Mind in Croydon was started in 1967. Our history is a prime example of Care in the Community. We have grown from a tiny organisation financing the refurbishment of our nearly derelict headquarters building by selling old newspapers and having a nearly new shop in Purley – one of the first in the country.
Today the turnover of our charity is well over a million pounds and we provide high quality and expert services to well over 1500 people each year. In the beginning we operated from three buildings and now work from six premises as well as in countless places in the community such as peoples’ homes and the Bethlem Hospital. Our staff have increased in the last twenty years from 32 to around 40 in number. In every possible way we have spread our wings but this growth has not been without its challenges and setbacks. Our costs are higher than ever, as is the level of need. The necessity to hold and retain quality marks to continue to attract funding is something we work hard to achieve. Along the way, we have been endlessly grateful for the support of a growing band of volunteers as well as the continued faith our clients place in us. Our full history can be read in our publication, ’50 Years of Mind in Croydon 1967-2017’, available from our head office in Purley.
However, our real history is vested in our clients and their carers, past and present who are active, well and taking their place in the community. They support us. They can do this partly because of the generosity of our many funders large and small who enables us to continue to provide help to those with mental health issues throughout the borough and further afield. Our history is a long and positive one and we hope to continue to innovate and grow over the next fifty years and longer.