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

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.

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

Taking place this year between 11th and 15th November

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

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 

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

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

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

The APB is looking for members in four categories 

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

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

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.

Available for smaller organisations

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

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

Come and join the celebrations.....

Like cycling?  Interested?  Read on...

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

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

Have you been the victim of a romance scam?

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

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

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.

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

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

Although the above fundraising platform is closing this summer there are others still around....

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

A support programme for carers taking place from February to March 2019

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

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

An exciting development opportunity for  inspirational, enthusiastic, motivated and passionate young people (18 to 25) 

If you missed the above event on 29 November you can now download the presentations

Healthy London Partnership has launched a Mental Health in Schools Toolkit in partnership with the GLA.

Inviting all community organisatons and groups to complete the above survey

Have a look to see what they are in need of

Could you sign a few Christmas cards?

CVA's above meeting held on 6 December was well attended

Pro bono legal support and advice from top law firms to qualifying social enterprises

Prisoners are being set on a path to employment from the moment they enter prison

Find out how to prepare for a deal or no deal Brexit and the implications it will have for your charity

The above training is open to health professionals and communities in Croydon

Revivify are offering the above whichc is take place at CVA's Resource Centre on 19 December

According to a report by Charity Job, employers find the volunteering section of CVs the most interesting

Online survey open until 17 February 2019

Celebrating sport and physical activity in London

Help for grassroots groups delivering sport and physical activity 

Availble for some performances at the Theatre Royal Stratford East

Sarah Jones, MP for Central Croydon, is aiming to increase diversity in journalism by offering the above programme

Sisters Own Coffee Mornings is a tri-borough Project covering Bromley, Croydon, and Lambeth aiming to tackle social isolation 

Lots of events offered at the Carers Cafe this Christmas....

Localgiving's Grow your Tenner launches 11 December 2018

The next Croydon Voluntary Sector Alliance meeting takes place on 6 December and will focus on young people, places are filling up fast

This round of funding will focus on children and young people's mental health

JustGiving may be closing it's JustTextGiving service next year but there are plenty of others to choose from if you prefer to donate via text

Breast Cancer Care and Breast Cancer Now have announced their intention to merge into one new charity in Spring 2019. 

The above scheme offers funding to assist vulnerable or at-risk EU citizens with immigration status

The Institute of Legacy Management has commented that the proposed changes to probate fees could cost charities £10 million in reduced income

Who would have thought ……this play would still be wowing audiences nationally, 5 years on, as the themes of mental health are so powerfully portrayed in this play.

Don't worry - you can download the presentations by each funder...

A competition for school age pupils

Signature Pictures provides training and work experience to unemployed young people

If you fulfill the eligibility criteria you can apply for up to £1,000

Would you like to get a paid work place placement on TV? 

It's not just offensive it's an offence

This one day training aims to raise awareness of illegal money lending

Would you like an extra pair of hands in the next few month?
Do you have a group event or activity coming up that will benefit from having additional help?

Sponsor a Christmas decoration

Five day training programme from January - March 2019

Croydon Council has launched a scheme to help Croydon residents heat their homes and reduce their fuel bills. 

Come along to West Croydon Baptist Church on 10 November

Help local and national charities

Churches in Croydon pilgrimage to Passion Play 

The British Heart Foundtion has funded research which has developed a new test which can detect 'hidden' heart issues.

Preventing food going to waste

Voluntary and community organisations working with people in the UK who might be affected and require additional support can apply for project funding from the end of November.

The largest community funder in the UK will have a new name starting from the end of January 2019

Read some case studies from our ABCD Projects

The Home Office is seeking proposals on establishing and running the above recently announced £200m Youth Endowment Fund supporting 10-14 year olds 

Apply for funding for community led projects, deadline 7 December 2018

A DFiD and Interpol pilot to help stop sexual predators from moving between aid agencies and a passport system to prove aid workers' identities has been announced

Free membership of FSI (Foundation for Social Improvement) and NCVO (National Council Voluntary Organisations) for eligible charities

Parents in Partnership are offering the above to help parent carers deal with the constant pressures on finance

Congratulations to Croydon's winners...........

Just under a month to go........

The next CVSA (Croydon Voluntary Sector Alliance) meeting focuses on the number 1 priority for the CSP: Young People – and on how Croydon’s voluntary sector can play a key role

Looking to recruit young people to join this free 4 week employability course

Looking to recruit young people aged 14-19 who are enthusiastic about the arts to volunteer at the annual youth festival on 3 November

The Mayor of London is offering small grants to organisations who can engage with families and communities who are missing out on the current offer of free education for 2 year olds

Highlighting all CVA's activities throughout the past year

Four sessions offered - two are for women only.  Dates are in October, November, and December

Allianz are building their 'Dare to Care' corporate social responsibility programme and are looking to partner with a Croydon charity.....

CVA and Croydon Council have organised a week long event programme to raise awareness of hate crime

View a video of our Volunteer Centre's 50th celebrations

Find out where you can speak to a Live Well Advisor

A heritage project on show at the Museum of Croydon

Takes place between 12th - 16th November 2018

Taking place from 13th - 20th October 2018

FMM is a successful social enterprise that supports and develops the progression of employment, education, and enterprise in the creative industries.

Find out where you can get help and advice

A leadership programme for BME aspiring managers and leaders

Lots of activities taking place from 13 October 

The Carers Information Services are offering free flu jabs for Croydon's Carers aged under 65

Croydon Commitment and London Youth have put together the above event which takes place this week

From flab to fab, get the body you want

The Fundraising Regulator have issued advice to help you determine if charity collections are genuine

Public consultation open on compensation re Windrush

The British Heart Foundation has joined forces with Microsoft and the NHS to map all of the UK's defibrillators

A new bereavement programme for carers

The Wandle Valley Regional Park Trust are part way through their Heritage Lottery Resilient Heritage project and are looking to shape the future of the Trust

The above event takes place on 20 September at CVA's Resource Centre stearting at 6.45pm

Loans towards viable business ideas that will improve community spaces

Would you like to join a group which will help you to improve your health?

WORLDbytes are looking for volunteers for the Battle of Ideas Festival on 13th and 4th October 2018

A useful guide for parents, also tips on using your smart phone safely and on social media cyber-bullying

A new online tool fact checking myths and misconceptions about universal credit

A £3m fund for community projects will open between 1st and 15th August 2018

Has your life been impacted by the 2011 riots? Are you aged 18-30? Would you be interested in expressing your voice?

Interested in a family summer camp at Frylands Wood or Bensham Manor summer forest club?

5 sessions offered in August from 3rd August 2018

Young People in Croydon can now apply to turn their ideas into reality via the Young Mayor’s Fund this summer. 

A city wide campaign urging Londoners to prevent HIV this summer

The above takes place between 12th - 16th November and the theme is 'Choose Respect'

Lots taking place all over Croydon from 24 July - 30 August, most have to be booked in advance

Training from the Iconic Steps team who are intent on creating revolutionary content and pooling skills to cultivate the talents of the producers of tomorrow. 

Making a suite of business tools available free for charities

Leeds Building Society has doubled the amount of time that staff can now volunteer for good causes from seven to 14 hours a year

Looking for 18-25 year olds to make a TV show for Sky One

Croydon Council is once again running summer schemes for young people with special educational needs (SEN), autism and additional needs

Looking for experience in retail

HMRC now considering extending thse changes to the private sector and charities

Lloyds bank will fund up to 700 charities over the next five years focusing on those making significant impact for people

Funding for innovators to turn space technology into medical applications that improve NHS treatment and care.

The government has announced the above £20m fund which will be made available for charities and community groups to “help isolated people and those suffering from loneliness” as part of a partnership between the government and other funders

The Prince's Trust and West Ham United Foundation have teamed up to offer a FREE 8 day course for young people aged 16-25, not in education, training or employment and currently living in London

Trials are taking place on 2 July for anyone interested

Confused by the meters, timers and heating controls in your home? Would you like to reduce your gas and electricity bills? Healthy Homes has launched and open to take referrals!

Bike ride / picnic on 24 June and Knife Crime Discussion on 17 July

Suitable for someone struggling to get back into work

Touring the UK showcasing social enterprises

This is Small Charity Week - the biggest event in the small charity calendar providing free initiatives, competitions and support over six days for charities or local community organisation with an annual turnover under £1.5 million.

The above strategy, setting out the Mayor's plans to create a post-16 technical and vocational education and skills system that meets the needs of Londoners and businesses, has been published

Events happening all week culminating in Social Saturday on 15 October

Does your church want to grow community connections and tackle loneliness and isolation? Do you want to create a place of welcome in your neighbourhood?  A new resource called ‘Make a meal of it’ will give you inspiration and practical tips for how to plan and host a meal in your community for older people.

The Charity Tax Group (CTG) has said that a tax on social media adverts could cost charities millions and said it is seeking legal advice to challenge HMRC's position.

You can use the great british bee count app until the end of June to record and identify bees

The Mayor of London has launched a public consultation on the above

Secure schools will accommodate both girls and boys aged 12-17.  They will be run by secure schools academy trusts and will be governed and run under the smae legislation as children's homes and academies.  The government will host an engagement event this summer to invite potential providers to learn more

Ensuring your zakat gets to where you want it to go 

A community project is being planned - making white poppies for the Peace Festival taking place from 16th - 23rd June

LASA is a social welfare, law, and tech charity helping thousands of not for profits 

Interested in getting experience in retail?

Open to all those aged 11-18 who live in Croydon

Tight deadline - 31 May - would you like a free app to help you bring about positive social change?

Getting you ready for the working world

Have you heard about the Live Well Alliance in Croydon and the support on offer?

World Cup Cricketeers will be the faces of the tournament and will carry out a variety of roles across all 11 CWC19 venues, host cities and event locations

Muslim Aid is aiming to raise £6 million this Ramadan with a campaign asking people to make their Zakat count by donating it to support the charity’s work. 

Healthwatch Croydon are offering up to £750 to Croydon Community groups who wish to run an event or activity

Sessions taking place in Broad Green Library

The May - July issue is now available

This year Carers Week takes place from 11th - 17th June

Are you 19+?  Unemployed?  Living in Croydon?  Love film and TV?

Free events in Croydon to mark the above event

Garwood Foundation are looking for two cyclists to run in the Produential Ride 100 for them

Taking place from 11 - 17 June, and looking for volunteers to help make the festival a success. There are lots of ways to help and lots of fun to be had

The Government has launched a £23 million fund to help raise education standards among bright disadvantaged young people.

Read about the impact of the above on the education of asylulm seeking and undocumented children and care leavers

If you are an aspiring line producer apply for this opportunity- deadline midnight 29 April 2018

Taking place on 9th and 10th June on a large field at Milne Park, New Addington

Patients with a chronic lung condition are set to benefit from a life-changing procedure, which is now routinely available on the NHS, that uses tiny balloons to inflate and compress blockages in the blood vessels.

Are you looking to have surgery before mid-June?

As part of the 70th birthday celebrations for the NHS, NHS England is working with partners to encourage the development of volunteering, with a particular focus on the NHS70 Youth Volunteering Campaign

The Department of Health and Social Care coordinate health related nominations for the above

Read about the new changes to welfare benefits

Applications now open to the above programme

Offering free fun and interactive food action workshops in Croydon

Croydon Mencap are looking for two new trustees to join their Board

EqualiTeas is a celebraton of our democratic equality with parties and picnics taking place in communities all over the country

Series of creative events for young people aged 15-25

The Charity Commission has opened 440 cases after receiving more than over 500 reports of serious incidents relating to safeguarding since scandal began with revelations about Oxfam in February.

