The BIG Conversation for 12 to 24 year olds in #Croydon – 22 July 2019

Booking required.

Book your place via or phone 020 8684 3719.

This event is organised by the Croydon BME Forum and will be held in the Council Chambers, Croydon Town Hall, Katharine Street, CROYDON, CR9 1XW


Croydon BME Forum
56a Mitcham Road

Phone: 020 8684 3719




Keep up to date by following Croydon BME Forum on Twitter @CroydonBMEForum,  and Croydon BME forum on Facebook.

Croydon Council’s Community Fund – workshops, drop-ins and information

If you are involved in a voluntary organisation or a community group in Croydon and are looking for funding then these workshops and drop-in sessions will be of interest to you…

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Want to apply to Croydon Council’s Community Fund? FREE training with Croydon BME Forum – 26 June 2019

If you are considering applying for Croydon Council’s Community Fund, this session is for YOU!

Learn more about how to develop and submit a bid for funding – partnerships, health checks, eligibility and the application process.

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Croydon Council consults to inform the digital strategy for the borough… HAVE YOUR SAY!

Croydon Council is planning the digital future of the borough and wants to hear the views of residents and businesses in Croydon.

The ideas shared via this website will be brought together in a new digital strategy for Croydon, to be published in July 2019.

The Council is starting with open questions to get views on three big main topics – Digital Services, Digital Borough, Digital Council.

Croydon Council website image

As the draft strategy takes shape, they’ll also share their work in progress, for further feedback.

All details here.  You can not only give your views on the three areas but also see what others have had to say!

We asked the following questions in late May and received the following from the Council officer:

Q: What is the closing date for residents and businesses to submit views?  This isn’t clear.

A: This is an ongoing consultation.
There is currently a draft of the strategy available for comment at

We will keep this draft open for comments for 2 weeks. Any comments on the text and new ideas received by Monday 24 June will be taken into account as we finalise the strategy, before it is published in late June with the papers for the next council Cabinet Meeting on July 8. However, we’ll continue to be open to feedback all the time. Once the strategy is live, we’ll be sharing the details of our work on a public roadmap and will keep using this blog to be open about our progress and plans.

Q: If a report will be produced in July, this seems a very narrow window to gather views. Has this really been open for views since the end of March, as per the date the embedded video was uploaded?

A: The consultation has been open since 1st April 2019

Q: Will this strategy have any bearing on the digital offer in libraries? If so, shouldn’t it be advertised in libraries and to library users? Committee collected info and flyers from several Croydon libraries and other sites in Croydon for our public meeting last week but no one found details of this consultation.

A: We have been engaging with our libraries service to take into account their finding around our customer’s needs, and have also done face to face consultation in Croydon central library.

Q: How is the Council engaging the views of those not online, who will clearly be affected by any digital strategy? Although we have a large social media following and list of contacts on Eventbrite, we always distribute leaflets to catch those not online.

A: We have been doing face to face engagement in the Whitgift centre, Access Croydon, New Addington market and Croydon library in order to reach a wide range of audience, and in particular those who may not be online.

We have offered to host a meeting on this subject if the Council would find this useful and have offered to advertise details of face to face engagement exercises too.

Croydon Windrush Celebration – 12 June to Oct, 2019 – Check out the programme!

….. a whole host of events, honouring the Windrush generation in Croydon, with an exhibition at the Museum of Croydon and the Fairfield Halls, David Lean Cinema screening, parties, dances, talks, music, food and more…

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