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It's Volunteer Week!

 

We're looking for a new CEO

Chief Executive, Croydon Commitment (part-time)

£40,000 - £50,000 pa, pro rata, depending on experience

We are a small charity, founded in 2004 to help Croydon business get the best value and impact from community engagement activities. We work with businesses to optimise the quality and value of their community investment through planned programmes of employee engagement, partnerships and community activity to meet local need, boost corporate social responsibility benefit and capitalise on the opportunities of a changing Borough.

We’re looking for a new Chief Executive who will:

  • Lead and shape the continued development of the Croydon Commitment, building on our solid foundations, recognised as a strong, respected and valued partner in the Borough
  • Add measurable value to members, while meeting the needs of the Borough, its business community and its residents.
  • Inspire partners, members, directors and the team; developing pragmatic solutions to take the charity forward into a new chapter.

About you

You will be an experienced senior manager, director or CEO, and have strong leadership and strategic management skills, with the capability to lead the organisation into its next phase with integrity, confidence and vision.

You will be good at engaging businesses and bringing people together with common purpose; capable of developing the charity’s reach and impact, strengthening our reputation and positioning the Croydon Commitment effectively with a unique high profile, high quality offer and programme of activity to its members and partners that meets the needs of the Borough and its residents.

You will have strong management skills, with the ability to achieve positive results from people and situations, focusing effort to achieve measurable impact for the benefit of stakeholders.

 

Application process

Download and read the job description, which includes more details about the role and the person we’re looking for.

Please send your CV to Susie.Howells@croydoncommitment.org.uk with an application letter setting out:

  1. How you meet the requirements of the role [max 500 words]
  2. Your top three priorities as CEO, and how you would take these forward on appointment [max 300 words]
  3. Highlight three examples from your experience that illustrate your capability [max 300 words]

Closing date: 5pm on Wednesday 3rd May 2017

Interviews will be held during the weeks beginning 8th May and 15th May

 

We look forward to hearing from you!

Thanks - The Croydon Partnership

Thu 23 Mar 2017 01:14 PM - Employability Confidence Workshop

Many thanks to the volunteers from Croydon Partnership who helped to deliver our Employability Confidence workshop to Oasis Shirley Park students. 

The ten volunteers did a great job by sharing their own career journeys and helping to facilitiate sessions such as  'Making a good impression', Barriers to Employment (and how to overcome them). Around 50 year 11, 12 and 13 students took part and then continued their discussions with the volunteers over lunch.

      

 

 

Pension Protection Fund

Mon 20 Mar 2017 01:02 PM - Community Team Challenge

Well, they couldn't really have had a better day for being outdoors. Lovely Spring sunshine accompanyed the Pension Protection Staff team on their community volunteering day at Good Food Matters.

Fourteen PPF volunteers spent the day, weeding, digging, planting and generally helping out at the Addington based centre. They were treated to some of Evelyn's healthy and completely delicious cake for their efforts and the days work was much appreciated on both sides.

London New Year's Day Parade

 

 

Well done Croydon!

 

The theme for this year's London New Year's Day Parade was 'Lights, Camera, Action and Croydon's Bollywood float came in the top ten, winning a £1000 prize for the Mayor of Croydon's charities - of which we are one! 

Thanks to everyone who gave their time and efforts into making our float successful and very memorable.

 

Christmas Hamper Collection

 

 

 

 

Local companies donated hundreds of items toward gift hampers for over 400 isolated elderly residents in Croydon.

450 hampers were made, containing chocolates, mince pies, Christmas pudding, tea, coffee, Christmas crackers and other festive treats. These were distributed by Croydon Neighbourhood Care to 23 Neighbourhood Care and community groups for older people across the borough. These groups work with some of the most socially isolated and hard to reach elderly people in the borough, providing support and care.

Approximately 300-400 of each item was donated by Crystal Palace Football Club, Waitrose, Allianz Global Assistance, Mott MacDonald, Enterprise UK, Hilton Croydon and residents from Whitgift House. The hampers were carefully packed into 450 Waitrose Christmas bags by volunteers from the Pension Protection Fund and Allianz Global Assistance and were collected and delivered to Croydon Neighbourhood Care offices at Davidson Lodge by Circuit Cars. 

Howard Lewis, Director of Circuit Cars said "Croydon Commitment is in our opinion a great charity partner for HML Circuit Cars to work alongside. We were delighted to be asked to help out with the Croydon Neighbourhood care collections again for the fifth year in a row. To work in partnership with an organisation that really helps to bring a smile to so many people over the Christmas period was an honour for us.”

Sue McVicker, CEO of Croydon Neighbour Care said, “many of the people receiving these Christmas bags, live alone and are housebound, they are the most vulnerable residents in the borough, the average age of the recipients is 85 years old. They are supported throughout the year by Neighbourhood Care charities across the borough, they attend lunch clubs and are befriended amongst many other services. Much of this work is carried out by volunteers, but would not be possible without the financial support of Croydon Council. By working together in partnership, we are able to support these vulnerable residents, the bags and their contents are always gratefully received. A huge thank you to all of the donators, without their generosity, we would not be able to provide the bags.”

Our Winter Newsletter!

Hot off the press (or at least our designer’s computer) is our latest Winter newsletter.

Please share with your colleagues and friends…

 

 

Disability Confident Jobs Fair

 There was a brilliant turn out last Wednesday for the Disability Confident Reverse Jobs Fair. Candidates from the Job Centre Plus, Mind, The Shaw Trust and Croydon Works arrived to set up their 'stalls' showcasing their skills and abilities and offering potential employers an idea of their career interests. Most, if not all, the candidates received offers of training, work placement or job interviews and all enjoyed the event.

 

Disability Confident Reverse Jobs Fair

Looking to recruit this Autumn?

Croydon businesses are welcome to attend the Reverse Jobs Fair

Wednesday 9 th November - 10am-12pm

 

 

 

 

Grass Roots Awards 2016

 Croydon Charities receive Grass Roots Trust Funding

 

 

Croydon Commitment hosted the 2016 Grass Roots Trusts Awards on Wednesday 6 July at Mayor’s Parlour, Town Hall, Croydon. Dan Iulian-Drutac, an award winning violist from the Guildhall School of Music & Drama opened the evening and The Mayor of Croydon, Cllr Wayne Trakas – Lawlor gave out the awards.

 

Set up in 2008 by Croydon Commitment and its partners, the Grassroots Trust Fund is awarded to small Croydon charities to kick-start inspiring projects. This year, the funding theme was ‘projects that make life better for people in Croydon’ .

 

Katharine Glass, Chair of Croydon Commitment board said ‘Croydon is transforming & we want to help meet the changing needs of the borough with these awards. Our six award winners tackle issues that affect both young and old members of our community and we are delighted to support their initiatives’.

 

Phase 1 Enterprise Training CIC - Awarded: £1,240

This project will benefit single mothers by alleviating isolation and loneliness in young mothers and improving poor mental health.  The project would also sign post clients to other agencies and provide an online 'buddy mentoring' service.

 

Hope Through Music - Awarded: £1500
Offers disadvantaged young people music workshops and opportunities in dance, drama, music, theatre.  Target groups are neet, young ex-offenders, those at risk of exclusion. 

 

Upper Norwood Association in Community Care - Awarded: £2,500

Offering new activities to older people to improve health, mind, and bodies – weekly yoga, mindfulness classes, weekly sing- a -long, film sessions. 

 

Croydon Community Against Trafficking - Awarded: £2768

The project delivers education sessions around trafficking, grooming and modern day slavery, to schools in Croydon.

 

Rising Starts Support - Awarded: £1,390

This project provides sessions in martial arts/mentoring/career support plus 1:2:1 sessions to young people at risk. 

 

Cassandra Learning Centre - Awarded: £2,400

CLC Offers therapeutic support to young people experiencing domestic violence in their relationships. 

 

 

Armed Forces Veterans lunch

Mon 20 Jun 2016 12:00 AM - Lunch at Croydon Park Hotel

Croydon Park Hotel played host to Croydon Commitment’s Armed Forces Veterans Celebratory Lunch yesterday, Monday 20 June, at the start of National Armed Forces Week. Over 100 veterans and Service Personnel enjoyed a 4 course buffet lunch at the hotel and heard speeches from the Mayor of Croydon, Cllr Wayne Trakas-Lawlor and Colonel Vic Matthews, who heads the Army Reserves in London.

Katharine Glass, Chair of Croydon Commitment welcomed guests and said ‘ Getting communities together , working to help one another is the most important part of Croydon Commitment’s remit. We’re delighted to be meeting some of the borough’s veterans, hearing their stories and for having the chance to recognise and thank them for their contribution to the country and to Croydon.