You'e still got time to sign up for the above taking place from 21st - 30th April 2018

Taking place from 14th - 20th May 2018

Instagram shopping allows entrepreneurs to tag products for sale

Mayor leads London’s biggest-ever St George’s Day celebrations as the English flag is raised outside City Hall

An opportunity in Shepherds Bush for a coffee shop

How to get involved in Power to Change's Communty Business Weekend which takes place form 4 - 7 May this year

For local groups and individuals - download a copy of Know your Rights in a Hostile Environment

Not just the above but free cake icing classes are also on offer.

Grants of up to £85,000 for projects that encourage social interaction between families in London

Screen 25 is a non-profit community cinema in South Norwood offering the latest independent and mainstream films

Opportunities for 16-19 year olds

MPs urge swift movement on ESF (European Social Fund) successor to avoid funding disaster

Social Enterprises with an annual turnover of under £100,000 can now join for free

Good Food Matters based in New Addington can offer individual volunteers and also corporate teams a great choice of roles

Launching on International Women's Day, proposals for new laws to transform our approach to this terrible crime

Government funding available to create new mutuals or strengthen existing ones

CVA is offering free support to groups in the form of 1:2:1's from Claudia Demuth

Young Sustainable Impact are running the above (fully funded) programme for young people aged 16-25

Still spaces left on our February workshops

A Market Engagement Event will be held on 31 January and expressions of interested are invited to groups who are interested in becoming a partner of the Local Voluntary Partnership programme

A free Sunday vegetarian lunch will be served at the New Horizon Centre, Pollards Hill 

Nominations are now open to elect Croydon's first young mayor - nominees should be aged 14-17

The ScottishPower Energy People Trust has decided to wrap up its grants programme and consolidate its funding through the ScottishPower Foundation.

Tracey Crouch has been appointed Minister for Loneliness with funding promised to tackle the issue

The new 0% platform fee applies to new campaigns for personal causes

DonorVoice is holding a one-day research workshop on charitable giving in a digital age in partnership with Queen Mary University of London and is looking for speakers and case studies in charitable giving wiht a special focus on digital giving

Cassandra Learning Centre are offering the above

Trampery Pathways are offering a free 3 month support programme to creative entrepreneurs

Free football in Merton every Friday

Read about the above ABCD project in Thornton Heath

The Four D's of time management are a really handy tool for prioritising your workload: Do; Delegate; Delete; Delay

From 1st January 2018, charitable companies can change their legal status through a more straightforward process involving an application to the Charity Commission.

Registered charities or community and voluntary organisations can apply on the behalf of any individual or group of young people who meet the YHA's criteria. Groups can reapply annually as long as the application is for a different group of young people.

Charities are being warned to watch out for a fake grant scheme which has conned people and organisations out of more than £250,000 in one year.

London has now signed up to the Global Fast-Track Cities initiative to reduce the rate of new HIV infections and eliminate stigma in London – aiming to end new HIV infections by 2030.

The Government has announced it will use money from dormant bank accounts to help vulnerable homeless people and also to help disadvantaged young people into employment

The Whickers World Foundation supports the very best emerging documentary filmmakers and audio producers. Sounds like you? They have over £100,000 in funding to give away.

The abover campaign is offered by 'I Am More' and depticts the real-life experiences of young carers and their families

Data on benefits and welfare reform

Healthwatch Croydon have a section - Local Knowledge - on their new website bringing together all the essential information about Croydon Health and Social Service planning and delivery

Do you have a 31 March year end and a trading subsidiary?

The Big Lottery are changing the application process to their above fund to make it easier for grops and communities to apply for National Lottery funding.

The Community Outreach team offers a range of workshops and presentations to support community groups to campaign and have their voice heard

Croydon's new childweight management programme

Looking for full or part time work?

Free 6 month Start Up programme starting in March 2018

New signposting resource “Prescription Pad” style engagement tool to aid health professionals with promoting and supporting patients to live healthy lifestyles. 

Want to lead a healthier lifestyle?

London Community Resource Network (LCRN) are looking for participants to become Hosts and also entrepreneurs to take part in the programme

Grants of up to £7,500 for financial capability projects from 1 February 2018

In 2019, South Norwood Library is moving to a new central location, 24 Station Road, providing an opportunity to deliver a ‘library for the future’ in a purpose-built space.

Croydon Council Resident Involvement Team are recruiting new members to both housing scrutiny panel and housing complaints panel

Stanley's Film Club has changed it's name to Screen 25

The handbook offers advice, information, and support for charity treasurers, finance directors and board members on how to strenghten their financial accountability.

A new system for clearing cheques has been described as a “significant boon” for charities. An image-based system went live with some banks and building societies on 30 October and at some stage in the second half of 2018, all cheques will be cleared via the image-based system.

Get involved by becoming a registered stakeholder

Amazon is to give half a per cent of the cost of every purchase made by customers to charity via a new service.

Croydon BME Forum are offering different sessions to local volunter groups

A workshop will be held on 8 January for any group interested

The London based Trust has set out how it will spend £20 million per annum over the next five years (2018-2023) to support London’s disadvantaged and marginalised communities.

Safeguarding a Key Governance Priority for All Charities, Says Charity Regulator

The National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) has produced a set of videos informing organisations how they can improve their cyber security.

The new data protection law comes into force in May 2018

The inaugural meeting of the above was held at CVA on 7 December 2017

London Play is a charity which supports children’s play in London. 

Helping young people aged 18-24 who have been outside employment, education, and training for 12 months

Offering an insight into the lives of 1,000 people who consider themselves to be Londoners, read Brenda's, an active 84 year old who lives in Croydon, story

Want to work in the TV industry?

The Clarion Housing Group are inviting expressions of interest from partners interested in delivering the above

Local charities day is on 15 December 2017 and the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport have released a free digital toolkit

The DfE has published example menus and recipes for young children

The DfE is running consultaton events for updates to Working Together to Safeguard Children in light of the Children and Social Work Act 2017.

Family and Childcare Trust has published the results of research conducted by parent researchers from across the country, who spoke to nearly 500 parents to understand what families need and want from early years services.

Read about Foodie Fridays and Young Mum's Netball

Fare Share partner with Tesco's to collect food from shoppers

Recruitment is now open to the above programme starting in May 2018.

Read about the above project run by Child and Adolescent Eating Disorders Team at South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust

Croydon's Health and Wellbeing Board want your views on the services provided by pharmacies in Croydon

Lots of attractions at the above event including a Santa's grotto and sleigh

A business competition giving young entrepreneurs an opportunity to win up to £10,000 to start their own business

The Mayor of London is responding to the increasing levels of knife crime on London's streets 

The new ‘GovTech’ challenge fund will encourage firms to use technology to solve challenges facing the public sector, while a dedicated new team will act as a gateway into Whitehall to connect tech companies to the most appropriate areas of Government.

Clarion residents can access Money Buddy - an online money mentor

Big Local Broad Green are offering a 'Freedom Together' programme starting in January 2018.

Find out what's on at the Carers Support Centre in November

'If only I'd known' - 6 free workshops for carers of people diagnosed with dementia in November 

Government has announced plans today (31 October 2017) to protect the housing needs of older and vulnerable people, and provide funding certainty for supported accommodation, encouraging long-term investment and new supply.

Register your services/activities with this exciting new project

The Home Office is offering funding for voluntary and community sector projects to stop knife crime in local communities, but groups will have to act quickly as the deadline for bids is the end of October.

Read on to see who has won in the 2017 Mayor of Croydon's Civic Awards

CROYDON and people from London witnessed DIWALI Extravaganza in Croydon Diwali Mela held in Surrey Street, Croydon on Sunday 22 October 2017

News from Croydon Epilepsy Society

A commnity food sharing membership scheme for local residents in Fieldway and New Addington

An exciting opportunity for young people to takeover a workplace of parts of Croydon Council on 24 November

Localgiving is celebrating six years with a special offer for members

Garfield Weston Foundation and Pilotlight invite you to take part in a short survey of charity leaders

Financial information to help Croydon's carers

The Mayors Fund for London wants to support up to 10 Kitchen Social Hubs in Croydon

The National Skills Academy for Financial Services are currently looking for subcontractors who work with the unemployed for their ESF Contract - Skills Support for the Workforce, higher level skills provision for the unemployed.


Two London Boroughs will be named London Borough of Culture vote for Croydon now

Croydon Council is re-launching its Local Offer for children and adults with special needs in Croydon

Read details of the new services in Croydon

Helping clubs and organisations develop

Get Fit!  Change your Life!  Get a job!

Aiming to mark the death of every child or teenager killed by a knife

The School of Social Entrepreneurs are pleased to launch the above, an innovation in grant funding

A 2 course lunch at Downsview Methodist for pensioners

A creative, informal and informative workshop, designed to improve the skills and confidence of those who support disabled people to be more active.

Facebook has announced the launch of its nonprofit fundraising tools. Charitable organisations are invited to sign up to be one of the first nonprofits to use Facebook’s charitable giving tools to achieve their fundraising objectives through these tools

Get your charity's funding application to the top of the pile

Asset based community training for people working/volunteering to improve their local area on 19th and 20th October

A detailed analysis of general medical practice in England

If you care for an elderly or disabled person who may be at risk if you fell ill, or if you receive Carer's Allowance, you are entitled to a free NHS flu jab

Royal Trinity Hospice in South London has been changing the way it attracts volunteers to its charity shops

Preventing and tackling bullying

Nurses, social workers and police officers are being trained to identify and help the victims of human trafficking and modern slavery.

Are you using the Food Smart app to check out your family's favourite foods?

'Taking action on race inequality' takes place on 21 September 2017

Launching a new Social Integration Fund

Looking to kick start your career with a job in a council department?

Landaid offers free property advie to charities supporting disadvantaged young people, families, and communities including those experiencing homelessness

Giving parents a stronger voice on food available in your children's schools and in shops etc

Pleased to announced Croydon's first festive of peace have made their crowdunding target

Hestia works closely with the Family Justice Centre in Croydon to provide services

A project offered by Croydon BME Forum

A free new programme for charities, social enterprises, commercial enterprises, voluntary organisations, campaigns and community groups who are tackling the challenges in the private rented sector (e.g. affordability, access, quality and security of tenure.) 

The School for Social Entrepreneurs (SSE) have partnered with The Mercers' Company to run the above programme for leaders of small to medium sized charities.

RAP Sports Courses are for children and young people with disabilities or additional needs from ages 5-25 in Croydon.

The Charity Commission have announced a consultation for next year's annual return.

All charities have a legal obligation to submit a return to the Charity Commission

Thanks to a recent generous donation the Drug and Alcohol Relief Fund are able to offer grants up to £10,000  and are keen to encourage small organisations to apply

September's issue now available

Croydon Club was chartered on 23 May 1927 and to mark their 90th birthday they are holding a Friendship Weekend from 22 September - 24 September 2017.

Consultation on the proposed main modifications made by the inspector is now open for comment until 10 October 2017.

