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Children and young people and their health and wellbeing

CSCP Publishes Serious Youth Violence Thematic Review

Report calls for a more inclusive, equal and healthier Croydon

Round 15 of the Clarion Futures Digital Grants Programme is now open for applications

Office space for hire at the CVA Resource Centre

We have office space for hire at the CVA Resource Centre

Showcase event of newly funded community-led activity

Winter campaign is asking residents to donate food items to local organisations

This week is Trustees’ Week.

View the presentations from our online session

Read the draft of our Strategic Plan for the next five years.

Partnership funds awarded to support the Croydon Central East Locality

The next phase of the South West London Investment fund has started! There are two funds for innovative projects that could have a big impact on health and wellbeing across South West London (Croydon, Merton, Kingston, Sutton, Richmond, Wandsworth) and the deadline for applications is 10th November 2023.

Thanks to our Lottery-funded Healthy Communities Together programme, Croydon’s Community Hubs are developing the capacity to achieve their full potential!

We're delighted to let voluntary groups know that the three spaces on the ground floor are again available for hire

NHS England needs your feedback on proposed changes to cancer treatment in South London

See our Mental Health Support for Young People in Croydon Training Resources, Presentations & Video

This film supports our effort to help create a more diverse Met Police Service

Young people and their families having their say to influence locality planning

Watch our video to find out more about all the useful information our speakers provided

Core funding and free training for charities doing excellent work to improve people’s health & wellbeing

Open to organisations working with communities impacted by health inequity and healthcare exclusion

Informing the Croydon Dementia Strategy, in collaboration with the Alzheimer's Society

Croydon voluntary & community sector (VCS) organisations are invited to bid

Let's bring about lasting and much needed change to local policing

Want to build your network of supporters while raising money?

Read about how the NHS has refreshed their approach on tackling the causes and mitigating the impact of climate change

The Integrated Care System is working on their Mental Health Strategy for its six South West London boroughs

The strategy will be launched officially in July 2023

Find out about online fundraising

Raise funds for your organisation at no cost to you.

Easter Holiday Activity and Food programme

This is Croydon: London Borough of Culture 2023 events

Raise funds for your organisation at no cost to you.

Three offices with free use of kitchen and parking available at the Peppermint Children's Centre near IKEA Croydon.

Find out about four local voluntary sector organisations supporting residents in debt through welfare surgeries and money coaching.

Read CVA's position statement to the Mayor of Croydon on resetting the relationship between Croydon Council and the local VCS and collaborating with local CEOs on a plan of action.

Read about the newest services to support Croydon residents into employment

We are collating information on local Warm spaces. Also, find out about national resources.

His Grace Evangelica Outreach, Croydon Mencap, Woodside Baptist Church, Beeja, Priscilla's Group CIC, New Addington Pathfinders and Family Centre Fieldway.

The World Health Organisation recognises World Mental Health Day on 10 October every year.

A new Community Hub, hosted by Age UK Croydon, is opening in Thornton Heath.

A case to bring additional resources into an extended network of Community Hubs in the borough.

The Voluntary and Community Sector Manifesto for Croydon was given a seal of approval by Mayor Perry, who assured us it will inform the Council’s future VCS Commissioning plans.

One post is to be based in Croydon North West and another in Croydon South West. Monday 6th June 2022 deadline.

The NHS London Violence Reduction Programme is launching a new specialist Social Prescribing Pathway for children and young people at risk of violence in London

Offering local communities a special one-off TV Licence dispensation

Phase 2 of the above programme is now open with a deadline of 8n April 2022 @5pm

A campaing supporting older victims of domestic abuse - extended until 22 March 2022, 12pm

Coming to Broad Green for the first ever year a competition for the best display of natural plants and flowers visible to all your community, closing date 20 June 2022

Expressions of interest invited for the above Mayor of London's programme, supported by Beyond Sport, deadline 25 March 2022

A new Met initiative to help keep women safe

CVA withdraws nomination to Pride of Croydon to back up our community partners.

CVA has in the region of £74,000 each to distribute to local community groups, as part of the Department of Levelling Up Housing and Communities COVID vaccine champions small grant fund.

