Help and opportunities 2019-05-14T08:36:25+00:00
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There are organisations in Croydon that can help you. Find out what’s going on in Croydon, where to get support when you need it, and what opportunities are available.

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Croydon Drop In, who offer counselling to young people aged 11-25.
Tel: 020 8680 0404
Website: croydondropin.org.uk

Talking-therapies

Croydon Talking Therapies Exam Stress? Feeling Low? Difficulty Coping? Not Fitting In? Croydon Talking Therapies is a FREE, confidential NHS service to help you. Search online ‘Croydon Talking Therapies’
Tel – 020 3228 4040 or you can ask your GP to refer you.

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The FJC offers help, support and advice to anyone experiencing domestic abuse and sexual violence. The free, confidential service is run by an experienced team based in Croydon.
Call the helpline on 020 8688 0100 (Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday from 9am to 5pm)
Website; www.croydon.gov.uk
There is also a free 24hr national domestic abuse helpline 0808 2000 247

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Information for young people on sexual and mental health issues, drugs, alcohol and relationship problems.
Website: www.gettingiton.org.uk

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Find local services that can help you achieve a better mental wellbeing.
Website: www.justbecroydon.org/be-happy/feeling-down/

Off the record youth counselling provides free, independent and professional counselling for 14 – 25 year olds in the Croydon area.
Tel:020 8251 0251
Email: croydon@talkofftherecord.org

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Care to Listen offer a low cost counselling service
Tel: 020 8616 2160
Email: enquiries@caretolisten.co.uk

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MIND to talk to them about the counselling, befriending, debt advice and social network support they offer.
Tel: 020 8763 2064
Website: www.mindincroydon.org.uk

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Open Minds offer a floating support service in the community for adults aged 18-65 who are experiencing difficulties due to their mental illness, and/or are struggling with addictions e.g. drugs and alcohol.
Tel: 020 3326 0444 / 07704234055

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South London & Maudsley, a free service offering help to those struggling with low mood, stress and anxiety, sleep problems, worries about health, relationship problems, difficulties with employment and more. Local talking therapies service for children and young people (0-25 years) and young adults (16-25).
Tel: 020 8251 0251

Ment4 offer one-to-one specialist mentoring for 12 to 17 year olds in Croydon and help them achieve their goals. Website: http://www.ment4.org/

Off the record youth counselling provides free, independent and professional counselling for 14 – 25 year olds in the Croydon area.
Tel:020 8251 0251
Email: croydon@talkofftherecord.org

Reaching Higher’s mentoring programme is aimed at 12-18 year olds in Croydon. City Listeners will support young people with therapeutic mentors, one-to-one sessions and group workshops to build key life skill and support young people towards positive choices.
Website: www.reachinghigher.org.uk/mentoring-opportunities.

Palace for Life Foundation run a variety of community inclusion programmes for young people and their families. Programmes are designed to improve health and wellbeing, as well as educate and make positive changes.
Website: www.palaceforlife.org

Another Night Of Sisterhood is a female led community organisation that looks to support primarily women and young people through peer learning, informal education, group therapy, community awareness initiative, joint enterprise working, floating family support and one-to-one sessions. Email: info@bmeforum.org

Services are free and confidential and available to everyone. They are here to help if you have been affected by crime and need support.
Tel: 08 08 16 89 111

You can report crimes anonymously to this service (without giving any personal information).
Website: www.victimsupport.org.uk

If you are aged 4 – 17 years old, you can get support if you have been affected by crime.
Website: https://youngcroydon.org.uk/crimeandsafety/

Information, facts and advice for young people, their families and friends on bullying, gangs and knife crime, victim support and the law. Website: https://safe.met.police.uk/index.html

You & Co is Victim Support’s youth programme that helps young people cope with the impact and effects of crime. You do not have to report the crime to the police to get support from us.
Website: https://www.youandco.org.uk/

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Opening in summer 2019, Croydon Youth Zone, named by young people as ‘Legacy’, will be a purpose-built facility for young people aged 8 – 19, and up to 25 for those with disabilities.  Legacy will be located in Whitehorse Road, Thornton Heath.
Website: legacyyouthzone.org

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Reaching Higher Football Academy is a FREE turn up and play football academy welcoming young people aged 11–18 years old. Traning is with an FA Qualified coaching team ranging from FA Level One to UEFA B. Website: https://www.reachinghigher.org.uk/reaching-higher-football-academy

The Foundation’s Premier League Kicks programme uses sport to create safer, stronger and more respectful communities by developing 11-24 year olds potential to divert them from crime and anti-social behaviour. Activities include: girls and boys football, multi-sports, girls BMXing, boxing and cheerleading. Email JohnPatrick@palaceforlife.org

Legacy logo

Opening in summer 2019, Croydon Youth Zone, named by young people as ‘Legacy’, will be a purpose-built facility for young people aged 8 – 19, and up to 25 for those with disabilities.  Legacy will be located in Whitehorse Road, Thornton Heath.

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Rising stars is a martial arts support system. Supporting young people in careers and fitness in a fun and effective way.  Website: http://www.cbmeforum.org/

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Music Relief provide music and art shops for young people aged 11—19 years, This includes ambassadorship program, peer mentoring, song writing, vocal training, music workshop and community outreach work. Email info@bmeforum.org for information
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To find out more about and apply for apprenticeships at Croydon Council.
Website: www.croydonworks.co.uk/opportunities

To find and apply for jobs, training opportunities and work experience in Croydon.
Website: www.croydonworks.co.uk

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The Work Ready & Prepared (WRAP) programme combines real life, meaningful work experience with industry specific accreditations and training to prepare young people for the world of work. This comprehensive 15-week study programme is for 16-18-year-olds.
Email: susanpattersonsmith@palaceforlife.org
Tel: 07808 322983

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Croydon Black & Minority Ethnic (BME) Forum offers a range of training and information sessions for young people and the local BME community.
Email info@bmeforum.org

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