Crisis works with vulnerable and isolated single homeless people with high support needs in Croydon

Take part in the above event on Saturday 21 October 2017

Lots of events planned in August

Croydon Council are offering to publicise any events you may be organising for the above

Suitable for both boys and girls aged 5-21

Mind in Croydon are offering money advice and help to adults in Croydon with mental health problems 

The Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport is offering free fundraising training to all small charities.

Are you running a community business – an organisation that directly benefits your local area? Do you want to increase your impact and sales?

The above takes place from 6th-12th November and this year's theme is 'Youth Services - Youth Work for today and tomorrow'

From 25 May 2018 there will be new laws under Gneral Data Protection Regulation, this article will give you 10 tips you need to know to keep legal

Open House London takes place 16th and 17th September 2017 and they are looking for volunteers

A new 8 week enterprise programme starting 12 September to support people with disabilities

Family Fortunes are looking for organisations working with families to run a financial capability course

Internship opportunity (3 months) in Steve Reed's office deadline 3 August 2017

The Big Lottery have updated their guidance to make it easier to apply for a grant from their Awards for All programme including fewer restrictions and new priorities

A £200,000 government-funded programme has been launched as part of the government's commitment to improve support for children and young people, to improve mental health services, and protect those living with mental health problems from unfair treatment and discrimination.

St Christopher's Hospice Creating Conversations in Croydon project is looking for volunteers

The above network will launch officially in October 2017

Including modernising services for people living with sickle cell and thalassaemia and also new revolutionary treatment for stoke patients

An exciting opportunity funded by Big Lottery - Talent Match Croydon - deadline 18 August 2017.

Children England and 4in10 would like to help make children's ideas heard in the London Mayor's Diversity and Inclusion Strategy, which includes proposals on education and child poverty and is open to comment from organisations and individuals over the summer.

An invitation to a meeting at CVA on 1 August for frontline groups working with refugee communities in Croydon

Have your say on the future of the above services for people with a learning disability

Marie Curie has launched a series of easy read booklets for people with a learning difficulty to help them discuss their concerns about death and dying and get the care and support they need

Looking for local carers to get involved

Learn skills to brighten up your local community

Read updates from Together for a Safer Croydon

Croydon Disability are offering activities for 8-25 year olds with disabilities, autism, and additional needs from July to August

SACI offering physical and social activities to promote wellbeing

Reach Dem UK are offering; Life and Social Skills; Parenting; Bridging the Generation Gap; and Healthy Eating Sessions over the next few months

Croydon Mental Health Campaigner, Nikki Mattocks, makes news with London Citizen Journalist Competition win - talking to young people about mental health issues

Looking for young Londoners to take part in a series of free courses and workshops this summer

Five ways to write a good business strategy and use it

There are two elements - Cascading Leadership Partner and Cascading Leadership Consultant Programmes

Read an account of the above which took place on Friday 23 June

Download the June edition of the Croydon Safeguarding Children Board newsletter

DQM GRC has launched a General Data Protection Review 12 question multiple-choice self assessment tool

Building blocks to financial freedom

NHSE Patient Public Voice opportunities

Aged 16-25? Be part of this amazing project, deadline to apply 10 July 2017

NHS England is looking for a patient public representative for the Perinatal Mental Health Clinical Reference Group

NHS England are looking for a representative to share their knowledge and expertise on its Clinical Reference Group.

A 'This Girl's Golf' event took place on 4 June at Buckinghamshire Golf Club

Seeking girl and boy footballers for CBBC show Jamie Johnson

Music Relief Foundation have a new project starting soon

Fancy the help of a robot?

If you volunteer or work with a local cause that’s looking for a much needed funding boost for a specific project or scheme, then you’re in luck

Voluntourism or Volunteer Vacationing can be sun or snow, sea or shore but it’s always about social responsibility.

Big Potential is drawing to a close, and due to a 'spike' in interest, the deadline for all applications is being moved forward.

Happy 1st birthday to Studio Upstairs, a  project providing art therapies to adults in Croydon who are experiencing mental or emotional difficulties

Key findings from the recent Mental Health Awareness Week

Imagine Mental Health offers a positive approach to mental health and works to promote opportunities for people to live a full and independent life.

Providing crisis intervention support in Croydon

Musicians wanted for to take part in a jam early evening on 14 July 

Come along and help to celebrate Waterside's 20th anniversary taking place on 24 July 2017

Extremely pleased to announce that our Volunteer Centre Croydon has been selected to receive The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service 2017. (QAVS)

The prime minister has announced measures to provide every school with mental health first aid training and to teach children more about mental wellbeing.

Sports activities for healthy minds

RSPH and the Young Health Movement have published a new report, #StatusOfMind, examining the positive and negative effects of social media on young people’s health.

Official figures show that the number of students to drop out of university with mental health problems has more than trebled in recent years

Would you like to experience the freedom of cycling without fear of riding on the road? Would you like to spend some time outdoors and meet other people?

Come along and see what has been happening in Broad Green over the past year

The above is offered by the Race Equality Foundation

The Thornton Heath Chronicle is looking for sports activities or events for this month's Chronicle sports page

Christmas???  The Big Give are now accepting applications for the above

Grants up to £5,000 available

Can you lend the Carers Information Service sugar tongs?

The Gye Nyame Development Foundation are offering a street and African dancing, drumming and drama after school club 

Influencing decision makers and commissioners is a four part course funded by the Cabinet Office

Funding from Church Care for conservation projects in Anglican churches

The Institute of Fundraising has launched a new guide for fundraisers on EU data protection rules aiming to ensure charities don't fall foul of new EU rules

'How To… a Guide for Carers in Croydon' is a series of 11 factsheets bringing together everything you need to know as a carer in Croydon. 

Now available to download

Inviting local people to participate in the above project 

Trusthouse Charitable Foundation has announced that its maximum grant amounts have increased.

Croydon’s Chief Superintendent Jeff Boothe and Councillor Tony Newman, leader of Croydon Council, have issued a statement following the increased terrorism threat level.

Offering support to carers and employers in Croydon to help carers stay in work

Faith Regen Foundaiton are running a project supporting young people with education, apprenticeships, and employment

School for Social Entrepreneurs have partnered with the Arts Council England to deliver a free 10 month programme

Reduce your likelihood of being held to ransom by WannaCry or other types of ransomware

Croydon Vision are joining up with several partners to offer a variety of free activities

Looking for external consultants to deliver London's Giving in its second phase

City Bridge Trust has given London Funders a £300,000 grant to enable it to roll out its London’s Giving initiative across all of the Capital’s boroughs

The theme of this year's Black History Month is “Celebrating Communities a Tribute to Black Institutions”.

Report from the Carers Information Centre based on a survey they undertook amongst Croydon's carers to identify experiences of GP support in the borough

Drama and music therapy workshops for young people are on offer from Music Relief 

Some free material to help organisations who offer support and advice to those with a disability

Invitation to end of the above project - presentation and review on 12 June 2017

Independent fostering agency and residential children's homes are invited to apply to join London Care Services’ list of providers offering placements for looked after children and young people

Free to enter competition, deadline 22 May 2017

Lots on offer at the Carers Support Centre

Garwood Foundation are looking for riders to raise funds for them by taking part in the above event

Community tickets for the above event are on offer

Read about the benefits of social prescribing for mental health

Join the 'Conversation for a Solution' event on 24 May 2017

The Summer Camp is for young people aged 16+ from any organisation in the StreetGames network

Hospice UK is working in partnership to launch a new Hospice leadership and management module for the renowned Cass MSc in Voluntary Sector Management

The Fundraising Regulator is the independent regulator of charity fundraising replacing the FRSB

The Department for Education has published the findings of its call for evidence on peer support for children and young people's mental health in schools.

A guide to processing disclosure and barring checks produced by Volunteer Centre Croydon for trustees

Covering: Free E-Learning for Croydon residents, and Emotional Well Being support for children and young people

Interested in sharing a venue hire platform with CVA?

New training programme now out

Looking for young adult carers or ex carers who wish to enhance their skills

Short, convenient, bite-sized chunks of volunteering 

The above annual event takes place between 8th - 14th May and this year's theme is 'What can you do?'

Ambiitous for Parks Fund

Gifted Enterprises are offering a 3 day programme for young people aged 13-19 

New £100,000 fund for organisations using crowdfunding to deliver projects addressing inequality and getting people out of poverty in London

Come along to this workshop and learn how to stop hate crime

An opportunity for food-based social enterprises

Councillors now have more money to award to good causes in their locality

Child.org has launched a corporate gift service aimed at creating a new income stream for the charity.

Taking place from 22nd - 26th May 2017

www.gettingiton.org.uk is a website for young people aged 13-19 to make it easier for them to access important information to make safe decisions about their health and well-being

The above event will take place 17th - 18th June and is inspired by Jo Cox who was killed on 16 June last year

What you should and shouldn't do

Celebrate the re-launch of this local nature space on 27 May 2017

CVA  is interested in eexploring the possiblity of sharing the above with community groups in Croydon

The Teenage Cancer Trust are looking for volunteers to join their cheer squad at the London Marathon

CVA recently hosted the above community event in response to the horrific attack on the young Kurdish teenager

Come along on 29 April and enjoy the many attractions on offer, Taking place from 11am - 2pm.

Over the next three years, the aim is to identify and help 330 community organisations across London develop a healthy food and social development offer during the school holidays.

A 4 day event from 2nd to 5th May taking place in the Whitgift Centre

Please take part in this survey to help achieve London's vision to become the most physically active sporting city in the world

Get involved with Small Charity Week - 19th-24th June 2017

The above scheme begins on 28 April  but parents can pre-register now

The Charity Finance Group have updated their publication on pensions

Can you deliver a four minute engaging and entertaining performance? Are you keen to reach new audiences?

The On Purpose Associate Scheme gives an opportunity to work in 2 different placements for 6 months each

Spaces available on 'Parents as Partners' and 'Mellow Parents' courses coming up soon in Croydon

We-STAP are launching their new project to help women and need your support

Following last year's success the Thornton Heath Community Action Team invites residents and businesses to roll up their sleeves and show their gardening skills

Book now for the above event taking place at Pinewood Scout Camp, Shirley on 20 May 2017.

This event - #westandtogether - is bringing together agencies, groups from the private sector, statutory and voluntary sector to show that Croydon is a borough where refugees and asylum seekers can feel welcome and safe

Can you spare 6 hours a month to oversee the finances of Croydon Healthwatch?

Croydon Council are looking for families or young people to work with to achieve a John Muir Award

Employers in the capital that meet the government criteria will start to pay an Apprenticeship Levy starting 6 April 2017.

Sport England is launching a new Childen and Families Fund offering new opportunities for families with children to get active and play sport together.  The fund will open 19 May 2017

Small Charities Week takes place between 19 - 24 June 2017 and on 22 June Localgiving will be doubling one-time donations to local charities pound for pound by up to £25

Charities will soon be able to benefit from faster cheque clearing times, with the phased rollout of a new system from 31st October 2017

Croyon is one of nine London boroughs selected for the TriFOCAL (Transforming City FOdds hAbits for Life) pilot

Sessions take place at Croydon Sports Arena every Tuesday, Wednesday, and Saturday

Join in with Gamechanger's Easter Monday Mashup (17 April) taking part at CVA's Waterside Centre and South Norwood Lake

Steve Reed is looking for an enthusiastic hard-working person to join his busy constituency office in Thornton Heath for a three-month internship

These groups attended the recently held Mental Health Forum Market Place Event

Diabetes UK are looking for someone to be a volunteer Chair of the Croydon local group

Sharing passions for Mental Health

Cassandra Learning Centre are starting up a women's circle in April

A quality assurance system for the voluntary community and social enterprise sector delivering health services

Croydon Drop In offer free support and counselling  that is accessible, confidential, independent, safe and for young people in Croydon.