Croydon Council is offering the opportunity for an organisation to take on the management of Harlow Community Hall, Norbury on a long (up to 25 years) full repairing and insuring lease by way of Community Asset Transfer (CAT)

Croydon Mencap offers support for parent carers of children with any kind of disability as well as carers of adults with a learning disability. Some of their upcoming events and groups are:

Since 2018, the One Croydon Alliance has commissioned Age UK Croydon to deliver the Personal Independence Coordinator (PICs) programme. The clients were previously regular attendees at GPs or hospital services. The aim of this service to help clients become more independent.

CVA is a local infrastructure body, championing our communities, volunteers and organisations. Read our Statement of Purpose to understand how we see our role.

Registration is now open for the above event

Find out where to get one of the above in Croydon

Our great James Moore has been nominated as one of three finalists for the "Best Link Worker of the Year 2022" award

Sayer Vincent have offered a series of webinars to help you manage your charity's finances covering tax, vat, gift aid, fraud, and much more. They are now offering groups an opportunity to watch the recordings of the sessions

Vodafone will be providing connectivity in the form of SIM cards

Asking for your views on violence reduction

The NHS in South West London is setting up two seperate but closely aligned public websites and would like your feedback

The Microsoft donation programme is ending for On-Premise licenses, read how you can maximise your donated licences for the next year

Find out more about the sessions Clear Community Web are offering locally

Read about the low uptake of the flu vaccination and where you can book the mobile vaccination tean

Offered to community sport organisations under the Sport and Serious Youth Violence Steering Group - bit of a tight deadline

Two Government backed prgorammes helping small businesses

Takes place between 18-25 January this year

Oaks Foundation working in partnership with Trust for London to offer grants and micro grants from February 2022

An opportunity to express your interst in the pilot Care Homes Coordinators in Croydon

How have you been during lockdown?

A free phone consultation service for teachers/school staff working with children available July, September, and October

Floating Counselling has added another project to their 'Floating Necessity Support' which they started 2018, but developed during covid19

Over the last fourteen weeks the Selsdon Food Hub project has brought together partners from the public, private and voluntary /faith sectors to provide vital lockdown services to elderly and vulnerable residents living in the Selsdon area.

Bereavement cafes meet every Monday and death cafes meet Wednesdays - they are both continuing throughout August except for the bank holiday

The Government has introduced the above bill to relieve the burden on businesses and to support economic recovery

Do you have what it takes to help people with their mental health?

Covid-19 has exposed issues of health, race and economic inequality that demand a rethink of how we support local residents in taking life-changing steps towards better physical, mental and financial health.

Schools and local authorities in England can apply for additional support to provide vouchers to pupils eligible for free school meals over the summer holiday period during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.

The above festival is gong online this year

Launching today (17 June 2020) at 16.45 for young people in Croydon

We are looking for friendly enthusiastic volunteers who would love to support their community as Croydon reopens to the public

Croydon council have a number of children who originate from Albania and whose needs can be best cared for by Foster carers who have an understanding of their background and culture

Refugee stories of resilience, creativity, sport and their contribution during lockdown and pandemic

Latest news from the above local group

Selsdon Food Hub are urgently looking for a new kitchecn

General visiting is still very restricted in the hospital

During the COVID-19 pandemic there has been a marked increase in online scams

Eldon currently have vacancies in Extra Care schemes in Addiscombe and Central Croydon plus in their Ordinary Sheltered scheme in Central Croydon

The Government has published details of how domestic abuse and sexual violence support services in England and Wales can apply for a share of the £25 million extra funding due to the coronavirus (COVID-19)

The Culture Secretary has announced that £150 million will be taken from dormant bank and building society accounts to help support the UK's charities and social enterprises whose work has been affected by the COVID-19 crisis

Some do''s and don't's to keep you safe

Empowering Tamil Families are offering a lot of support to the Tamil Community in Croydon

Purley Cross Centre are offering limited services

The This Girl Can Croydon project has been adapted due to the current circumstances. Organisations are now being encouraged to apply for funding to deliver online physical activities targeting women living in Croydon aged 16-60 who are currently physically inactive.

You can download a summary of Government guidance and also a 'Plan to Rebuild' from Croydon Council

Recruitment doesn't stop during the Coronavirus...

A 9 week course starting next week

A discretionary fund has been set up to accommodate certain small businesses previously outside the scope of the business grant funds scheme.

