Croydon BME Forum’s Domestic Abuse Group – Tues 23 May 2.30 – 4.30pm

At Croydon BME Forum’s new home –  56A Mitcham Road, Croydon, CR0 3RG


T: 020 8684 3719

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

Women’s Football taster session on 1 June 2017, with Active Minds

Active Minds are running a Women’s Football taster session on Thursday. 1 June from noon to1pm at Sanderstead Recreation Ground.

For more information see the poster below or contact Matthew at Mind on 020 8253 8208 or


Notices of meeting – AGM and public meeting – 30 November 2016


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Thanks to those who attended our AGM and public meeting.

And thanks to those who pre-registered, as this saves the committee time on the night and helps us to cater for numbers.

The notes of meeting and the minutes of the AGM will be available shortly but here are the notices, which may be updated when time allows.


Committee elections
All on the current committee stood for re-election. All were re-elected en bloc at the suggestion of a member, and with the agreement of all present.

Redevelopment of Queens Gardens and Taberner House
The meeting heard from Steve Sanham, the managing director of Hub, the developers involved in redesign and redevelopment, and Dawayne Gordon, a member of Kaizen, the engagement team canvassing the views of local people.

You can access more information here. This includes a link to an online survey to have your say and how to register for a call back to give your views over the phone.

The initial consultation is due to close at the end of December so make sure you have you say.


Policing Update
Although unable to attend due to a current operation, Sgt Ali MacPherson of the Broad Green team kindly provided the following update for the police.

Theft from motor vehicles
Croydon Met Police would like to remind everyone in the run up to Christmas to keep items out of sight in vehicles and not on display.

The Police continue to arrest and target known burglars but there are still opportunists out there who will take advantage of open or rotten doors and windows.

Antisocial behavior
Officers are continually responding to ASB issues highlighted by members of the community.  This has led to good results, ranging from arrests of known drug dealers and persistent offenders, and using local knowledge the police have been able to carry out search warrants in relation to drugs and other offences.

Separately, as well as day to day work, officers in Croydon are currently dealing with a vulnerable adult who is the victim of suspected financial abuse. They are working with the Social Services Adult Safeguarding Team at Croydon, to work towards the best outcome for the vulnerable person.

The Police would like to thank the community for calling them when they are witnesses to crime and ASB.

It was noted in the meeting that Croydon Trading Standards produce bulletins and asked that people watch out for vulnerable residents, including the elderly, who are more likely to become victims of scams.  See links to advice from Trading Standards here.

Croydon Debate Club
This new venture in Croydon was discussed, with plans to hold meetings monthly.

The first dscreen-shot-2016-11-28-at-20-50-02ebate was held on the issue of flytipping and the next is on December 7, again at Matthew’s Yard, debating the council’s role in housing and the issue of homelessness.  

See details in the link if you would like to be added to Croydon Debate Club’s email list or to get in touch to suggest a future topic.

Follow them on @CronxDebateClub, if you are on Twitter.


Ward Boundary Review
This was discussed, with few present aware that residents could submit a view.  The closing date is Monday, 5 December 2016.

As promised, Cllr Helen Pollard, has provided the following links to information to enable those interested having the opportunity to express their views.

Find the Boundary Review website where people can comment, here.

Anyone responding may want to refer to the boundary proposals submitted by the Council, which can be located at

NHS Croydon Clinical Commissioning Group’s current consultations
The NHS Croydon CCG is currently consulting on the potential closure of the women’s mental health unit in Purley as well as the changes to prescribing.

All 50 consultation documents provided by the CCG on the issue of changes to prescribing  were taken by those attending the event, to use or to share with others who may wish to express a view.

If you want to have your say, see the post on our website, which provides links to the online consultation on prescribing.  There is a further meeting organised by the Croydon CCG on 13 December, also listed in the link.

Food banks in Croydon
Donations for the Croydon Refugee Day Centre were invited for this meeting, and donations were gratefully received.  These donations will be delivered to the Centre, along with the donations received at St Michael’s, who regularly collect for this charity.


Thanks to all who contributed.

Purley Food Hub, who cater for clients in need in Croydon are also appealing for donations, including festive treats for children, alongside staple items. If you’d like to support their work, see the details, here.

Next meeting
We are currently planning our next meeting for January 2017.

The meeting will be devoted to addressing Refuse, Recycling, and flytipping as a follow up to our previous meeting on this subject.


Local information is always on offer at our meetings for people to take away.