Off the Record are offering moderated online groups for peer support and learning to young people (14-25) in Croydon and Sutton in April.

People in Croydon will soon have access to a wide range of urgent care services, including GP appointments available from 8am to 8pm, seven days a week.

NHS Croydon CCG’s Governing Body took the difficult decision to fund IVF, In Vitro Fertilisation, only for those with exceptional clinical circumstances.

The EU Data Protection Act 1998 is being updated to the new GDPR which will come into effect in May 2018. 

Makerble is a simple tool specilaly designed to enable you to track every stage of your projects

Drug and alcohol services for the armed forces

Crystal Palace FC Foundation supported by Game Changer have two FREE qualifications coming up for young people aged 14-25 in April half term. The courses are being delivered by CPFC Foundation staff and are both accredited qualifications.

Read about a rise in calls to Childline for mental health issues and how charities are playing a vital role in supporting children's mental health

Healthwatch Croydon has published its report 'Sexual Health Services: The Experience of Teenagers in Croydon' which was based on the experiences of over 60 teenage users of sexual health services. 

Child Focused and Milz Training are offering the above forum on 28 April to raise awareness for employers, professionals, parents, carers, and community groups on topics such as safeguarding children, safer sleep for babies, and more

From mid-April 2017 Sport England will be accepting applications for the 2nd round of its 'Tackling Inactivity and Economic Disadvantage Fund.' 

Clive Lewis, Head of Enterprise at ICAEW, shares a back to basics guide to all things VAT

Side by Side is the Alzheimer's Society's new matching service enabling volunteers to connect to people with dementia over shared hobbies and interests

Encouraging people to get involved with women's sport by watching, volunteering, debating, and taking part in activities

A good opportunity if you are looking to start leading local activities

The OnSideYouth Zone is located where Whitehorse Road meets Boulgogne Road.  It offers 20 activities every night, ranging from football, climbing, curling to nail art, DJ-ing, drama, employability training, entry is just 50p.

Are you a charity or community group that uses food to support people in need? You could benefit from FareShare FoodCloud, a new scheme which will match you with a local Tesco store that has unsold food available for you to collect, for free.

Looking for volunteers

Looking for volunters to make the above event happen

University College London have recently launched 'Educate', a physical and virtual workspace for Educational Technology organisations. If you are working on an edtech social enterprise they'd like to hear from you.

Keep Britain Tidy will officially launch their new #CrimeNottoCare campaign later in March 2017

Groundwork is asking you to 'take the pledge to go green'

Read about the services provided by the Croydon Homeless Health Team

Croydon Health Services NHS Trust has been taken out of Financial Special Measures after just 7 months.

Two new funds are offered by Sport England: The Opportunity Fund, and The Potentials Fund

Download a new guide from London Councils

A former soldier forced to turn to charity to help him adapt to civilian life after injury has won a major contract to selll his social enterprise vodka in 350 Asda stores.

You've probably heard of Messy Church but have you heard of Messy Vintage? Learn, also, about free resources for Lent

Local group, My Outspace, needs your help!

Circle is a free London safety app developed with support from women's charities as part of the London Ventures portfolio of innovative solutions

Are you a woman involved in community business?

A community fridge allows local restaurateurs, retailers and residents to pass on surplus food to neighbours who need or simply want it. 

Fairtrade Fortnight takes place from 27 February - 12 March 2017 

Accepting applications from 24 March, sign up for a workshop 

Dance4Daisy invites school children to flash mob for charity

The above course is aimed towards providing the tools necessary to improving your ability to find employment

Croydon Council have partnered with Croydon Drop In, and the Town Centre BID Team to engage with young people on Thursday afternoons in February and March.  They are looking for youth organisations to come along and join them.

Read full details of how BWV (body worn video) cameras will work and you can also feedback your views

The ‘Do It London’ campaign is drawing attention to the steep rises in sexually transmitted infections in the capital in recent years. The campaign, which spans advertising city wide, encourages Londoners to use condoms

Looking for charities working with children living in poverty to take part in the Summer Give 

Listening Books is a national charity providing an audiobook library service to children and adults who struggle to read or hold a book due to illness, disability, mental health issues, or learning difficulty.

This training would be good for anyone working in the community as it includes good information about the benefits of being active - whether through regular sports or just integrating some physical activity into your everyday life

Looking for a venue in South Croydon?

A new campaign aimed at men in particular to help change the way an entire generation thinks about mental heatl

Are you a filmmaker with a great idea for a documentary? Or do you have a completed documentary you're looking to sell?

Steve Reed MP will be speaking on 22 February and Gavin Barwell, MP, will be speaking at the meeting on 28 April, put your questions to them in advance

Under this new grants programme Comic Relief is offering grants of £20,000 to £50,000. The funder anticipates making up to seven grants in the UK from a total fund of up to £300,000.

The Carers Support Centre is the result of a partnership between Croydon Council and the Whitgift Foundation

PRISM services in Croydon were due to close from 31 March 2017 however the council has confirmed that funding will be extended for another year.

Community organisations given more help to demonstrate impact using technology thanks to City Bridge Trust

The above fund is now open......with some changes.  Deadline 24 February 2017.

Hubbub Foundation are looking for environmental type social enterprises to feature on their new Youtube vlog.

The above trust have announced their funding themes for 2017 and are inviting charities to apply for a grant.

ITN Productions are making a programme for the BBC about youth work in London

Croydon Supplementary Education Project are recruiting 35 adults for their 'Black History, Personal Empowerment & African Cultural Studies' course taking place from 18 February - 15 July 2017.

Monday afternoon drop in clinic

Takes place from 28 February - 12 March 2017

Sported offer free membership to eligible community groups transforming the lives of disadvantaged young people

Lots of different courses on offer once you have completed an induction

The £80m budget (over 5 years) for the above programme will be used by councils to help the long-term unemployed and those with health conditions or disabilities to find work

The Pan-London Housing Reciprocal Agreement is a new scheme to enable victims of domestic violence to move to another part of London without losing their secure tenancy.

Stanley's Film Club is a social enterrpise championing independent film and screen taking inspiration from Croydon's vibrant community.

Planning is now in full flow for the above event and there are several ways you could get involved

Changes have been made to the application form and guidance notes.  There are also free webinars to help with your application

Every Tuesday at the Forestdale Forum Communty Centre

Croydon Council are building a Good Employer Network and invite you to their Business Breakfast Launch on 31 January 2017

Local group, ASKI, in partnership with The Brits are offering a free radio skills course 

International Women's Day (8 March) is a global day celebrating the economic, political and social achievements of women past, present and future

St Christopher's Hospice are offering the above to volunteers in Croydon  

Celebrate the Year of the Rooster

Following NHS engagement the decision on prescribing proposals and decommissioning Foxley Lane's Women's Serivce - 8 bed mental health stand alone unit in Purley has been made

Small grants to registered charities in several areas of work

Prime Minister Theresa May has said that a key part of her "shared society" vision involves “creating an environment in which our charities and social enterprises can thrive”.

Croydon Council is recycling old laptops and passing on to voluntary groups who fit the criteria


Well-established literacy workshops for Croydon Students at Key Stage 2 and Key Stage 3 who have difficulties with literacy/are dsylexic

Grants and in-kind support for charities and not for profits who are working to challenge extremism in their communities

Health Help Now can help you avoid unnecessary queues and get treatment and advice faster, especially at night and at the weekend

There is a strong focus on safeguarding for both adults and children in this consultation.  Please read this draft plan and respond by 23 February 2017

Read about the positive work which took place during last year's Anti-Bullying Week 

The Write Time are delivering highly successful and effective free mentoring to young people in Croydon who are at risk of becoming NEET

Read the latest news and stories in healthcare from Healthwatch Croydon

The Local People programme listens to local people and to their ideas for improving their own area

Come along to this interactive workshop and transform Croydon by bringing your ideas to life

The Croydon Academy of Eastern Arts are offering Positive Thinking and a Health and WellBeing Day starting in January

The current focus by Home Office colleagues, as a strand of the cross-government Ending Gang Violence and Exploitation strategy, on what is known as “county lines”.

A report based on the experiences of over 100 asylum seekers in Croydon of all ages, as well as those working in organisations on the front line

The NSPCC have launched a free helpline supported by the Football Associaiton (FA) to offer support to anyone who was sexually abused in football as a child.

The above fund is currently under subscribed in Croydon, so if your group would like to develop an outdoor space apply now!  

Are you interested in supporting older people to achieve at least 30 minutes of moderate activity a week?

StreetGames and The Golf Foundation are looking for young people to help shape the StreetGolf Zone at The Open Golf Championship in 2017 and plan a local participation campaign for the North West region called ‘Road to The Open'.

The Family Centre in Fieldway New Addington is embarking on an exciting journey, piloting a project to deliver a community hub accessible to all ages. 

A whopping 2.8 million meals for people in need have been donated at the Neighbourhood Food Collection

Charities seeking media coverage should consider signing up to AskCharity. 

Come along to the meeting in January and have a look at plans to redevelop the above site.

Desks, pedestals, cupboards avaiable

The Department of Health is changing the way it funds the voluntary, community and social enterprise (VCSE) sector. The Strategic Partner Programme is being replaced by a new national partnership, the VCSE Health and Wellbeing Alliance, and applications for membership are invited.

Do you care for someone? Let the 1596 Club give you a day off..

Doteveryone (formerly Go On Croydon!) is marking its first anniversary by donating over 500 recycled council computers to local groups

Some options for social enterprise Christmas shopping.....

Find out how to access 'My right to access healthcare' cards to help people experiencing homelessness to register and receive treatment at GP practices in London

Have you considered using crowdfunding to fund an idea to transform where you live?

Services between Christmas Eve and New Year

Ammado, the online global donation and fundraising platform, has launched the Ammado Philanthropy Academy, aimed at engaging young people with philanthropy

Make 2017 your year to make a difference for the good of your health. You don't need to run a marathon or climb a mountain… making small changes to your daily routine can make all the difference.

Did you see the article in the Evening Standard about the hospital heroes?

The Charity Commission has said it will now give charities 28 days’ notice before publishing official warnings, following pressure from the sector, in updated guidance on how it uses two of its new powers.

The Office for Civil Society has defined full-time volunteering as at least 16 hours a week for six months or more

Find out if your charity is eligible and how to apply

Read about five simple actions you can take to ensure the health and safety of your employees

Greater London Volunteering and London Funders are pressing foward with 'The Way Ahead'

Croydon council has decided that the whole borough will be free of parking charges in council-run car parks and on-street bays on Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, Boxing Day, New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day

Read on for details of support offered to Croydon's rough sleepers

Come along and sing carols and songs AND raise money for Crisis

Young social entrepreneurs can apply to take part in the above opportunity, offered by the London Business Partnership, with aspiring social entrepreneurs from Spain

Does your organisation collect data from clients/donors?  Do you have a Data Protection Policy?

