Category Archives: Croydon Nightwatch

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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Croydon Nightwatch in annual Harvest Appeal for donations

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Under The Flyover: Homelessness is worse than 40 years ago

Homelessness in Croydon today is “much, much worse” than it was 40 years ago. That’s according to Jad Adams, the chair of Croydon Nightwatch, who has been a volunteer with the charity since 1979 and has seen the devastating impact … Continue reading

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Carraway’s cruel but true memoir of life in the margins

‘We are the walking wounded of the class war’ writes Cash Carraway, a south London single mum working for less than the minimum wage, negotiating the accommodation underworld of Gumtree, OpenRent ‘and the depravity of handwritten adverts in newsagents’ windows’ … Continue reading

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Sleep Out raises £45,000, but rough sleepers were not welcome

STEVEN DOWNES spent Sunday night speaking to the rough sleepers in the town centre who did not have a roof over the heads It is 10.45pm, and a cold, wintry wind whips along George Street as a handful of people … Continue reading

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Minster gets new vicar but Negrini and Newman miss ceremony

The congregation at Croydon Minster, Croydon’s parish church for more than a century, has a new vicar this Sunday, following a formal service this week. Canon Andrew Bishop was named as the new priest-in-charge at the Minster by the Diocese … Continue reading

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Croydon Nightwatch fashion show fundraiser, Aug 22

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Charity chief: house-hunters and homeless ‘united in misery’

Croydon’s leading homelessness charity is fiercely critical of the failure to provide any truly affordable housing, reports BARRATT HOLMES People without homes and people priced out of the housing market are both suffering from the same social problem and are … Continue reading

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Homelessness charity chair calls for end to ‘no-fault’ evictions

With Croydon Council’s ‘campaign’ against street begging in the town centre on-going, EBONY GORDON spoke to Jad Adams, the long-standing chair of the borough’s homelessness charity, Nightwatch Every night in Queen’s Gardens, a group of trained volunteers assist scores of … Continue reading

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Volunteers mourn John Taylor, co-founder of two charities

Volunteers across Croydon are mourning John Taylor, one of the founders of two homelessness organisations in the borough, who has died, aged 75. In 1976, Taylor helped to found Croydon Nightwatch, which offers nightly food and help to the homeless. … Continue reading

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Butler agrees to attend panel debate on homelessness

The leaders of the Labour group at the Town Hall may have tried to ban their colleague councillors from speaking to Inside Croydon, but there’s clear evidence that one of them, at least, continues to be an avid reader. Within … Continue reading

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Dispossession: film club stages debate over housing crisis

For some people, a housing crisis means not getting planning permission for a loft conversion. For others it means, quite simply, losing their home. Dispossession: The Great Social Housing Swindle is a feature documentary which is being shown by Stanley’s … Continue reading

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Croydon among worst areas in the country for homelessness

There will be more people sleeping rough on the streets of Croydon tonight than in the city of Birmingham. Those are part of the shocking statistics revealed by Shelter, the homelessness charity, who have used official government data and Freedom … Continue reading

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