A foodbank initiative at Purley Islamic Community Centre, 63 Whytecliffe Road South, Purley.

The foodbank is open every Wednesday from 10am - 11.30am.  Call or text 07982 446062 they can also help with basket shopping trips, prescriptions,etc.

Download a flyer here.

43 minutes ago by Carole Short

Message from Nermin Turley, Faith Liaison Officer:

Places of Worship are part of the series of businesses and premises must remain closed. 

Whilst we cannot give direction or permission for a person(s) to enter a religious venue for one or more of the reasons being asked, we must strongly reiterate the government’s advice about the only reason such a place should be open and who is permitted to attend.

These are:

  • Funerals, where the congregation is immediate family (with provision for a carer, if required) or a friend - in the case that no family members are attending. A distance of 2 metres is to be maintained between every household group, as per Public Health England guidelines.
  • A minister of religion, to go to their place of worship may broadcast an act of worship, whether over the internet or otherwise.
  • For the purpose of hosting essential voluntary or public service*, such as food banks, homeless services, and blood donation sessions.

*For public services the guidelines state the cooking facility at religious venues can only remain open and operational in the capacity of a food bank service. This would require food to be prepared by only 1 or 2 persons at the venue and distributed into the Community by volunteers who would NOT enter the venue, but collect the parcels and provide them free of charge to the homeless, elderly and vulnerable who depend on this public service.  All persons involved in this must adhere to the social distancing rule of two metres. 

Please ensure that, and members of your community all follow the government’s guidelines strictly and ensure that there is no consumption of food anywhere within the religious venue as this is prohibited.   

We would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your support in the community at this time, it is essential especially for the homeless, elderly and vulnerable who are unable to leave their homes. Please know we are here to support you, if we all follow the instructions and guidelines provided by the Government we will get through this together.



One hour 44 minutes ago by Carole Short

CVA have compiled funding resources including the London Community Response.

To see details please click here.

One hour 51 minutes ago by Carole Short
16:47, Wednesday by Carole Short

Yesterday (Tuesday, 24 March), Commissioner Cressida Dick spoke with the media about our policing position following the Prime Minister’s announcement on Monday (23 March). 

In her interview, the Commissioner said “I have huge faith in the ability of my officers. The tradition of the British policing is one of talking to people, listening and understanding them but also, if necessary, to escalate and be very firm. 

I am sure the vast majority of people, young and old, will comply with the new guidance and my officers will deal with it if they don’t.” 


Our officers have been out around London and have reported that the majority of London’s citizens are following the Government’s advice of staying at home, unless under certain circumstances including: 

o   shopping for basic necessities, as infrequently as possible and no more than once a day; 

o   one form of exercise a day - e.g. a run, walk, or cycle - alone or with your household; 

o   any medical need, to provide care or to help a vulnerable person; and 

o   travelling to and from work, but only where this absolutely cannot be done from home. 

o   all non-essential retail, including clothing and electronics stores, and other premises including libraries, communal places within parks (playgrounds), and places of worship (except for funerals) will be required to close; 

o   all gatherings of more than two people in public, excluding households or work-related are banned; and 

o   all social events , including weddings, baptisms and other ceremonies, but excluding funerals with immediate family are also banned. 

Anyone who is not following the restrictions set out by Government is being spoken with by officers and reminded of the advice. This is the same for non-essential businesses that have remained open. We have needed to speak with some groups where we have seen them gathering in parks and these groups have then dispersed.  

We do not, at this stage, have additional powers to enforce these new measures, but these will follow. We will be applying our common sense and experience, taking a sensible and graduated approach to the situation. 

Met officers are all used to navigating challenging situations that require good judgement and in many ways this is no different. Whilst the circumstances we are dealing with are unprecedented and fast moving, alongside you we will be working to keep people safe and encourage everyone to play their part in this significant national response to reduce the impact of COVID-19. 

Front counters   

Although most people prefer to report crime online or by calling the police, we know that some prefer to speak to a member of staff at a front counter at a local police station.  For that reason we will be keeping at least one front counter per Basic Command Unit (“BCU”) open at this time, and in some BCUs more remain open.   

The Government advice is for the public to stay at home unless for certain specified circumstances and, as such, we would prefer for people to remain in their properties and only visit a front counter if it is absolutely urgent. 

Reporting online 

Anyone who wants to report a crime in London is asked to do so via the Met police’s website: https://www.met.police.uk/ro/report/ocr/af/how-to-report-a-crime/ or by tweeting @MetCC. 

Officers are continuing to investigate offences and crimes and carry out their daily duties to keep London safe. 

The public should only call 999 in an emergency. 

We thank you for your continued support and wish you well.  Please do not hesitate to contact me should you have any further questions. 

Kind regards, 

Chief Inspector Penny Hands 


16:51, 26 Mar 2020 by Carole Short

Support for the homeless in Croydon 

With everything shutting down the following limited services are still running for the homeless in our local areas. 

Southcroft Church 
276 Mitcham Lane 
SW16 6NU 

Offering takeaway food from 10am till 2pm on Thursdays. 

Sutton Nightwatch 
35 Manor Road.  

07741 688619 

They do not care which borough they are homeless in but please email them with the name of the client. 
Open Monday to Friday 8am till 12 noon and 
Monday, Wednesday, & Friday 6pm till 9pm 
Please email the clients name so they know who to expect. 

The Well in Croydon 
Salvation Army Citadel 
Booth Road 

Offering food from Booth Road Salvation Army for the homeless on Mondays at 11am.  No referral necessary 

Croydon Nightwatch  
Queens Gardens 

still currently offering food Monday to Friday, 9pm till 10pm.  No referral necessary. 



15:08, 26 Mar 2020 by Carole Short

Numbers of key organisations offering support in Croydon plus a section on financial help and advice for the self employed.

Download here

15:08, 25 Mar 2020 by Carole Short

This is the message transport for London is putting out -  you can download a poster in different languages if you click below.

TFL Poster

11:54, 25 Mar 2020 by Carole Short

The recently declared pandemic of COVID-19 has gripped the world in fear and hysteria; however, such a generational event presents a unique opportunity of spiritual introspection for a believer, rather than the emotion, which gives rise to frenzied, irrational conduct.

Download the Mosque Emergency Plan of Action here.

12:54, 24 Mar 2020 by Carole Short

You can download this message by clicking on the link below.  Amongst other items it covers  Ramadan with advice from the British Council of Muslims.

Download here

12:46, 24 Mar 2020 by Carole Short