Progress is being made on two of their core campaigns: New rules have been announced restricting some junk food marketing to children online, and The Soft Drinks Industry Levy (sugary drinks tax) is one step closer to implementation

JustGiving for churches is a special offer from the National Churches Trust that enables churches to fundraise online and by text.

Your chance to respond to a number of questions on the above paper

Swap last  year's Christmas jumper and raise money for charity

Looking for funding an activity in Broad Green?

Develop a positive environment for better mental health at work

Forthcoming legislation is likely to require councils to do more to prevent homelessness if 'The Homelessness Reduction Bill' becomes law

Download the latest newsletter containing activities/support for carers in Croydon

The above is a personal website giving support to children/young people with special educational needs

Battersea Arts Centre are looking for Young Producers - an invaluable opportunity to organise part of Battersea Arts Centre's annual Homegrown Festival

A draft for a new version of the Code of Good Governance has been published for consultation

The Charity Commission would like your feedback

Gingerbread are offering the above programme for 16-25 year olds in Croydon 

Post your stories, events, and activites directly on to your own community page to promote your organisation more widely

Groups in Croydon can apply to the Active Communities fund which has a deadline of 21 December 2016

Local groups and organisations with great ideas to make their communities even better places to live are invited to apply for funding to turn their ideas into reality.

Have you booked on the above meeting to represent your church on 30 November 2016?

Beanstalk invite you to a celebration event to mark International Volunteer Day on 5 December 2016

The Capitalise Hub is a new London wide debt advice line funded by The Money Advice Service.

St John's Ambulance delivering locally in Croydon

Jennier Nsubuga, Maternity Choice and Personalisation Pioneer's Project Manager is looking to set up focus group discussions with women to discuss the project and share experiences

The above has undergone dramatic changes

Read about what is available to help

See below for details of open days in Croydon

Do a whole lot of good when you buy from social enterprises

The Carers Information Service are looking for free apps

Get your free confidential test in Croydon and know your result in 15 minutes

Find out what priorities local residents in Broad Green have identified for their area

CVA's Croydon Voluntary Sector Alliance's (CVSA) meeting took place on Tuesday 14 November 2016.  It was attended by over 40 people representing local voluntary sector groups.  

The Ministry of Justice are aiming to develop 'whole system approach' to female offenders with the above funding

Factory Films seek 'Exceptional' 16-year-olds for Channel 4 series

Anglia Ruskin University are proud to be celebrating their 4th graduation and are now recruiting for the above online course

COOK offer a 30% discount and help with menu planning

In London the benefit cap has been reset from £26,000 to £23,000.

NHS England can legally fund the HIV prevention drug PrEP

Photofoundation is a community for people with a passion for photography who want to use their images to support good causes.

'Do you want to create real change in London?' - This popular five day programme will being on 24 January 2017.

A training scheme for prisoners has led to an average reduction of 12% points in reoffending and a lower frequency of reoffences

Opportunities for young people in Croydon read details of the providers network delivering strands of the ESF Youth Programme in Croydon

Social enterprise, Fat Macey's, are running 10 supper clubs in London in the run up to Christmas

The Charity Apprentice course is designed to offer a route into the charity sector, and to attract new talent to the sector. The foundation course is run by charity professionals and can be undertaken by anyone in their spare time.

The Foundation for Social Improvement (FSI) will deliver 960 learning opportunities for free across the UK for Local Charities Day, MP Rob Wilson has announced

The Croydon Youth Forest Project is offering this fun day for families on 11 December 2016

A new initiative helping Londoners to get active during their commute

Sport England will launch a new funding programme in December 2016 following the launch of its' 'Towards an Active Nation' strategy.

Seeking views on a proposal to reduce the prescribing of gluten-free foods, vitamin D, baby milk and self-care medications, products which can be bought directly and often more cheaply by the patient.

Launching at CVA's Resource Centre on 22 November come along and find out more about this exciting new venture 

Inter Faith Week, now in its 8th year, is taking place from 13th - 19th November 2016/ 

CVA working in partnership with local business advisors

The ADP Riot Tour is an experimental art work touring sites of historic rioting in the UK. ADP will be at the Timebridge Community Centre from 28th November to 5th December.

This could be Alive n Kicking's last programme so please book ASAP.

The Mayor of Croydon, Cllr Wayne Trakas-Lawlor, invites you to join him at Croydon's Annual Holocaust Memorial Ceremony

Vote for a Croydon charity in their George Street store

The above which is the UK's largest matched giving challenge, will this year take place on 'Giving Tuesday for the first time 

Charities are being urged to prepare for the new pound coin 

Examples of how tweets can work for your chairty

New Philanthropy Capital are offering a step by step guide covering 4 main areas

Crystal Palace FC Foundation are offering the above to young people aged 16-25 giving them the opportunity to learn specialist skills.  Free taster session 14 November

Message on behalf of Jo Negrini, Chief Executive Croydon 

Download a quarterly newsletter from the Carers Information Service

Have you taken advantage of what Localgiving are offering yet?

Croydon Council are offering the above for GPs, nurses, HCAs, AHPs and the voluntary sector

Two years ago counselling was brought into scrutiny by Central Government, following a recognition that mental health support for children and young people was under funded resulting in The Local Transformation Plan.

A range of topics are on offer including Safeguarding Children, Mental Health, Autism awareness

Effective commissioning of health services in Croydon

SLIDE (South London Inclusive Dance Expereince) are looking for people to help them grow and give more opportunities to more people

A new anti-fraud website, guidance on serious incidents, consultation on 'What to do if something goes wrong'

Looking to run more holiday activities and provide food for young people to tackle holiday hunger?

Sign up for a free 4 week 'Steps to sales this Christmas' email course offering the key steps to getting sales-ready. Plus you have the chance to win a £1,000 grant to help get your creative business prepared for the Christmas rush.

Could your garage be part of a live, interactive Advent calendar in Sanderstead, for just one hour in December?

Training on offer from November 2016 to March 2017.

Offered by the Asian Resource Centre - you must make an appointment

Do you want to know how to talk to young people about mental health issues?

All Tesco supermarket and Extra stores, including Thornton Heath superstore and Purley Extra are giving free fruit to children when their parent take them shopping

Compassion in Dying and Mind have published a new factsheet designed to inform people with a mental illness about when their advance decision will be followed and explain how an advance statement can help people plan for their future treatment and care.

The Sage Foundation has launched new accountancy software designed specifically for the not-for-profit sector, and will offer charities free licences, grants, and staff volunteering.

A new website has been creaed for parents and carers of adults aged 16 and over who are not able to make their own decisions.

The Charity Commission have updated their guidance (CC12) on what charities should do if concerned about their financial position

Submit a haiku poen to be part of a spcial exhibiton at Hospice Uk's annual conference in November 2016.

Help Crisis raise vital funds to help homeless people this Christmas

Crowdfunding have teamed up with the Arts Council to distribute £125,000 to individual artists.

Fancy a new challenge or know someone who does?

Good gym in your community - get fit and feel good too!

A new service could transform the financial health of charities by helping them better invest their funds and providing online access to the biggest selection of charity-specific investment funds available.

1,350 FREE community tree packs are available to community groups

Check your Mood with an easy to use self-assessment quiz

In reference to the latest Mental Health and Wellbeing Forum where the focus was Getting Your Voice heard here is a summary of opportunities for you to comment on and get involved shaping in local health services.

This year's Mental Health Day, 10 October, focused on the above.  The Mental Health Foundation have a free guide that could help

Diners and food-lovers can now indulge their passion for food, raise funds for charity, and connect with their local community via online platform GiveADinnerParty.com.

The Premier League and BT are providing funding to Premier League Clubs to create more opportunities for disabled people.

Hate crime is wrong in any form - don't put up with it - report it!

Appealing for donations during October to help homeless people 

Community coaching in Thornton Heath every Monday

Watch and listen to our interactive presentation on CVA work in 2015/16 from the recent Annual General Meeting

Looking for a school/6th form, or college?  Here is a list of some open days/evenings in October/November

Find out what help LASA can give your organisation

One day left before the deadline

Do you work with Afghan Care Leavers at the end of the asylum process?  New guide from refugee support network should help you

Sign up now, there is a webinar on 4 October 2016 and claim your free membership for LocalGiving

A new London-wide behaviour change initiative could save Londoners £330m, reduce avoidable food waste in the capital and increase awareness of more healthy and sustainable eating. TRiFOCAL London – Transforming City FOod hAbits for Life, is the latest initiative to be led by Resource London - the partnership between WRAP and LWARB - together with Groundwork London.

Like a car boot sale but on your street

A new online tool you can use to get a profile of what the LFB are doing in your area to keep you safe

A PopUp Business School in the Whitgift Centre from 10 - 21 October 2016.  Test your business idea for free.

Just like we have physical health, we all have mental health. We should be just as conscious of the health of our minds as we are about the health of our bodies.

Last week's Social Saturday launch at Westminster demonstrated the level of government support for the annual campaign, so why not invite your local MP along to let them see the work of your social enterprise?

MHA has been awarded funding from the Heritage Lottery towards 'Reclaiming the Wilderness: The Lost Treasures of South East London'

Starting on 2 November 2016  - 7 free workshops for carers of people who have already received a diagnosis of dementia or people who think someone they care about may have dementia

Aerende is a brand new online shop selling beautiful products made by people facing social challenges

Free barista training for 16-24 year olds.  Next starting date 3 October 2016.

Open to applications - get experience whilst working and jump start your career

Charity Communcations have published a best practice guide on ‘How to talk to your trustees about comms’.

Be among the first residents in the borough to try out a new interactive website - Just Be Croydon -  that aims to help improve the health and wellbeing of local people.

Koreans come to Croydon!  A group of South Korean women have visited Croydon Community Mediation Service

Has your Taxicard been deactivated recently?

The England Illegal Money Lending Team is providing grants for local groups in communities across England that want to raise awareness of the issues of illegal money lending in their community with a deadline of 30 September 2016

Free training for Wandle Housing residents living in Croydon

Croydon Mencap is urgently seeking premises for their very popular Monday Club which has 100 members

Feedback from the Charity Tax Group

FairBnB -  a new initiative in Croydon aiming to prevent homelessness before it happens. 

The above fund is launching on 23 September 2016 and is intended to support ambitious youth-focused projects that transform how heritage organisations engage with young people, 11 to 25 years.

The Government and Big Lottery Fund are contributing a total of £40 million to support the new #iwill Fund which will create new opportunities for young people to take part in social action in England.

The Big Lottery Fund has announced that the final deadline for the Celebrate UK Fund will be 21 October 2016 and it is putting an extra £4.1 million into the funding pot.

The next round of the above is now open to applications, with a deadline of 21 November 2016

MOPAC are inviting bids to their VAWG* Whole School Programme (pupils, staff, wider community) to be delivered in 1 Croydon secondary school and 3 main primaries. *violence against women and girls

Rape Crisis South London launches Break the Silence Campaign showcasing 4 short films

The new toolkit has been launched with contributions and case studies from NCVO, Breast Cancer Care and the Joseph Rowntree Foundation.

