London – Croydon

London – Croydon

Social Inclusion Service
Who can we help?
  • Age: 18+
  • Area: All over Croydon
  • Referrals: Referrals from Community Mental Health Teams and GPs. We take self referrals for our user-led groups
When can we help?

9am-5pm, Mon-Fri (excl. Bank Holidays)

How can we help?

The befriending service aims to build professional friendship to support people who have become socially isolated. Individuals are matched with volunteers based on needs and interests.

  • Community Befriending involves meeting individuals in the community, building their confidence/goals through professional friendship, connecting to the community, improving/increasing social interaction
  • Home Befriending supporting people who have difficulty leaving their home to build the confidence to do so, reduce isolation (small scheme, hence access is limited)

The mentoring service aims to help clients to identify goals that can be worked towards with the support of a volunteer mentor. Mentors build on individuals’ skills, empowering them to live as independently as possible through:

  • Building self-confidence and action planning
  • Accessing volunteering/work/education and community activities
  • Working on a healthy routine and other life skills

The user-led groups aim to empower people to become involved in deciding how the groups operate and what they do. There is an emphasis on running activities and getting involved with the local community. Training can be offered around cooking, basic first aid and peer support.

Groups at regular venues
Parchmore – Thornton Heath Monday 10am – 4pm
Purley Tuesday & Friday 11am – 5pm
Addiscombe Wednesday & Thursday 10am – 4pm
Kingfisher’s – New Addington + Music Group Wednesday – Friday 10am-4pm
Health Club – Old Town Friday 10am – 1pm

Community-based groups include bowling, pool, walking and badminton.

The timetable changes quite often, please call for the current activities.

One-on-one support is given to help focus on goals either within or outside of the groups, healthy living or signposting to other services, where appropriate.

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To learn more or to ask us any questions please contact us on:
020 8253 7078