|SUMMARY OF CVA COVID-19 SUPPORT|
CVA is coordinating Croydon’s voluntary and community sector effort to maintain social connections across the borough
We created a directory of services and activities still running https://cvalive.org.uk/coronavirus/ – to be added, email us with details of whatever support your group is managing to provide email@example.com
We have a telephone helpline for vulnerable people who need support – 020 8253 7076.
We have over 70 verified telephone befrienders making calls to people who are stressed or just need some company.
Anyone who is able to volunteer please click here – there is a short form to fill in and submit to our Volunteer Centre team, who will then get in touch with you.
The CVA Resource Centre is operating as a food and toiletries collection and delivery point. During the Easter break we are open 7 days a week between 10.00 am to 12.00pm for donations of non perishable food. Call 0208 253 1268 or email Shalina.Alabaksh@cvalive.org.uk.
LET’S KEEP CONNECTED
CVA RELIEF FUND
The people of Croydon continue to give generously to the CVA Relief Fund, enabling us to purchase food supplies to meet the dietary requirements of people who now rely on our support.
With lockdown extended and food supplies under pressure your contributions to the Relief Fund are even more appreciated. Please make your donation by clicking here
Local Foodbanks and Soup kitchens
Our local Food banks and community organizations have reacted outstandingly to the unprecedented situation that the Corona Virus outbreak brought us in. From established Food Banks and Soup kitchens to improvised Food hubs, Croydon charity sector is continuing to surprise us with its determination to support the local community and the most vulnerable in our society and its flexibility in quickly adapting to an ever changing situation.
We have tried our best to create a list of the existing initiatives you can refer clients in need to and organised them by area. Most of them are now delivering food parcels and /or cooked meals in their local communities. We encourage everyone who can to carry on donating to their local food banks and check with them which items are most needed!
CVA is convening Croydon Food Banks bi-weekly to discuss challenges, opportunities and partnership work in collaboration with Sarah Jones MP and Hamida Ali, Cabinet Member for Safer Croydon and Communities; if you have not been invited or you are not on this list please let firstname.lastname@example.org know.
We have a limited number of free one year memberships to online fundraising platform Localgiving.com and
Free access to a limited number of online Food & Hygiene training for local Food banks too. If interested contact Sarah.
St Mildred’s Parish Church: stmildredschurch.org.uk, tel 0208 8655 1434.
Croydon Nightwatch: Food every evening for rough sleepers, 9.30pm in Queens Gardens; email@example.com
Revivify_Croydon Community Foodbank: Delivery throughout Croydon (Referrals through statutory departments/local voluntary sector partners) firstname.lastname@example.org, 07757 754637
New Addington and Fieldway
Family Centre Fieldway: Food Stop, Tues/Weds 9.15-1pm and Food Stop Plus (over 65’s) on Friday 9.15-12. Food Stop Drop (Home deliveries of produce & meals) Friday 12.30-2.30pm. Tel 01689 844277 or email@example.com (membership fee £3.50)
Salvation Army Church New Addington/The Vine Foodbank: Emergency food parcels for New Addington, Selsdon, Forestdale residents (must be referred), firstname.lastname@example.org email@example.com
New Addington Baptist Church/The Community Family Project: Food parcels delivery on Mondays firstname.lastname@example.org
Good Food Matters, meal distribution service in collaboration with the local Food banks, CVA and the Familly Centre Fieldway, email@example.com
Cassandra Centre: Free Meal Delivery Service with delivery on Thursdays in April between 1-6pm in Norbury or Pollard Hill Area, firstname.lastname@example.org, 07714735568 and 07852525468
Purley Food Hub: Delivery to CR2, CR5, CR04 CR8 on Wednesdays, 10-12 (referrals from professional agencies/NHS/Schools), email@example.com, 07546 635295.
Purley Masjid Foodbank: Wednesdays 10am-11.30am. Basket, shopping trips, urgent supplies, prescriptions; firstname.lastname@example.org
Old Lodge Lane Baptist Church: £15 to £20 worth of fresh food and other groceries for £3.50 a week email@example.com or call 0208 668 6260.