Residents are being invited to get involved and give their views to help Croydon achieve its growth and development vision over the next two decades.

The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, has used his first official visit to Croydon to help launch a major new two-day music festival.

Are you worried about your child's talking or communication? 

Low cost computer equipment to community organisations that can't afford to buy them

There are lots of activities going on in Croydon if you are one of Croydon's carers

Read their summer newsletter to see what they have been doing

Deadline looming but you've still got time to apply

Oxjam is a fun project bringing a music festival to Croydon on 15 October and is looking for volunteers to help

Reminder, and advice, for small charities on pension auto-enrolment

This year's theme is 'Fair Chances'

The NHS in planning to increase the use of the above.   Read on for news of learning and support networks and free learning and development days.

Free 15 week course 'Level 2 Certificate in Principles of Business Administration' starting 4 October 2016, enrol now

There are lots of places you can take a look around open in Croydon during Open House London - takes place 18th and 19th September this year.

A unique and exciting project offering free courses in media and journalism, and also a bursary for the best 'London Voice'

One of the group's that took part in last week's Croydon Pride was Rainbows Across Border, read their story

A free human resources system designed for charities will launch next month and is currently being trialled by seven charities.

There are several walks talking place on 24 September 2016 - free to join and volunteer led

Workplace challenge starting 1 September 2016

A new “borrowing space” social enterprise based in South East London, stocks everything you might need from DIY equipment and camping gear to kitchenware and wetsuits.

#UrbanFoodFortnight connects restaurants and retailers with London’s edible gardens and small producers to showcase the best food and drink on offer in the city with special menus, one-off events, workshops and supper clubs.

#GivingTuesday, led in the UK by the Charities Aid Foundation (CAF), will take place on Tuesday 29th November this year, to follow Black Friday and Cyber Monday. The 2016 campaign calls for people across the UK to ‘Do Good Stuff’.

The Home Secretary and the Archbishop of Canterbury have launched schemes to encourage community groups to sponsor a refugee family, and help individuals support refugees in their area.

New guidance has been published which includes practical advice aimed at stregthening the capacity of communities to care for dying people and their families

The Government has launched the above new plan to curb childhood obesity and boost school sport

Come along to Croydon Healthwatch's AGM to find out how this will affect you

Looking for a handyman and they also have an office to rent out.

'Go Teams Girls' is open to applications from women/girl teams playing football, futsai, netball, or basketball

The Inspiring Impact programme, a free digital impact measurement service managed by New Philanthropy Capital, has launched two new versions of its ‘Measuring Up!’ tool.

Although travelling is a great way to relax and unwind for some it can also be a stressful time. 

Social enterprise Proability are currently working in collaboration with Macmillan’s Living With and Beyond Cancer team and Liverpool John Moore University to survey people’s experiences of working with cancer. 

Grants of £250,00, £500,000 or £1m are available to organisations who are either currently funded or have been funded in 0the past by the Heritage Lottery fund.

Do you know someone who wants to cycle to work but needs encouragement? 

Do you have any old sports wear, school wear?  Bring items to the Southern Counties East Fixture between AFC Croydon Athletic and Bearsted on 17 September 2016.

Looking for families to take part in 3 focus groups: Problem Debt; Housing Issues; Food Insecurity

360Giving aims to use this grant to support more grantmakers to publish data openly including building the first platform - grantnav - to bring the data together andmake more accessible to all

Packed with updates/resources and a tendering opportunity - Domestic Abuse and Sexual Violence Issue 4

Activities for young people aged 11-19

The new apprenticeship levy will come into effect on 1 May 2017

Caring Support, set up by older and disabled people in Croydon) are looking for new premises in Croydon

The Hiive are looking for 12-25 year olds with a story to tell about coming to live in London

Four new and unique book clubs are being opened in Croydon libraries designed to help people with learning disabilities deal with everyday situations

Apply to deliver match funding to encourage donations to local charities and community groups.

Interactive website explaining childrens' rights when making decisions and choices about their healthcare

Free e-learning course - Health and Safety for Managers

Dance classes starting at St. Mark's Church, Purley in September 2016.

Does volunteering only benefit wellbeing in later life?

Looking for organisations to sign up and submit an event/activity to celebrate that what’s good for us is good for the environment.

The 2016 theme is Croydon Celebrates Black History Month 'Our Young Achievers'

Do you suffer from glossophobia? Does the thought of addressing a room full of people bring you out in a cold sweat. Here are eight ways to hone your presentation skills

A public health approach to mental health improvement

Be part of the largest collection Mind has ever undertaken!

An online course offered by Croydon Council giving learners an introduction and awareness of autism

The People and Communities Board, one of the Five Year Forward View programme boards, has published 'Six principles for engaging people and communities'.

Do you hate homework?  Or have trouble completing or concentrating?

Raising the awareness of female genital mutilation during the school summer holidays

You've still got time to book onto Carers Information Centres 6 week group starting 21 September 2016

Read what changes have been made to the Henry Smith Charity

Are you struggling to feed the children during the school holidays?

The above club is for young people with a learning disability in Croydon

Although some regular events have stopped for the summer break there are still things taking place

Lots of ways for your social enterprise to get involved in Social Saturday -a day to celebrate social enterprise!

Offering opportunities to emerging performing artists

Remember A Charity, the charity consortium that promotes leaving a charitable gift in your Will, has unveiled its plans for its legacy awareness week this year.

Looking to save money?  If your photocopier is due for renewal it's worth taking a look at the photocopier service available from In Kind Direct

Have you had a letter about VAT from HMRC?

New research, into Motor Neurone Disease, funded by last year's Ice Bucket Challenge, has been published

New guidance clarifying the issues that trustees need to consider to help them comply with their legal obligations

Gamechanger is offering FREE sporting activites over the summer holidays including canoeing for the first time

Superhighways' annual event will take place on 26 September 2016 and is now open for bookings! 

Three day camps in Cornwall from 23rd to 26th Septmber offering a mix of practical activities, facilitated sessions and networking opportunities

Additional support to rapidly improve finances for Croydon Clinical Commissioning Group

Voluntary group, The Passage, are looking for compassionate individuals from all walks of life who can spare an hour or two each week to support a formerly homeless person in their local area.

London's Quietway is a continuous sign-posted rouate linking Greenwich and Waterloo by quieter backstreet roads

The new Crisis Help-to-Rent Programme is open to applications from services that wnat to continue their good work to tackle homelessness

Croydon Nightwatch are hosting a conference on tackling homelessness to mark their 40th anniversary

CITA (The Charity IT Association) has launched it's offer of free support to charities

Age UK London have office furniture to give away

Dying patients and their relatives will be able to call a hotline of specialist doctors and nurses round-the-clock, under Government plans.

School Daze is a new resource to support the voluntary and community sector to engage with schools

The organisation responsible for delivering the government's flagship National Citizen Service (NCS) programme has said it wants to get more grassroots youth organisations involved so it can sign up the most hard-to-reach young people

Join the Unreasonables!

Launching a new enterprise in Croydon aiming to help homeless people from all backgrounds

New core funding to strengthen small organisations with a deadline of 27 July 2016 

London Community Resource Network are looking for a volunter to help write their e-newsletter.

Aimed at people running small community enterprises and ventures that offer health, care and well being services, and supports to other people.

Grassroots - Funding of up to £750 for Community Events!

Find out what opportunities are available in all areas of Croydon

Cassandra Learning Centre can offer help through their Money Mentors programme

Charity Finance Group (CFG) has published a brief to give charities a better understanding

London Re-use Limited, a Social Enterprise focusing on the re-use and recycling of office furniture has opened a warehouse just off the Purley Way.

Now’s the time to nominate your volunteers for an award from the Mayor of London as part of the Team London 2016 Achievement Awards – nominations close on 31 July 2016.

The aim of the programmes is to equip participants with the tools for effectively supporting children and young people in their charge throughout the new academic year commencing September.

Twitter Comes to Croydon 

Go on Croydon - Tweet  

Skipton Building Society, George Street, Croydon are holding an Open Day on 12 July to give out information about the Skipton Grassroots Giving Campaign.

Harlequins Rugby Club, HTZ Programme is a unique and beneficial progrmame: learn new skills; gain qualifications; take part in sport industry days; group sessions

Congratulations to the successful groups: Hope Through Music, Upper Norwood Association Community Care, Phase1Training, Cassandra Learning Centre, Rising Stars

Croydon priorities for children, young people & their families in 2016-17

The Ending Violence against women and girls strategy 2016-2020 has been announced

Twitter stickers will let you show your support for a good cause

Cost of fraud to the charity sector has increased by 73% to £1.9bn

A new video to help businessess and residents plan for flooding

Some resources to help those affected by beareavement

An opportunity for young people to attend a week long residential course in Sheffield learning about cinema and films - all expenses paid.

Film projects, devised theatre projects, comedy projects in Croydon in July/August.  Limited places.

An update on projects for residents

Plans for the Fairfield Halls have been submitted with a decision expected during Summer 2016.

Ever got stuck using your computer or digital device? Where did you go for help?

An app that claimed to support a charity rescuing refugees in the Mediterranean by enabling users to search satellite data has been pulled from Apple's app store, after technology experts said it did not work. 

Meet Anglia Ruskin University's Course Leader and Third Sector expert Andy Brady

There is a growing body of research that suggests volunteering is good for your health, and last month The King's Fund published a report extolling the virtues of gardening

Dementia Citizens, a project from Nesta's Health Lab aims to help people with dementia and those who care for them, using apps on smartphones and tablets.

All ages and abilities welcome!  Come and find out about membership, coaching, competitions, and their social calendar

Love films, enjoy music?  Then Rock and Come in to the new Rhythm 'N' Views Festival taking place in Croydon from 18th - 31st July 2016

The above Heritage Lottery Fund will reopen to applications on 24 June 2016.

Croydon Council are offering equipment/resources to schools/groups working with young people aged 11-19 years old that can be used when undertaking outdoor pursuits and activities.

The above trust offers support to charities in three ways: small grants; help to establish a centre of excellence; help with fundraising

Looking for a healthy alternative to processed food?  This festival is the place to look.

Encouraging those who work in palliative and end of life care to help patients think about their digital assets.

The above festival is now open until the end of August with more than 25 ping pong tables and equipment at outdoor and indoor locations across Croydon.

Could you guide a young organisation from start-up to success? 

Looking for local business people to meet Mulalley and Croydon Councils Procurement team. This is a great opportunity to get an understanding of how to do business with the council and their suppliers at the above event which takes place on 27th June 2016.

Congratulations to June Ross and Joana Smith

Charities are being encouraged to invite their supporters to hold afternoon tea-themed fundraising events during Afternoon Tea Week, which runs from 8th to 14th August 2016

Recruiting young males (8 - 15 years old) to be a part of The Khronos Youth Dance Training Programme.

Looking for young people aged 14-17 interested in the above

Healthwatch Croydon is providing training to a limited number of people to assist Healthwatch in delivering its core function of ‘making the views of local people known’.

Helping landlords meet their legal obligation

Read the latest update by Stephen from Croydon Disabled people Against Cuts, on accessible transport in the borough

The national Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Trans* (LGBT) Domestic Violence Helpline will now be run by Galop, the leading LGBT anti-violence and abuse charity.

Lots of news in June's Best Start bulletin

Guidelines to organising an event to raise awareness of the above.