Help and support is available for victims of modern slavery

The Family Justice Centre and are running a new awareness campaign with Croydon Police starting Monday 12 May

Services for young people including counselling, workshops, tips, and a challenge

A list of funding opportunities, a short survey to take, then book onto one of our funding webinars....

Download the latest from Croydon People First

People seeking help with housing, debt, discrimination and employment problems will benefit from a £5.4m boost thanks to new government funding.

The funding will help protect and support survivors of domestic and sexual abuse, vulnerable children, and victims of modern slavery.

The above programme is still running in Croydon

Furloughed workers across UK will continue to receive 80% of their current salary, up to £2,500, for an additional four months.

This year Ramadan takes place from 23/24 April until 23/24 May

An update on community support in Selsdon

Some guidance on using PPE and also information about the hub for non shielded vulernable people

Find out more about the above and if it could help you raise funds for your organisation/cause

Many of the 52 GP practices in Croydon are in need of scrubs. Can you help?

Taking place tomorrow (15 April) @10.30am

Covering topics such as.....

£370m will go to smaller local charities through the National Lottery Community Fund

Online activities for children, young people, and families

The Education and Skills Funding Agency has published guidance for apprentices, employers, training providers and assessment organisations in response to the impact of coronavirus (COVID-19)

Cassandra Learning Centre are delivering free hot meals - meat and vegetable - on selected dates in April

Age UK Croydon have produced 2 briefings - one on updated benefits and the new 'Getting Access to Money and Shopping Briefing'

Updates from South London & Maudsley (SLAM) NHS Foundation Trust on adapting in response to the Covid-19 pandemic

The above food support group have delivered 140 food packages to vulnerable residents in the first week

Volunteering Matters, in partnership with NCVO, Acevo and others, have launched an initiative to connect voluntary organisations to the right people, skills and resources to support their response to Covid-19

The main duties of being a trustee

Look Ahead and Support have set up a Covid 19 Hostel in Croydon as part of the GLA rough sleepers Covid 19 resonse

Several resources available in a choice of languages - Arabic, Bengali, Cantonese, Mandarin, French, Gujarati, Polish, Portuguese, Punjabi, Urdu, and Welsh

South West London Law Centre is still open and offering support...just in a different way

In addition to the incredibly generous number of food donations being made, we are now starting to receive financial donations

Some useful information and resources from NCVO

Clear Community Web is offering support and advice with tasks like online shopping, video chat and online forms. Also on offer are classes via Zoom on Digital Skills for Seniors every Wednesday starting 1 April 2020

The Croydon Safeguarding Children Partnership have produced a Covid-19 Safeguarding Information resource

Croydon Covid-19 Mutual Aid is a group of over 3,000 Croydon residents who are volunteering to help their neighbours through coronavirus.

Local emergency support numbers

The Prince's Trust is continuing to work with young peole online and over the phone

Counselling, befriending, emotional/spiritual support, food provision - preparation and delivery on offer in New Addington

Although the Job Centre Doors are closed for face to face appointments there is stil a lot of work taking place processing claims and payments will be unaffected

Services detailed below are still running for the homeless

Guidance to support those using prepayment meters and who cannot leave their homes

Transport For London have issued a 'do not travel' poster in different languages

What will changes to the above hospitals mean for Croydon residents?

Current Position re Covid-19 from key organisations in Croydon

Covering suspension of all activities and congregational prayers

Also covering advice during Ramadan

Up to date information on the above

Contacts for families needing urgent help with the above

If you need to travel - contact details for the travel service

For families need urgent support with gas/electric bills

Contacts for Croydon families who need urgent help

Age UK Croydon are rolling out their community proramme

Although this video is aimed at supporting older people it is relevant for all

Free resouces for people you support

Temporary working arrangements during Covid 19

For office users and hirers of CVA's Centres

GTR - Southern Railway collect a significant amount of bicycles that are abandoned on station property; after all legal waiting periods expire they have a store of unclaimed bicycles to dispose of every month.

Open for nominations until 8 January 2020

A new fund for civil society groups will be launched on 14 January 2020

The Coop Foundation are offering interest free loans for charitable and not for profit organisations for enterprising ideas to improve community spaces until the end of December

After a break of several months, the Lloyds Bank Foundation for England and Wales have relaunched their grants programme with a 'simpler, more flexible and transparent approach' to help smaller charities be stronger and more effective.