Mr James Fairweather, 89, a member of the RAF from 1943-1947 said ‘I was proud to attend  the lunch; in fact it was one of the highlights of my life. My presence served to remind a younger generation that the West Indies Squadron contributed to both World Wars – a story that is seldom told’.

The lunch was made possible by a grant from the Army Covenant Fund and was organised and hosted by Croydon Commitment.

  

 

 

 

 

 

Charity Cycle Race

Wed 08 Jun 2016 12:00 AM - Pearl Izumi Racers

Despite the thunderous weather conditions, our 50 resolute riders remained in high spirits and sprinted around the race circuit in aid of the Mayor of Croydon's charity fund.

Nine teams entered the race held before the professional women's race on the Pearl Izumi tour series. Teams were fielded by Met Police, Croydon BID, Mott MacDonald (x2) Develop Croydon, TFL, Old Portlians Cycle Club, Croydon Partnership and Croydon Heart Town (LBC).

Podium finishes went to third placed Old Porlians, second placed TFL and by a fairly big margin at the finish line, the Met Police Team. The Mayor of Croydon, Cllr Wayne Trakas Lawlor, along with Martin Corney, CEO of the Whitgift  Foundation (who sponsored the cup) presented the trophy and winnign medals. A special mention has to go to the Develop Croydon Team (all two of them!) who raced superbly but were, in the end, defeated by lack of additional manpower rather than racing spirit.

A bg thanks to everyone who took part and who helped along the way.

 

 

Pearl Izumi Charity Cycle Race

We’re really excited to be part of this year’s Pearl Izumi Charity Cycle Race on behalf of the Mayor of Croydon’s charities.

Fancy that your team could be in with a chance of winning the Charity Race Trophy? We’re looking for teams of six to take part in a relay race starting at 4pm on Tuesday 7 June. Each team member will cycle a lap of the circuit then hand over to the next team member and so on until every member has cycled a total of 3 laps each. .

The winning team will be invited to the podium to receive their trophy from the Mayor of Croydon.

If you would like to take part, please fill in the race registration and return to Croydon Commitment. Once we have received this we will then send out full race event information. Please call us on 020 8774 3680.

Download the Registration Form PDF

Download the Route PDF

Download the Flyer PDF

Armed Forces Celebration Lunch

 

 

 

 Are you an Armed Forces Veteran? Or know anyone who is?

In association with the Armed Forces Covenant Fund, Croydon Commitment would like to invite anyone who has previously served in the forces to a celebratory lunch and service provider forum. If you would like to join us please contact us as soon as possible.

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Grass Roots Awards 2016 now open

Croydon Commitment is once again inviting applications to their Grass Roots Trust. 

This year, we’re keeping things simple and are looking to support those projects that ‘Make Life better for people in Croydon’.  

Now in its eighth year, The Grassroots Trust aims to provide a legacy of enduring community support through a long term programme of one-off annual grants. The fund is designed to give financial assistance to inspirational projects that invest in the people of the borough.  

The allocated fund for this year is in the region of £12,000 which the charity intends to award to a limited number of projects, up to a maximum of £3,000 each. Deadline for entries is 5pm Tuesday 10 May 2016. 

Applications will be accepted from community groups, voluntary organisations, small charities or social enterprises but groups must have been active in the Croydon area for at least one year and must have an annual income of less than £250,000.  

Please be advised that it is really helpful to read the guidelines before you start on the application form. We will not consider any group that does not meet the trust criteria. Please download the Grassroots application form and the guidelines, or if you prefer please email a request to have one sent to you – info@croydoncommitment.org.uk.  Alternatively, you can email Carole Short at carole.short@cvalive.org.uk for a form and support on filling in the application.

For more information about the Grass Roots Trust and application guide lines contact Croydon Commitment on 020 8774 3680.
 

Grass Roots 2016 Guidelines

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Grass Roots 2016 Application Form

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Mulalley wins £210m Croydon Contract

 Press Release:

 

 Mobilisation for the programme will commence this month with works starting in April 2016.

 Mulalley has worked in partnership with Croydon Council for the past ten years delivering their Decent Homes contracts as well as their External Re-decoration and associated repairs contract.

 Mulalley Operations Director Bruce Benson said: “We are thrilled to have won this significant contract continuing Croydon Council’s transformation of their housing stock.  I think this win highlights the strength of our team, our approach to partnering and the quality and value of the work we have delivered over the last ten years.

 We look forward to using our local knowledge and expertise and again providing employment for local supply chains, training and apprenticeships, to make a considerable difference to the Croydon area over the coming years.”

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Mulalley is a family owned residential developer and construction group operating throughout London and the South East of England for over 40 years with a demonstrated excellence in the delivery of high quality regeneration projects and partnerships with the public sector.

For more information please visit www.mulalley.co.uk

Local Businesses open up their doors as we "focus on disability"

 
The effects of long-term unemployment can be damaging, particularly to one’s self-confidence. There is an approximately 30 percentage point gap between disabled and non-disabled people in work, representing over 2 million people. Since the recent Disability Confident seminar which took place this May, raising awareness and challenging employer perceptions on hiring people with a disability, Croydon Commitment changed the focus of Corporate Open Door Day to specifically target those with learning difficulties, mental health and physical disabilities. 
 
Corporate Open Door Day is a work experience taster session which invites local businesses to welcome people into their offices for one day of shadowing, CV building and employability skills advice.
 
On different days between 19th-30th October, five Croydon businesses opened up their doors to small groups and individuals: Mott MacDonald, White Label Consultants, Pension Protection Fund, Mum’s the Chef and Mulalley - providing the opportunity to meet new people, try new tasks in a new environment, network and receive employability skills advice directly local employers.
 
Zena, who heard about the initiative from the charity, Mind in Croydon,  said “The team at Mott MacDonald were very welcoming and made me feel at ease. The agenda for the day was brilliant, well planned and appropriate; the content was well matched with my abilities, experience and knowledge. I found the session very enjoyable and helpful, it was a huge confidence boost and I gained a valuable insight into my personality and self-awareness and strongly feel I will be able to use the information I learned in the future.”
 
The aim is to build the confidence of those who have not been in employment for some time (or at all) by giving an introduction to work and encouraging people to try something new as well as challenging employer perceptions of hiring someone with a disability. 
 
Mulalley Operations Director Bruce Benson said: “Mulalley is always keen to give back to the communities in which we work and as a foundation partner of Croydon Commitment, we were very happy to take part in this important initiative.”
 
If you would like to know more about this programme please feel free to contact Stella Fasusi on 0208 774 3680 or you can e-mail info@croydoncommitment.org.uk 
 
 

Learn (and laugh!) with Neil Mullarkey

Would you like to communicate better with clients?
Improve your team's negotiation skills? 
OR increase sales? (Of course you do!)
 
Neil Mullarkey will show you how you can gain tangible commercial outcomes for your business in this training session and you’ll also be directly helping Croydon charities as all ticket money from this event will be donated to Croydon Commitment.
 
It doesn't matter what size business or sector you are operating in, you will need to communicate with purpose, clarity and precision to deliver the right narrative to your customers.
 
Think communication, networking, feedback, customer service, negotiation, creativity, pitches, presentations, public speaking, persuasion, selling skills, storytelling, career development, leadership or collaboration.
 
Then think how this will translate to your bottom line.
 
 
Join us on Friday 16 October, 3-5pm at Croydon Conference Centre, Surrey Street, CR0 1RG 
 
£100 to include buffet and drinks afterwards. Special offer of £85 for Croydon Chamber of Commerce members.
 
Go on, give us a call and book now!
 
Contact Melinda Ashford on T: 0208 774 3680 
E: info@croydoncommitment.org.uk
 
Many thanks to Neil Mullarkey who is giving his time FREE at this Croydon Commitment fundraising event. Croydon Commitment is a registered charity that acts as a link between the business sector and Croydon's voluntary organisations and community groups through Corporate Social Responsibility and volunteering. 
 

Croydon Charities receive £12,000

Croydon Commitment hosted the 2014 Grass Roots Trusts Awards on Thursday 2nd July at the Hilton Hotel, Purley Way. The Soul Symphony Choir opened the evening and The Mayor of Croydon, Cllr Patricia Hay-Justice gave out the awards.

Set up in 2008 by Croydon Commitment and its partners, the Grassroots Trust Fund is awarded to small Croydon charities to kick-start inspiring projects. This year, the funding theme was helping people develop key skills, confidence and motivation that will help them through education, training, or the move into work. 
Katharine Glass, Chair of Croydon Commitment board said ‘Croydon is changing & we want to help meet the changing needs of the borough with these awards.
 