The above event will take place in Islington on 30 June 2016

A new low-cost, long-haul airline is launching that will donate 51% of its profits to fund social projects in the UK and India.

Applications to The Big Give's Christmas Challenge match-funding campaign will open from 13 June - 14 July 2016.  

Children’s charity Child.org is looking for volunteers from other charities to help with its summer festival Charity Concierge service, and will donate £50 to charities for each volunteer they can provide.

Although still free to smaller organisation those with an income in excess of £100,000 will now have to pay for the above service.

A quick look at some very different - and successful - approaches to preventing food waste

Would you like to become a Trustee of the new Crystal Palace Park Shadow Board?

SBX - outdoor boxing bootcamp sessions - have started in Croydon for males and females.  All ages from 13+ welcome.....

Funding for projects that deliver financial capability, deadline 10 June 2016, 5pm.

Offered at Matthews Yard from 1st - 4th June 2016.

This new guide is for service providers and those involved in commissioning, designing, developing or operating services for vulnerable people and people on low incomes who are considering developing a Social Lettings Agency.

Do something different this summer!

Come along and create a panel of your favourite Crystal Palace player

The final report of the VCSE Review urges hospitals, CCG's, and councils to involve charities in the design and delivery of services

Changes coming into force from July 2016

An opportunity to guide policy direction

Following the publication of the CQC strategy at the end of this month free external stakeholder engagement events are being offered in June and July.  Although the London one is 'sold out' you are encouraged to join the waiting list as new dates will be announced soon

Local group, Gifted Stars, are offering auditions in June for a talent show that will take place in August

The Cabinet Office has published a timetable that explains when the different sections of the new Charities Act are going to take effect. Many of the act’s provisions will only affect a relatively small number of charities and individuals.

Know someone exceptional?  Nominate them for an Honour.

Looking for an affordable training room hire?

A plan to train nurses to stand in for doctors as a way to tackle the hospital staffing crisis has caused alarm among doctors and patient groups.

Last week, hospices across the country got involved in Dying Matters Awareness Week, encouraging people to talk more openly about dying, death and bereavement.

Illegal highs - not as legal as you think

The Healthy Living Hub is holding a tea dance open to all - it is hoped this will become a regular event

SR Expressions are looking for volunteers to help them deliver a community film festival inJuly 2016 and 2017.

Communications from Croydon Council – have you seen or heard their campaigns? 

A community project that brings people together, starts important relationships, and improves local people's health

Lingua House supports the emotional well being of refugee young people

The mental health version of 'five portions of fruit and veg' a day can provide you with opportunities to support yourself and to support others.

A local self-help group for adults with Asperger's Syndrome.

5 week course starting 6 June 2016

Openng soon in the Whitgift Centre, Croydon

Interested in joining a new project to help unemployed people set up new social enterprises?  Meeting 12 May

Next stop is New Addington Market on 27 May, 9am - 2pm

The above poem has touched many people's lives.  It embraces the issues of mental health and dementia

Do you have a view on how Croydon should involve local people in shaping health services? If so, join the BIG CONVERSATION

Mind in Croydon offer 14 ways to beat exam stress

Helping service users to make the most of their money

A range of statistics have been published as part of efforts to monitor mental health treatment waiting times 

Invitation to join Goldcrest Community Centre, New Addington in a Big Lunch

Together for Short Lives has published a new guide to help families of children and young people with life-limiting conditions to better navigate education, health and social care services

DragonFly Film and TV are looking for long-term unemployed families to take part in a potentially life changing series 'The Great British Benefit Hand Out'

The recently held 'Twitter Comes to Croydon' was well attended and a follow up session is being organised.

Good Gym launches in Croydon on 17 May 2016

Local charity, KIDS, are holding an Open Day on 6 May to recruit volunteers

Local group ASKI (Advice Support Knowledge & Information) are looking for a volunteer.

NCVO (NCVO) highlighted the voluntary sector's need to play catch up in it's recent publication 'The Road Ahead'

Parallel - the world's first push/run - is taking place on 4 September 2016 at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park

Churches Together in the Merseyside Region have produced a comprehensive resource intended to help churches and other groups respond positively to the refugee crisis.

Lots of resources are available on the Alzheimer's Society website if you are planning an event to mark Dementia Awareness Week.

There is a wealth of support, advice, and training on offer for Croydon's carers - if you are a carer and you haven't been down to the Carers Support Centre why not take a look?

Classes are free every Tuesday

Grants to get children active and away from their mobile phones

Transport for London (TfL) are offering free cycle guides to Londoners wanting to get out on their bikes and be physically active in the city

Download information about free events/advice in Croydon's Healthy Living Hub

Your chance to take part in this Government Consultation asking for comments on the impact it's proposals would have on your charity

The Garwood Foundation are looking for enthusiastic cyclists to ride in the Prudential 100 London-Surrey Ride on 31 July 2016

Summary of the workshop that took place on 22 April 2016 on Theme 4 of the Community Fund in Croydon - Leaving no Child behind.

Feedback from the workshop held at CNCA on Croydon Council's Community Fund Theme 2 - A Connected Borough where no one is isolated.

Feedback from the workshop held at Croydon Voluntary Action on Croydon Council's Community Fund, Theme 3 - Supporting Residents towards better time.

Read feedback from the workshop held at the BME Forum on the Council's Community Fund Theme 5 - Finding homes for all.

Taking place at CVA's Resource Centre on 29th April, 6th and 13th May 2016.

SR Expression have an opportunity to present a film festival in the summer showing free films for all the family

Free half day workshops supporting mental health awareness of people with long term conditions

Music, storytelling, poetry workshops for 11-19 year olds offered by Music Relief and a confidence building session dealing with domestic abuse and violence.

Details of the themed workshops Croydon Council is offering as support to groups applying to the above fund

Two new grants - particularly looking for applications from Croydon - bit of a tight deadline though

For people aged 50+

Offered by the Asian Resource Centre Croydon from 23 April 2016

Allotment Gardeners/Community Growers take note

The above annual 5-a-side will take place on Saturday 9 July 2016 at Oasis Academy in Croydon

If you’re a registered manager or work in a supervisory role preparing for a Care Quality Commission (CQC) inspection then this practical seminar is for you.

Download a 'Right to Work' checklist to help you recruit safely and within the law.

Healthwatch Croydon listens to people’s views and experiences of local health and social care services.

Croydon Council are updating their themed workshops around support for commissioning - details available week beginning 11 April.  

Free Game Sessions starting during exam season can help you to take a break and de-stress. Just turn up and play.

Helping your local communities to get online.  Ideal for new staff and volunteers.

SHARAN is currently looking for five regional charities to tender for up to £10,000 to run regional campaigns for its recently funded National Forced Marriage Prevention and Awareness Campaign ‘Our Girl’. Reducing the number of people affected and most ‘at risk’ of forced marriage (FM).  Deadline 21 April 2016

Macmillan has announced a new national fundraiser for this summer to raise funds for people affected by cancer.

ChariTable Bookings allows customers to book tables at participating restaurants.  The restaurants will donate £1 for every diner in the party booking to a charity chosen by the customer when booking. 

Lots of reasons to come to the above event - you can book a business advice appointment, make connections with the exhibitors, and take the opportunity to look at the latest 'green energy' vehicles, all this and food from the Street World Food Market.

The Department for Communities and Local Government has awarded an additional £1.5 million to the Near Neighbours programme which will enable the Near Neighbours Fund Small Grant Programme to reopen in late spring/early summer 2016

Making libraries fit for the 21st century and looking for your comments

New Twitter Development enabling more people to enjoy its contents - allowing decriptions on photographs

A digital community website for entrepreneurs

Free venue offered on Monday, Tuesday, or Wednesday evenings

DPACT - A Lottery funded project to boost the confidence of those who find speaking for themselves a frightening experience

Would you like to know more about how your organisation can benefit from using social media and increased digital skills?

The Charity Commission has launched a new public beta online charity registration service, which forms part of its new “digital by default” policy

NAVCA has published an analysis of local charities' relationship with health bodies based on a 2015 survey of Chief Officers

The NHS Learning Disability Employment Programme aims to increase the number of people with learning disabilities employed in the NHS

SEUK are updating their Buy Social Directory.

Patient Online - new from the NHS providing online services to patients

A single one-off grant is available for a voluntary sector organisation to provide a two-year, not-for-profit national information and advice service for the families and carers of children at risk or involved in the care system in England

Join CLC for this speed mentoring session

Offering 2 training courses: Preparing to Work in Adult Social Care an 8 week course from 1 June 2016 and Emergency First Aid at Work a one day course taking place on 16 June 2016

An essential qualification if you want to work in retail or security

A new website that enables people and businesses to offer services and donate their fees to charity is looking for more charities to get involved

Rethink Mental Illness is launching a campaign to coincide with National Gardening Week, which takes place from 11th-17th April.

Mobile phone numbers replacing raffle tickets.....

Know someone who wants more from their work?

New courses have been introduced recently by the Children and Families Partnership

Would you like a high calibre student/graduate to help develop your business/social enterprise over the summer, at minimal cost to you?

The above event takes place on 11 and 12 June 2016 and the theme this year is to celebrate the Queen's Birthday

SWLLC is a community based legal practice and a registered charity working across six South West London Boroughs helping you to understand and enforce your legal rights.

Despite the difficult financial situation facing Local Government London Council has confirmed it's Grants programme will continue commissioning service outcomes to combat homelessness, tackle sexual and domestic violence and to address poverty through employment across London.

The London Mayoral team are looking for vountary groups to help spread the message about the elections

Partnership for Young Londoners are looking for your contributions to the above to push forward the youth agendas at the coming elections

The £200m funding for the period up to 2020 will be used to enable the most promising projects already supported under the scheme to scale up their work, with new areas also being supported to adopt the best innovations.

The council in partnership with the local community is offering organisations the chance to express their interest in a much-loved, historic building in Ashburton Park.

A young peoples development group (YPDG) is being established in Croydon to develop plans for the new Youth Zone

The above fund, due to open 4 May 2016, has four new priorities

Wheels for Wellbeing (WfW) is an award-winning charity supporting disabled people of all ages and abilities to enjoy the benefits of cycling.

The SFA has launched a further round of procurement in London covering the Youth Talent and Careers Clusters strands of the ESF 2014-20 Youth Programme.

Growing a Greener Britain is offering £50,000 in match funding to projects that improve the quality of, and access to, green space throughout Britain.

TAAP's Food Surplus App is available to all food retailers and has been rolled out in Tesco stores across the UK.

Croydon Council is asking local residents, community groups and businesses to give their ideas and support towards improving the borough’s libraries by taking part in an online survey and focus groups.

Free Sport will be open to applications from 4 April 2016

Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne delivered his 2016 Budget with a number of measures directly impacting the voluntary, community and social enterprise (VCSE) sector.

Sports Relief ES Fund for London Grants of between £5,000 and £20,000 are available to small community and voluntary organisations and social enterprises in London that are doing great work to help local people living tough lives.

A tax on sugary drinks will be used to fund initiatives to promote school sports and lengthen the school day.  Under the Chancellor of Exchequer’s plans, soft drinks companies will pay a levy on drinks with added sugar from April 2018. Milk-based drinks and fruit juices will be excluded from the levy.

