Opportunity and Fairness Commission report launch – Thursday 28 January 2016

The long-awaited announcement regarding the arrangements for the launch of the Croydon Opportunity and Fairness Commission’s final report has finally been announced and is as follows.

Please share to spread the word as we are aware that people, including those who have attended and contributed to the OFC meetings,  have not received notification of the venue.

The Bishop of Croydon, who chairs the commission, writes:

You are cordially invited to the launch of the Croydon Opportunity and Fairness Commission’s final report at 6:30pm on Thursday 28 January 2016 at Croydon College.

The launch marks the culmination of the Commission’s work and comes at a time of significant change for our borough. Changes in government funding mean that local government will have to make difficult decisions about how it can serve the people of the borough with far less resources, at the same time as life becomes more and more challenging for those dependent on benefits. On the other hand, the re-development of central Croydon and new developments across the borough present a huge opportunity for new and better jobs and security. The choice is before us as to how we work together so that these changes lead to a better borough for all its residents, workers and businesses. I do hope that you will be able to join us for the launch, and to join with others from all sectors of Croydon in becoming part of the changes we hope for.

The Commission will set out its findings and ideas about what can be done to improve the borough. These have developed out of our engagement with individuals and organisations over the past year, and have been further refined over the last few months since the release of our interim report, which can be accessed here. We will then ask individuals and organisations to come forward and make commitments to help make these ideas reality.

There will be refreshments and an opportunity to meet new people. The Young Commission, who have engaged with young people across the borough to hear their views, will give a presentation about their work.

Copies of our final report will also be available.

I would be grateful if you could RSVP to let us know if you will be joining us, either by replying to this e-mail or reserving a place on this link: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/croydon-opportunity-and-fairness-commission-final-report-launch-tickets-20128751638

Should you have any questions please e-mail contact@opportunitycroydon.org or call 0800 612 2182.

I look forward to seeing you on the day.
With all best wishes,
Rt Rev’d Jonathan Clark

 

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For details and updates see www.opportunitycroydon.org 

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Opportunity and Fairness Commission Interim report – text only versions

Croydon’s Opportunity and Fairness Commission has produced its interim report. The full colour download, web version as well as an accessible version can be found on the Commission’s website, here

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The Commission has responded to requests and now produced a text-only version, which will make it easier for those who wish to, to print.

Screen Shot 2015-10-21 at 10.05.34CLICK HERE: Croydon Opportunity interim report text only without quotes or pictures (1)

CCC have worked on a briefer document, retaining all the text in a similar format but which will print on fewer pages.  This is now available to download here:

Croydon Opportunity interim report. -CCC’s text only format

The Commission will be making copies of the report available and we will have these at our next meeting for people to take away.

The Commissioners are now blogging on issues raised in the report.  See the website, link below, or follow on social media to keep up with these.

For details and updates see www.opportunitycroydon.org 

Follow them on Twitter: @OppCroydon

What are your thoughts?

Feel free to leave a comment here or email them direct to The Croydon Opportunity and Fairness Commission.  Full details on the last page of the report.

Views of 11 to 24 year olds in Croydon sought

Are you 11 to 24 years of age, and living, working or studying in Croydon?

If so, the Young Opportunity and Fairness commission wants to hear from

YOU!

Screen Shot 2015-09-21 at 20.21.31The Young Opportunity and Fairness Commission wants to give the young people of Croydon a voice and find out what living, studying and working in Croydon is like.
By completing this survey you can help the Commission find out what issues young people are faced with in Croydon and what needs to change.It will only take a couple of minutes to complete.

The survey closes for entries on 31 October 2015 at midnight.

Please, only respond if you are 11 to 24 years of age.

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The commission will publish its Interim Report shortly, and its final report is due for January 2016.

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For details and updates see www.opportunitycroydon.org 

Follow them on Twitter: @OppCroydon

Croydon Opportunity and Fairness Commission Event – Making Welfare Work in Croydon – 24 September 2015

Croydon’s Opportunity and Fairness Commission is holding an open meeting with Sir John Hills CBE of London School of Economics on Thursday 24 September 2015, from 6.30pm to 8pm at Croydon College,  College Road, Croydon, CR9 1DX. 

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Prof. John Hills is a highly respected and celebrated social commentator and expert on the welfare system.

Croydon Opportunity and Fairness Commission are encouraging everyone with an interest in hearing from and speaking to Prof. Hills to join them.

Prof. Hills’ recent book Good Times, Bad Times, described by Times Higher Education as “an academic book for everyone”, examines today’s Britain and questions long-held opinions about who benefits from the welfare state.

Commission Chair and Bishop of Croydon the Rt Revd Jonathan Clark said,

“This was a fantastic opportunity for the people of Croydon to discuss the challenges facing the borough with a leading expert in the field. 

Whether you’re young or old, a student, a worker, a jobseeker or a pensioner, this is a great chance to hear from a renowned expert on our welfare system, and discuss with him what it means for our borough and our future.”

