CHEP is a Building Better Opportunities programme funded by the Big Lottery Fund and European Social Fund. CHEP supports Croydon residents to tackle barriers to employment as well as live healthier, happier lives. 

CHEP is led by Croydon Voluntary Action in partnership with eight local not-for-profit organisations that have come together to provide free support, offering a variety of engaging community-based activities across the borough including: 

  • Tailored one to one support 
  • Help with interview skills, job search, CV writing and job application forms 
  • Expert advice to get business ideas off the ground 
  • Help with finding volunteering opportunities that build skills, knowledge and confidence 
  • Free training, education and workshop opportunities  
  • Links to other agencies and local employment opportunities       
  • Information, advice and guidance on finding work, gaining qualifications, getting involved in your community going self-employed, improving your mental or physical health and much more! 

Participants Eligibility: Croydon residents only (18+ years) and who are unemployed or economically inactive and have the right to work in the UK.  

Each of our partners has specific knowledge of barriers that may have prevented you getting on:

  1. Age UK Croydon is dedicated to helping everyone make the most of later life. It provides services and advice at local level to inspire, enable and support older people to have an enjoyable and fulfilling later life experience. Contact CHEP Officer Paul Venn paul.venn@ageukcroydon.org.uk 020 8683 7100
  2. Asian Resource Centre of Croydon is bringing together Asian communities and businesses to support, develop and promote voluntary/community activity that enhances local quality of life in Croydon. Contact Deba Chakraborty   deba.chakraborty@arccltd.com 020 8684 3784
  3. Palace for Life Foundation supports individuals 18-55 years + by delivering 1:1 employment and training support alongside sport and healthy lifestyle activities for all. Please contact Genevieve Harrison genevieveharrison@palceforlife.org  0208768 6047
  4. Evolve Housing and Support is a homeless charity providing a range of services to homeless people. Evolve provides much more than a roof, offering a place of positive change and growth to move on and lead independent lives. Please contact Vicky Richards Vicky.richards@evolvehousing.org.uk  0203 435 5561
  5. Imagine Mental Health has a positive approach to mental health and works to promote opportunities for people to live a full and independent life. Its services include ‘recovery support planning’ including 1:1 support, reducing social inclusion’ expanding community opportunities and expanding friendships, user-led groups, empowering users to run their own groups, peer support groups and a drop in service.  Please contact Verona Henry vhenry@imaginementalhealth.org.uk 020 8253 7078
  6. Raising Great Aspirations works to improve young people’s economic well-being and erode social exclusion and inequalities through personalised and focused learning processes to develop employability skills. Please contact Margaret Aniemekamargaret@r-g-a.org 020 3747 4677
  7. Revivify Community Initiative (previously the Community Foodbank) combines delivery of short term immediate food provisions with longer term solutions to issues such as building confidence, developing skills, health and well-being advice, providing opportunities and curbing reliance on foodbanks. Please contact Fatima Koroma f.koroma@btinternet.com  07757 754637
  8. Status Employment assists people with disabilities and mental health problems in finding and retaining paid employment by exploring individuals’ and aspirations and supporting them into work – or help them move closer to it through education, training, paid work or volunteering. Please contact Earlyne Jordan e.jordan@statusemployment.org.uk  07966 402241

If you would like to find out more or know somebody in Croydon who would like to access this unique support programme, CHEP partners would be delighted to hear from you! Email: chep@cvalive.org.uk Tel 020 8253 7060

Read our Aims and Targets.