RAW Silence art exhibition – 30 November onwards – submissions sought

Imagine Independence with the support of South London and Maudsley NHS (SLAM NHS) is hosting a community art exhibition entitled RAW Silence. The aim of the exhibition is to promote social inclusion and offer mental health service users from Croydon the opportunity to showcase their artwork alongside artists from within the Croydon Community.


Lee Townsend, the Imagine inclusion worker based in Croydon, explains,

“We believe that the client group with which we work are often marginalised and unfortunately in many cases also stripped of their dignity.  As part of our ethos here at Imagine we see it as fundamental to promote social inclusion and to aid people who are experiencing mental health difficulties in having a voice rather than feeling compelled to suffer in silence while feeling isolated on the periphery of society.

It is based on this that we would like to invite artists from all walks of life to share a piece of their artwork with us to be exhibited during the RAW Silence exhibition.

The start of the exhibition will be marked with a launch event at the Alchemy Bar and Restaurant, in St Georges Walk on Wednesday 30th November 2016 from 6pm – 9pm. This will take the form of a poetry jam. We would love to see you there and if you would like to read or perform a poem, please do let me know as soon as possible.”

The RAW Silence exhibition will run from Wednesday 30th November until Tuesday 6th December 2016 across the following three venues:

i.)                The Alchemy Restaurant and Bar

ii.)               The Green Dragon Pub

iii.)             The Click Clock Gallery (will run for a total 6 weeks)

Any form of ready to hang artwork that is no larger than A2 (16.5 x 23.4 inches) will be accepted. This may include but is not limited to paintings, illustrated poetry, drawings, and photographs.


If you wish to exhibit, please complete the RAW Silence submission form which must accompany any artwork.

Work for submission can be dropped off up until Wednesday 23rd November 2016 at Imagine’s office between Monday-Friday  from 9am – 5pm to

Imagine Independence
CVA Resource Centre
82 London Road

The centre is a short walk from West Croydon bus garage.  There is some ‘pay and display’ on street parking outside the centre also.

Please ensure that your name is printed on the back of any work submitted and that your work is accompanied by a submission form.

Enquiries to Lee on

Have your say: Croydon Mental Health Services – Mon 8 November

The governors of South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust (SLaM) are holding a meeting in Croydon for members and the public to have their say and find out more about what is going on locally to support people with mental health issues. The meeting is aimed at the trust’s 13,000 members and anyone who uses SLaM’s services or wants to find out more about what they do.

Monday 9 November, 4pm – 6pm

MIND’s Fairfield Hall room
10 Altyre Road
East Croydon

It is a great opportunity to give feedback or ask questions about your experiences and meet with members of the trust’s leadership team. Come along and have your say. The meeting will be chaired by a publicly elected governor of the Trust.

How to get involved:

  • Come along to the meeting. Everyone is invited – if you are currently using SLaM’s mental health or addictions services, or have a friend or relative who is, they would especially like to hear from you.
  • Share your ideas: if you have views you would like to share or questions you would like raised at the meetings please share them on twitter using the handle @maudsleynhs and #slamhaveyoursay

Refreshments will be provided.

You do not have to RSVP but it would be helpful to know for planning purposes whether you will be attending. Please contact Carol Stevenson on 020 322 2411 or

A follow-up meeting will take place in Croydon in Spring 2016.

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So U think I’m CraZy…?, back in Croydon, by popular demand

kNOw My Mind presents So U think I’m CraZy…?

Back by popular demand, So U think I’m Crazy, the play, is back in Croydon after performing to a full house at the Albany Theatre, Braithwaite Hall, in Bristol and Brighton!

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See it at the Fairfield  Halls on the Wednesday 25 November at 7:30pm.

Tickets are available from the box office. £8:50 a ticket, concessions £6:50. .
Get your tickets early to avoid disappointment.

For links to the previous performance at the Braithwaite Hall, see the link on twitter profile, and follow the theatre group on Twitter @Knowmymind1 

Free Mental Health Awareness workshop at Croydon BME Forum – 22 Oct 2015

Croydon BME Forum are running a free mental health awareness workshop

The training is free and certificates will be given to all those who attend the workshop. Light refreshments will be provided.

The mental health workshop is on:

22nd of October
from 10 am to 2pm

at the:

Croydon BME Forum
387 London Road

Places are limited, so please book as early as possible. You can contact Risq Animasaun, BME Mental Health Community Development Worker, by emailing

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