Category Archives: Charity

Rail operator socks it to charities with their feet-warmers

As the covid-19 crisis continues make another crisis – poverty – worse, Govia Thameslink Railway has worked with local charities across its network for its annual Great Sock Appeal campaign, to support homeless people over the winter. In south London, … Continue reading

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Hotels do their bit to give festive joy to borough’s homeless

Three of the larger hotels in the borough did their bit over the Christmas and New Year period to give a little festive joy by playing their part in distributing more than 1,000 care bags to homeless families and rough … Continue reading

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Bankrupt borough could leave homeless out in the cold

CROYDON IN CRISIS: Charity workers express their worries that the consequences of the council’s financial collapse could be felt the hardest by some of the borough’s most vulnerable, ELLA HOPKINS reports At the start of the first coronavirus lockdown in … Continue reading

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National government needs to take the adult social care burden

CROYDON COMMENTARY: After spending his career working in senior positions in the voluntary sector, RICHARD PACITTI (pictured left) says that if we funded adult social care differently, it would solve a lot of problems Most people are aware of the … Continue reading

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Portland Arms pub opens its kitchen for community service

South Norwood reporter JANE NICHOLL on the latest lockdown initiative Community groups in South Norwood this week welcomed a much-needed additional self-help service, when the Portland Arms pub offered its kitchen and food during lockdown to prepare and distribute meals … Continue reading

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Charity receives £148,000 grant to help tackle benefits maze

A mental health charity in Croydon will be able to help twice as many people manage their finances, access benefits and maintain vital social contact. Hear Us, which is staffed and run entirely by people with experience of mental health … Continue reading

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Croydon children given out of date bread in their food parcels

Bungling Boris Johnson was forced yesterday to admit that his government food parcels for hungry children are a “disgrace”. But Inside Croydon has discovered that state-funded packages distributed to some children in this borough have distributed with even less in … Continue reading

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Schools and businesses deal with Croydon’s ‘digital divide’

As hundreds of families in the borough struggle with expensive broadband connections or are having to use shared laptops for homeschooling, community groups have rallied round to help. ELLA HOPKINS reports It was little more than a year ago that … Continue reading

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Addiscombe Donation Centre, Canning Road, Weds & Sats

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Voluntary groups fear for existence as they face funding axe

CROYDON IN CRISIS: As well as the 500-plus jobs being cut following the council’s financial crash, there are hundreds more working in Croydon’s community groups, in full- and part-time posts as well as volunteers, whose future is uncertain as officials … Continue reading

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Hackbridge estate residents show festive cheer for food banks

Residents at the Barratts housing development at New Mill Quarter in Hackbridge have been doing their bit to spread a bit of Christmas cheer, helping to collect hundreds of donated food items to give to local food banks. The collections … Continue reading

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Helpers are still on call after the Bureau’s busiest of years

The staff and volunteers at Citizens Advice Croydon are getting ready to pause for breath over the Christmas break at the end of what has been probably the organisation’s toughest in its 80-year history. But, covid-ready, they are lined up … Continue reading

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‘Incredible’ Selsdon volunteer wins Mayor of London award

A member of a church in Selsdon who helped co-ordinate her community’s response to the first coronavirus lockdown has been named as a winner of a special volunteers’ award from the Mayor of London. And no sooner was Jaz Potter … Continue reading

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City trust’s £143,000 helps South Norwood charity reach higher

A scheme which helps vulnerable young people in Croydon boost their career and life prospects will triple the size of its operation thanks to new funding. Youth charity Reaching Higher’s leadership programme supports 20 teenagers at risk of being excluded … Continue reading

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5-year-old Zac donates a year’s pocket money to help homeless

A Croydon five-year-old has raised more than £700 for Christmas gift packs for people who are homeless. Zac Mutete, a Year 1 pupil at Chestnut Park Primary School in Broad Green first started fundraising for Crisis at the age of … Continue reading

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Trinity’s Christmas song raises thousands for the homeless

Richard Holdsworth, the music master at Trinity School, has written and performed, together with pupils, a special Christmas charity record which has raised thousands of pounds for the homeless. Almost Christmas, was released via crowdfunding sites and YouTube over the … Continue reading

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10-year-old Nathan is named as Rotary’s first Stars winner

The Rotary Club of Croydon has named the first winner of its Rotary Stars Award as Nathan Findlator, from Broadmead Primary in Selhurst. The Rotary Stars is an annual scheme to recognise and reward primary school-aged children for acts of … Continue reading

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Volunteer for Christmas Day Focus, Access Croydon, Dec 25

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Players ready with church to put on a show for Christmas

Members of an amateur dramatics group joined forces with a church congregation in Upper Norwood to build a Nativity scene and Santa’s sleigh to brighten up their local community. The Downsview Players amdram group and members of Downsview Methodist Church … Continue reading

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12-year-old Ellis draws in the money to help Mind in Croydon

Twelve-year-old Ellis Jurado supports Mind in Croydon each year with fundraising events. This year he set himself an art challenge to produce 31 drawings in 31 days in October: he raised £1,250 online. Ellis’s Mum, Lucie, said, “We knew that … Continue reading

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Railway group launches appeal to sock it to homelessness

Govia Thameslink Railway, the country’s largest rail network which operates services through East Croydon, South Croydon, Selhurst and Norwood Junction stations on Southern and Thameslink routes, will join forces once with a variety of its regional charity partners again this … Continue reading

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Greenpeace give supermarkets a monstering over their meat

Alongside the John Lewis Christmas ad and the seasonal TV commercials that play across our screens, Greenpeace wants us to tune in to the important message contained within their own new and powerful animation: Monster. If kids’ pester power really … Continue reading

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Five tips for improving mental health through gardening

The Bethlem Royal Hospital is raising funds to help its patients recover from severe mental illness in the calming environment of their therapy garden. Under this year’s Big Give appeal, which runs from December 1 to 8, every £1 raised … Continue reading

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Make sure you protect your consumer rights on Black Friday

Keep a close check on your budget before venturing forth to snap up those Black Friday bargains. That’s the advice from Citizens Advice Croydon ahead of what has become the biggest day in the retailing year. Citizen’s Advice is also … Continue reading

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Give a little, help a lot: comic Jo Brand backs Bethlem appeal

TV comic Jo Brand is backing an appeal from the Bethlem Royal Hospital, where she used to work as a mental health nurse, to raise funds to help patients recover from severe mental illness in the calming environment of the … Continue reading

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