Category Archives: CVA

Labour wants to cut voluntary sector funding by a ‘full Negrini’

CROYDON IN CRISIS: A year after they gave a ‘golden handshake’ to the council CEO who helped bankrupt the borough, part of the £38.4m Town Hall budget cuts will impact dozens of charities and community groups. EXCLUSIVE By STEVEN DOWNES … Continue reading

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Summer camps and finance courses all found in one place

Schools’ long summer break may have only just begun, but there will be many parents around the borough on the lookout for decent, and low-cost, activities to keep their children engaged over the holidays. And Croydon Voluntary Action, the council-funded … 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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Police claim zero robberies in West Croydon during special op

The Metropolitan Police have today claimed that there were no robberies in West Croydon for a whole month while Operation Cleveland was being conducted. The operation, with increased officers on the streets and more stop-and-search, began on Monday, February 8, … Continue reading

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Croydon’s ‘crime capital’ to get share of Mayor’s £6m fund

London Road, which one council-appointed official described today as “Croydon’s crime capital”, is one of eight areas in the capital to receive a share of £6million-worth of new funding from the Mayor of London’s Violence Reduction Unit. The Violence Reduction … Continue reading

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Charities and volunteer groups get ready to tackle Lockdown II

Councillors in Addiscombe are organising a Zoom meeting this Thursday, November 5, to help advise and organise residents for the second covid lockdown. The Addiscombe West councillors – Patricia Hay-Justice, Jerry Fitzpatrick and Sean Fitzsimons – had already been contracted … Continue reading

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10 tips to help you and others on World Mental Health Day

Tomorrow is World Mental Health Day. Here, ROWENNA DAVIS (left) outlines some of the things which all of us can do to help others, and to help ourselves We need World Mental Health Day more than ever this year. According … Continue reading

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CVA: Free online yoga and stretch classes, every Monday

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Community spirit helped us through the crisis. Let’s cherish it

It is Volunteers’ Week and this year, writes PETER UNDERWOOD, it is more important than ever that we celebrate what makes people want to volunteer One of the really positive things to come of the coronavirus pandemic crisis has been … 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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‘The council has been marvellous’ says Food Stop pastor

Croydon’s fourth Food Stop has opened in Purley, offering significant discounts on food bills for local families in need as part of the borough-wide welfare response to covid-19. Families can save up to £700 a year off household bills at … Continue reading

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Covid mutual aid volunteers dial up a telephone helpline

The covid-19 mutual aid groups across the borough have started a telephone helpline, operating 12 hours a day, especially to offer aid, advice and avital connection to those Croydon residents without access to the internet during the coronavirus lockdown. In … Continue reading

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Newman’s ‘virtually all there’ for his secret Town Hall meeting

The government finally moved late last week to make it legally possible for local authorities to stage “virtual” council meetings, and to continue with a semblance of Town Hall business during the covid-19 lockdown. Yet less than 48 hours before … Continue reading

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Council delivers just 15 emergency food parcels in one week

The Town Hall is desperate to keep secret its ‘delivery’ record to those in greatest need during the covid-19 quarantine. WALTER CRONXITE reports 15 According to a top-level briefing at the Town Hall this week, 15 is the total number … Continue reading

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Croydon in area with country’s highest coronavirus death rate

The vital need for Croydon residents to follow government advice to stay at home except for essential travel in order to save lives – including their own – has been underlined by data published by the Health Service Journal. The … 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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Council mobilises volunteers to deliver support to the needy

Our Town Hall reporter, KEN LEE, on the latest special measures being taken by Mint Walk to deal with the covid-19 emergency Croydon Council took on a key emergency responsibility yesterday as the coronavirus emergency lockdown entered its second week. … Continue reading

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Justice junior minister tests data law in call for volunteers

Chris Philp, the Tory MP for Croydon South, sent out a pandemic emergency email to his constituents last week which provided contradictory advice and bends data protection laws to breaking point, as PEARL LEE reports Chris Philp, the MP for … Continue reading

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Labour MPs step in to help co-ordinate emergency volunteering

Croydon’s Labour MPs are working with council agency Croydon Voluntary Action to help recruit volunteers, collect donations for food banks and offer support to those that need it during the coronavirus emergency. With the sudden emergence of a wide range … Continue reading

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Revivify Festive Lunch, Croydon Voluntary Action, Dec 23

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Meet the council’s Gangs Team workshop, CVA, Jun 20

Croydon’s gangs team, part of the council’s youth offending service, is hosting a Meet The Gangs Team event at Croydon Voluntary Action next month. The meeting is part of the Choose Your Future campaign which works against serious youth violence … Continue reading

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Living a healthier lifestyle consultation, CVA, May 30

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Communities Against Hate Crime, Croydon Vision, Mar 13

Croydon Voluntary Action is hosting a Communities Against Hate Crime event at Croydon Vision next Wednesday, March 13. The free event starts at 4pm. Sarah Burns, the CVA’s head of communities, will open the event and introduce a wide range … Continue reading

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City Hall policing public engagement focus group, CVA, Oct 10

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CVA faces questions after employee pleads guilty to theft

An employee of Croydon Voluntary Action is to appear for sentencing in Croydon Crown Court on Friday after pleading guilty to one charge of theft, involving amounts believed to total to more than £70,000. CVA is one of the borough’s … Continue reading

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