Summer activities in Croydon


Before we lose the use of your excellent resource please could you let people know about two extra groups Active Minds are currently running:

Our popular cricket group returns for a second summer (we play Street 20 cricket so no great skill or knowledge of the labyrinthine rules of cricket is necessary – just come along)

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The Cycling pilot scheme we have been running over the summer has proved very popular so has been extended until the end of September

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Contact details are on the attached flyers

Many thanks

Peter Rogers

Active Minds

Mind in Croydon

Orchard House,

15a Purley Road

South Croydon,



t: 020 8253 8206

m: 07754 828053



Crisis and wellbeing leaflets

Mental wellbeing RB v4 3 March 2014

SLAM 180 – What to do in a mental health crisis Southwark v 5

SLAM 183 – What to do in a mental health crisis ( Croydon)

SLAM 185 – Crisis leaflet for self-harm Lewisham final

SLAM 186 – Crisis leaflet for self-harm Croydon (final)

SLAM 188 Crisis leaflet for self-harm Southwark final

SLAM181 – What to do in a mental health crisis – Lewisham (v3)

SLAM182 – What to do in a mental health crisis – Lambeth (v5)Eproof

SLAM187 Crisis for self harm leaflet – Lambeth (final)

Hear Us health and Wellbeing day

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Croydon Patient and Public Quarterly Forum

June Patient Forum flyer copy


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Are you interested in acting? Or being a part of the new Bethlem museum?

The Bethlem museum are looking for up to 30 people to help them with a short filming project about the different reasons people have visited Bethlem Hospital, both historically and today.   They have sourced quotes to be voiced and each person will be asked to remember a couple of short sentences to be filmed.

Filming will take place at Bethlem Royal Hospital on Friday 4 and Saturday 5 July and you would need to be available for approximately half a day.  Lunch and refreshments will be provided.

Please email to register your interest or for more information. No previous acting experience necessary.


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HearUs Open Forum meeting – Tuesday 6th May 2014

Matthew Mckenzie attended the HearUs Open Forum meeting on Tuesday 6th May 2014.

This month’s guest presenters were Peter from Mind in Croydon, Sarah Mines from the Untapped Theatre Company, Dr Constantina Papoulias from the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology, and Neuroscience, KCL , Georgina Boon, Dr Joseph Rodrigues and Dietitian specialist Deborah Thompson.

Matthew has done a great video blog about this event.  It includes a lot of information about medication and diet – and much more….


You can also view photos of the event here:

Invitation to our stakeholder engagement events in June 2014

We would like to invite you as local stakeholders to share your views on health services in south east London.

South East London Five Year Commissioning Strategy

The six NHS organisations (Clinical Commissioning Groups – or CCGs) in south east London with the job of planning and buying local healthcare services, are working in close partnership with local councils, NHS hospitals, mental health and community service providers and with local people, patients and other key stakeholders to develop a new five year commissioning strategy for health services across south east London.

The aim of the strategy is to improve health services for everyone in the London boroughs of Bexley, Bromley, Greenwich, Lambeth, Lewisham, and Southwark. The strategy will address those issues that cannot be solved by one area alone or where there is more that can be achieved by working together.

Event details:

As part of the wider engagement across south east London, we are holding two engagement events in early June 2014. The events will be independently facilitated. In addition to learning more about the partners’ shared emerging vision for local healthcare services, you will have the opportunity to help shape the strategy across seven key areas:

Urgent and emergency care

Primary and community care


Children and young people

Integrated care for physical and mental health

Planned care


Feedback from the events will be independently analysed and used to inform how we develop the strategy further and published as part of our engagement feedback on the CCGs’ websites.

Time and location:

You are invited to attend one of the engagement events – please click on the link below to make an online booking:

Tuesday 03 June 2014, 1.30pm arrival for a 2pm start to 5pm

Park Plaza, Victoria

239 Vauxhall Bridge Road

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Wednesday 18 June 2014, 1.30pm arrival for a 2pm start to 5pm

Charlton FC, Greenwich

The Valley, Floyd Road


Sign up

Each event will have capacity for up to 100 participants. Please RSVP for the event on the date of your choice by 27 May 2014. Please note that attendance at these events is on a first come first served basis and we will ensure there is a balance of representatives from across the boroughs. If we have reached our booked capacity, we will add you to a waiting list.

