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Update on support services available in Croydon

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 connectwellcroydon@cvalive.org.uk
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 sarah.burns@cvalive.org.uk  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.


 
Addiscombe
St Mildred’s Parish Church: stmildredschurch.org.uk, tel 0208 8655 1434.

East Croydon
Croydon Nightwatch: Food every evening for rough sleepers, 9.30pm in Queens Gardens; croydonnightwatch@btinternet.com

Revivify_Croydon Community Foodbank: Delivery throughout Croydon (Referrals through statutory departments/local voluntary sector partners) info@revivifycommunity.co.uk, 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 familycentre.fieldway@virgin.net (membership fee £3.50)

Salvation Army Church New Addington/The Vine Foodbank: Emergency food parcels for New Addington, Selsdon, Forestdale residents (must be referred), emma.spencer@salvationarmy.org.uk lesley.holland@salvationarmy.org.uk

New Addington Baptist Church/The Community Family Project: Food parcels delivery on Mondays claire@newaddingtonbaptistchurch.co.uk
Good Food Matters, meal distribution service in collaboration with the local Food banks, CVA and the Familly Centre Fieldway, amanda@foodmatters.org.uk
 
Norbury
Cassandra Centre: Free Meal Delivery Service with delivery on Thursdays in April between 1-6pm in Norbury or Pollard Hill Area, admin@cassandracentre.org.uk, 07714735568 and 07852525468
 
Purley
Purley Food Hub: Delivery to CR2, CR5, CR04 CR8 on Wednesdays, 10-12 (referrals from professional agencies/NHS/Schools), purleyfoodhub@gmail.com, 07546 635295.

Purley Masjid Foodbank: Wednesdays 10am-11.30am.  Basket, shopping trips, urgent supplies, prescriptions; management@purleymasjid.com

Old Lodge Lane Baptist Church: £15 to £20 worth of fresh food and other groceries for £3.50 a week foodstop@ollbc.org.uk or call 0208 668 6260.
 
Selhurst
Guiding Hands: Deliveries of food parcels on Fridays to Selhurst and surrounding areas. Bookings online at https://www.guidinghands.org.uk/book-online

Selsdon
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, info@selsdoncontact.org.uk or jaz.potter@croydon-jubilee.co.uk.

Shirley
The Shrublands trust, food bank on Broom Road, Info@shrublandstrust.org or 020 3441 7887.
 
South Croydon
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, stfrancisselsdon@gmail.com or 02086577864.

South Norwood
South Norwood Community Kitchen: Delivery of meals/food parcels every Tuesday and Saturday, hello@southnorwoodcommunitykitchen.co.uk

Oasis Community Hub: Deliveries in Norwood Junction, Dave.Jones@oasisuk.org
Rapture Community Project
 
Thornton Heath
Age UK: food and essential hygiene items for older people, asc@adviceservicescroydon.org.uk or 020 8686 0066
Elim Pentecostal Church_Thornton Heath Food Hub, Alive Community Centre: delivery of food parcels and prescriptions in Thornton Heath, nickgray@mershamroad.org or thehub@mershamroad.org
His Grace Foodbank, His Grace Evangelical Outreach: Food bank for families and vulnerable people in need info@hisgrace-evangelicaloutreach.co.uk

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, tanveersajjid@hotmail.com or nadir1@btinternet.com
 
West Croydon
MUC Soup Kitchen, Croydon Muslim Association: Soup kitchen providing 125 hot packed meals every Friday at 7pm, tamkin@gmail.com or jav7860@gmail.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 croydonfoodbank@mail.com

Holistic Wellness Hub (HWH): Monday to Saturday, 2-5pm, hwhcentre@gmail.com

The Well_Croydon Salvation Army: Food parcels and delivery, chris.waldock@salvationarmy.org.uk or 020 86809924.

