Early Intervention and Family Support Service
In January 2013 Family Lives and a consortium lead by the National Autistic Society were awarded contracts by the EIFS team on Lot 1 A, B and C. Family Lives will be delivering a range of parenting courses in Croydon (Lot 1 C), while the National Autistic Society will be delivering information and peer to peer support to families with children with special needs (Lot 1 A and B). In January 2012 the Council had commissioned a number of organisations to deliver family services in the borough, including LifeLine, Croydon Health Services, CALAT, National Autistic Society etc for a period of three years. The Early Intervention and Family Support Services team (EIFS) have put together a directory of family services in Croydon that includes the groups that were commissioned with a paragraph on the services they have been providing since April 2012.
Integrated Youth Support Services - Update
Croydon Youth Services have now fewer resources for universal youth provision and are mainly working with targeted groups of young people over the five localities in Croydon. Their central provision includes Croydon Youth Forest Programme, Creative and Performing Arts Project, and Croydon Youth Council. Their locality provision includes the Turnaround Centre, Winterbourne Youth Centre, Waddon Youth Centre, Goldcrest Youth Centre and Purley Youth Centre. Each of these hubs has a number of activities. Some locality based provision is also provided. Click here for a detailed update . Locality provision now includes the services commissioned to the voluntary sector through the Croydon Youth Locality Fund 2012-2016 in March 2013. 15 community groups were awarded at the beginning of March, 3 in each locality (5 localities). Due to the recent decision to restructure the Council's Children, Family and Learning Department, the funding available for this stream was cut by 25%. The Department decided to only fund 3 priorities per locality (rather than the 4 initially identified). Delivery starts on 1st April 2013. For a list of successful applicants see http://www.croydon.gov.uk/community/advice/tsfunding/previous-funding/youthlocalities1216
Croydon Connected: End Gun & Youth Violence Fund
Under the Croydon Connected Programme CVA, on behalf of the Safer Croydon Partnership, developed and awarded a commissioning process encouraging VCS organisations to work together on a partnership basis and to demonstrate how all the different approaches they bring will work together. There were two rounds of funding available: one for small organisations in summer 2012 (Small grants strand - up to £5,000) and one in the autumn 2012 for partnerships of voluntary sector groups (The Community Voice: Gangs and Youth Violence strand - up to £35,000 per area of work with four areas of delivery). Click here for more information on awarded projects.