Ever since the outbreak of the pandemic, Croydon’s voluntary and community sector (VCS) has taken a leadership role in managing a succession of crises – from the food poverty, social isolation and mental health challenges to the escalation in knife-crime and now the cost of living squeeze. In setting out its own manifesto, Croydon’s VCS is making a statement of intent – to carry on in that leadership role and to remain invested in those local communities that came together so magnificently in response to successive lockdowns, the George Floyd tragedy and then the collapse of Croydon’s finances.
Our intent is clear, to rebuild this borough from the bottom up, working through its greatest asset – our local people – to retain the community resilience and enterprise shown over the last two years and put it to use in managing Croydon’s recovery. The VCS Manifesto will present Croydon’s new Mayor with a programme of sustained community leadership. We invite the Mayor to invest in that leadership and to bring Croydon Council alongside it. We invite all our partners – the NHS, Schools, the Private Sector and the Police – to join us in honouring the pledge made during Covid19 to reset how we do business, never failing to put the most vulnerable people in our community first.
CVA is consulting now across the sector and will present Croydon’s new Mayor with the VCS Manifesto after the election – followed by an invite to respond to its statements of intent at the Croydon Voluntary Sector Alliance.