 
Our six award winners tackle issues that affect both young and old members of our community and we are delighted to support their initiatives’. 
ASKI  - to help the older BMER community to develop key skills and confidence for employment  - £1073
Stoke Action – to help provide practical and emotional support for stroke victims  - £1000
Congolese Voluntary Association – to offer training and support to immigration and asylum seekers - £2400
CYTO – to help start the Arts Awards Programme for the development of young people - £2557
Purley Youth Project – supporting young people to develop life skills, gain confidence and provide opportunities to broaden knowledge - £3000
Spice – preparing adults from hard to engage communities with OCNLR qualifications  - £2000
 
 
 
Croydon Commitment is a corporate-led social responsibility charity that supports the work of local charities, schools, and community projects and is supported by local businesses. Contact 0208 774 3680 or e-mail melinda.ashford-mm@mottmac.com  
 
 

£12,000 grant funding for inspiring Croydon projects

Croydon Commitment is once again inviting applications to their Grass Roots Trust.
 
This year, we are looking to support ‘charities that help people develop key skills, confidence and motivation that will help them through education, training, or the move into work’. 
 
The Grassroots Trust aims to provide a legacy of enduring community support through a long term programme of one-off annual grants.  The fund is designed to give financial assistance to innovative and inspirational projects that invest in the people of the borough. 
 
The allocated fund for this year is in the region of £12,000 which the charity intends to award to a limited number of projects, up to a maximum of £3,000 each. Deadline for entries is 5pm Friday 22 May 2015.
 
Applications will be accepted from community groups, voluntary organisations, small charities or social enterprises but groups must have been active in the Croydon area for at least one year and must have an annual income of less than £250,000. 
 
If you are interested in applying, you can download the Grassroot Guidelines and the application form here. 
 
For more information about the Grass Roots Trust please visit the 'Grassroots' page on www.croydoncommitment.org.uk or call 0208 774 3680. 
 
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Last year the Grass Roots Trust gave awards to 
* The Hive to expand their ROUTES programme to include employability skills training
* ICASAC – international Congo Aid – Smile African Children – to deliver security guard training
* AYDA - African Youth Development Association – to deliver recognised qualifications to ex-offenders 
* Rise Media  – to enable the continuation of the youth-run publication of “Limelight” 
* BELS – Business & Education London South – to support an Employment Engagement Worker
* ARCC - Asian Resource Centre Croydon  - to deliver the OCN qualification in confidence building
* The Box Office (Thai Boxing Club Croydon) – to support sports activators training qualifications.
 

Holiday Inn Express host Easter Teatime Treat

Easter got off to a cracking start (pun intended!) last Thursday 2nd April at the Holiday Inn Express, where the hotel hosted an afternoon tea Easter party for over 65’s in Croydon. 
 
 
30 guests attended the afternoon of delicious sandwiches, teas, sweet treats and mini eggs, joined by mini Easter bunnies & bright yellow chicks. 
Rev Joy Roye, Dayspring CFN, said, “We had a wonderful time just getting out and meeting new people in very pleasant surroundings. We appreciate your efforts and hard work putting it together, well done to all.”
 
 
General Manager, Andrey Belogortsev said  “It was a delight to welcome all the lovely ladies in our hotel and offer them a great opportunity to meet and celebrate Easter in the company of each other and Holiday Inn Express London-Croydon”. 
 
In the UK, a large number of elderly and vulnerable people are living in loneliness and isolation. Together with our business partners we aim to help where we can. Many organisations in Croydon are doing great work to tackle this issue including Contact the Elderly who host Sunday Afternoon Teas with a befriending opportunities (more info please see here.) 
 
These tea parties are a great way for local residents to meet each other and hear of other activities that may be going on for them in the borough. 
There are a number of initiatives that exist to help with the issue.
Age UK Croydon is looking for Befriending Volunteers, if interested please call 0203 701 3264 or email placements@ageukcroydon.org.uk to request an application pack.
 
If you know people/groups who would like to attend our next tea or if you would like to help, please contact us on info@croydoncommitment.org.uk or call 0208 773 3680.
 
Holiday Inn Express is based off Frith Road at 1 Priddy’s Yard CR0 1TS
Contact No. 020 8253 1200
 

Businesses share their expert tips at Charities Business Skills Day

On Thursday 26th March 2015, local businesses shared their advice and expertise with various community representatives in a free workshop session at Fairfield Halls.

The ‘Charities Business Skills Day’ took place from 10am-3:30pm, with four workshops each lasting an hour long with a break in between for questions and tea.A light sandwich lunch was provided by the Holiday Inn Express.
 
Top Right: Speaker Mary Edwards (Blackbird Consultancy) sharing tips on bid writing
 
The presentations were on the following:
 
Customer Services Skills presented by Karen Summers from Croydon Park Hotel
Staff & Volunteer Recruitment Best Practices by Alan Feast (Director) from Harris Global Recruitment, Stuart Routledge (CEO) and Marilena Ricciardi from Age UK Croydon.
Bid Writing Top 10 Tips by Mary Edwards from Blackbird Consultancy
Marketing & Social Media by Jo Gumb (MD) from White Label Consultants
 
Stuart Routledge (Age UK), Marilena Ricciardi (Age UK) & Alan Feast (Harris Global)
 
Julia Weller from Family Centre Fieldway said, “The workshops were very informative, I will be definitely using some of knowledge learned in my work setting.”
We will be holding more workshops in the near future - details to follow.
 

Trinity School Boys ‘burn it up’ at Riddlesdown Park

 
A team of pupils from Trinity School on Tuesday 17th March got to work at Riddlesdown Common conservation site that is being converted to chalk grassland. The boys hauled wood, removed dead trees from the ground to reveal compressed chalk as they created a bonfire where they burnt the cut vegetation.
 
 
 
A solid effort from the boys, Matthew Johnson, Riddlesdown Park Ranger for City of London said, “the boys from Trinity were fantastic. It was a good day and they worked hard. We aim to create more species rich chalk grassland in this area for wild flowers and insects to flourish.”
 
The City of London manages four of the large open spaces in and around Croydon: Riddlesdown Common, Coulsdon Common, Kenley and Farthing Downs. The Rangers work to maintain these grounds that have been used for public recreation and nature conservation for over a century and rely heavily on volunteers to support their work.
 
For more information on Riddlesdown Park, visit: www.cityoflondon.gov.uk/riddlesdown
 
You can follow City of London on Twitter: twitter.com/citycommons

‘LiveLoveCroydon’ Calendar Launch

We received some superb entries for our Live Love Croydon Calendar this year. Croydon is at the start of some exciting re-generation and development and we wanted our photographers to capture this energy and momentum in their photos. 
 
This year’s winner of the Croydon Culture Click competition is Sean Donegan, whose photo, ‘Dusk Rush at Interchange’ was chosen by the judging panel because it captured the movement and vitality of Croydon. 
 
 
The calendar launch took place on Monday 8th December 2014 at Fairfield Halls where all 14 winning photos were exhibited. This is displayed in the Fairfield corridor on level one of the building where they will remain before being moved permanently to Bernard Weatherill House in the new year.
 
 
If you would like to buy a calendar, you can visit: Waterstones, the Croydon Visitors Centre, TFL Tramlink Store on George Street and Matthew’s Yard. 
 
Alternatively, if you would like to order one from us you can e-mail info@croydoncommitment.org.uk or telephone 020 8774 3680.
 

And the winner is... Croydon 100 Challenge 2014

Six teams were given £100 and four weeks to test their entrepreneurial money-making skills and turn it into the highest possible amount for Croydon Commitment.
 
A huge thank you to our teams: DMC, CPFC Foundation, Lives Not Knives, Hampton by Hilton, Mums the Chef and Harris Global IT Recruitment who fought for the title of Croydon Commitment Challenge Champions 2014 through a variety of innovative activities.
 
 
Lives Not Knives hosted a French themed business networking event, complete with accordion player and French wines and cheeses.
DMC Business Machines managed a pop up Christmas stall and raffle at Centrale.
Harris Global IT Recruitment (pictured above) sold home-made cakes, dressed in fancy dress for a day, played knock out tennis and hedged their bets on the foreign exchange. 
Mums the Chef sold special Croydon Commitment breakfast wraps at their food stall in the StrEATery and Ruskin Square. 
Hampton by Hilton got into the Christmas Spirit by dressing as elves and reindeers and holding a raffle for their guests.
Crystal Palace FC Foundation youngsters designed and printed their own ‘Baller in the Making’ T-Shirts.
 
The final amount raised was over £2500 and the winning team? DMC Business Machines (pictured below) who raised a whopping £1315.85
 

Shake a leg this Christmas at the Santa Zumbathon

Gather your colleagues together at lunchtime and join us for a charity Santa Zumbathon in aid of Croydon Commitment

Come on down to North End for as long as you can spare between Noon and 2.00pm on Thursday, November 13th, collect your Santa costume* and help us create a fantastic, festive, dance spectacle. 

“Do something different during your lunch hour!”

