Category Archives: Croydon Nightwatch

Zurich employees choose four charities for £108,000 donation

Nightwatch, the Croydon-based charity which helps the homeless and working poor, is one of four local groups to receive a share of more than £100,000 in donations over two years from Zurich Community Trust. Nightwatch and Croydon African Caribbean Family … Continue reading

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Council offers warm spaces – at libraries closed for Christmas

Cold-hearted Tory Mayor Jason Perry has, somewhat belatedly, got round to publicising a list of warm banks around the borough. But typically of the dysfunctional council, the listing of 34 venues is offered on its website, which is not accessible … Continue reading

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Online support and phone numbers for Christmas period

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£1,000 donation to Nightwatch as they battle cost of living crisis

A week ago Croydon Council withdrew its ludicrous High Court injunction against this website. Inside Croydon’s Editor had pledged that any money raised by readers for the #KerswellBallsFund, its legal fighting fund, that was not needed for the court case … Continue reading

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Mayor condemned for ‘cruel’ treatment of street homeless

When other local authorities are looking to provide ‘warm banks’ for the poor and winter shelters for the homeless, Croydon’s cash-strapped council is seizing vulnerable people’s possessions in their effort to tidy up their swanky offices. By STEVEN DOWNES Tory … Continue reading

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Voluntary groups face ‘wipe out’ in Tory Mayor’s budget cuts

EXCLUSIVE by STEVEN DOWNES Croydon’s charities and voluntary sector face an existential threat, as the Mayor of Croydon, Jason Perry, prepares to axe the council’s Community Fund next year. More than 40 groups could be affected, from larger organisations such … Continue reading

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Food banks issue dire warnings as demand outstrips supplies

Some of Croydon’s biggest and busiest food banks have issued a stark warning of how the cost of living crisis is already affecting some of the borough’s most vulnerable families. “We are facing really dire times,” Julia Lee, the leader … Continue reading

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Council cuts mean homeless are losing lorry loads of food

This week it was announced that Croydon Nightwatch, the homelessness charity, has received the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service. Here, Nightwatch chair JAD ADAMS looks back on the organisation’s work over the two years of covid and suggests there’s much … Continue reading

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Croydon charity given Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service

Homelessness charity Croydon Nightwatch has been awarded The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service, it has been announced today. This is the highest award a local voluntary group can receive in this country, the equivalent to an individual being given the … Continue reading

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Food banks given just six days to apply for £5,000 grants

Voluntary groups and non-profit organisations, including food banks, face a race against time to apply to the council for grants of up to £5,000. The human dynamos in the propaganda bunker at Croydon Council got round to releasing the details … Continue reading

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Food banks across London anticipate ‘busiest Christmas yet’

Food banks in Croydon and across the capital are preparing for their most challenging Christmas yet, as they struggle with rising demand and dwindling public donations. According to a survey by community giving platform Neighbourly – which Aldi partners with … Continue reading

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‘One of the best’ directors leaves council as Gateway closes

CROYDON IN CRISIS: The council’s bankruptcy last year is beginning to take a real toll in terms of the cuts to local services, and people’s jobs. By STEVEN DOWNES Julia Pitt, one of the best-regarded directors working for Croydon Council, … Continue reading

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Government orders councils to close covid emergency hotels

Local authorities across England, including Croydon Council, have been ordered by the government that they must close the hotels they used to house the homeless during the covid-19 pandemic, as a condition of the latest round of rough-sleeper funding. Inside … Continue reading

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Homelessness charity reports 50% surge in demand for help

The volunteers at Croydon Nightwatch have witnessed much over the charity’s 45-year history, but the extra pressure of the past 15 months during the covid-19 pandemic has stretched them like never before. SANJANA IDNANI reports The annual report from Croydon’s … 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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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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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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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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Covid-19 Mutual Aid group put our ‘unsung heroes’ on the map

The borough’s mutual aid organisation that was set-up at the start of the coronavirus emergency, has now produced an updated map of food banks and soup kitchens which they hope will help “the unsung heroes of this crisis” – the … Continue reading

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Revealed: frontline cost of battling homelessness in the crisis

If nothing else, the coronavirus emergency has demonstrated beyond all doubt that, if the political will exists, there is absolutely no reason for there to be a single person unfortunate enough to be living on the streets. At the beginning … Continue reading

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Ten top tips to help do your bit during the covid-19 emergency

After more than a week of the coronavirus lockdown, we’ve probably all got more time on our (very well-washed) hands than we know what to do with. Here, Croydon teacher and volunteer ROWENNA DAVIS (pictured left) offers some suggestions about … Continue reading

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Nightwatch charity appeal for volunteers in covid-19 crisis

Croydon Nightwatch, the borough’s longest-established homelessness charity, has put out an emergency appeal for extra volunteers during the coronavirus crisis, to help maintain their nightly soup kitchen in Queen’s Gardens and other services for the homeless and working poor. In … Continue reading

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Homelessness charity is the winner from our book competition

Croydon’s foremost homelessness charity, Nightwatch, is the biggest winner of Inside Croydon‘s latest reader competition. Three of this website’s loyal subscribers will each be receiving a  copy of the acclaimed book, Skint Estate, written by Cash Carraway. But Croydon Nightwatch … Continue reading

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WIN! Enter our competition and help homelessness charity

In our final special readers’ offer for 2019, we have three copies to give away of Cash Carraway’s acclaimed memoir of the survival of her and her young daughter on and around the fringes of society in austerity Britain – … Continue reading

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Nightwatch charity faces crisis as food donations fall

A fall in the amount of food donations to a local homelessness charity means that Croydon Nightwatch could soon be facing a crisis, unable to meet the desperate needs it faces every night. “Donations are seriously down this year,” a … Continue reading

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