Mental Health Support in Croydon (One Croydon) training session

Training session notes

Mental Health Support in Croydon (One Croydon) training session

Tuesday 21 November 2023, from 10:30am–12:30 pm. 

It was great to see you all at the training session. A big thank you to all who shared about the Mental Health support your organisations offer Croydon Residents.   


Recording of the Mental Health Support for Adults in Croydon session 


Guest Speakers 


South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust (SLaM 

  • Sarah Moodie, SLaM Croydon, Community Mental Health Team (CMHT)  

The Community Mental Health Team, also known as a CMHT, is made up of a team of people from different health and social care professions. They work in your community to help you to recover from, and cope with, a mental health problem.  T: 0203228-6000 | E: 


  • Andrew Harris, Senior Clinical Team Lead, SLaM Croydon NHS Talking Therapies (IAPT) 

How to access IAPT services: Self-refer online:  or Google ‘Croydon Talking Therapies’ | Self-refer by phone: 0203 228 4040 | Referral from GP/other professional 


  • Diane Rouillon, Assistant Director, Centre of Change 


  • Zlatinka Hristova, Director, Studio Upstairs:  

Studio Upstairs provides art education, therapeutic and social support through weekly groups running 10am - 5pm for people 18+.  The group members organise exhibitions and group outings.  Also providing workshops and online groups (2 hours) at different times. There is a charge, but there are some subsidised or free places dependent on project funding.  E:  | W: 


  • Celestina Oniye-Thomas, Lead Psychotherapist/CEO, Floating Counselling 

Supporting young people and families through affordable - psychotherapy and counselling, coaching, mentoring, weekly food parcels and holiday school. We work to prevent harm to young people, families, communities and society, as well as heal harm previously caused. We see clients in person in Croydon and online. Schedule of Events: or WhatsApp: 07305882959 


  • Gerome Francis, EMHIP Support Worker, BME Forum, Ethnicity and Mental Health Improvement Project (EMHIP): Community-led partnership with a specific objective to reduce ethnic inequalities in access, experience, and outcome of mental health care. Aims and objectives of service  

  • Provide safe spaces in the community with an emphasis on hospitality for people with mental health and wellbeing concerns  

  • Serve as an access point (including walk-in, self-referral) for people with any difficulty related to mental health or general wellbeing  

  • Provide assessment, treatment, and support for people with mental health problems, including joint working with mental health/primary care services  

  • Support and help people with mental health problems to access work, vocational training, return to employment  

  • Work with community partners to support and monitor young people ‘at risk’ of mental health problems 

  • Offer self-help, peer support groups, workshops and activities   

  • Host and support local GPs and others to improve physical health, such as health screening and advice, health advice and self-management of long-term health conditions 


Other organisations who shared during the open session  

  • Asian Resource Centre ‘Hear to talk project’ - Nayim Chowdhury 

Here to Talk Project Flyer: Free, friendly, culturally appropriate counselling sessions for Asian residents with mental health, their families and carers who may feel more comfortable speaking to our health champions in their own community setting and language, rather than presenting to their GP.Conversations with a Mental Health Champion to support individuals to manage lifestyle by to reduce to manage your lifestyle to reduce the risk of mental health issues.   


  • Good Food matters, Men Shed Project: Amanda McGrath 

Growing a healthy community. Share a meal and learn new skills: Gardening, Woodwork, Cooking 

Free, for all men welcome age 18+. Every Friday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.  


  • Care to Listen: Sharon Thomas, Clinical Service Director  

Low Cost Counselling Service and Training School. Supporting adults over 18, older people, ethnic minorities 

W: | E: | T: 020 8616 2160  



  • Croydon Health & Wellbeing Space - Jacqui Dyce, Head of Mental Health & Wellbeing Services,  

Space for people to receive Advice, Guidance, and Signposting alongside Clinical Support from our Clinical Psychology team under one roof. Drop in Times: Monday – Saturday 10 am – 1pm.  

T: 02031549539 Monday – Saturday 10 am – 5 pm |  W:  


 Active Minds: To refer someone to the Active Minds groups please fill out the referral form found at: Brief support to help people set up Zoom is available. Tel 020 8253 8205 |  E: 


  • Therapeutic Counselling Service: Aims to promote good mental health by providing a high quality professional service giving you the opportunity to explore issues past and present that are having an effect on your life. One-to-one, Anger Group, Anxiety Group. 

Thereapeutic Counselling Service Flyer: 


  • Recovery Space: Rusell Jarvian, Recovery Space Manager 

The Recovery Space offers a safe, non-clinical, supportive environment for people experiencing a social mental health crisis from 11am – 4pm from the Croydon Health and Wellbeing Space and from 5pm – 11pm at a central location in East Croydon, 7 days a week. 



Mental Health & Wellbeing Support in Croydon booklet: Take a look and print out this useful 'Mental Health & Wellbeing support in Croydon' booklet (the front page has been designed to be used as a poster with a QR Code) here 


  • Online Mental Health & Well Being support in Croydon booklet can be found on CVA website home page → Directories Button → Croydon Mental Health Groups 

  • Other useful directories can be found on the home page of the Croydon Voluntary Action website, Support, Foodbanks, Mental Health & Wellbeing, Autism, Debt Advice Services, Find Activities, Find Organisations) 


Croydon Simply Connect Directory 

You can find out more about local services on Simply Connect Croydon. This online directory lists numerous specialist support services, such as mental health, bereavement services and much more. Find a service 

Not listed in the Directory yet?  

  • If you wish to add your services/activities you need to complete this online form 


Recordings and meeting notes of other recent One Croydon Training which you may find of interest  



Kay Rhodes 

Training and Community Leadership Support, Croydon Voluntary Action  

To view the full CVA Training and Events calendar: CVA Events Training - Croydon Voluntary Action (