Is hoarding an issue? Mind in Croydon is running a hoarding prevention project

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For full details, see Mind in Croydon’s website:

Mind has been funded by Croydon Council to run a hoarding prevention project. The purpose of the project is to provide free group counselling sessions to participants in order to help them examine why they collect items that clutter the home and what would it be like to consider letting some of these go. This […]

via FREE Hoarding Project — Mind in Croydon

Carers Week in Croydon – 12-18 June: the biggest yet!

Carers Week 12 – 18 June 2017

Are you looking after a friend, family member or neighbour who needs your support?

Carers Week 12-18 June 2017 is a national campaign to raise awareness of unpaid carers looking after someone due to illness, disability or old age.

There’s lots on offer for carers at the Carers Support Centre this Carers Week.

Highlights include:

  • Relaxing massage, dance, henna hand painting and therapeutic art sessions
  • Vintage afternoon tea at the Carers Café
  • ‘Meet a professional’ drop-ins
  • Find out about local carer support and health services
  • Opportunity to have your say on Croydon’s Carers Strategy
  • Annual Carers’ Information Day
  • And much, much more!

Download the Carers Week flyer or pick up a paper copy at the Carers Support Centre for a full timetable.

Carers’ Information Day: Wednesday 14 June, 10am – 2pm

Community Space Bernard Weatherill House, 8 Mint Walk, Croydon CR0 1EA

Pick up useful information, meet local carers and professionals and find out what support is available at our annual information event for carers in Croydon. Lunch and refreshments will be provided, thanks to generous support from the Big Lottery Fund. Drop in anytime between 10am – 2pm – we look forward to seeing you there!

 Carers Support Centre
24 George Street

Tel: 020 8649 9339

Twitter: @InformingCarers

The Carers’ Information Service provides information, advice, support and training to anyone looking after someone who needs help due to illness, frailty or disability.

Part of The Whitgift Foundation
Registered charity number 312612

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:

Policing Newsletter – Norbury – March 2017

Here’s the monthly local policing newsletter for Norbury.

Why not sign up to receive these monthly newsletters and other updates direct to your inbox?  Just email the SNT on the address below to be added to the circulation list.

Produced by:

Norbury Safer Neighbourhoods Team
Email –
Tel – 020 8721 2477
Twitter:  @MPSNorbury

Download a copy here: Norbury – March 2017 Newsletter

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.


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