Thank you in advance for your interest. We hope that you will be able to prioritise your attendance as we are keen to ensure that your views continue to be heard as a vital part of developing the strategy.

If you have any questions, please contact Ingrid Prikken via email or call 0207 239 7828.

Kind regards,

Caroline Taylor

Programme Director

South East London Commissioning Strategy

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brit school

The Brit School is teaming up with Mind in Croydon on an exciting theatre project running during June and July. Service users will attend the Brit School twice a week to work with the teachers and students to produce a theatre piece on mental health discrimination, with the performance on 11th July.

This project is open to anybody who uses or has used a mental health service. If this sounds like something you’d like to become involved with please get in touch!

T: 0208 688 1210

Cycling in Croydon


On 22nd May Active Minds are starting an instructor led off-road cycling group exclusively for mental health service users.

This will start at Croydon Arena at 11am and will travel round South Norwood Country Park at a leisurely pace.

Please come and join us – bikes, helmets and if required electric bikes are supplied – just dress for the weather

For further details please see the attached poster or  contact:

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Peter Rogers

Active Minds – Mind in Croydon

Orchard House, 15a Purley Road

South Croydon, CR2 6EZ

t: 020 8253 8206

m: 07754 828053







Hear Us Open Forum meeting – 1st April 2014 – “The April Big Benefits Meeting”

Matthew Mckenzie attended this very informative meeting.

He has done great audio and video blogs as well as taking some photos.

There were presentations from Active Minds and Employment Support — a new service. Kam Patel: Personal Independence Payment — replacing DLA (Disability Living Allowance). Croydon Discretionary Scheme (CDS), Replacing social funding e.g. crisis loans and Access to Work with Special Guest Mary Dunleavy, Q and A session on PIP.

The audio and video blogs contain a huge amount of information on benefits, access to work, PIP payments and more!  They are well worth a watch or a listen.

You can find Matthew’s video blog here:

His audio blog here: 

and his photos here:

Thank you Matthew – great work!

Mind in Croydon Positive Steps

Positive Steps – A 15km Charity Walk

Lloyd Park, Croydon

24th May 2014

Positive Steps is back on this year and we are expecting it to be bigger and better than last year!

You can see all the photos from last year on our Facebook page.

We had a brilliant pilot event in 2013, everyone involved had fun and we raised a bit of cash too. So the date is in the diary, the park is booked and we are keen to get your registrations in early.

Last year, the amazing Ronnie Corbett came to open the event. We are yet to confirm who will be opening the 2014 event and we will release this information as soon as we can!

New exhibition at The Bethlem Gallery: Chance and Serendipity

Chance and Serendipity

The Bethlem Gallery invites you to an exhibition of paintings by Errol Mitchell.

“I am interested in forms that suggest things rather than images that define all. My practice focuses on the effects of chance and serendipity by distancing the intellectual conception from the activity of painting. I find the strong marks made by working with black ink and bleach extremely engaging. The process has always been as important to me as the product.” – Errol Mitchell

Opening 19 March 3 – 6pm

Exhibition continues: 20 March – 11 April Wednesday – Friday 11am – 6pm

Bethlem Gallery and Museum open Saturday 5 April, 11am – 5pm.

Bethlem Gallery | Bethlem Royal Hospital | Monks Orchard Road | Beckenham, Kent | BR3 3BX | 020 3228 4101 |

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HearUs Croydon – Meeting on 4th March 2014

Hear Us Croydon held their open forum meeting on the 4th of March over at the CVA Resource Centre.  At this meeting there were guest speakers:

Caroline McDonald on Personal Budgets in Mental Health and Julie Turner on Direct Payments.

The Main Topic was on the Depression and Bipolar Disorder Focus Group with guest speakers Alice Glover, Dr Karine Macritchie and Vanessa Bray.

Matthew Mckenzie has done a great video blog of the meeting:

Matthew has also done an audio blog:

These are well worth watching and listening to!

Matthew has also uploaded some great photos to our Facebook page:

Get involved in our fundraising events! Live music and a charity walk!


Please find attached pdfs of the two events below.

Mind Rocks 2014 Poster

Positive Steps 2014 Poster

Many thanks

Peter Rogers

Active Minds

020 8253 8206

Hear Us Open Forum Meeting held on 4 March 2014

Matthew has done a audio blog of this meeting.

The theme was “Are you affected by bipolar or depression?”.