More support for Croydon’s young people

Croydon’s youth engagement team is providing additional funding to Croydon Drop In (CDI) to give young people more free support in the town centre.

The additional service will run on Friday afternoons with the CDI’s talkbus parked in front of McDonalds.

CDI service already runs sessions on Thursday afternoon in the town centre alongside a number of other community and council services for young people.

The confidential service operates on a ‘you talk, we listen’ basis, and advises on family support, mental and emotional health and wellbeing.

CDI also offers free counselling for 10-25s, a parent group and signposting to relevant support services, along with information on local and national youth projects.

Councillor Hamida Ali, cabinet member for safer Croydon and communities, said:

“The Thursday sessions where both the youth engagement team and CDI team are out and about have already proved really positive for community reassurance in the town centre.

“Resource are limited, so joint working is a good way of getting additional services throughout the borough. The team works with the police, Croydon BID, local schools, the schools pastors, the youth engagement team and other community sector youth providers.

“We want to give young people additional support and to provide a free town centre service that can be used by schools pupils and community members.”

Vacancy - Administrator


Fixed term contract until 30th March 2020 in the first instance
12 hours per week, £21920.37 per annum (pro-rata FTE 36 hrs pw)

Hours to be worked across 2 days on Monday and Wednesday or Thursday

An exciting opportunity to join our dynamic Parent Infant Partnership project working with parents-to-be and families with children under the age of 2 years living across the London Borough of Croydon.

Applicants must be experienced in business support, and be committed to supporting the wide range of needs expressed by the community with whom we work.

If you would like an informal discussion about this post please contact:

Karen Lacey on 020 8680 0404 or

For an application pack click here

or email

Closing date for applications: Sunday 31st March 2019

Interview date: Thursday 11th April 2019

We are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults.

Successful applicants are required to undertake an Enhanced Disclosure via the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS)

CDI is working towards Equal Opportunity. To maintain the diversity of our team we welcome applications from all sections of the community particularly individuals from the Black African, Black Caribbean and Black British Communities

Registered Office 132, Church Street, Croydon CR0 1RF Registered Charity No.1049307

Parent/Carer Support Group

CDI are launching a weekly group for Parents/Carers. The group will meet on Tuesday evenings for 5 weeks starting on the 12th February 2019 from 6- 8pm.

The intention behind this is to provide a safe space for parents and carers to meet to together and share experiences, support and perhaps learn from each other. The reason we think this could be a positive initiative is because as a project supporting young people in the community we also get many enquiries from Parents and carers throughout each year.

We realise that being a parent or carer of a teenager may bring several challenges as well as the delights and the opportunity to share experiences and concerns with fellow parents could be a welcome one.

The group will be hosted by Diana Chandler who will provide confidential and impartial support to the group process. Diana has excellent credentials as a therapist, supervisor and trainer and will facilitate group discussions as well as bringing in guest speakers from time to time to offer some expertise and knowledge on specific topics.

If you are interested in being involved in this new group please email Rhona Kenny at


Keep on running Trojan


Trojan is running the Valencia half marathon in October 2018 to raise funds for Croydon Drop In. If you would like to support Trojan please go to his giving page

“I currently work for CDI and have personally seen the positive contribution this charity has made to the Croydon community; whose mission is to encourage young people and families to develop their full potential.

CDI provides a credible resource for the local community and with your support can help more young people overcome difficult situations and develop solutions that are best for them.

Local charities need our support in order for them to carry out the much needed work in our community.

Please support me in helping CDI continue important work by digging deep and giving whatever you can.” Trojan Gordon

Congratulations Kim!

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At the Civic Awards ceremony on Wednesday evening at the Hilton Hotel here’s Kim receiving the Mayor’s Lifetime Achievement Award for her 19 years as Director of Croydon Drop In from Councillor Bernadette Khan, Mayor of Croydon and Councillor Tony Newman, Leader of Croydon Council.

Very well done Kim – we’re really proud of you and thoroughly deserved recognition for your leadership of the agency and continued dedication to making a difference.