The meeting will be held at Room 330 in Croydon College from 6.30-8.00pm, on Thursday 24th September. Please enter the college via the main reception on College Road.

Please book a place

It is free to attend and all are welcome, but booking is required.

To book your place, email contact@opportunitycroydon.org or call 0800 612 2182 and ask for Pancho.

Alternatively, register for a place on the commission’s Eventbrite here.

There is disabled access to the venue and its toilet facilities. Please let the Commission support team know in advance via the contact details above if you require any special assistance.

 

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The commission will publish its Interim Report shortly, and its final report is due for January 2016.


For more information please e-mail contact@opportunitycroydon.org.

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This is an open event and anyone is welcome to attend.

For details and updates see www.opportunitycroydon.org 

Follow them on Twitter: @OppCroydon

Croydon’s Opportunity and Fairness Commission launch business survey

Screen Shot 2015-08-26 at 20.01.42Croydon Opportunity & Fairness Commission has launched a survey to hear the views of Croydon’s businesses.

The commission states that Croydon’s future prosperity and success will depend on its businesses. It therefore, wants to hear directly from business owners and entrepreneurs about what should be done to make Croydon a fairer place with more opportunity.

The short survey includes questions about the biggest challenges facing businesses, what should be done to overcome those challenges, and how easy it is for businesses to find employees with the required skills.

The survey can be found online at http://www.surveygizmo.com/s3/2277026/Business-Survey

Results so far…

The commission’s engagement team has already approached business owners across Croydon – including Purley, Kenley, New Addington and South Norwood, as well as North End and South End in central Croydon – to survey them directly.

Initial responses reveal that 50% feel “very positive” about business opportunities over the next few years. Only 20% feel “quite negative” or “very negative”. 80% of respondents said they paid their employees the London Living Wage, set at £9.15 per hour.

When asked about the biggest challenge facing businesses in Croydon, two of the businesses explained that low incomes among Croydon’s residents is an issue. A North End restaurant owner, who employs 30 people, stressed that “people on low incomes might consider us too expensive”. Another business owner in central Croydon running a computer repairs service said that “many people have no money” and, therefore, aren’t able to afford the services his business offers.

These are, however, only the initial findings of the survey. The commission would really value hearing directly from businesses through the online survey.

The commission would also be delighted to see businesses at the commission open day. Hosted by Croydon Conference Centre, in Surrey Street, the open day will run from 2:30 until 7:30pm on 1 September.

The Commission say that the open day is a fantastic opportunity to speak to commissioners and contribute directly to the work of the commission. To book a half-hour slot and ensure you can talk to a commissioner contact Pancho on contact@opportunitycroydon.org or 020 8688 0650 to book a place.

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The Open Day will be held at:

Ranyard Room
Croydon Conference Centre 
5-9 Surrey Street
Croydon
CR0 1RG


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The Open Day is also open to everyone – whether you are a charity, community group, or a resident. Food and drinks will be provided.

For details and updates see www.opportunitycroydon.org 

Follow them on Twitter: @OppCroydon

Opportunity and Fairness Commission Open Day – 1 September 2015

Croydon’s Opportunity and Fairness Commission have announced it will hold an Open Day on Tuesday 1 September 2015, from 2.30pm to 7.30pm

Members of the public are encouraged to drop in to make their voices heard.

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The Open Day will be held at:

Ranyard Room
Croydon Conference Centre 
5-9 Surrey Street
Croydon
CR0 1RG

Please note, this is a change of venue.
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The Open Day is open to everyone – whether you are a charity, community group, or a resident. Food and drinks will be provided.

The Open Day is one of the Commission’s public engagement events where Commissioners are seeking to hear from local residents and organisations what they think needs to be done to make Croydon a fairer place with more opportunity.

The Commission is an independent body chaired by the Bishop of Croydon, Rt Rvd Jonathan Clark, and run by 11 volunteer Commissioners.

It will publish its Interim Report in September, and its final report is due for January 2016.


For more information please e-mail contact@opportunitycroydon.org.

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This is an open event and anyone is welcome to attend.

For details and updates see www.opportunitycroydon.org 

Follow them on Twitter: @OppCroydon

Discussion with Lord Glasman about citizen-led change – 7 July at 6.30pm

The meeting will now be held on Tuesday 7th July at 6:30pm at the Community Space, Bernard Weatherill House, Mint Walk.  To book your free place please sign up here.

Lord Glasman is a Labour Life Peer and Director of the London Metropolitan University’s Faith and Citizenship Programme.

He is both an original thinker and community activist and has been a key figure behind Citizens UK’s work bringing communities together to work for the common good.

Bishop Jonathan Clark, who chairs the Commission said,

“This is a rare and exciting opportunity to hear directly from one of the most influential thinkers of modern time about how you change a community for the better. Not everyone with agree with Lord Glasman’s views but I guarantee he will ask some challenging questions and propose some radical and innovative ideas.”

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