Asian Resource Centre of Croydon (ARCC): Tuesday delivery to registered members. Also cooked meals, 020 8684 3784 or info@arccltd.com

British Bangladeshi Society Croydon: Every Sunday, 12- 2pm, collection must be arranged by telephone or email, 07956418794 or eawor.ali@gmail.com
 
Neighbouring areas
West Norwood: Norwood & Brixton Foodbank. Delivery in North Croydon, Monday – Friday with a valid food bank voucher, norwoodfoodbank@btinternet.com

Streatham:
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

For groups
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

Free Images 
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. 
Read more
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  


For residents

Free Offer to NHS Workers
I
f 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
 
Funding Support/News

£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

Morrisons Foundation
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
 
Click here for more Coronavirus Funding News and Support
Including infection control guidance for care providers and tips for supporting those who have been isolated. View in browser 17 April 2020 The latest from the Social Care Institute for Excellence This edition of SCIELine gives updated advice for the COVID-19 pandemic and social care topics including infection control guidance for care providers and how to support those who have been isolated. We’ve also included our response to the new Adult Social Care Strategy and an update on our incoming Chief Executive. COVID-19: Supporting autistic people and people with learning disabilities Guides for families and professionals supporting autistic adults and adults with learning disabilities during the coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis. Includes guidance for social workers and occupational therapists, for care staff, and for carers and family. Coronavirus (COVID-19) infection control for care providers Managing infection control is essential to prevent the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19) for any care setting or service. This briefing sets out best practice for care providers to remain safe and prevent COVID-19 from spreading. Supporting people who are isolated or vulnerable during the COVID-19 crisis Social workers, care workers, personal assistants and others are in a unique position to help address anxiety and other concerns, and keep people connected and safe during this public health crisis. This summary shares information, resources and ideas that you can use – especially if you now are working remotely or in isolation, and which can be shared with the people you support. Coronavirus advice and information blogs for social care Blogs published to support the sector during the Covid-19 pandemic. Includes new entries on leadership in local authorities from Kim Carey, Director of Adult Services, London Borough of Bromley, and the Mental Capacity Act from Lorraine Currie, MCA and DoLS Manager at Shropshire Council and carer. New COVID-19 Adult Social Care Strategy: SCIE response SCIE has been increasingly concerned by the growing pressure on an already fragile social care system, and the publication of a new Adult Social Care Strategy sets out an essential programme of actions to enable the sector to carry on supporting the most frail and vulnerable in our society. Coronavirus (COVID-19): looking after people who lack mental capacity This emergency guidance from the Government is for health and social care staff in England and Wales who are caring for, or treating, a person who lacks the relevant mental capacity during the coronavirus outbreak. COVID-19: Questions and answers for the social care sector SCIE recently published a Q&A on COVID-19 with answers from the Minister of State for Social Care, SCIE Chair Paul Burstow, and NHS England. Hoping to update this resource frequently, we are asking for more questions on topics related to issues that the sector may be facing in the COVID-19 crisis. Coronavirus and the Social Care Institute for Excellence (SCIE) We’re making sure that all preparations are in place to provide the same high-quality service that you expect from us. We kindly ask that for any training or consultancy enquiries, these are sent through our dedicated enquiry page on our website, as opposed to our phone lines. At an uncertain time for the sector, we are still doing our upmost to continue to offer evidence-based solutions and share good practice related to the Coronavirus outbreak for all those working in social care. Visit our updated Coronavirus (COVID-19) hub for the latest social care guidance. SCIE appoints new Chief Executive The Social Care Institute for Excellence (SCIE) has appointed Kathryn Smith as its new Chief Executive, following Tony Hunter’s decision to step down in April 2020 after six years in post. Kathryn was previously Chief Operating Officer for Alzheimer’s Society, and has over 30 years’ experience working in health and social care. CPD-accredited e-learning – start studying from home Enrol on our CPD-accredited online courses. Start studying remotely and improve your own or your staff’s frontline knowledge, skills and practice in a range of topics. End-of-life care and dementia: Eating and drinking This recently updated resource looks at what is involved in providing good end-of-life care for people with dementia, and covers problems with eating, drinking and ability to swallow. #keepconnected
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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 connectwellcroydon@cvalive.org.uk
  • 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 sarah.burns@cvalive.org.uk  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.


 

Addiscombe

St Mildred’s Parish Church: stmildredschurch.org.uk, tel 0208 8655 1434.


