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Focus on children and young people 

Welcome! This newsletter focuses on children and young people. In this issue, we have featured 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.

Free Christmas holiday clubs 

Croydon Council has published an online HAF Christmas 2022 club directory. Holiday Activities and Food (HAF) clubs are free holiday clubs with healthy meals for children who are claiming free school meals. The online resource displays the clubs listed in alphabetical order and on a map. You can filter the listings by age group, geographical ward and by SEND provision. Examples of provision include those shown below. 

A2ndvoice CIC is a not-for-profit autism organisation providing holiday activities taking place at the Community Centre at the New Addington Leisure Centre. 
Ages: 4 to 16. From 19 to 23 December. 
Read more

Join His Grace Evangelical Outreach HAF Holiday Programme for a fun-packed experience with physical activities and a healthy meal.
Ages: 5 to 16. From 19 to 22 December. 
Read more

Young people will be able to book morning or afternoon sessions and engage in a huge variety of different activities and opportunities. Young people can participate in staff lead and free choice activities across 18 different rooms and spaces. 
Ages: 8 to 12. From 26 to 30 December. 
Read more

This programme allows young people to meet new people and boost confidence by mixing with their peers, by playing sports and team activities. 
Ages: 10 to 14. From 19 to 22 December. 
Read more

Local projects for young people

Get Started in Women’s Boxing (women 16-25, only)
Have you got an interest in boxing but don’t know where to start? Join the Prince's Trust's one week Women’s Boxing programme where you will learn the basics of boxing in safe space. A taster day is being held on 17 January. The main programme takes place from 23 to 27 January. The programme is held in a gym in south west London. To sign up
email Zan or call 0800 842 842

Don’t wait for an opportunity. Create It! (16 -25)  
Unsure of your next steps? The Prince's Trust's Creating Opportunities programme can help you find training, apprenticeships, and employment opportunities to help you progress towards the future you want, with the support you need to achieve it.
Eligibility Criteria: Aged 16 – 25, NEET (or on zero-hours contract), lives in Croydon and has the right to work in the UK. To sign up,
email Rebecca.

Developing resilience in young people living with domestic abuse
Project Bambu is a new service that aims to provide tailored, specialist support to meet the holistic needs of children and young people impacted by domestic abuse in the home while working with a multi-agency approach. 
Read more

Off the Record's online webinars
Off the Record has a series of online webinars for young people. These are an opportunity to share practical tips and info about issues you might be struggling with and there is also the opportunity to meet other young people and share ideas in a safe and confidential chat room. 
Read more

Unique Talent video on e-scooter safety

Check out Unique Talent's short film about e-scooter safety. 

Parent workshops for early years SEND

Brighter Beginnings is for parents at the beginning of their journey. Through a series of four workshops, Croydon Mencap will support families to tackle some of the unique challenges they might face in the early years. Participants will need to attend all 4 workshops if they can. The workshops will take place at Croydon Mencap in Thornton Heath on the following dates:
  • 9 January - 10.30am-12.30pm - Toilet training
  • 16 January - 10.30am-12.30pm - Managing meetings
  • 23 January - 10.30am-12.30pm- Understanding behaviour
  • 30 January - 10.30am-12.30pm- Topic chosen by group

HENRY Healthy families

HENRY Healthy Families: Brighter Future programme is due to start in January 2023. HENRY will be running FREE parent sessions face to face and online and these are planned to begin the week commencing 23 January. The programme covers these 5 themes across 8 weeks and provides everything that families need to help get their little one off to a great start. 

Families with children 0-7yrs, who live in Croydon, can be referred onto the programmes. Children over the age of two whose BMI is over the over the 91st centile will automatically be eligible but children and families from at risk groups should also be encouraged to take part. Complete the referral secure online referral form using their 
online form

Group A Strep - What you need to know

Group A Strep is a common bacteria which causes a range of infections including scarlet fever. These infections are usually mild. Cases of invasive Group A Strep are rare but parents and carers should know what to look out for. Read more

Events and training for VCS groups

Education, Health and Care Plan webinar
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.
12 January 2023. Read more

Mental Health First Aid Training
Mental Health First Aid training (adult and youth) for people living and working in Croydon delivered by MHFA England accredited trainers. The events are organised by the Croydon Council Community MHFA team. Various dates in January and February 2023. Book here

Producing video materials to engage young people
Kheron Gilpin will collaborate with local community organisations to create and produce video material in a manner that appeals to the community's young people. Read more

Domestic Abuse Training - Croydon Safeguarding Children Partnership
Domestic abuse has seen an increase over the last few years. This training offers practitioners the opportunity to be trained by specialists Domestic Abuse workers who are based within the Family Justice Centre (FJC)
12 January 2023. Read more

Universal Credit overview
This session, part of the One Croydon training programme, will be delivered online by the District Partnership Advisor Department for Work and Pensions and is for front line workers in the voluntary and statutory sector. Whether you are a volunteer at a local Food bank or a Befriender wanting to know more about Universal credit, make sure you book now!
19 January 2023. Read More.

Employment support in Croydon
What is the local support for residents looking for employment? Find out at this 'One Croydon Training Programme' aimed at our frontline workforce (statutory, health and voluntary).
24 January 2023. Read more.

RIC/MARAC Training - Croydon Safeguarding Children Partnership
This is 'face-to-face' training. To attend RIC/MARAC training you must have first completed Domestic Abuse Training. 
19 January 2023. Read more

Safeguarding Children’s Training Level 3 - Croydon Council
This 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.
24 January 2023. Read more

Starting up: how to become a charity or social enterprise
In collaboration with Kingston VA and Richmond CVS, this online session is for any resident thinking about setting up a community organisation. It will cover leadership risks, how to plan/develop your project, plan/budget, determine leadership actions, compare different kinds of legal structure (and identify the pros and cons of them), and help you create a clear action plan for the next three months
16 March 2023. Read more.

View the full training and events calendar for Croydon voluntary sector on our CVA website. 

Foster for Croydon 

Ever thought about becoming a foster carer? Find out more about what it's like and the benefits of becoming a foster carer with Foster Croydon. By offering safety, stability, and love to a young person you will help them to reclaim their childhood, and give them the opportunities that every child deserves.
Read more 

Opportunities for groups

Funding club

Do you find it hard to get started with a funding application? Do you worry about answering questions in the right way? Help is at hand: CVA is pleased to announce the launch of the Croydon Funding Club.

Hilary Bell will lead a series of face-to-face and online sessions throughout 2023. These will cover key aspects of making applications and provide opportunities to 'Meet the Funder'.

It will be a chance for people to develop their funding-raising skills and learn from those who have had funding success. "We have so many skills and so much knowledge in Croydon. By supporting each other, we can strengthen the local community and voluntary sector and successfully access more funding opportunities for the borough." Hilary Bell, CVA Funding Consultant. 

Details of events will be in the CVA newsletters and calendar. To register your interest please email Hilary


Future Communities Fund
The Future Communities Fund has grants of up to £30,000 a year for five years to organisations helping diverse young people develop the skills to become future leaders and activists.
Deadline: 23 December. 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

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

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

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 January. Read more

Lloyds Bank Foundation's Specialist programme
Funding for small, local, specialist charities where their three-year unrestricted £75,000 grant and support to develop, can make the greatest impact. They support charities that understand the complexity of the issues people face and are best placed to make a genuine difference to people’s lives.  
Deadline: 3 March. Read more
Issue No: 80
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