Solace International is offering over the next twelve months, DV., a free capacity-building service to all voluntary organisations in Croydon. If you need help with policies, please get in touch. Policies we could help you with include but do not stop at: child (young people and vulnerable adult) protection, complaints (procedure), equal opportunities, office share, volunteer, etc. We can also help you with content for your website, newsletter, annual reports, etc., as well as Powerpoint slides and relevant handouts for your training programmes such as seminars and workshops. Please be aware that although the service is free, in order to maintain its value and cut out waste, terms and conditions may apply. If you are interested in this free service, please drop us a line via:

12:39, 12 Nov 2018 by Carole Short

This year Croydon SACRE (Croydon Standing Advisory Council on Religious Education) is running a competition for school age pupils.

We would like pupils to write an essay on the subject of ‘Torn from Home’, which is the official Holocaust Theme for 2019. The essay should be minimum 2 and maximum 4 sides of typed A4 for Secondary pupils and minimum 1 maximum 2 sides of A4 for Primary pupils.

The essays will be judged by the SACRE (Standing Advisory Council on Religious Education) committee and credit will be given for quality of thought, perception, expression and inspiration and the winning pupils’ schools will receive some Jewish Artefacts as a prize. Certificates will be given to all entrants.

The two winning essays will be read out at the Holocaust Memorial Day Event at the Town Hall on 28th January 2019 and all entries will be on display at the event.

Entries should be scanned and sent to by 8th January 2019.

11:56, 12 Nov 2018 by Carole Short

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

Energy Assessors can visit people in their homes and help them set the heating controls to heat their home appropriately for their needs. They can help residents find and switch to the best fuel tariffs, and ensure they receive all the benefits they are entitled to from their energy suppliers. Free energy efficiency measures can be fitted to reduce fuel bills, and residents can be supported applying for larger measures (such as free energy efficient boilers and loft/wall insulation).

Croydon Healthy Homes is a free service for Home Owners, and residents who rent their home from a private sector landlord. Full details are available on the Council webpage

As winter is approaching, Croydon Council is keen to work with faith and community groups to make as many residents as possible aware of the support the scheme can offer. If you are able to help promote Croydon Healthy Homes please email or phone 020 8726 6000 ext 61432

15:21, 07 Nov 2018 by Carole Short

passion play 2020

11:30, 07 Nov 2018 by Carole Short

2018 Charity Christmas cards

11:27, 07 Nov 2018 by Carole Short

ALDI is offering local organisations the opportunity to receive surplus food from their stores on the afternoon of Christmas Eve. As ALDI stores will shut at 4pm on Christmas Eve until 27 December, they will have a variety of good quality surplus food products they wish to redistribute in support of less fortunate individuals and prevent food going to waste.

Aldi is unable to deliver products so it would be essential that your organisation is able to collect. They will expect the levels of food available to vary, however, estimations of around 20-30 crates will be expected from each store.

Contact ALDI with the following details:

  • Charity/Group Name
  • Main Contact Name
  • Main Contact Telephone 
  • City/Town
  • Store postcods which you would like to collect from
  • Type of Products that you wish to collect

Nicki Moaghan, Energy and Environment Team, ALDI Stores Ltd. Holly Lane, Atherstone, CV9 2SQ.

Telephone: 01827 711800

Organisations must apply by Friday 8 December 2018.

17:05, 05 Nov 2018 by Carole Short