*For a minimum donation of £10, you will receive a full Santa outfit (yours to keep!) and a pre-party season workout with a professional Zumba instructor.

To join in the fun, register and pay by the following methods:

(i) E-mail your name and daytime telephone number to: info@croydoncommitment.org.uk 

Make your payment by bank transfer to Croydon Commitment Events Ltd - Sort Code 60-50-01 Account Number 36179965.
Please add your name as a reference

OR

(ii) Send or deliver your cheque made payable to Croydon Commitment Events Ltd for the sum of at least £10 together with your name,
daytime telephone number and e-mail address to Croydon Commitment, Mott MacDonald House, 8-10 Sydenham Road, Croydon, CR0 2EE

For more information call 0208 774 3680 or visit www.croydoncommitment.org.uk

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For All Entrepreneurs

C100C is back!

Fancy you're a bit of a wheeler dealer? Can you sell snow to eskimos? Make people part with their hard earned?

If you're a dab hand at turning silver into gold and can come up with some creative money making ideas then get some colleagues together and enter your team into our Croydon One Hundred Challenge. Working as a team your business goal is to take £100 and prove your entrepeneurial abilities by raising as much money as possible - for us and our charity partners.

You'll be in competition with teams from other companies and we'll be reporting on fundraising activities and events so the more inventive the idea or ideas the better!

To find out more or to register your team call us on 0208 774 3680 

Culture Click Competition

News Update

We have extended the deadline date for submissions to the Live Love Croydon photographic competition to Monday 29 September at 12 noon.

Opening Doors to Croydon's Young People

16-24 year olds will be given the chance to spend one day with some of Croydon's biggest employers, receive great employment advice and get the feel of a variety of departments including: administration, sales, finance and hospitality among others. 
Taking part in Corporate Open Door Day has the potential to lead onto more permanent opportunities. 
 
In previous events, 35 young people entered six of our partner companies. 
Six were given work placements as a result and three were subsequently offered jobs.
 
 
On Monday 20th October at 9:30am, we will be holding a free employment skills workshop with Catherine Johnstone Recruitment in Central Croydon.
You will receive full details once you have registered. See below. 
 
 
CORPORATE OPEN DOOR one day sessions will be taking place between:
Tuesday 21st October – Friday 31st October 2014. 
 
The aim of this event is to inspire, sharpen job application skills, gain some experience in a new environment and receive advice that will help make you stand out from the crowd.
 
 
If you are a young person aged 16-24 who is job-ready and interested in this venture, please e-mail your CV to info@croydoncommitment.org.uk by
Wednesday 15th October 2014 so that we can allocate you a date to experience a day with one of our partner organisations.
 
 
If you are a business who would like to get involved in the next programme, please get in touch using the e-mail above or call us on 0208 774 3680.

Prize for Jump Croydon's top fundraiser

Ready to Jump on Friday 19th September? Get your place now!
 
Thanks to our partner, the Hilton Hotel Croydon, we can now offer our top fundraising abseiler a night’s stay with dinner at the Hilton Hotel Brighton. 
 
For £20 registration fee and £125 minimum charity sponsorship you will have the opportunity to free-fall abseil down one of East Croydon’s tallest buildings, Carolyn House, while raising money for Croydon Commitment.
 
Taking place on Friday 19th September 2014, this is a fantastic opportunity to enjoy an exhilarating experience as you free-fall abseil in Croydon.
 
For more information, or to register your interest, contact: 
info@croydoncommitment.org.uk or call 020 8774 3680 or download the booking form.
 
Join the fun on Facebook and Twitter using the hashtag #jumpcroydon2014
 

Croydon Culture Click Calendar Competition

It’s an exciting time to be living and working in Croydon. Regeneration has brought new energy, new business and new residents to London’s biggest borough. Can your capture this excitement in one photograph?

Once again, Croydon Commitment has teamed up with the Mayor of Croydon, Councillor Shahul-Hameed to offer photographers the opportunity to contribute their work to a sponsored calendar. Monies raised from the sale of the £5 calendar will help to support local charities and branches of Age UK and Macmillan Cancer. We need 14 photographs to feature in the calendar. Can you make your photo stand out? There will be an overall winner and two runners-up who will all receive prizes.

Be Innovative, be Inventive, be Interesting.

What we are looking for

Photographs will be judged on how they capture the excitement and vibrancy of Croydon’s life, transport people to the heart of the place and show originality. We are looking for shots that are interesting, quirky, arty or just strikingly simple or in your face bold. There will be one overall winner and two runners-up.

How to submit your entry

Quality is as important as content. Images can be emailed as a JPEG, between 1MB and 3MB and a minimum of 300DPI.

Email to: info@croydoncommitment.org.uk Via Twitter using @croydoncommitment

By post to: Croydon Commitment, Mott MacDonald House, 8-10 Sydenham Road, Croydon, CR0 2EE

When to submit your entry

All entries should be submitted with your name, age, email address, contact number and a caption to give the picture context and some insight into the story behind the photograph.

The deadline for submissions is: 5pm Friday 26 September 2014

For further press information, please contact: melinda.ashford-mm@mottmac.com


Download the entry details PDF by
clicking here

 

Terms and Conditions:

1. This competition is open to residents of the UK, Channel Islands, Isle of Man and Republic of Ireland aged 18 years or over, except for employees of Croydon Commitment, or anyone related to or involved in the production, design or organisation of the competition/ calendar.
2. All information detailing how to enter this competition forms part of these terms and conditions. It is a condition of entry that all rules are accepted as final and that the competitor agrees to abide by these rules. The decision of the judges is final and no correspondence will be entered into. Submission of an entry will be taken to mean acceptance of these terms and conditions.
3. Entries should be submitted via email, post or social media. Entries must be labelled with the entrant’s name, age, contact number and email address. Image files should be high resolution between 1MB and 3MB and a minimum of 300dpi.
4. All entries must be received by the advertised closing time and date (5pm Friday 26th September 2014).
5. All images submitted must be the work of the individual submitting them and must not have been published elsewhere or have won a prize in any other photographic competition. It is the responsibility of each entrant to ensure that any images they submit have been taken with the permission of the subject and do not infringe the copyright of any third party or any laws. Entrants must warrant that the photograph they are submitting is their own work and that they own the copyright for it.
6. Copyright in all images submitted for this competition remains with the respective entrants. However, in consideration of their providing the Competition, each entrant grants Croydon Council, Croydon Commitment and those involved in the production, design and organisation of the competition/calendar to feature any or all of the submitted images in related PR, on their website and/or in any promotional material connected to this competition/calendar.
7. Only one entry per person. Late, illegible, incomplete, defaced or corrupt entries will not be accepted. No responsibility can be accepted for lost entries and proof of transmission will not be accepted as proof of receipt. Entries must not be sent through agencies or third parties.
8. The winning entry will be judged to be the most visually appealing, encapsulating the theme of Live Love Croydon. The winner will be notified sometime after the closing date of 5pm on Friday 26th September 2014.
9. The winner and two runners up shall be given the opportunity to display their winning image in central Croydon.
10. All 14 finalists chosen by the judges will be featured in the official Croydon Charity Calendar 2015 in aid of The Mayor’s Charities and Croydon Commitment.
11. Prizes cannot be sold or exchanged, and are subject to availability.
12. The prize will not be transferable to another person and no part of a prize is exchangeable for cash or any other prize.
13. The winner, runners up and finalists may be required to take part in publicity.

 

Get ready to #JumpCroydon 2014

Calling all adventurers, dare-devils and superheroes! Our annual fundraising abseil is back and for £20 registration fee and £125 minimum charity sponsorship you will have the opportunity to free-fall abseil down one of East Croydon’s tallest buildings, Carolyn House, while raising money for Croydon Commitment – James Bond style.

Croydon Commitment is a local charity at the forefront of business-community engagement. Founded in 2004, Croydon Commitment supports a wide variety of worthwhile projects. These have included campaigns to beat knife crime, helping the sufferers of cancer and their families, services to the homeless, financial support to mental health and domestic violence projects, funding for children’s education, work with the elderly, environmental initiatives and many other vital programmes that make a difference to Croydon.
 

TAKE THE JUMP…

Taking place on Friday 19th September 2014, this is a fantastic opportunity to enjoy an exhilarating experience as you free-fall abseil in East Croydon.
 
For more information, or to register your interest, contact: 
 
info@croydoncommitment.org.uk or call 020 8774 3680 or download the booking form.
 

