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Focus on children and young people 

Welcome! This newsletter focuses on children and young people. Below are some of the activities for children and young people in the borough: We have also included news, events and funding opportunities for those working in the sector.

You can find a range of activities for children and young people across the borough on our Simply Connect Croydon database.

Young people’s projects updates 

Ment4 has a new director,
Luke Peters, as Peter Stanley becomes a trustee of the organisation. Ment4 provides intensive mentoring for 11-18-year-olds. You can refer to them through their website. Read more

Rising Star Support
The organisation works across South London with 14-25-year-olds, mainly disadvantaged, providing holistic support including career development, counselling, mentoring and a range of sport activities.
Read more.

Bromley and Croydon Women's Aid
The organisation runs 9 refuges in Croydon and Bromley. They have a young people team working with women under the age of 25. Women can self-refer themselves through their support line. 
Read more
Croydon Drop In
Offering counselling support to young people in Croydon. They have seen a 77% increase in demand after the pandemic. They provide a parent support group as well as advice and advocacy for young parents. 
Read more

Serious About You 
The organisation works with 16-25-year-olds. Their main programme is a 1-2 weeks course helping young people to get into the construction industry, in all kinds of roles, including engineering. 
Read more 

YOUnique Minds
Join YOUnique Minds’ online event this half-term holiday with NHS educational psychologists. The aim of this event is to help children and young people have emotional wellbeing, build resilience and self-confidence. Zoom Meeting ID: 3410466621, Passcode: 8KWt5n. Phone 07472 488499 or
email to register. 
26 October, 11am-12:30pm.

Thai Boxing Community Centre 
The Thai Boxing Community Centre has free Thai boxing and exercise sessions for young people. Changing Lives through Muaythai is for 6-12 and 13-17 year olds. 
Read more.
It's Our Turn is for 13-17 year olds.
Read more

Music Relief awards ceremony 
Music Relief will be celebrating the talents of local young people at their awards ceremony in central London. 25 November. 
Download flyer

METRO Bridge's LGBTQIA+ services

METRO Bridge has two LGBTQIA+ youth groups in Croydon, one for 11-15s and another 16-25s. They welcome all those on the spectrum as well as anyone who is questioning or exploring their identity. All their youth groups are free and confidential. Young people use this service to: 
  • Have fun in a safe and affirming space.
  • Engage in creative projects and workshops.
  • Learn about LGBTQIA+ identities, history and culture. 
  • Go on free trips to the theatre, galleries, museums, Pride events and more. 

Unique Talent documentary 

Check out a short documentary above about the Wilderness Garden, created by young people on Unique Talent and JV8 studio's media production course Civic Horizons.

Education, Health and Care Plan webinars

The Carers Information Service provides advice for carers living in, or caring for, someone who lives in Croydon. They offer support with education, health and care (EHC) plans. They are holding a number of EHCP webinars and EHCP drop-in sessions offered to Croydon’s parents/carers.
EHCP Webinar: Understanding the Annual Review
The webinar explains how an EHCP annual review should be run and how to prepare for it. 10 November. Read more

EHCP Webinar: How to apply for an EHCP
This webinar explains how to apply for an EHCP and is aimed at parent carers applying for the first time. 8 December. Read more

Booking is essential, please call 020 8649 6283 or email and the Zoom link will be sent to you.

CCPAT summer activities update

  • 10 local community organisations were supported by CVA to run Summer Activities for young people aged between 10 and 18 as part of the Croydon Community Partnership Against Trauma (CCPAT) project.
  • £50,000 of funding provided 630 hours of amazing, free activities such as cooking, boxing, overnight trips, dance and creative filmmaking.
  • 235 young people took part in one or more sessions.
This was an opportunity to provide positive, structured activities for young people over the summer holidays and a chance for organisations to strengthen their delivery and build their contacts. As always, CVA will continue to try and attract the funding needed to make this sort of activity happen in our community.

A big thank you to all those involved who, despite the short turnaround and challenges with drawing down the funding, really made this work. Another great example of the community and voluntary sector in Croydon working together for our young people and their families. 

