MiC Chosen as one the Mayor’s charities
At the Mayor Making ceremony on the 20th May, it was announced that Mind in Croydon are to be one of the Mayor of Croydon’s charities. We are delighted that the Mayor, Cllr Humayun Kabir, has chosen us and we look forward to working closely with him and his team during his Mayoral year. The photograph shows Mind in Croydon CEO Richard Pacitti, the Mayor and his consort and Cllr Janet Campbell, the mental health champion for Croydon.
Author: Cat Ayres
Posted on: 22nd May 2019
Hannah blogs about Hoarding
Someone who took part in our Breakthrough Hoarding Project has written a blog about her experience for National Mind.
Author: Cat Ayres
Posted on: 16th May 2019
Jobs – 2 Social Networking Caseworkers Needed
We are looking for two Social Networking Caseworkers. These posts, based at Fairfield House in East Croydon promote social inclusion in people recovering from mental illness by helping them to identify and participate in mainstream activities such as: education; faith and cultural activities; arts and culture; sport and exercise; neighbourhood/community activities etc. These activities take place in a variety of places in the community, at the project itself and in peoples’ homes. You will be required to work 36 hours per week any time including if necessary, early mornings, late evenings, weekends and bank holidays. You need to be flexible and will be required to work your hours to meet the needs of service users (for example, if a service user needs to be taken to hospital emergency department towards the end of a shift or they wish to undertake a regular early morning activity) and this may be required at short notice.
You will have: experience of working with vulnerable adults or transferable skills gained as eg a teacher/nursery worker etc; an understanding of boundaries; common sense; ability to get on with clients and professionals such as social workers and psychiatrists, and enthusiasm. Your dedication will be rewarded with the opportunity to work within a strong and committed team which makes a real difference to peoples’ lives.
For more information and application forms visit our Work for Us page.
Author: Cat Ayres
Posted on: 15th May 2019
PPF and Mind in Croydon – A Perfect Partnership
On Thursday 21st March the Pension Protection Fund (PPF) held an event to celebrate their year of supporting Mind in Croydon. Partnering with a local mental health charity, situated close to their head office in East Croydon has given PPF the chance to get hands on with a number of local volunteering opportunities. Mind in Croydon was chosen by PPF employees for a number of reasons, some of them personal. (more…)
Posted on: 27th March 2019
Donation from The Catenian Association
The working week started really well with a visit from Tony Neal from the Catenian Association to present us with a cheque for £2,271 as a result of their fundraising efforts.
We are most grateful to Tony and everyone involved with the Sutton circle of The Catenian Association.
Posted on: 18th March 2019
Advocacy visits Hestia
Members of the advocacy team visited the offices of Hestia in Croydon on Thursday 28th February. The purpose of the visit was to publicise and speak to staff there regarding the 2 projects currently being run by Mind in Croydon’s advocacy team; the IMHA (independent mental health advocacy) project and the community mental health advocacy project.
Awareness raising sessions with professionals from local voluntary sector service providers (charities and foundations) as well as public sector (nursing staff, social work teams or community mental health teams) is something we aim to do as regularly as is possible. This increases professional’s knowledge of when to refer to independent advocacy, who their local mental health advocacy provider is and what level of service can be expected.
Much more regularly advocates raise awareness of independent advocacy directly with patients and mental health service users in Croydon on a weekly basis, visiting psychiatric hospital wards where residents can find themselves an inpatient, or conducting drop-in sessions at Jeanette Wallace House ensuring as many mental health service users know how they can access independent advocacy and ways to ensure their voice is heard regarding their care and treatment.
Posted on: 5th March 2019
Relief in Need grant supports Active Minds
We were delighted to hear that Croydon Relief in Need Charity had awarded us a grant of £20,000 a year for three years to support the work of our Active Minds service. Relief in Need have been supporting our work for a number of years and we are delighted that they are able to continue to give financial help. We are most grateful. You can find out more about Active Minds here.
Posted on: 28th February 2019