Join the fun on Facebook and Twitter using the hashtag #jumpcroydon2014

 

Grassroots Trust Kick-starts 7 Inspiring Projects

How to spend £25,000 wisely in Croydon…

 

Above: Grassroots Award winners, The Box Office (Thai Boxing Club Croydon)

Croydon Commitment hosted the 2014 Grass Roots Trusts Awards on Wednesday 2nd July, giving over £25,000 to seven local charities.
• The Hive to expand their ROUTES programme to include employability skills training
• ICASACInternational Congo Aid Smile African Children – to deliver security guard training
• AYDA - African Youth Development Association – to deliver recognised qualifications to ex-offenders
• Rise Media  – to enable the continuation of the publication of “Limelight”
• BELS Business & Education London South – to support an Employment Engagement Worker
• ARCC - Asian Resource Centre Croydon  - to deliver the OCN qualification in confidence building
• The Box Office (Thai Boxing Club Croydon) – to support sports activators training qualifications.

The Croydon Hilton Hotel opened their doors to receive guests, including Vidhi Mohan, shadow councillor for Communities and Jon Brookes Community Manager for the Croydon Partnership. The event provided a great networking opportunity for the 30 local charities who had applied for funding and a chance to showcase their projects to members of the business community.

Above: Grassroots Awards winners, BELS (Business & Education London South) with Croydon Commitment Chairman, Jon Hill

Set up in 2008 by Croydon Commitment and its partners, the Grassroots Trust Fund is awarded to small Croydon charities to kick-start inspiring projects that assist young people, pathways to employment and tackling anti-social behaviour. In 2013, £24k was awarded to 6 charities, Lives Not Knives, Advice Support and Knowledge Ltd, Rise Media, Empowered to Succeed, African Youth Development Association and Friends of Thornton Heath.

Jon Hill, chairman for Croydon Commitment and Managing Director of DMC said, “The charity is delighted to be able to support such a variety of deserving causes. These projects are contributing to making Croydon a better place and it’s about working together for the good of the borough.”

Croydon Commitment is a corporate-led social responsibility charity that supports the work of local charities, schools, and community projects and is supported by local businesses.

If you want to find out more, please contact us on 0208 774 3680 or e-mail Melinda.Ashford–mm@mottmac.com

Jurys Inn go 100 miles for Croydon Commitment

A HUGE thank you to Jurys Inn Hotel for choosing to support Croydon Commitment and DePaul UK using the funds raised from their Charity Challenge.
Jurys Inn staff will run, skip, jump and cycle 100 miles to raise money this Friday 20th June.

Last year, they did an amazing bike ride from Croydon to Brighton to support the work that is done Croydon Commitment.
 

To support their amazing efforts please click this link to donate whatever you can.
 

Speakers' Corner comes to Croydon

 

 

On Saturday June 28th 2014 from 12-1pm, Speakers’ Corner Croydon invites members of the public to join them and the Deputy Mayor of Croydon, Patricia Hay-Justice to the charity’s launch which will be taking place in North End, outside Croydon Village Outlet (formerly Allders).


The Speakers’ Corner Trust is an international charity, with projects across the UK which exist to create a platform for local people to express their ideas and debate issues that matter to them. The project seeks to inspire public engagement and active citizenship. 


Croydon is one of the newest Speakers’ Corner projects to be launched and is actively supported by a strong committee comprising various Croydon organisations including Age UK, Croydon BME Forum, Croydon Commitment, Croydon Voluntary Action, Fairfield Halls, Croydon College, Workers’ Educational Association, the Metropolitan Police and Croydon Council.


The event will be taking place during the Croydon Heritage Festival and will be giving members of the public the opportunity to speak for 60 seconds on any subject they are passionate about!
The launch is the prelude to a longer term plan to hold regular Speakers’ Corner events at the site as well as elsewhere in Croydon, all designed to provide opportunities for local people to express their ideas and opinions and get involved in debate about the issues which matter to them.
 

A pre-event will be held at the CVA Resource Centre between 2-5pm on Friday 27th June 2014 by CVA and Croydon BME Forum where members f the public are invited to share their views on the topics: ‘Why Should I Vote?’ and ‘Don’t Stop and Search Me’.
 

For more information please visit speakerscornercroydon.org. You can follow Speakers’ Corner Croydon on Twitter @CroydonSpeakers.

Celebrating Croydon's Heritage


The Whitgift Foundation is bringing the borough together to celebrate Croydon's history through a number of exhibitions, workshops and activities and there’ll be plenty of things that will surprise and intrigue you. The festival takes place from 21st June to 4th July 2014.


For more information on festival events, exhibitions and performances, please visit: www.croydonheritagefestival.co.uk

Nearly 15k raised through Taberner House abseil

Taberner Abseil Total So Far... £14,784.16!

Thanks to the amazing efforts of all who took part, over £14k was raised for Croydon Commitment and the charities that it supports.

Croydon Commitment is able to continue supporting local charities and young people through our Grassroots Trust, community projects and promoting the positivity of Croydon through Corporate Social Responsibility with the support of our partners.
In May we will be sharing 10% of the total sum to The Mayor's Charity Appeal which supports South London Cancer Care and the British Heart Foundation.

Your bravery helped us beat our £10k target!



For the daredevils who couldn't get enough, we're currently planning another abseil for next autumn! Do you have any suggested buildings you would like to abseil down? Let us know!

A big thank you again to all who took part! Whether you made the leap, volunteered your time or sponsored a friend or loved one, you have contributed to the support of great Croydon causes.


84 people took part on Friday 13th December 2013. Some came in groups, some took part individually. Our oldest participant was 74 and our youngest was 16! And every one of us braved the cold with adrenaline and jolly santa hats.
Special thanks to the team at Over The Edge Adventures Ltd for their wonderful service on Friday 13th December 2013.


 

Funding for inspiring grassroots projects

Do you have an inspiring community initiative?

Are you a Croydon-based charity?

Are you seeking financial support for your projects?

The application process for Croydon Commitment’s Grassroots Trust fund 2014 is now open, and will be administered in liaison with the CVA.

Set up in 2008 by Croydon Commitment and its partners, the Grassroots Trust is aimed at supporting local projects and community initiatives.

In 2013 we were able to award £25,000 to 6 worthy causes: Lives Not Knives, African Youth Development Association, Thornton Heath Recreation Ground, Empowered To Succeed, Rise Media and Advice Support Knowledge Information (ASKI)

The fund provides financial assistance for innovative and inspirational projects that invest in the people of Croydon. Community groups, voluntary organisations, small charities and small social enterprises that have been active for at least 12 months, can apply for a grant of up to £5,000.

Croydon Commitment is now receiving applications until 5pm, 28th March 2014. To apply, please e-mail croydoncommitment-mm@mottmac.com and for more information please visit: http://www.cvalive.org.uk/GroupSupport/Funding.aspx 

 

More than £14k raised in charity abseil

 Thanks to the brave efforts of 86 abseilers, including over 40 Croydon Council staff and 75 year old Cllr Tony Harris who also took part in our Jury’s Inn abseil in March last year, we were able surpass our £10k target!

On Friday 13th December, teams of enthusiastic participants descended Taberner House in Christmas style, including a few well known heroes – Batman and Spiderman themselves!

Despite the disappointing setback on December 6th, where the event was postponed due to damaged ropes, the 13th December was a great success with a brilliant, professional service from the team at Over The Edge Adventures Ltd and with 76 of the original 90 returning to take part as well as 10 new participants.

The Mayor of Croydon, Cllr Yvette Hopley also made an appearance, and showed support on both days – even climbing to the roof of Taberner House!

Fiona Smout, Business Manager of Croydon Commitment, said “It was a fantastic day – there was such a buzz in Taberner House when people arrived to be briefed and harnessed and then when they came back from their descent with triumphant smiles.  I would like to extend my thanks to all those who took part and volunteered their help on the day, with a particular mention to Dean Myles, Facilities Manager for Croydon Council.”

Ten percent of the funds raised will be donated to the Mayor’s Charity Appeal, which supports The British Heart Foundation and South East Cancer Care.

Festive cheer for Croydon's elderly

Big-hearted members of Croydon’s community clubbed together to bring Christmas cheer to almost 400 frail and elderly people in the borough.

For the eighth year, Croydon Commitment teamed up with Croydon Neighbourhood Care Asssociation to gather donations from businesses, local schools and the community to fill festive hampers for Croydon’s needy.

Luxury food items were donated by Croydon Commitment partners DMC Business Machines Ltd, Mott MacDonald, the Whitgift Foundation, White Label Consultants, Croydon Park Hotel and Mansell before being packed by a team from Allianz Global Assistance using bags donated by Ikea.

John Millard of Circuit Cars then dedicated half a day to collect the donations from companies which made up the contents of the hampers.

Annamika Koomoshan, of Croydon Neighbourhood Care Association, said: “The Christmas Bag Appeal this year was an amazing success and one which could not have been achieved without the fantastic donations and volunteers.

Stella Fasusi, CSR coordinator at Croydon Commitment, added: “We are so proud to be part of this great initiative which brings real warmth to the elderly of Croydon at what can be a very lonely time of year.