Projects for the under fives

Croydon Mencap's Chill and Chat
Chill and Chat is for parents of children with additional needs from birth to five. Support and advice are offered by specialist workers in a friendly, safe and enabling environment, while children can play and have fun. 
Read more 

HENRY in Croydon
HENRY is a national charity founded in 2009 with a focus on prevention of obesity in childhood. They run evidence-based 8-week programmes for parents (face to face or online). In Croydon, they have been funded by the Council to run courses for parents with children aged 0-7 for a period of 4 years. They will also deliver training for practitioners on how to work with parents to encourage and champion a healthy start in life for their children.
Email HENRY for details. Read more 

Babyzone, based at Legacy Youth, is a universal, free-to-attend offer for babies and toddlers. They offer a warm, safe and inviting space for parents and carers to bring their babies and toddlers – with two exploratory, free play areas (toddlers and babies separate) that change every week to focus on different skills. 
Read more

Home-Start Croydon
Home-Start Croydon is a voluntary organisation committed to promoting the welfare of families with at least one child under five years of age. Their Parent Champions volunteers are delivering peer groups in Croydon for parents and children under 5 years old. These are fun and welcoming spaces where parents can meet other parents, chat and share experiences and where children can play, learn and discover. 
Read more

Best Start ABCD Builder
As part of the wider Best Start programme, Croydon Voluntary Action is delivering a neighbourhood-based programme for parents with children under the age of 5 and their communities called Asset Based Community Development (ABCD). ABCD brings local people together to make their communities more interesting, healthy, safe and welcoming places to live. 
Read more 

Croydon’s Early Years - update

Croydon has set out how it will support families during pregnancy and early childhood to give all children in its area the best possible start in their first five years of life. The borough’s new Croydon Partnership Early Years Strategy aims to provide the 32,000 local children aged under five with the right support at the earliest stage. Read more 

Transformation update - What's new in Children's Services in Croydon
There are a number of exciting development projects underway across Croydon Council’s department for Children, Young People and Education. The intention is to positively transform the ways in which the wider partnership works with children, young people and their families and ensure that our approaches are as effective and helpful as possible. Read more 
A guide for practitioners working with parents
The Baby Buddy app is home to over 300 films, 600 FAQs and daily information that support families from conception to baby's first birthday. Read more 

Events and training

Young Londoners Fund Network (Croydon and Sutton) focusing on Mentoring
A network for Croydon and Sutton groups working with young people, funded by the Young Londoners Fund. You can view a recording of the September meeting's presentation by City Bridge Trust. Don't forget the next meeting of the YLFN on 17 November will focus on Mentoring when we will have the GLA coming to talk about their New Deal for Young People programme. 
17 November. Book here

Safer Recruitment for Voluntary Sector Organisations  
Online training delivered by our partner Tailormade Training. £100.00 
21 November. Read more 

2-day Core Training: Develop skills, knowledge & confidence to support a healthy start in life (HENRY)
This free 2-day training (Thursday 24 November &  1 December) provided by HENRY is aimed at practitioners working with families within the Croydon Borough who have children 0-7yrs. 

  • The importance of childhood for lifelong wellbeing and obesity prevention
  • Risk and protective factors for child obesity and a healthy start
  • The 5 elements of a healthy start – parenting, lifestyle habits, nutrition, physical activity and emotional wellbeing
  • Working in partnership with families – a strength-based, solution-focused approach to supporting behaviour change
  • Emotional dimensions of change – links between behaviours, feelings and needs – and the power of empathy as a catalyst for change
  • National guidance on healthy nutrition and physical activity for babies and children of all ages  

For more information and to book your place email with your name, role,  email address and telephone number. 

Level 3 Safeguarding Children (Croydon Council)
This free Multi-agency training is delivered by Croydon Council and is not specifically designed for the voluntary sector. It is based on the core competencies as outlined in the DFE Working Together to Safeguard Children 2018 and the London Child Protection Procedure. This training is for professionals and volunteers who work regularly or intensely with children and young people and their families If you have not completed any safeguarding training, you should complete Safeguarding Level 1 and 2 E-learning prior to attending this course. To book a place

Croydon VAWG Network (Violence Against Women & Girls) Croydon Council
Taking place on 7th December on Teams, 10am to 12pm. For more information and meeting invitation email:

View the full CVA training and events calendar. 

There is a wide range of autism support services available locally. Download our booklet on Autism Support in Croydon. This booklet is constantly updated; we will circulate a live version soon.

CVA has also created a short video on how to find autism services on Simply Connect Croydon.
Watch video

Opportunities for groups

VAWG Support and Specialist Services market engagement event
The Home Office is to launch a consolidated Violence Against Women and Girls (VAWG) Support and Specialist Service Fund. A market engagement event will take place on 7 October from 10am to 12.30pm. Organisations wishing to attend must confirm via email with the name of the attendee(s) - only specified individuals will be able to attend this event. If you wish to attend the event, please email the Home Office.

