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Your spotlight on local services

Fund your Croydon event through our Grassroots Programme

The NHS in south west London is putting together a plan of how to improve services over the next 5 years and they will be attending the events or activities to talk to people that they don’t normally hear from to hear their experiences and discuss some ideas as to how things could be improved.

Funding is available to local organisations and groups to run an activity or event for this purpose. This fund for the borough of Croydon is provided by South West London Collaborative Commissioning and administered by Healthwatch Croydon.

We are working with the NHS on this project and we're keen to ensure the views of local people are considered and help to shape local health and social care services.

The first round closed in September and the following bids were successful. Please see a list of events funded and the dates

Crisis Skylight Croydon - Wednesday 5th October 2017  Crisis Skylight Croydon , Unit 3 Bridge House ,13 Surrey Street, CR0 1RG

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Themes: Homeless, Deprived Communities, Primary Care, Mental Health, Learning Disabilities, Urgent & Emergency Care

Creative café - including an open art session, singing, music, and poetry. The event will be free flowing and open to members of crisis who are homeless and have additional challenges.

Off the Record - Sunday 8th October 2017 12:00 - 16:00 Cutter Barbers, 52 Portland Road, South Norwood, SE25 4PQ

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Themes: Children & Young People, Primary Care, Mental Health, Children & Young People, Learning Disabilities, Information Technology, Urgent & Emergency Care

An extension event to "Mind my Hair, Hear my Mind" - to train staff at local barbershops in mental health awareness and to sign post to relevant organisations that could offer support. Free haircuts will be provided to 16-25 year olds. Community Development event. Photographer is also a facilitator - couch for 1:1 discussions.

Creative Croydon - Date and location to be confirmed

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LGBT Mental Health - host an event that's fun and inspirational - "National coming out day" LGBT is an ongoing concern - suicide and self harm is prevalent. Will be a safe space for people to come along to and talk and find out information

Themes: Children & Young People, Primary Care, Mental Health, Children & Young People, Out of Hospital, Planned Care, Acute, Urgent & Emergency, Cancer

Wellbeing You - Tuesday 24th October 2017 -14:00-17:00 Annuciation Hall, 147 Bingham Road CR0 7EN

An event full of dancing and autumn themed. Will be a fashion show where everyone has to wear their best autumn outfits. 1:1 conversations. 

Themes: Older People, Primary Care, Mental Health, Out of Hospital, Planned Care, Acute, Workforce, Information Technology, Urgent & Emergency, Cancer

ASKI - Thursday 2nd November Haslemere Hall, Haselmere Road, CR7 7RD

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A place at my table event for members of ASKI and they will be encouraged to bring along a man. 

Themes: BAME Communities, Older People 

ICASAC (International Congo Aid Smile African Children) - Friday 24th November 2017 18:30 - 21:30 Haslemere Hall, Haselmere Road, CR7 7RD

An event aimed at families from the Congolese community. Parents have difficulty understanding how NHS services work and how to engage with health services. Women in particular face isolation - event is to promote knowledge of health services.

Themes: BAME Communities, Children & Young People, People whom English is not their first language, Maternity, Urgent & Emergency Care, Cancer, Information Technology, Children & Young People, Mental Health


The fund will reopen for second round of bids in January 2018. For more information email: yinka.alowooja@healthwatchcroydon.co.uk