“I want to say a big thank you to our partners for their generosity and to Woodcote Primary School for donating their Harvest Festival collections to Croydon Commitment this year. All of these items went towards making these fantastic hampers.”

Croydon Commitment has been active throughout the year, holding fundraising abseils down Jurys Inn and Taberner House and successfully launching the In Croydon 4 Croydon programme which highlights all that is good about the borough. The charity also provided around £25,000 of funding through its Grassroots Trust Fund.

Stella added: “We are looking forward to carrying on the good work in 2014, which is our tenth anniversary year.”

Crystal Palace footballers help to save Christmas

Generous Crystal Palace footballers helped to provide a Christmas lunch and raffle for a charity after hearing how a burglary had threatened to wreck their festive celebrations.

Upper Norwood Association for Community Care was left reeling just a week before their scheduled Christmas event when its day centre in Avenue Road was burgled and hundreds of pounds were stolen.

After being told of their plight by Croydon Commitment, a charity which brings together the voluntary sector and the town’s business community, the footballers were keen to ensure the Christmas celebration could go ahead.

Annamika Koomoshan of Croydon Neighbourhood Care Association said: “We received a very timely call from Croydon Commitment the day after the Upper Norwood Association for Community Care had their safe broken into and £400 stolen.

“The money was to pay for their much-anticipated Christmas lunch, and raffle prizes were also taken.

“On hearing about the plight of Upper Norwood Association for Community Care, Croydon Commitment got in touch with Sandra West who organised a collection from the Crystal Palace players who purchased items for the Christmas lunch and raffle. It was a fantastic gesture and I wish to pass on my heartfelt thanks to everyone involved.”

Fiona Smout, business manager of Croydon Commitment, said: “This was obviously a distressing experience for the centre but the response of the football club was heartwarming.

“We are very proud of our Premier League team and equally proud that the Crystal Palace players showed such great community spirit to ensure that members of the local community had a Christmas to remember.”

Croydon Commitment also provides support every year for a Christmas lunch for elderlu people in the borough, held by Parchmore Church and Community and Youth Centre.

Its partners the Pension Protection Fund once again provided volunteers who set up, served and supported the festive occasion.

Fiona added: “It was a fitting end to all the good work which Croydon Commitment has done in the community during 2013. As well as two successful fundraising abseils – down Jurys Inn and Taberner House – we have enhanced our support for the borough through the In Croydon 4 Croydon programme and once again provided around £25,000 of community funding through our Grassroots Trust Fund.

“We look forward to carrying on these successes into 2014, our tenth anniversary year, and continuing to make a positive contribution to our local community.”

Taberner House daredevils delayed

Intrepid fundraisers are set to return to Taberner House for a Croydon Commitment charity event next Friday, December 13th, a week after plans which would have seen them descend down a 19-storey building had to be aborted.

Large groups were left waiting on the top floor of the soon-to-be-demolished former council offices after the company which was supposed to be providing the abseil decided that one of the ropes that should have been used by the jumpers had become damaged on a previous descent.

Over the Edge Adventures had told Croydon Commitment just before 11am that a replacement rope was being couriered from Kent but the event had to be called off just before 3pm with the new rope still not having arrived.

Croydon Commitment is now arranging for as many of the original abseilers as possible to take part next week but has pledged to return registration fees and sponsorship from anyone unable to do so.

Fiona Smout, business manager of Croydon Commitment, said: “We were all so excited by the day, the weather was ideal and we had the maximum number ready to go. Many of them were council employees who had worked in that building, some of them were in festive fancy dress. There was an incredible buzz.

“Unfortunately, we eventually had no choice but to postpone the event but we are rescheduling for next Friday when we hope as many of the participants as possible will be available to take part.

“We understand people’s disappointment but safety has to come first. I was grateful for how incredibly patient people were throughout the day, and impressed by how committed they were to holding out for the abseil to happen.”

Barry Norton, owner and director of Over the Edge Adventures, said he was devastated his company had been unable to deliver the abseil and said it was the first time anything like this had happened during the company’s 14 years in business. “We were setting up at the top and found that the rope wasn’t in a condition to pass our safety checks, which should have been checked earlier,” said Mr Norton.

“We were not prepared to compromise the safety of the participants and hope everyone will agree that in the circumstances it was better to be safe than sorry. However, this shouldn’t have happened and we cannot apologise enough.”

In the event of people not being able to reschedule, a few places may become available. Anyone wishing to take part in the jump on Friday, December 13 should email admin@croydoncommitment.org.uk

 

Last chance to sign up for Jump Taberner

Daredevils are set for their biggest challenge yet when Jump Croydon returns on Friday, December 6, 2013.

Having previously organised descents down the Mott MacDonald building and Jurys Inn, the latest challenge being issued by Croydon Commitment is to abseil down the 19-storey Taberner House.

This will be a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to get a unique view of Croydon with the building being earmarked for demolition once it is decommissioned early next year. The challenge has already attracted great interest and anyone wishing to get involved is being urged to act quickly.

Fiona Smout, business manager of Croydon Commitment, said: “Taberner House is a 19-storey, 250ft building so this is our biggest abseil yet. We have been overwhelmed by enquiries, particularly from staff at Croydon Council who have worked in the iconic building, and the registrations are beginning to roll in.

“Any individuals or businesses wanting to get involved should contact us as soon as possible. With the jump taking place in the run-up to Christmas, we are sure there will be a really festive feel to the event and we are encouraging participants to come down in Santa hats or maybe even full Father Christmas outfits – if they are securely fitted.”

“We have a limit of 90 participants so please don’t leave it too late.”

The previous Jump Croydon was held in March, when around 100 people raised in excess of £14,000 for local causes supported by Croydon Commitment, by abseiling down Jurys Inn in Lansdowne Road. Among the many local businesspeople and employees who took part were the 74-year-old then-Deputy Mayor of Croydon, Councillor Tony Harris, who was one of the quickest down the 12-storey building. We are very much hoping that Councillor Harris will join us for our latest challenge.

Croydon Commitment has once again teamed up with Over the Edge Adventures UK Ltd to present the event. It costs just £20 per person to take part in the latest challenge and abseilers must raise at least £100 in sponsorship.

The first abseilers will descend at 9am with the conclusion by 4pm as the sun sets. For a registration form please email admin@croydoncommitment.org.uk

Jump an Icon

Be a part of something incredible as we prepare to take on one of Croydon’s most iconic buildings – TABERNER HOUSE – before the former Council offices are decommissioned early next year.

Croydon Commitment’s JUMP CROYDON Abseil gets bigger and better every time as we encourage people to JUMP in support of local charities.

March this year saw our former Deputy Mayor of Croydon, Tony Harris, along with many other local businesspeople and employees, take the exciting leap from Jury’s Inn to raise funds for work that is done to improve and support our community.

Through fundraising events over the years, Croydon Commitment has raised over £750,000 towards our Grassroots Trust that we award to local charities in our borough.

There is already a buzz in Croydon as news of the abseil circulates and we’ve teamed up with Over The Edge Adventures UK Ltd once again so that our community can see off this iconic building in Christmas style – approximately all 250 foot of it!

The abseil will be taking place on FRIDAY 6TH DECEMBER, with the first abseilers descending at 9am and the event concluding by 4pm as the sun sets. In keeping with the festive spirit, we will be encouraging abseilers to descend in Christmas gear! Santa hats will be provided or you may choose to come down in a full suit!

To participate there will be a non-refundable fee of £20 per person to cover the cost of the event, and to abseil you must raise a minimum of £100 each – hopefully more! Teams and individuals are welcome, but remember that places are limited.

To take part please e-mail admin@croydoncommitment.org.uk and a registration form will be sent to you.

Be a part of this unique opportunity to bring the community together as we jump an icon this December!

Calendar shines a bright light on Croydon

The winning photographs which will feature in the 2014 Croydon Charity Calendar were unveiled at a mayoral reception this week.

Fourteen images have been selected following the Croydon Culture Click competition led by the Mayor of Croydon, Councillor Yvette Hopley, and Croydon Commitment.

The overall winner of the competition, who collects a £100 Ikea voucher, was named as Michael Farley for a remarkable image of Surrey Street Market which includes a stunning cloud formation. The prize was accepted on Michael’s behalf by his son Nick.

Winning entry: Michael Farley's shot of Surrey Street Market

Michael’s work will be hung permanently in Croydon Council’s new home, Bernard Weatherill House, alongside three other shots – Rosalind Conti’s ‘A Busy Day at Surrey Street Market; John Morgan’s ‘A Touch of Nature’; and Will Armstrong’s ‘Iconic Ikea at Sundown’.