New date and venue for Dragons Den event 
New date for Dragons' Den event Celebrate the work of Black, Asian, Multi-ethnic and Refugee (BAMER) led charities, meet funders and have a chance to pitch for grants of up to £20,000 at Money4You's Dragons' Den event. The event will now be held on 20 October. Read more

Consultation on the Dormant Assets Fund
The Department for Digital Culture Media and Sport has launched a consultation regarding the priorities for and allocation of £738 million of unclaimed financial assets.
Deadline: 9 October. Have your say 

Opportunities for young people

Arts residential opportunity for young people
The Arts Residential is an opportunity for young people to try out different art forms with professional artists in visual art, movement and performance. London Youth hopes to inspire six young people aged 13-17 from 10 outer borough youth organisations to get creative and enjoy the arts. Read more 

Discover your purpose - Motivational Talk 
Workshop for young people to help them discover their purpose. By helping them understand their value and utilise their innate gifts & talents. Refreshments will be provided. This workshop is on Monday 24 October at Guildhall, 71 Basinghall Street, London EC2V 7HH, UK. 1 – 3pm

Croytopia video project about Croydon
Join Croydonites at the Broad Green Tavern to hear about all Croytopia, a new video project. Participants are invited to recount on camera important and interesting personal facts and memories about Croydon. These will be uploaded to an interactive map and become part of Croydonites in 2023 when Croydon is the London Borough of Culture.
9 October. Read more 

Children aged 1 to 9 to be offered polio vaccine
Children aged 1 to 9 years old in London are being offered a dose of polio vaccine. The NHS will contact parents to book an appointment. Read more

The Jack Petchey Internship Programme is now open 
The Jack Petchey Internship Programme gives young people a flying start in the youth sector and helps youth organisations increase the support they provide for young people. It aims to support dynamic young individuals on their first step towards being the sector’s future leaders. 
Deadline: 14 October. Read more 


Barclays Community Football Fund
The Barclays Community Football Fund, in partnership with Sported, is now open offering £500 grants, free training and exclusive ticket offers to help make football more accessible.
Deadline: Ongoing. Read more

Henry Smith - Improving Lives
The Improving Lives programme provides grants to charitable organisations that help people when other sources of support are not available. They support established organisations delivering services directly to beneficiaries.
Deadline: Ongoing. Read more

Steel Charitable Trust
Funding for charities that help children in families suffering from challenging economic circumstances, children living in potentially dangerous home situations or looked-after children.
Deadline: 20 October. Read more

BBC Children in Need - Emergency Essentials
Emergency Essentials programme supports individual children and young people living with severe poverty, a lack of the basic facilities which most of us take for granted and additional pressures such as domestic violence, disability or poor health in the family. Read more

Family Fund 
If you’re raising a disabled or seriously ill child on a low income, The Family Fund gives grants to those who are on a low income and are raising a disabled or seriously ill child. Read more

Yapp Charitable Trust
Yapp Charitable Trust offer grants for core funding to registered charities, with a total annual expenditure of less than £40,000, whose work focuses on one of their priority groups. Funding priorities include projects for children and young people.
Deadline: ongoing. Read more

Queen's Platinum Jubilee Activity Fund
The Queen's Platinum Jubilee Activity Fund aims to use sport and physical activity to bring a community together and tackle inequalities. Awards are between £300 and £10,000 from a pot of £5 million of National Lottery funding.
Deadline: ongoing. Read more

The True Colours Trust 
The Trust only funds registered charities or activities with clearly defined charitable purposes. Their work is focused on: improving access to palliative care for babies, children and young people in the UK enabling disabled children and young people to live their lives to the full.
Deadline: ongoing. Read more

City Bridge Trust – Positive Transitions 
City Bridge Trust's Positive Transitions priority areas include funding for support for children and young people. 
Deadline: ongoing. Read more

BBC Kids Collection
The fund is being offered to help photographers shoot diverse and inclusive imagery of real kids from all areas of the country, especially kids from underrepresented cultures, ethnicities, abilities, and socio-economic backgrounds. 
Deadline: 31 December. Read more

Holiday Activities and Food (HAF) Programme Funding
Funding is now available for Christmas 2022 and Easter 2023 holidays. The purpose of this funding is to make free places at holiday clubs available in the Summer, Spring, and Winter holiday periods to children in their local authority area in receipt of benefits-related free school meals (FSM).
Deadline: 9 October. Read more 

Rosa's Voices from the Frontline
Rosa’s Voices from the Frontline fund offers one-year grants of between £500 and £7,000 to support campaigning and influencing work that enables women and girls to use their voice to achieve change.
Deadline: 3 November. Read more

London Youth Getting Active Funding 22-23
London Youth is recruiting 90 grassroots community youth organisations to unite as a London-wide movement to intentionally harness the power of Youth Work, Sport and Physical Activity to enable young Londoners to lead more active, happy and healthy lives. 
Deadline: 21 October. Read more 
Issue No: 79
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