There's lots of support and events taking place in Croydon over the festive period

The UK Parliament offers workshops and presentations on how to get your voice heard on the issues that matter most to you

Croydon Churches are starting a prayer initiative from midnight on 1 January 2020

CVA staff took part in the above workshop in November 2019 watch us put our learning into practice

Save money and energy and keep your home warmer this winter

New Hope for Life are offering the above

Clinks are currently offering a 20% reduction in their membership fee

Do you have an innovative idea for how Croydon's subways could be transformed? @I Love Croydon is launching a new idea competition, and you could win £500!

A great opportunity to meet three funders and book a one to one

RCCG The New Creation Assembly For All Nations (NECAN) is now part of the Looprun food outlet. They are offering lots of help to those in need on Sundays at Portland Road, South Norwood on Sundays

Election guidance from NAVCA for small charities

Our celebration of Croydon's Voluntary and Community Sector on 21st November at the Whitgift Centre was a real success. Lots of stalls of local community groups, guest speakers and a fantastic performance by the Rainbow across Borders choir were the highlights of the day.

Offering investments of £25,000 - £150,000 to support organisations with a social mission

£5 and £10 tickets available @KILN Theatre, Kilburn

The Government has launched a £2m fund to help organisations tackling loneliness across the country

Satellite Club funding aims to increase the number of 14-19 year olds taking part regularly in physical activity and sport

Looking for feedback for our draft strategic plan

Grants of between £50,000 and £250,000 are available, deadline 1 November 2019, 10am.

The Home Secretary has launched a £25 million fund to prevent burglary and theft in crime hotspots.

The Creating Conversations in Croydon project aims to encourage local people to feel more comfortable about talking openly about death and dying

Young people and organisations can now sign up for the above

Two days of dance performance, live music, and free events on 18 and 19 October 2019

Round 3 of the Lioness Circle for women and girl survivors of abuse and violence is starting up week beginning 14 October

The Government has announced a package of new measures to tackle county lines drugs gangs.

An opportunity for young people to tell their story on the big screen, deadline 14 October 2019, 9am

Particularly looking for foster carers for teenagers

ROUNDABOUT is a pop up festival taking place in Stratford showcasing some of the finest new theatre, stand-up comedy, live music, cabaret, magic, family shows and more

Tickets available for 11 and 12 October 2019

LLC have been given an amazing opportunity to work with Wolseley UK, a major employer with job opportunities across London!

Trust for London and Crowdfunder launch 2nd campaign to 'make change happen' hitting poverty head on

Due to a lack of applications United Way UK are extending their deadline to 17 October

A new app to help you raise money from corporates

Looking for someone who can take a lead on legal matters

Bromley and Croydon Wome's Aid have been successful with funding from MOPAC to offer the above

Does your organisation raise enough money to carry out its services? Do you have the knowledge and skills for excellent fundraising?

Exploring young people's thoughts and ideas on knife crime

The celebration will consist of a sensational stage show and there is also an opportunity for you to book a community or business stall

In advance of our 2019 AGM on 21 November which this year takes the form of a Community Showcase in the Whitgfit Centre, and at which we'll be launching our new Strategic Plan, here's a taster of CVA's latest thinking on the challenges facing our sector

An audition opportunity for young people and a free workshop for local dance teachers and dance artists

2 day mental health first aid training for people living/working in New Addington/Fieldway within the voluntary and community sector

Sayer Vincent have provided an insight into risks that all trustees need to think about and have come up with 5 major risks: Impact, Reputation, Compliance, Financial sustainability, Specific risk.

Up to date guidance/resources for charities

Help to provide a world-class welcome to visitors during the tournament

Age UK Croydon are taking part in a popular gardening programme and need help transforming Thornton Heath Centre's garden

Black History Month is an annual observance originating in the United States, where it is also known as African-American History Month, taking place in October

An opportunity for long term unemployed women who are interested in getting into construction

Open to all young people aged 8-18 who are in the care of Croydon Council and to care leavers up to the age of 25

NHS Croydon Commissioning Group are looking for volunteers to improve oral health in Croydon

A new issues-led programme offering six month support

Charity Digital News have compiled a list of social media platforms that you may find useful

Taking place at Lloyds Park on 1 September

Bereaved parents are spared children's burial and cremation costs

The Government has announced a Law Commission Review into marriage ceremonies reviewing how and where they can take place

Helping you to address the stigma of mental health and young people

Opening 2 September 2019

To celebrate the launch of the above impact measurement technology the first 3 months are free for not for profits signing up in August

An exciting new youth-led project recruiting young people

Taking place until 22 August

The Mayor of London and BCOMS (black collective of media in sports) are looking for young people aged 16-25 from under represented groups who have aspirations to work in sports media, deadline extended to 25 August.