Other photographers whose work features in the calendar are Michael Smith, Michael Duxbury, Alan White, Sean Donegan, Diana Aston, Chris Packham, Romney Tansley, Lynda Morris, Maureen White and Simon Clarkson. All of the finalists were presented with framed copies of their images courtesy of Snappy Snaps.

Local photography expert Joe Partridge, a tutor at CALAT and one of the judges, said: “The standard of the images was extremely high and demonstrated a diverse and vibrant cross section of society and many of the iconic buildings around the borough.”

Other judges were the Mayor of Croydon, Croydon Council leader Mike Fisher, chief executive Nathan Elvery and Croydon Commitment chief executive Ian Robinson.

The calendar is now on sale at several locations around the town centre including Croydon Visitor Centre, the Clocktower Cafe and the Tramlink shop and will make fantastic Christmas presents.

Proceeds from the charity all go to charity – with three main beneficiaries, the first two of which are the Mayor’s chosen charities for 2013-14:

• The South East Cancer Help Centre in Purley, which supporting people with cancer and their families;

• The British Heart Foundation, which has just opened a shop in George Street in the town centre;

• Croydon Commitment, which facilitates voluntary work and fundraising by the town’s corporate sector for a host of good causes around the borough.

Sponsors of the calendar, who also attended the launch, are Croydon Park Hotel, Airport House, Handelsbanken, The Whitgift Foundation, Veolia Environmental Services, DMC Business Machines Ltd, Bagatti’s, London Tramlink, Odwally and King, Weatherill House, House of Reeves, Centrale, Allianz Global Assistance and Mott MacDonald.

The calendars will also be available for sale via the Mayor’s office. For more details visit http://www.croydon.gov.uk/democracy/themayor/mayorofcroydon

Photographers capture Croydon for charity calendar

The 14 winning photographs of the Croydon Culture Click competition, which will feature on a calendar capturing the essence of Croydon, have been announced.

Amateur and professional photographers were invited to submit entries for the 2014 Croydon Charity Calendar and judges have completed the difficult job of selecting their favourites from around 45 photographs for the 2014 Croydon Charity Calendar which will go on sale shortly.

The overall winner of the top prize of a £100 voucher kindly donated by Ikea will be named at a mayoral reception on Tuesday, October 15 when five images to be displayed at Bernard Weatherill House, the council’s new office will be announced. Snappy Snaps in High Street have provided the prints.

Proceeds from sales of the calendar, which will cost £5, will be shared between Mayor of Croydon Councillor Yvette Hopley’s chosen charities and Croydon Commitment, a corporate-led social responsibility charity that promotes the work of local charities and voluntary groups and is supported by local businesses.

Among the images chosen for the calendar are shots of Croydon at night, snow scenes, Surrey Street Market, the tram, the iconic Ikea towers and photographs celebrating the diversity of Croydon’s communities.

The photographers whose work features in the calendar are Michael Smith, Michael Duxbury, Will Armstrong, John Morgan, Rosalind Conti, Alan White, Sean Donegan, Michael Farley, Diana Aston, Chris Packham, Romney Tansley, Lynda Morris, Maureen White and Simon Clarkson.

A Busy Day at Surrey Street Market by Rosalind Conti

As well as the Mayor of Croydon, the other judges were Croydon council leader Mike Fisher, chief executive Nathan Elvery, Croydon Commitment chief executive Ian Robinson and renowned local photographer Joe Partridge.

Joe, who has appeared on TV and written books on photography, said: “We were overwhelmed by the response we have had for the Croydon Culture Click competition. The quality of the images which have been submitted is outstanding.

“I would have been proud to have taken a number of the pictures that have been entered. We are not only looking at the quality of the composition but were also looking for photographs that captured the essence of Croydon and there were some really great shots.”

The Mayor’s charities are the South East Cancer Help Centre in Purley, supporting people with cancer and their families, and the British Heart Foundation, who have just opened a shop in George Street in the town centre.

A Touch of Nature by John Morgan

Councillor Hopley said: “We are thrilled that so many people took part in Croydon’s Culture Click. This was the perfect way for people to demonstrate their passion for Croydon while helping to contribute to a fantastic fundraising initiative.”

Sponsors of the calendar are Croydon Park Hotel, Airport House, Handelsbanken, The Whitgift Foundation, Veolia Environmental Services, DMC Business Machines Ltd, Bagatti’s, London Tramlink, Owadally & King, Weatherill House, House of Reeves, Centrale, Allianz Global Assistance and Mott MacDonald.

The calendars will be available for sale at Croydon Visitor Centre, near to East Croydon Station and via the Mayor’s Office.

For details visit http://www.croydon.gov.uk/democracy/themayor/mayorofcroydon

Iconic Ikea at Sundown by Will Armstrong

Talented youngsters get a taste of the workplace

Young people in Croydon are to get the chance to show their potential to employers at a Corporate Open Day being organised by Croydon Commitment.

The charity, which collaborates with businesses, charities and voluntary organisations to support the local community, has teamed up with Jobcentre Plus, Croydon Council and other community organisations to give 16-24 year olds an invaluable insight into the workplace.

The young people will get the chance to experience corporate life for a day during the month of October beginning Monday, September 30. As well as providing the candidates with hands-on experience in a corporate environment, the aim is to break down the barriers, allowing them to engage directly with some of Croydon’s largest employers.

Ian Robinson, chief executive of Croydon Commitment, said: “With major developments about to come to fruition, including Westfield and Hammerson’s £1billion regeneration of the town centre, it is important our young people are ready to enter work.

“Many of the workshops and activities organised by Croydon Commitment have centred on making the most of the talent that exists in the town.

“We aim to give young people an understanding of what to expect from an office or workplace environment, a clearer idea of what they want to achieve and the confidence to go for it.

“We hope as many Croydon businesses as possible will get involved in this great initiative which will give Croydon youth the confidence they need to enter the workplace and make a contribution to the community as a whole.”

So far, the Open Door Day initiative is offering working experiences in sales, marketing, finance, hospitality and admin, with 10 companies having pledged to aim to host approximately 100 young people for a day.

However, there is still time for more businesses to get involved so that more young candidates get this invaluable insight.

Croydon Commitment and Jobcentre Plus will ensure that all candidates are fully prepared for the day, having attended a pre-event coaching session, and they will also be asked to attend in suitable business attire.

Hazel Renwick, JobCentre Plus district operations manager, said: “I am delighted that JobCentre Plus in Croydon is working in partnership with Croydon Commitment on this programme.

“This is a unique opportunity for young jobseekers to speak directly to employers and gain a real insight into how their organisations operate and, more importantly, into what employers look for when they are recruiting new staff.”

If are interested in getting involved call Croydon Commitment on 020 8774 3680.

Croydon Commitment welcomes new members

We are very pleased to announce Croydon Chamber of Commerce as In Croydon 4 Croydon.

A well-established and thriving business membership organisation that has been actively supporting the local business community for over 100 years!

We look forward to working with Croydon Chamber in supporting the local community.

We are also very excited to welcome the membership of Holiday Inn Express and declare that they are In Croydon 4 Croydon! We look forward to achieving great things with one of the borough’s leading hotels.

 

First Impressions Count

Croydon Commitment is pleased to be working alongside Croydon Park Hotel and Croydon Voluntary Action to help train and equip volunteers and staff with the skills necessary in dealing with customers and clients through a ‘First Impressions Count’ Customer Service workshop.

This half-day session is a fantastic opportunity to receive advice and training on how to improve organisations’ client facing skills. Topics covered include:
Telephone technique, dealing with difficult situations and generally making a great first impression when dealing with clients.

This event will be kindly hosted by Croydon Park Hotel and is set to take place on Friday 20th September 2013 at 9:30am.

Croydon Commitment is happy to be providing the opportunity for organisation staff and volunteers to access the tips and techniques needed to ensure a better relationship with their clientele. 

Capture the essence of Croydon

 Can you capture the essence of Croydon in one photograph? Win the town’s new Culture Click competition and your work will be viewed by thousands of people.

The Mayor of Croydon, Councillor Yvette Hopley, has teamed up with Croydon Commitment, the town’s corporate social responsibility charity, to give photographers the opportunity to contribute their work to a sponsored calendar which will raise much-needed funds for good causes.

All sections of the community are being urged to take part as the public photographic competition aims to promote Croydon’s diversity as well as raising money and awareness for both the Mayor’s chosen charities for 2013-14 and Croydon Commitment.

Fourteen winning entries will be included in the 2014 Croydon Charity Calendar which will go on sale in October, priced just £5. Meanwhile, the five best will also go on display in Bernard Weatherill House. In addition, there will be an exhibition of all of the finalists at a central Croydon location.

The Mayor’s charities are the South East Cancer Help Centre in Purley, supporting people with cancer and their families, and the British Heart Foundation, who have just opened a shop in George Street in the town centre.

