/

You might like to read or add comments on our website too, whatever your view.  See: https://croydoncc.wordpress.com/2015/02/05/tfl-consults-on-fiveways-closes-15-march-15/

Purley Food Hub is just one of the food hubs in Croydon and invite donations.  For details of items they seek in February please see: https://croydoncc.wordpress.com/2015/02/25/help-purley-food-hub-update-february-2015/

The Whitgift Foundation are hosting their third Croydon Heritage Festival on the theme of Famous Croydon – past present and future, from 20 to 28 June 2015. See: https://croydoncc.wordpress.com/2015/02/25/croydon-heritage-festival-2015-june-20-28/

The Croydon Visitor Centre is to close on May 1 Few know of this. A petition was suggested at the meeting but no takers came forward as petitions were felt to be ineffective. Petitions may, at least, raise awareness of the issue. See: https://croydoncc.wordpress.com/2015/02/25/croydon-visitor-centre-to-shut-on-may-1-2015-thoughts/

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Our next meeting was due to take place mid March in New Addington


As we learnt at this meeting that the Opportunity and Fairness Commission have arrangements in place for their first public meeting in New Addington in mid March, the CCC committee will look to alter this plan.

We are advised that the date provisionally set for the Opportunity and Fairness Commission is 9 March 2015, and likely to be 7pm to 8.30pm.  These details have now been confirmed.

Croydon Visitor Centre to shut on May 1 2015 …Thoughts?

The Croydon Visitor Centre is to close on May 1 2015 and this was raised at the CCC meeting tonight For details see: http://www.croydonadvertiser.co.uk/EXCLUSIVE-Croydon-Visitor-Centre-close/story-25973061-detail/story.html

Few knew of the intended closure.

A petition was suggested but no takers came forward at the meeting tonight on the basis that some felt that petitions were ineffective.  It is nonetheless true that petitions do highlight the issue to the community and allow all a say.

Members of the CCC committee collected literature from the Centre last week.  We saw that it was well used and valued. Person after person entering commented surprise at the closure and commented on their disappointment at the loss of this centre which informs and promotes Croydon.

What do you think about the planned closure?


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Photo © Kake, used under Creative Commons.

Nomination for Croydon Community Civic Awards now open

Screen Shot 2015-02-25 at 16.02.50The Council are inviting nominations to the 2015 Croydon Community Civic Awards. The Croydon Community Civic Awards honour the achievements of outstanding local people and voluntary groups and celebrate the boroughs unsung heroes who go that extra mile to help others.

To make your nomination or for more information about the awards visit http://www.croydon.gov.uk/community/civic-awards/register

Nomination forms are also available in Croydon libraries.

The closing date for nominations is 5pm on Monday, 23 March 2015.

Finalists will be invited to a ceremony in June 2015.

Award categories are:

Volunteer of the Year
In this category the Council are looking for someone who has made an outstanding contribution through volunteering during 2014.

Personal Achievement Award
This award celebrates volunteers who make a huge contribution to the community even though they face great difficulties in their own lives because of their personal circumstances, health etc.

Lifetime Achievement Award
The Council are looking for a special person who has devoted many years of outstanding service through volunteering.

Young Volunteer of the Year
A young person (aged 16-25) that has made an outstanding contribution to volunteering in Croydon during 2014

Carer of the Year
Someone who has made an exceptional contribution to caring and has championed the invaluable role of carers. In this category we do not include people paid to be carers.

Fundraiser of the Year
A person or group whose impressive or novel fundraising efforts have boosted a local cause.

Employees of the Year
A group of employees at your workplace that volunteer in the community and make a big difference.

Voluntary Group of the Year
A local group leading the way in volunteering and providing great opportunities for volunteers.

Civic Life Award
A dedicated person who has made an outstanding contribution to your community.

CCC – #Croydon community updates – 18 Feb 15

We were delighted that members from local policing, Chief Inspector McGarry and Inspector Roche, joined us on the night to take questions from the floor.
The notes of meeting were sent out with the following notices:
Policing news, by ward
The ward reports we agreed to post on our website and promote on social media are coming in, and can be found here: https://croydoncc.wordpress.com/category/hot-topics/policing-in-croydon/ Not all wards are represented as yet but should be in the future.  
This is a positive initiative by Croydon Met Police to keep everyone with an interest up to date with policing and safety matters.  Please take time to look as many of the items listed apply across the borough.
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Next CCC meeting 
Our next meeting is in South Croydon on 25 February, doors opening as close to 7pm as possible due to cross over of events at this venue.  Please book a free place and see full details at: 
Agenda item: Fiveways
Noting the general concern expressed regarding the plans for Fiveways and the lack of detail in the consultation exercises we invited TfL and our GLA member, Steve O’Connell, to present information to the meeting and to take questions from those attending as part of this meeting.
We are delighted that TfL were quick to respond to confirm that they will be present, with two spokespersons attending to give a brief presentation and to take questions from the floor.
 We are inviting anyone with an interest to table questions on our website prior to the meeting.  You can post questions and comments here. Priority will be given to questions proposed on the website by those present on the night.
Croydon Healthcare 
This meeting is the same night as the Croydon Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) meeting, also advertised on our website. 
Healthcare is a key issue for Croydon so we encourage representatives of groups and individuals to attend this meeting.  The clash of dates was unforeseen.  
Croydon Opportunity and Fairness Commission
The Bishop of Croydon, Chair of the Opportunity and Fairness Commission, will speak at the meeting at the CVA Centre this Thursday. We’ve held off posting as we wanted to announce the extension of nominations for Resident Commissioners.  We not understand that this will not be updated on the website until tomorrow.
This event on 19 February also includes items covering the Stronger Communities Partnerships and Croydon CCG. 
Find us on Twitter @CroydonNbrhoods
Find us on Facebook

Book a free place for our meetings on Eventbrite:  http://croydoncc.eventbrite.co.uk/

Help find Steven Mubanga! 20 year old, missing from Norbury

Steven Mubanga is a 20 years old from Norbury, and was due to return to the army barracks he is stationed at on 11/1/15. There is no proof that he boarded the train to his destination on that day and he never arrived.

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Steven is described as a polite, pleasant young man and extremely well thought of by all who know him.  He was enjoying serving in the forces.

Steven has spent a great deal of his time growing up with his Aunt Karen due to the loss of his mum.  Karen is extremely devastated over her nephew’s disappearance, as it is totally out of character for her nephew, who she thinks of as her own son.

He has not used his mobile and has not accessed his bank in the three weeks he has been missing.

Karen, Steven’s family and his friends want Steven to know that he is very loved and missed and is not in any trouble. They just want him home safely.

Karen is appealing to members of the public.  If anyone has seen Steven or thinks they know of his whereabouts would they please contact the Metropolitan Police by dialling 101. They can also free call Missingpeople.org on 116000.

If you can offer any help in locating Steven, no matter how minor the detail, please do.


Karen’s message to Steven is to please come home, how loved and missed he is and he is not in any trouble.


You can also follow the campaign on Twitter at @HelpFindStevenM and on the Facebook page at Help Find Steven Mubanga


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