East Croydon

Croydon Nightwatch: Food every evening for rough sleepers, 9.30pm in Queens Gardens; croydonnightwatch@btinternet.com
Revivify_Croydon Community Foodbank: Delivery throughout Croydon (Referrals through statutory departments/local voluntary sector partners) info@revivifycommunity.co.uk, 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 familycentre.fieldway@virgin.net (membership fee £3.50)
Salvation Army Church New Addington/The Vine Foodbank: Emergency food parcels for New Addington, Selsdon, Forestdale residents (must be referred), emma.spencer@salvationarmy.org.uk lesley.holland@salvationarmy.org.uk
New Addington Baptist Church/The Community Family Project: Food parcels delivery on Mondays claire@newaddingtonbaptistchurch.co.uk
Good Food Matters, meal distribution service in collaboration with the local Food banks, CVA and the Familly Centre Fieldway, amanda@foodmatters.org.uk
 

Norbury

Cassandra Centre: Free Meal Delivery Service with delivery on Thursdays in April between 1-6pm in Norbury or Pollard Hill Area, admin@cassandracentre.org.uk, 07714735568 and 07852525468
 

Purley

Purley Food Hub: Delivery to CR2, CR5, CR04 CR8 on Wednesdays, 10-12 (referrals from professional agencies/NHS/Schools), purleyfoodhub@gmail.com, 07546 635295.
Purley Masjid Foodbank: Wednesdays 10am-11.30am.  Basket, shopping trips, urgent supplies, prescriptions; management@purleymasjid.com
Old Lodge Lane Baptist Church: £15 to £20 worth of fresh food and other groceries for £3.50 a week foodstop@ollbc.org.uk or call 0208 668 6260.
 

Selhurst

Guiding Hands: Deliveries of food parcels on Fridays to Selhurst and surrounding areas. Bookings online at https://www.guidinghands.org.uk/book-online


Selsdon

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, info@selsdoncontact.org.uk or jaz.potter@croydon-jubilee.co.uk.


Shirley

The Shrublands trust, food bank on Broom Road, Info@shrublandstrust.org or 020 3441 7887.
 

South Croydon

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, stfrancisselsdon@gmail.com or 02086577864.


South Norwood

South Norwood Community Kitchen: Delivery of meals/food parcels every Tuesday and Saturday, hello@southnorwoodcommunitykitchen.co.uk
Oasis Community Hub: Deliveries in Norwood Junction, Dave.Jones@oasisuk.org
Rapture Community Project
 

Thornton Heath

Age UK: food and essential hygiene items for older people, asc@adviceservicescroydon.org.uk or 020 8686 0066
Elim Pentecostal Church_Thornton Heath Food Hub, Alive Community Centre: delivery of food parcels and prescriptions in Thornton Heath, nickgray@mershamroad.org or thehub@mershamroad.org
His Grace Foodbank, His Grace Evangelical Outreach: Food bank for families and vulnerable people in need info@hisgrace-evangelicaloutreach.co.uk
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, tanveersajjid@hotmail.com or nadir1@btinternet.com
 

West Croydon

MUC Soup Kitchen, Croydon Muslim Association: Soup kitchen providing 125 hot packed meals every Friday at 7pm, tamkin@gmail.com or jav7860@gmail.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 croydonfoodbank@mail.com
Holistic Wellness Hub (HWH): Monday to Saturday, 2-5pm, hwhcentre@gmail.com
The Well_Croydon Salvation Army: Food parcels and delivery, chris.waldock@salvationarmy.org.uk or 020 86809924.
Asian Resource Centre of Croydon (ARCC): Tuesday delivery to registered members. Also cooked meals, 020 8684 3784 or info@arccltd.com
British Bangladeshi Society Croydon: Every Sunday, 12- 2pm, collection must be arranged by telephone or email, 07956418794 or eawor.ali@gmail.com
 

Neighbouring areas

West Norwood: Norwood & Brixton Foodbank. Delivery in North Croydon, Monday – Friday with a valid food bank voucher, norwoodfoodbank@btinternet.com
Streatham: 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


For groups

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

Free Images 
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. 
Read more

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  


For residents


Free Offer to NHS Workers
I
f 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

Funding Support/News


£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

Morrisons Foundation
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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