Taking place from 5th - 27 August

Launching in September the above Trust Academy Fund will build on the success of previous rounds of funding awarded to successful academy trusts to help tackle underperformance and improve schools

The above fund will aim to build a network of people and communities well-placed to drive change within, between, and beyond their community to tackle the climate emergency.

Helping older people in Thornton Heath and Broad Green

A free capacity building programme now taking expressions of interest

Street Games are offering the following courses online: European Youth Health Champions; European Us Girls, Oneline Integration of Refugees through sport; MOVEment Spaces....

The Creating Conversations in Croydon project aims to encourage local people to feel more comfortable about talking openly about death and dying. If you'd like to volunteer, training is taking place in September and October

A booklet written by young people about their mental health

Aims to support social ventures working with young people

Activities for young people/children aged 6-15 Wednesdays and Fridays in August

The council has opened a formal consultation on the proposed closure of St Andrew's school

The Youth Engagement Team are offering free educational and recreathetional activities across the Borough

This is the second phase and they are expecting to fund five to ten organisations to distribute the Phase 1 materials, promote and champion safeguarding safe culture, and enable local networking and self-support.

Taking place this year between 11th and 15th November

The Anne Frank Trust UK is on the lookout for friendly and welcoming volunteers for the upcoming run of our exhibition Anne Frank: A History for Today exhibition at the New Addington Centre from 8th - 19th July - tight deadline though

Anti Knife Crime Community Fund bids invited for funding up to £30,000 for projects delivering anti-knife crime interventions working with children and young people deadline 24 July

The purpose of the CLIP is to provide effective help at the earliest stage and to stop children progressing into statutory services, including the Youth Offending Service

Is a specialist mentoring agency helping young people avoid involvement in crime and to settle into the community

The LVN App can promote your youth opportunities to 16-24 year olds

The Antoin Akpom Achievements Foundation are now open to young people aged 16-25

The above fund is now open to applications with a deadline of 5 July 2019, 5pm

The council wants to hear from you about why your local green spaces are important

Funding to diversify sport and physical activity coaches and volunteers within local communities across England - deadline 3 July

Something to consider if you are thinking of setting up a trading subsidiary

Music Relief are offering 4 weeks of fun

The above will be launched by the Mayor of Croydon at the David Lean Cinema with a feast of short films from around the world. Free tickets available to some of the screenings

Giving an insight to domestic abuse and relevant support services to children and young people

Come and try out new activities in free coached classes including mindfulness, table tennis, short tennis, zumba, Bollywood dance, seated exercise, short walks, gentle paced runs and many more...

Noye's Fludde (re-make of Noah's Ark) taking place at Stratford East Theatre - limited amount of £10 tickets available for community and voluntary groups

Taking place over 6 weeks in September and October ending with an exhibition of their work

All of the partners involved in providing health and care services in Croydon are now sharing the above draft discussion document with local people to ask for their views on the actions set out in the plan.

The APB is looking for members in four categories

Available for smaller organisations

Come and join the celebrations.....

A pro bono consultancy programme, training students to consult for charitable organisations over 6 weeks.

Have you been the victim of a romance scam?

St John's ambulance are offering the above to encourage over 50's to gain basic first aid skills, thus helping to save lives, build resilience, and neighbourliness in their communities

Offered by St Christopher's Hospice - dying well takes planning

Lots going on this week, some you can just turn up at

Celebrating its 10th Anniversary of offering charities an opportunity to shout about their work......Takes place 17th - 22nd June this year

Open to groups in Croydon following a successful bid by Croydon Council and Family Action, first come first served so apply asap

Do you have some sad, unused sports equipment blocking up your attic or garden shed, or just used as a clothes horse?