Guiding Hands: Deliveries of food parcels on Fridays to Selhurst and surrounding areas. Bookings online at https://www.guidinghands.org.uk/book-online
Selsdon Food Hub: this is a partnership arrangement between Selsdon Contact, Selsdon Centre for the Retired, Monks Hill Food Stop, the local Selsdon Churches including Croydon Jubilee Church, GP Surgeries, Vintage 62 and Sainsbury, Croydon High School, the local Fire Brigade and local butcher Bashford & co. A door delivery service of free ‘essentials’ shopping bags and a weekly cooked meal. 020 8651 4944, firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.
The Shrublands trust, food bank on Broom Road, Info@shrublandstrust.org or 020 3441 7887.
St Francis Church Food Stop: Friday 9.30 -1pm by appointment and deliveries to those who self isolating in Monks Hill, Selsdon and Forestdale area, firstname.lastname@example.org or 02086577864.
South Norwood Community Kitchen: Delivery of meals/food parcels every Tuesday and Saturday, email@example.com
Oasis Community Hub: Deliveries in Norwood Junction, Dave.Jones@oasisuk.org
Rapture Community Project
Age UK: food and essential hygiene items for older people, firstname.lastname@example.org or 020 8686 0066
Elim Pentecostal Church_Thornton Heath Food Hub, Alive Community Centre: delivery of food parcels and prescriptions in Thornton Heath, email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org
His Grace Foodbank, His Grace Evangelical Outreach: Food bank for families and vulnerable people in need email@example.com
Food Stop Thornton Heath, Wednesdays only, GCC@croydon.gov.uk
Project 4 Youth Empowerment (P4ye), presently also delivering hot meals to the elderly, vulnerable and self-isolating in the Croydon area from 5pm on Wednesday and Saturdays.Preferred method of contact request by contact form at www.p4ye.co.uk
Croydon Mosque & Islamic Centre: Food pack delivery within 3-mile radius of Croydon Mosque, 020 8684 8200, firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
MUC Soup Kitchen, Croydon Muslim Association: Soup kitchen providing 125 hot packed meals every Friday at 7pm, firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
Croydon Voluntary Action (CVA): Delivery service of food parcels to the self-isolating/elderly across Croydon and to other Food Banks when possible. Call 0208 253 1268 or email Shalina.Alabaksh@cvalive.org.uk.
Croydon Foodbank Trussell Trust: Delivery through Croydon firstname.lastname@example.org
Holistic Wellness Hub (HWH): Monday to Saturday, 2-5pm, email@example.com
The Well_Croydon Salvation Army: Food parcels and delivery, firstname.lastname@example.org or 020 86809924.
Asian Resource Centre of Croydon (ARCC): Tuesday delivery to registered members. Also cooked meals, 020 8684 3784 or email@example.com
British Bangladeshi Society Croydon: Every Sunday, 12- 2pm, collection must be arranged by telephone or email, 07956418794 or firstname.lastname@example.org
West Norwood: Norwood & Brixton Foodbank. Delivery in North Croydon, Monday – Friday with a valid food bank voucher, email@example.com
SWAN foodbank South London. Delivering food packs. Requests by online referral form https://forms.gle/NZwq2xPBss28dpMA8 or 07973501274/ 07828722091.
Croydon Covid-19 Mutual Aid brings together hundreds of neighbourhood based Mutual Aid groups that can help residents with simple tasks such as picking up shopping; their newly launched helpline is 020 3322 8379 . We would like to thank Ben Taylor from CCMA who put together the Google map below of Croydon Food Banks and Soup Kitchens.
Advice & Guidance
Extension to Job Retention Scheme; Eligibility Date Extended
The Government has confirmed that thousands more employees across the country will now qualify for support through the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) after the eligibility date was extended to 19 March 2020. In order to protect against potential fraudulent claims, individuals originally had to be employed on or before 28 February 2020. More details here
PPE Guidance from Croydon Council
The above guidance covers personal protective equipment – when to use it, how to use it, and how to protect yourself and others when visiting vulnerable people. Download it here.
