CVA and Croydon VS statement

A group of Croydon charities has issued a joint statement in opposition to the Council’s proposal to cut voluntary and community sector (VCS) services, submitted by CVA on behalf of: Croydon Drop In,  Home Start Croydon, Garwood Foundation,  Off The Record, Mind in Croydon, Croydon Neighbourhood Care Association, BME Forum,  Age UK, Croydon, Good Food Matters, Asian Resource Centre, Croydon Vision, Music Relief, Carers Support Centre, Croydon Mencap, SW London Law Centres, RASASC, Croydon Hearing, Citizens Advice Croydon, Willow Learning for Life, CAYSH

The statement calls on the Council to repair its finances without cutting VCS services. Instead, we propose an expansion of VCS delivery-models across Croydon’s localities designed to maximise the assets and resourcefulness within our communities.

This, in our view, is how Croydon’s VCS can best support the Council in its current predicament - by continuing to step up its delivery role. We can evidence the positive impact this will have on the Council’s finances in two ways – by preventing the added pressure on statutory services that will result from VCS cuts and by preserving the added value that VCS organisations bring into play by involving volunteers and raising external finance (both of which will be compromised by cuts).

Croydon’s VCS is proposing to work in partnership with the Council on a Croydon Communities Renewal Plan. An early meeting with the Leader has been requested, with the Plan proposed for priority discussion at the cross-sector Local Strategic Partnership meetings.

Read the full statement