Croydon Council launch an online conversation and would like your opinions on the above

The Prince's Trust Mosaic Programmes focus on supporting young people to develop confidence, self-efficacy and employability.

Certitude's 'Treat me Right' programme offers training funded by Health Education England

Looking for local groups who would like to help improve the above station

Recruiting panel members and a Chair

Listening Books currently have free memberships available for anyone living in Croydon who would like to join the service but would not be able to afford the membership fees

Want to get healthier?

Supporting young people to take the lead in challenging youth violence.....

Taking place on 27 April this year

A 14 week programme for 16-24 year olds

Steve Phaure, CVA's CEO, says community responses are the best way to protect young people at risk

Funding opportunities

NCVO, ACEVO, and Lloyds Bank Foundation have teamed up in a new project 'Rebalancing the Relationship'

The London Learning Consortium have been awarded the contract to make ESF Community Grants available in London South, in the form of small grants (From £5,000 up to £20,000) to third sector and other small organisations for the purpose of supporting disadvantaged/excluded unemployed and inactive people to help them progress towards employment. Deadline for Expressions of Interest 12 April 2019.

Are you aged 13-19? Do you want to have a say on creative opportunities for young people?

Offering a free confidential safe open informal and non-judgmental support network to BAME women and girl survivors of sexual abuse and violence

Little treasures meets every Tuesday in the Salvation Army Church and Community Centre in Thornton Heath

Learn how to save energy and money and make an instant lump sum cash

Providing an opportunity for those in struggling circumstances to access goods donated by businesses and public sector organisations free of charge

Are you taking part in this year's Big Lunch?

Croydon's Inaugural Ends Festival takes place at Lloyd Park from 31 May to 2 June 2019

The BME Forum are holding discussion groups around health and wellbeing in our BME community

Volunteers' Week - 1st - 7th June - can be a great opportunity to promote your new project

A ten point action plan to tackle knife crime and support young people from the NCLF

Ministry of Empowerment are offering Monday AM and Friday PM social sessions at CVA's Resource Centre

Training for family carers and advice organisations to help people with learning disabilities and/or autism get the health support they need

A free workshop 16 and 17 March for young women aged 17-21

There are several funding programmes you can apply to

The Charity Commission's email addresses have changed

Croydon Council is piloting a new door-to-door shopping service for older people in Thornton Heath

The renowned Talawa Theatre Company, currently based in Shoreditch, are moving into Croydon and plan to operate as a central hub for Black artists

The Government has published a toolkit for community leaders

Raising £750,000 to build a state of the art Oncology Unit as part of the full redeveopment of Acute Paediatrics Services at Croydon University Hospital

Croydon group, ANOS, have contributed to the Criminal Justice Alliance/s Stop and Scrutinise Strategy

The Eastern European Resource Centre are restarting their free English classes for disadvantaged Eastern Europeans

Pedal Power for girls and young women; Girls Group; Youth Group.......

A new pilot programme from the National Lottery Community Fund

Read the results of a recent Government consultation into domestic abuse

Offering grants up to £2,000 for projects designed by young people in Croydon, deadline 24 February 2019

Pilotlight are accepting applications deadline 28 February 2019

Providing charities of all shapes and sizes with a window to showcase their efforts and the impact they have made.

The Safer Croydon LSP Board would like your views

A new category this year..........deadline 17 February

The Commission for Countering Extremism would like to hear your views on extremism in its many forms

Unltd's Thrive programme is open until 14 February 2019

Do you care for or know of an older person (aged 60+) who lives in the Thornton Heath area and needs help with their shopping?

Try something new.....

Pharmacies can provide minor health advice

The above two lottery funders have changed their name and logos to reflect the direct connection between the sale of National Lottery tickets and the money going to good causes across the UK.

Small and large grants available

Looking for coaches for carers of people with progressive illnesses

A public consultation has been opened on supporting young peole with SEND to reach their full potential

Grant funding to innovative projects to gather learning on what works to reduce parental conflict

Croydon Expert Patient programme offers free NHS support to help you better manage your long-term condition

If your organisation is working with people over 55 to reduce isolation and loneliness you are eligible to apply for the above funding

There are going to be 3 new grant programmes from the above funder: Foundation; Gateway; and Cornerstone

The above report has now been published and the Opportunities and Fairness Commission would like your feedback.

Regular events take place each week at the above place