Support Sessions for VCS Leaders
IVAR (Institute for Voluntary Action Research) has hosted online peer support sessions for VCS (voluntary and community sector) leaders. From this, they have begun to build a picture of what is currently front of mind for leaders, and to draw out questions and opportunities for funders as they develop their responses. Read it here
Raising Investment for Community Businesses Webinar: 21 April, 11am
The Plunkett Foundation, Power to Change and GET SITR are delighted to be collaborating on this webinar, tailored to be the needs of community businesses and organised by Big Society Capital. Register here
Superhighways Free Online Training
Office 365 – An amazing tool box of useful apps
12 May 2020 from 2.00pm – 3.30pm
UK registered charities can use Office 365 for free under the Microsoft donation programme – but are you one of the many organisations just using it for email and file storage? Join Superhighways to gain a greater insight into how you could be maximising your Office 365 subscription. We will introduce you to the range of fantastic apps included, demoing some particularly useful ones for small local charities. Book here
Introduction to Microsoft Teams
20th, 27th, 24th April
A run through the structure and features of Microsoft Teams including how to set up Teams & Channels, how to chat online with colleagues, and how to schedule, host & join meetings
Complete this form if interested in the above free sessions.
Free Online Session from Coalition for Efficiency
23 April 2020 from 9.30am -10.30am
Training session on conducting semi-structured interviews. Register here
Charities, bloggers and businesses need to illustrate their coronavirus-related content and appeals with relevant images. That can be a challenge with some staff on furlough, others working from home and minimal opportunity to get out to take photos. So here is a collection of coronavirus image and video resources, most of them free. Find out more
Samsung Out of the Box Competition
Stuck at home and looking for a challenge? The above competition is designed to reduce the chances of the packaging in which it distributes its TVs. The packaging provides customers with a way to repurpose its television packaging into new household items. The cardboard is printed with a dot matrix pattern which, when the box is opened out, can be used as a guide to create a range of different objects for the home by cutting and reassembling the box. Deadline 29 May 2020. Find out more
Charities Relax Funding Reporting
An online survey of 56 foundations has been carried out and found that most were relaxing their reporting requirements due to the Coronavirus outbreak.
Looking for Office Space?
Modern, entire 2nd floor comprising 1,700 sq ft office space with on site car parking is available at Freedman House, Christopher Wren Yard, Croydon CR0 1QG. It’s on offer at a reduced rent and flexible basis for any charities who need it. If interested email Chiefexec@avma.org.uk
Free Offer to NHS Workers
If you have an problem with your vehicle travelling to and from work the AA
will offer free assistance. Call 0800 072 5064. You don’t have to be a member of AA. Read more
Furlough To Go
Croydon Volunteer Centre are one of the partners working with Time to Spare on the above initiative. This has been set up to enable charities and community groups to connect with and involve these skilled and experienced furloughed staff as volunteers. Find out more here
Are you up for a 2.6 Challenge?
The above is a mass participation event organisers including Parkrun, London Landmarks, Virgin Sport and London Marathon Events have united to support the UK’s charities. It starts on Sunday 26 April, which should have been the date of the 40th edition of the London Marathon. It challenges the public to come up with an activity based round the numbers 2, 6, or 26 and to fundraise or donate to Save the UK’s Charities via The 2.6 Challenge website. It is open to anyone of any age but all activities must follow the Government guidelines on exercise and social distancing. Find out more here.
Free Comms Support
The PR Communication Initiative offers free support to charities struggling against coronavirus lockdown and staff on furlough. Find out more here
Are you a Coop Member?
If so you can donate your unused rewards to help those affected by the Coronavirus. The Coop are also stocking the Big Issue whilst vendors are unable to sell on the streets.
Working from home?
You can claim £5 a week tax back on extra costs. Find out more here
£100m to Support Social Care Organisations
The above programme will be a mix of loans and investment which is being put together to help get emergency funding to social enterprises, charities and small businesses in disadvantaged parts of the UK that are affected by the coronavirus/COVID-19 pandemic. Read more
Grants up to £10,000 to registered charities working directly with homeless people. Eligible activities are: outreach and support for rough sleepers, including provision of essentials; delivery of services in hostels and shelters; information and advice. Read more
Citizen Food Waste Behaviour
Grants of between £25,000 and £100,000 for projects that will have a direct influence in changing behaviour. e.g. help promote a better understanding of Best Before Date vs Use-By Date; promote and encourage consumers to buy/shop better – buying the ‘right’ quantity for what is required. For example, shopping planners; educate on how to store or freeze food correctly.
Deadline 23 April @1pm. Read more
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