Category Archives: Charity

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Whitgift Foundation sows the seeds of a green revival

The Whitgift Foundation, Croydon’s biggest landowners and the operators of three large fee-paying schools, has launched an ambitious borough-wide gardening project to inspire residents to shrug off lockdown, dust off the trowels and get green-fingered as we spring into spring. … Continue reading

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Celeb-backed charity seeking help from local businesses

CLARA MURRAY reports from the launch of a celebrity-backed skills and employability programme for disadvantaged youngsters The Music Relief Foundation has been working with young people in the borough for 10 years from its Thornton Heath base, and today they … Continue reading

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Chocolate eggs giveaway as Big Mike cooks up Easter

A community-minded restaurant is giving away 200 chocolate Easter eggs this Saturday, as Big Mike’s Calypso Kitchen gears up to finally be able to open for guests later next month. Big Mike’s Calypso Kitchen moved in to premises at Boxpark … Continue reading

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Comic Relief backs work of Selhurst’s Guiding Hands

Tracey Davis, the founder of Guiding Hands, a voluntary organisation that helps families, has been nominated by the council as a lockdown hero. BBC Radio London’s Make A Difference is interviewing a Londoner in each borough who has gone the … Continue reading

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Job vacancies: family carer facilitators, Croydon Mencap

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Oval Tavern flips pancakes into help for the homeless

The team at The Oval Tavern in East Croydon is joining forces with the Green Party to support homeless people in Croydon. They have set up an appeal for food, toiletries, warm clothing and sleeping bags. The donations will be … Continue reading

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Cash-strapped council breaks rent deals with voluntary groups

CROYDON IN CRISIS: Dozens of community centres in the borough which are used and often maintained by volunteers could now face closure as the council ends its rent subsidies. EXCLUSIVE By STEVEN DOWNES The cash-strapped council has written to dozens … Continue reading

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Big Local Broad Green annual meeting via Zoom, Apr 8

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TV star calls on Londoners to stride out for mental health

A survey by a national charity has found that people have become much less active during lockdown, with the average UK adult reaching just 2,700 steps a day – just one-quarter of the recommended amount. The Alzheimer’s Society found that … Continue reading

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Month-long music festival aims to ‘reboot the Rusty Laptop’

A month-long festival of music, featuring acts from Dizzee Rascal to Supergrass to the English National Opera performing Tosca, and all taking place on a floating stage, has been announced today as the Crystal Palace Bowl seeks to re-establish itself … Continue reading

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Indulge your mum this weekend – and help feed the homeless

A Caribbean restaurant based in East Croydon is offering to provide a free meal for homeless charity Croydon Nightwatch with every three-course meal for two ordered for collection or delivery over this coming Mother’s Day weekend. Big Mike’s Calypso Kitchen … Continue reading

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Care home visit restrictions must be lifted say dementia groups

A staggering 4,800 people with dementia are estimated to have died from coronavirus in London since the coronavirus pandemic hit Britain in full force last year. They are among more than 34,000 with the condition to have died in England … Continue reading

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We shouldn’t take mental health for granted in the ‘new normal’

Earlier this week, RICHARD PACITTI, right, who spent much of his career working for a charity specialising in dealing with the issues raised around mental health, outlined how people have used well-established techniques to help them cope with the past … Continue reading

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We can all deal with lockdown if we put our minds to it

CROYDON COMMENTARY: It has still been possible to lead a ‘mentally healthy lifestyle’, even under pandemic conditions. RICHARD PACITTI offers some helpful advice Like so much else concerned with covid-19, we are “learning as we go” as far as the … Continue reading

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Park life: Shawcross has plenty of appeal in her new role

EXCLUSIVE: Val Shawcross, the former leader of Croydon Council and Deputy Mayor of London, spoke to CLARA MURRAY about her new role as chair of the Crystal Palace Park Trust and the excitement over their latest projects Crystal Palace Park … Continue reading

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Purrrrley Way store hands £2,000 over to Croydon cat charity

Cats Protection Croydon received a surprise donation of £2,000 over the weekend to help provide for pets in its care during the pandemic. The donation was made by Support Adoption For Pets – the UK’s largest grant-giving animal charity started … Continue reading

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Dogged charity has fresh approach to reduce loneliness

A charity has been launched in Croydon aiming to reduce social isolation and loneliness for the over-55s – by using dogs. CareDogs pairs people aged 55 and over with suitable canine companions. The charity hopes to address the growing problem … Continue reading

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After 27,000 meals for charities, Palace Kitchen is still cooking

The Palace Kitchen project is being extended into February so that thousands of local people in need can continue to receive nutritious food. Palace Kitchen, based at Crystal Palace’s Selhurst Park stadium and backed by the Palace for Life Foundation … Continue reading

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London’s toxic air is ‘a public health emergency’ says charity

The health of Croydon residents is are among the worst affected by pollution, according to research conducted for City Hall, with BAME communities and the elderly particularly at risk Toxic air quality in Croydon increases the risk of death in … Continue reading

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Shawcross steps up as Crystal Palace Park looks to the future

It has been a momentous week for the upkeep and improvement of one of the capital’s under-appreciated gems, writes MARTIN TEMPIA When a former head of planning at the London Borough of Bromley described Crystal Palace Park as the “unloved … Continue reading

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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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