Parents in Partnership are recruiting a Chairperson to their Board in a voluntary capacity.

Asian Resource Centre of Croydon (ARCC) celebrated International Women's Day in style on 17th March 2016 at Haslemere Hall with a wonderful audience, stalls, performances, delicious food, dignitaries, members and inspirational speakers. 

NHS Croydon CCG are looking for someone to get involved with the above steering group to ensure they buy the best services for patients with digestive diseases.

Free swimming and cycling sessions for women who suffer with social anxiety in Croydon

Value Croydon is about Croydon Council working together with businesses, the community and other public sector agencies to promote social value in Croydon.

10 people are to be given the opportunity to spend up to four months living with a tribe in Papua New Guinea.

Constructive Voices -  helping charities tell their story

The South London CVS Partnership are gathering 5 key questions about the Voluntary Community Sector that will be put to the London Mayoral candidates in advance of the election in May 2016.

WWF’s Earth Hour is an annual global celebration where people switch off their lights for one hour to show they care about the future of our planet. Will you be taking part?

The Power to Change Business Fund supporting community businesses is reopening from 26 April 2016

Barbara Altounyan is an audio biographer – she records people's life stories – and she is looking to set up a charity (The Hospice Biographers) in order to enable this service to be offered to people with a terminal diagnosis.

NICE have produced an updated MND guideline to improve and standardise care for people with the disease

Grants available in Croydon if you work with young people

There is a lot of help in Croydon for adults, children, young people, and families to maintain a healthy weight

The Public Administration and Constitutional Affairs Committee (PACAC) have published a damning report into the collapse of charity Kids Company entitled “The PACAC Report”. Antony Collins, Solicitors, have written an article commenting on the report.

Office furniture, sofa, coffee table, and branded mugs available

Free online counselling and peer support for those struggling with their mental health

Connecting with nature offers a new approach to mental health care A new study has been published by Natural England which reviews the benefits and outcomes of approaches to green care for mental ill-health

Local Charity looking to hire rooms or desk space to voluntary organisations/small business start ups

Do you work with unemployed people who need support getting back in to work? Would they benefit from a work taster day with some of Croydon’s biggest employers?

 Increasing numbers of children are being forced out of their home area to receive treatment for mental health problems, it has emerged.

Do you struggle with day to day tasks e.g. seeing friends, taking part in activities etc?  Depression Alliance offers 'Friends in Need'  - online and help locally.

Download a valuable resource aimed at helping people to understand more about self harming and advice on steps to take if you are worried about yourself or someone else.

The ThinkWell project offers workshops in schools to encourage students to talk about mental health.

The Good Finance website was created in response to complaints from charities and social enterprises that they do not understand social investment and how it works, thereby preventing them from applying for different types of investment.

Nightwatch will be commemorating four decades of volunteering in a number of ways throughout the year

Lots of ways to get involved with NICE (National Institute for Health & Care Excellence) from registering as a stakeholder, to joining a committee, or commenting on a consultation, to name a few ways.

Status Employment, a long time member of CVA, has 3 runners in the Surrey Half Matharon on 13 March 2016 and is looking for sponsors to support them.

Croydon Plus launching online banking and a new project Jam Jar Account

An exciting new purpose-built youth facility for young people in Whitehorse Road 

Funded by the GLA and Croydon Council, as part of the Food Flagship Programme, GCDA are looking to support 15 food businesses in Croydon

The Santander Foundation has announced a new name and changes to its grant making programmes.


Carers Information are offering 6 individual 2 hour workshops on dementia

Looking to simply the existing rules

Sayer Vincent have issued advice around guarding against fraud.

Important news for finance teams/treasurers - the SORP committee has confirmed there will not be a FRSSE SORP or equivalent SORP for small charities/companies now the FRSSE has been withdrawn.

The Cooperative bank and Cooperatives UK Today have launched a business support programme aimed at helping people start or grow co-operative or community enterprises.

Your chance to comment on the above draft form which has been developed by NHS England.

Cassandra Learning Centre are offering 'Behind the Blade' workshops to young people 11+

The Paul Hamlyn Foundation has recently changed to a no application deadline policy. The Foundation will now accept applications at any time to the Access and Participation Fund, the Arts-based Learning Fund, and the Shared Ground Fund. Previously, there were several funding rounds a year.

The hit BBC 1 programme 'Eat Well for Less' is back for a 3rd series and looking for families in Croydon to take part.

A free public online directory of services

A brand new service for 16-24 year olds who are gang-involved or gang-affiliated to get support to exit.

This year's Volunteer;s Week, celebrating volunteers and volunteering, will take place from 1st - 12th June this year.  The end of Volunteers' Week will coincide with the Patron's Lunch, a celebration of the Queen's birthday and her patronage of more than 600 charities.

LBC are holding a consultation meeting on the above on 3 March 2016, the day before the consultation ends.  CVA is offering voluntary groups the opportunity to feedback to us which we will collate and submit on your behalf.

The Veoila Environment Trust has paused its application process until April 2016

Things are happening around the world - the Scottish Government have pledged to reduce food waste and the first-ever surplus food supermarket, called Wefood, has opened in Copenhagen.

Would you like to get involved with JustBe - an organisation run by women for women -looking for help to deliver some exciting projects in 2016.

Good Food Matters, a local charity, are asking for VOTES if you shop in Tescos

Need help raising the issue of children's weight?  Not got time to attend training?  Try this free online intervention

A free resource dedicated to building partnerships between the private and the third sector.

Support if you are organising a Big Lunch or the Queen's 90th Birthday Street Party

Bates Well Braithwaite, in partnership with NCVO and SEUK, are offering vouchers to over 15,000 individuals and organisations to access and download bespoke legal documents.

The New Government Tax Free Childcare (TFC) scheme, which will replace the existing Childcare Voucher scheme, will now be introduced in 2017.

1 World News the first free newspaper for children

Have you check out the digital zones that have opened around Croydon?

Free training for community organisations to pass on basic digital skills to their clients

Practical Tips and Advice for the role of trustees in small charities.

The regulations for the National Living Wage coming in from 1st April 2016 have now been made and the new minimum pay rates are available.

Taking place on 29 May 2016 and looking for contributions, people to get involved.....

Taking place from 18-26 June 2016 and looking for YOUR stories

The above spoon, designed by a Scot with cerebral palsy, has won a design competition. The spoon works by  reducing spillage.

Dance of Life is a new form of antenatal class starting soon at CVA's Waterside Centre

People facing mental health crises will be able to get community care 24 hours a day, 7 days a week as part of the biggest transformation of NHS mental health services in England for a generation.

An online survey to understand the experiences of people who have undergone a mental health crisis in London.

New NHS figures show that the number of deaths annually among mental health patients in England has risen 21% over the last three years from 1,412 to 1,713.

Supermarket giant ASDA Stores Ltd have signed the MINDFUL EMPLOYER Charter for Employers who are Positive About Mental Health.

7 Free African Caribbean dance and sports sessions for the over 50s

Ocean, part of the Think Money Group, are offering charities the chance to showcase how they allocate their funds with an image that will benefit them.

Making a strong case for public sector grants to charities.

Charity Commission to live-stream on a public meeting on 29 February 2016

Looking for registered charities with incomes up to a million pounds

One of the key areas to get right in your funding application is to make sure your outcomes are clear, specific, and realistic.

Webinars are an excellent way to gain knowledge and skills without leaving your seat!

Latest sports funding, projects, statistics in this Update

Giving you the opportunity to celebrate extra ordinary women in a Photographic and Creative Arts exhibition.

New enterprise offering free job ads online until March

Available from their office in George Street Croydon

This year's Give and Gain Day is now open for registration by volunteering businesses and also community organisations seeking helpers

Check your eligibility for this offer and apply online

Looking for teams to take part in this free tournament

Victim Support is a charity that helps victims and witnesses of all types of crime, as well as their friends, family and any other people involved. 

Out and about around Croydon giving information advice and guidance to young people

An inspiring weekend for young people who have an ambition to set up or grow a business dedicated to making positive social impact.

The above event takes place between Thursday 16th and Sunday 19th June 2016, with the Youth and Public Services Day on Thursday 16th June 2016.

Cassandra Learning Centre is offering the above workshops on 22, 23, & 26 February 2016

Learn how to set up or grow a business, get help developing your business plan 

Improving democracy education for young people.

The above consultation is open until 16 February 2016, 5pm.

A parenting resource put together to help avoid unnecessary GP and A&E visits

Funding withdrawal impact on Croydon's pharmacies

Mental Health Forum will take place on 9 March 2016

Don't miss out on the latest information on commissioning in Croydon

The VCSE Strength Checker will be launched on 1 February 2016 to help voluntary community and social enterprise organisations improve performance and sustainability

Are you a woman experiencing social anxiety?

On Wednesday 3 February 2016 the CVSA will meet in the morning followed by a BLF Workshop after lunch.

Food retailer Pret a Manger is offering 100,000 free coffees or teas for its customers to give away.

New pensions regulations mean all employers have to provide a workplace pensions scheme for all employees earning £10,000 or more aged between 22 and the State Pension Age.

The Care Quality Commission (CQC) seeking views on its vision for the future regulation of health and social care

Say it Out Loud - an interactive play about your rights and how to stay safe in relationships

Royal Association for Deaf Peole have lottery funding to offer free services to deaf people

A 9 week VIP masterclass helping creative women turn a hobby into a business

This launch makes the culmination of the Opportunities and Fairness Commission's work and comes at a time when difficult decisions re funding have to be made in Croydon

Croydon Council is tendering for a range of services for families with children aged under 5 years deadline 19 February 2016

Have you got an idea for transforming a public space in Croydon? Support is available to help prepare crowd-funded ideas for activating space.

Date to file your tax return is 31 January 2016 with a £100 fine if you are late

Offering free reclaimed paint to organisations

A web-based resouce for patients and healthcare professionals to support the safe and rational use of these painkillers

Learn to be a Food Buddy with Garden Organic and promote healthy eating and growing your own around Croydon

Courage is Compulsory shares the life stories of Laura, living with Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome and mental health issues, and Tori and Sam, who both have Spinal Muscular Atrophy.

A number of charities have ticked the box on their Charity Commission annual return saying accounts are "qualified" when they're not.

Are you confident in raising the issue of weight? Are you aware of how you can promote the benefits of a healthy weight within your role? 

Recruiting volunteers to promote their work and also people to go on their Patient Experience Panels

Read an account of a celebration organised by the Foodbank and Croydon Soroptomists

The Asian Resource Centre are working in partnership with Croydon Council to support elderly people who may be vulnerable and socially isolated.

Several events going in in Croydon to mark the Holocaust 

Young Carers Awareness Day 28 January 2016

NHS England has been tasked by the government to “significantly improve” choice around end of life care by 2020.

Friends of Addiscombe Railway Park are using  'Christmas Mince' or shredded old Christmas trees to line the paths in some parts of the park off the main track.

HM Revenue and Customs has formally launched its plans to digitise Britain's tax system which will see small business owners and the self-employed submitting tax returns online every three months.

Read an Inspecton Report on SLAM's services  

SWLSTG Pharmacy Services develop innovative free app for safe lithium treatment

Patients with severe depression benefit as much from psychological therapy as they do from pills, according to a recent survey comparing two commonly used treatments