Photo: leader of the council, Cllr Tony Newman and Chair of the Climate Crisis Commission, Miatta Fahnbulleh Last year, along with other cities and towns, Croydon declared a climate emergency. This was an important step in terms of officially recognising the critical situation we are in – not just in Croydon but across the globe. As leader of the council it is important to me that we respond not just with words, but with actions, and that’s what we are doing. Over 70 people, representative of our borough, have been taking part in our first ever citizens’ assembly, giving
My company, Peddle My Wheels, was formed in 2012. From the outset I wanted to show that a business could be financially stable whilst always adhering to sustainable and ethical practices. The primary focus of Peddle My Wheels is to help get people cycling by providing affordable, easy to access bicycles of all types, and to support the person with cycle training to increase confidence and safety when cycling on the roads. We do this by running schemes such as our secondhand bike markets and our Try Before You Bike scheme. Bike markets: we run the bike markets in
In my role as Chairman of NHS Croydon Clinical Commissioning Group, I’ve seen first-hand how important it is that we work in partnership across the NHS, with Croydon Council and the voluntary sector to improve local health and care services and to give people the chance to take ownership of their own health. This kind of education is invaluable, as once you can take better care of yourself, you inevitably become a happier and more fulfilled person. Simply talking about the challenges you’re facing, supporting others and helping each other on your way makes people happier and reduces the need
Keeping active and moving our bodies more can make a huge difference to our health and wellbeing. It can seem a daunting task to change our routine and fit in a bit more exercise but joining a group activity is a great way to look after your health and wellbeing. It can also help to tackle people being isolated or feeling alone as talking, supporting and helping each other makes people happier, can prevent illness and reduces the need for specialist care. Last year, a team representing Croydon lined up against teams from across London and beyond to represent their
Recent statistics show that we are facing unprecedented challenges in the fight to keep the public of Croydon fit and well. We know that more than 3 in 5 adults are overweight or obese, while 1 in 5 children are already overweight or obese by the time they start primary school. There are more children in Croydon than any other London borough, and more children admitted to hospital with mental health conditions than national average. At the same time, people are living longer and we have a growing older population. There are 3,600 residents living with dementia, and at least
Caring for each other is at the heart of Croydon Council’s commitment to making our borough inclusive for people living with dementia, and their carers. We are a member of the Croydon Dementia Action Alliance (CDAA), which is more than 20 local organisations, including Croydon Health Services, Age UK Croydon, Alzheimer’s Society and local police and fire services, working together to create dementia friendly communities. There are more than 3,600 people living with dementia in Croydon today and that number is likely to rise. The work we do includes raising awareness of the condition to as many residents, local businesses
A £5.25 billion regeneration of our town centre brings so much promise, but the growing pains in the process can be hard on the local business community and its patrons. At Croydon BID, we have a unique role to play ensuring our town centre continues to be a destination we can all enjoy. The experience of Croydon must be a positive one as we deal with the pressures of regeneration and growth, but how do we do this? Our ambassadors play a big part – in their bright pink uniforms, they offer the welcome smile, helpful information, advice and guidance
Croydon Works was set-up in 2016 to make sure Croydon residents can benefit from the jobs created in the borough, and to help local businesses find local talent. Delivered by Croydon Council in partnership with CALAT, Croydon College and DWP, our service is completely free to residents and businesses. With one of the biggest regeneration programmes seen in the UK, Croydon is undergoing major transformation. This is great news for Croydonians as it brings a whole host of opportunities. It’s not enough to make sure Croydon residents can apply for these jobs, we also need to make sure they have
We are the Lions Society… five ordinary men who have come together to impact our community in the best possible way.
There’s a lot of talk about “taking a public health” approach to violence. But lots of people are unsure about what it means. The way I explain it is to compare it to a disease, like flu or measles.
Brick By Brick is a developer built for Croydon. It’s a new way for boroughs like ours to deliver the housing local people need, while putting the profits to work for the local population.
It is essential that we work in partnership, with the council and others, if we are to end homelessness altogether and improve people’s lives for good.
With Christmas approaching some of us are worrying about how we will keep our homes warm this winter and pay our bills without falling into debt.
As a society we’ve been failing to build enough houses of the right kind for several decades. The Community Land Trust model is very different.
I joined the Museum of Croydon as the Museum and Archive manager over six months ago during which the museum has taken a completely different approach to its exhibition planning.
Things will look very different in ten years’ time – globally, nationally and right here in Croydon. Of course, change brings both exciting opportunities and new challenges for all of us and we want your views to shape our future.
Talking, supporting and helping each other makes people happier and reduces the need for specialist care. The challenge With the largest child population in London, Croydon has the highest number of looked after children and higher than London and national averages for under-18s admissions for mental health issues. Croydon is also experiencing a social care crisis with 80% of the council’s £300m annual budget being spent on health, wellbeing and adult services, yet we know that if we all talked, supported and helped each other, and ourselves, more, we would prevent the need for this huge spend.