Social Inclusion

In 2016 Croydon Council appointed an Opportunity and Fairness Commission to look at the challenges faced by residents and the community at large. Social Isolation was identified as an increasing problem for some people in Croydon.  The impact of social isolation inclusion can have a devastating effect on people.

For sustainable improvements in Croydon, everyone needs to have access to opportunities that will let them grow as individuals. Inequality harms growth and poverty reduction and individuals sense of fulfilment and self-worth. Our social inclusion programme seeks to ensure everyone in Croydon has a chance to live a healthy and happy life.

Only 45.2% of people who use adult social care services reported that they have as much social contact as they would like
Only 31.7% of carers reported that they have as much social contact as they would like
people aged 65+ live alone

Croydon Commitment Social Inclusion Programme

Our Social Inclusion Programme has been developed in partnership with local stakeholders to tackle social exclusion in Croydon. We have a range of events throughout the year the addresses all aspects of social inclusion with a particular focus on social isolation.

Sustainability Development Goals targeted:

Croydon Commitment Armed Forces Lunch
Social Isolation is a growing problem within Croydon, Our veterans lunch brings together veterans across Croydon for a celebratory lunch to celebrate armed forces day. This year the event is held at De Vere Selsdon Estate on Monday 25th June 2018. The event’s goals are two-fold; one to recognise the service of veterans living in Croydon and the second to address social exclusion. We are expecting over 100 veteran guests, business members and a number of air cadets who have been invited to the celebrations to mark the 100 Anniversary of the founding of the RAF. Also on hand will be Croydon Library archivists who will record memories and stories from some of the guests for the Library’s Oral History archive. Boys from Trinity School will play some wartime songs – and perhaps even encourage some afternoon tea dancing!
Colonel McRobbie, OBE TD DL, Representative Deputy Lieutenant for the London Borough of Croydon said: “The Armed Forces Group in Croydon is delighted that once again, through Croydon Commitment we will be able to recognise the service of veterans living in the borough. The 2016 Celebratory Lunch was a fantastic occasion and we are looking forward to seeing some new faces this year and marking the date once more.”
The Impact
Croydon Commitment’ Armed Forces Veterans Celebratory Lunch is a fantastic event to address social inclusion within Croydon. The event is always well attended and is an informal way for veterans to access other services.
We would like to thank the following companies for supporting our raffle; Nat West PLC, De Vere Selsdon Estate, Dot Mailer, Allianz, Waitrose, Jurys Inns, Signal Brewery, Biggin Hill Airport. Thanks also to Signal Brewery for supplying the Craft Ale, Marks and Spencer for the table gifts and Coversure Croydon for the room and table decorations. Special thanks to the Whitgift Foundation 1596 Club for their sponsorship of the wine and table menus. Without the generous support and sponsorship from Armed Forces Covenant this lunch would not be possible.
Croydon Commitment Grassroots Awards Programme
Croydon Commitment launched an endowment programme in 2008 to bring about positive social change in the borough. The Grassroots Fund provides financial assistance for innovative and inspirational projects that invest in the people of Croydon and reduce social exclusion.
In 2016 projects funded included

  • Delivering education sessions around trafficking, grooming and modern day slavery to schools run by Croydon Community Against Trafficking
  • Yoga classes and film clubs for older residents run by Upper Norwood Association in Community Care
  • Therapeutic support to young people experiencing domestic violence in their relationships run by Cassandra Learning Centre
  • Music and Drama workshops to NEET and young ex-offenders run by Hope Through Music
  • Project to offer buddy mentoring system to young mothers suffering from isolation, loneliness andmental health conditions run by Enterprise Training CIC
The Impact
The Grassroots Awards Programme is targeted at local voluntary and community groups working in Croydon. The Grassroots Fund has awarded over £135,000 to local charities and community groups. Following a review in 2017, the Grassroots programme has come back stronger for 2018.  This year Croydon Commitment will offer a package of support alongside the funding award. Charities will also receive specialist advice and in-kind support from a range of business experts in Croydon. Our aim is that the awards programme with additional business support will make an even greater impact on the Croydon Community.
Croydon Commitment Christmas Hamper Appeal
In December we work in partnership with Croydon Neighbourhood Care Association on our flagship Croydon Commitment Christmas Hamper Appeal. Our partners are encouraged to donate items in order to distribute around 400 hampers to isolated residents within the borough. Partners are also invited to help pack the hampers before they distributed.
The Impact
Over 13% of the Croydon population is aged 65+ which equates to 49,300 people. This is the 3rd highest number in London. In addition 6.1% of the Croydon population is aged 75+ , and equates to 23,000 people which is again the 3rd highest in London. Older adults can become socially isolated as a result of reduced mobility due to long term health conditions. Additionally retirement and/or unemployment can result in losing connections with colleagues and friends which can lead to social isolation. Retirement may also mean there is a dependence on a smaller income. Providing a Christmas hamper provides older residents with both social contact and goods to support their lower income. It is a very popular part of our social inclusion programme and we have had great feedback from beneficiaries.
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