Active Minds: Physical and mental wellbeing are intertwined, a healthy mind needs a healthy body and a healthy body needs a healthy mind. Active Minds is a social inclusion service which can encourage you to look after your wellbeing by supporting you to become more physically active. They can help you develop your knowledge on healthy living issues, like the importance of nutrition, sleep, relaxation and leisure time.

APCMH: Croydon APCMH, a longstanding mental health charity in Croydon, which opened in 1989. They are unique in that their service is open access, there is no referral and service users and carers choose to use the service. They provide emotional and spiritual support, with a concern for individuals, rather than mental health status. They provide stability and continuity and are a dependable service.

Carers Information Service: Provides information, advice and support to unpaid carers in Croydon looking after someone who needs their help due to illness, disability or old age.  They run the Carers Support Centre in George Street, the one stop shop for carers in Croydon.

Care To Listen: A competitively priced BACP Accredited counselling service located in Croydon and also serve local areas such as Sutton and Purley. They pride themselves on delivering a quality service that is accessible and affordable to all and specialise in integrative counselling which includes cognitive behavioural therapy, short-term solution focused, psychodynamic and person-centred counselling.

Croydon Community Mediation (CCM): A local charity, which helps neighbours settle disputes. The service is free to all residents of Croydon. Their highly trained and experienced mediators help people work through disagreements with their neighbours. Most of the cases involve noise or anti-social behaviour, but they will help with any problem. They have also helped community groups and workplaces work through problems between members and employees.

Croydon Drop In: CDI established in 1978 to support young people and families by offering free and confidential, counselling information, advice and advocacy services. These are delivered through a variety of projects. For further information please contact  through our Website email facility or call their office

Stonham Home Group: A social enterprise and a charity, is one of the UK’s largest providers of high quality housing and supported housing services and products. They work with vulnerable people who have a variety of needs, including; Homelessness, Substance abuse problems, Mental health issues, Learning difficulties, Domestic violence, Ex-offenders, elderly and young people.

Inaspectrum: Can help you understand the diversity in Autism, can also help you make amendments to include those you value. No fees, a little chat, no big deals just understandable support. Enquiries to

Imagine:  Imagine Independence is all about promoting independence. They work together with people with mental health issues and other challenges so they can live a full and independent life. Many of the people They engage with have lots that they can contribute to their community. They work to help them have decent housing, employment, fulfilling leisure activities, good health and a respected place in society.  Enquiries to

Off the Record: (OTR) Youth Counselling is a charity in Croydon and Sutton providing free support to children and young people. They were set up in 1994 to help young people going through tough times and provide a range of free, friendly and accessible support services for young people aged 14-25 who live, work or study in the Borough of Croydon and Sutton.

OpenMinds: OpenMinds Social Care is a specialist mental health organisation which makes recovery from a mental health difficulty the main focus of its intervention.  They provide practical, emotional and social support via a floating support service to adults in the community who are experiencing mental health challenges. They work alongside clients; supporting them as they make decisions that shape their lives and lead to meaningful and active roles in their communities. :

Place2be:  An award-winning charity providing school-based emotional and mental health services. Place2Be helps to improve the prospects of children aged 4-14 years, by tackling the complex social and emotional issues that often lie behind the challenging behaviour and educational underperformance.

Raising Great Aspirations: Delivers Health and wellbeing, training and employment programme, for young people (aged 18-25), particularly those from disadvantaged backgrounds with health and employment needs. The project will engage with young people who have been diagnosed with mild anxiety, depression and stress who experience acute barriers in entering training and employment, and therefore do not typically engage with mainstream services.

Studio Up Stairs:  Believes in artistic practice as a valuable way to create meaning and purpose in life, leading from isolation to community. Their mission is to provide holistic support to people who are experiencing enduring mental or emotional difficulties so that they can re-create their reasons and purpose for living, find new ways to live and experience a better quality of life.

Unique Roots: This funded based vision was created by Pam Cumberbatch in 2013. Being a community motivator and maintaining a healthy lifestyle, she started a gardening project initially with neighbours offering skills of gardening and carpentry. Based opposite Thornton Road & Valley Park Surgery, it’s a fantastic opportunity for residents to get involved and it promotes healthy living!

Hear us: Hear Us is Croydon’s Mental Health Service User Group which acts as a coordinating body to facilitate, and ensure service users involvement in, the planning, delivery and monitoring of mental health services in Croydon. Helping to improve the quality of the services commissioned and delivered in Croydon

Community Family:  Project based in New Addington provides one to one support and practical help for individuals and families.  A Family Support Worker is available to work alongside anyone who may be facing difficult situations or needing help with particular problems. They can provide you with information and contacts to other services within the area.

We talked to some groups at this event click audiobooms to listen to what they have to say.