Councillor Hopley said: “We hope to encourage as many local people as possible to take part in Croydon’s Culture Click so that this year’s calendar captures the essence and vibrancy of our town.

“Through my role as Mayor of Croydon I am committed to celebrating all that is wonderful about our borough and this is the perfect way for people to demonstrate their passion for Croydon while helping to contribute to a fantastic fundraising initiative.

“Everyone taking part in this competition will be playing their part in supporting two causes close to my heart when funds are raised through the sale of the 2014 calendars.”

Croydon Commitment is a corporate-led social responsibility charity that promotes the work of local charities and voluntary groups and is supported by local businesses.

Chief executive Ian Robinson said: “As well as raising money for many good causes around Croydon, entering this competition is a great way of celebrating the diversity and spirit which makes our town so unique.

“We hope as many people as possible take part and have fun in submitting their entries. By taking part they will be helping us to continue providing financial and practical support to a host of good causes in the borough.

“This is another great way for people to show they are In Croydon 4 Croydon, continuing our campaign, led by our four-point pledge, urging individuals and organisations to promote everything that is great about our borough.”

Photographs will be judged on whether they capture the vibrancy of Croydon’s culture, transport people to the heart of the place and show passion for the town. You should try to make it something iconic to Croydon, perhaps with a twist such as focussing on everyday people, personality, a sense of place or a moment in time.

Quality is as important as content. Judges will be looking for images that are bold, striking and unique.

There are several ways to enter the competition. Images can be emailed as a JPEG, between 1MB and 3MB and a minimum of 300DPI, to the.mayor@croydon.gov.uk or submitted via Facebook at www.facebook.com/MayorOfCroydon or via Twitter using @MayorOfCroydon

Entries can also be sent by post to The Mayor, Mayor’s Parlour, Town Hall, Katharine Street, Croydon, CR9 1XW.

Take part in Croydon's entrerpreneurial challenge

Have you got the entrepreneurial skills to turn £100 into a small fortune? Croydon Commitment is looking for business teams to take part in the Croydon 100 Challenge, the next major fundraising event in the charity’s calendar, taking place during June 2013.

Businesses are invited to enter teams of up to six members with the aim of showing a flair for making money that would impress even Sir Alan Sugar on The Apprentice. This year’s competition will take place during June 2013.

Each team is given £100 to fund a business venture or a fundraising activity and compete with the other business teams to see who can raise the most money.

And given the quality of entrants in previous competitions, the ideas are going to need to be pretty ingenious to take the top prize – last time more than £17,000 was raised for the good causes which Croydon Commitment supports.

Examples have included:

  • A team from DMC pushing a hollow photocopier, containing their managing director, around Croydon’s streets and raising money along the way
  • Staff from Mott MacDonald doing a sponsored abseil of the six-storey Voyager House building where they are based
  • UK Border Agency employees undertaking a fundraising ‘Firewalk’ outside Apollo House
  • A golf day hosted by RBS
  • A charity recipe book compiled by Home Office employees
  • A day’s worth of shoe-shining for directors by the Green Park Rangers

The winners last time around were NatWest through their Man vs Machine Challenge which saw a group take turns to cycle a total of 117 miles in an attempt to beat a car travelling the same distance around the M25.

Ian Robinson, chief executive of Croydon Commitment, said: “As well as raising money for a good cause, entering the competition is a great way of team-building and engendering togetherness for a common goal.

“We hope as many teams as possible will take part, have a lot of fun, and help us to continue providing financial support for a host of good causes in the borough.”

Croydon Commitment has already provided funding for a host of good causes this year including Empowered to Succeed, which provides advice for young people considered to be at risk, Lives Not Knives, which takes an anti-violence message to schools across Croydon, and Rise Media, which helps young people to develop key employability skills.

Anyone interested in taking part in the Croydon 100 Challenge should call the Croydon Commitment office on 020 8774 3680 or e-mail croydoncommitment-mm@mottmac.com
 

Croydon Commitment donates nearly £25k to six good causes

Six Croydon charities are to benefit from a combined total of nearly £25,000 funding thanks to the latest round of Croydon Commitment’s Grassroots Trust Fund.

The winning applicants were announced as Croydon Commitment, which acts as the conduit between businesses and the voluntary sector, launched its In Croydon 4 Croydon pledge at Fairfield Halls on Tuesday, March 26th.

The good causes are the latest beneficiaries from Croydon Commitment’s community endowment fund which is designed to provide a long-term legacy for the borough’s voluntary sector.

This year’s funding breakdown is as follows:

Advice Support and Knowledge Ltd £3,120. The organisation delivers day-to-day training through a series of courses designed to improve the employability of young people aged 15-plus throughout the borough.

Rise Media £4,000. Providers of a magazine called Limelight – produced by young people for young people – as part of a programme designed to help young people aged 11 to 25 to develop key employability skills. It helps to train journalists from the future and has already seen a number of people from the project gain full-time employment.

Empowered to Succeed £5,317: Offering advisory support to young people who are at risk, who have been excluded from or underperformed at school or who are at risk of becoming victims of or committing crime. The funding will help to provide training for around 20 16-24 year old and help them to build a career.

Lives Not Knives £4,700. Thanks to previous funding, the youth-led organisation aims to prevent youth violence in the borough, taking the message into schools across Croydon. The funding will help to bring workshops to another 2,500 schoolchildren throughout 2013.

African Youth Development Association £6,000. Thanks to this funding from Croydon Commitment, the organisation will be able to develop a programme for 48 individuals to attain a National Open College Network qualification in the social care sector. The year-long programme will engage young adults with the support of JobCentre Plus.

Friends of Thornton Heath £810. The money will be used to engage 100 local people in outdoor gardening activities. Produce from the garden will be distributed to around 50 local residents to have a positive impact on people’s diet and their food budget.

Ian Robinson, chief executive of Croydon Commitment, said: “We received a record number of applications this year. Unfortunately, not all will receive our financial support this year but we are delighted to be able to provide these six fantastic organisations with a share of £25,000 of funding.

“Previously we have enabled 11 organisations to benefit from nearly £55,000 of funding, which is a tremendous achievement.

“I would like to thank Croydon Voluntary Action for hosting the judging procedure this year as well as everyone who has applied and each year it is getting more and more difficult to judge.

“We hope that by providing this continued investment, we are contributing to the development of the people of Croydon and playing a significant part in making it a better place.”
 

In Croydon 4 Croydon off to a flying start

Croydon organisations have started to declare themselves “In Croydon 4 Croydon” after the launch of a new initiative launched by Croydon Commitment.

Stakeholders across the business and charity sectors were asked to sign up to a four-point pledge of support, being backed by foundation partners Allianz Global Assistance, Croydon Business Improvement District, Mott MacDonald, Westfield and the Whitgift Foundation, at a launch event held at Fairfield Halls.

Students from the Brit School launched the event by presenting a medley of songs by its most famous former pupil, Adele, and before local organisations were urged to provide ongoing support for local charities and invest in the ongoing economic and social renewal of the borough through shared corporate social responsibility (CSR) initiatives led by Croydon Commitment.

Jon Hill, chairman of Croydon Commitment, said: “We want as many organisations as possible to join the In Croydon 4 Croydon Pledge.

“All need to engage with our community; we ask all our partners where possible to recruit and buy locally; to get involved in youth training; and to promote Croydon.

“If you are a business and you want to be involved in corporate social responsibility, Croydon Commitment is the organisation to come to.”

Croydon Council was one of the first organisations to sign up to the pledge and its leader, Councillor Mike Fisher, said growing CSR in the borough was a key priority.

“Croydon Commitment will continue to be at the forefront of driving forward an ever more effective and better focused approach around CSR over the coming year,” he said.

A host of prominent speakers lined up to give their backing to the campaign including Stuart Worden, principal of the Brit School, Steve Yewman, development director at Westfield, David Knight, a business connector for Business in the Community and Monique Ribeiro from Lives Not Knives, one of the many good causes to have benefited from support from Croydon Commitment. Deputy Mayor Councillor Tony Harris also attended the launch.

Matthew Sims, chief executive of Croydon Business Improvement District, said: “In Croydon 4 Croydon needs you and your business to commit, offering your time, your energy and your resources to a cause that will help to improve our borough.

“You can make a significant impact on the development, growth and perception of Croydon and make a huge difference in supporting the changing face of Croydon.”

Gavin Barwell, the Croydon Central MP, urged organisations to put a particular emphasis on the last of the four pledges, encouraging them to promote Croydon.

“We shouldn’t be frightened to acknowledge that the town has a major image problem. The outside perception is very different to the reality, but we have a huge range of things going for us,” he said.

“The crucial work we have is to tell people about the great things in Croydon, the great opportunities for those wishing to invest and to ensure that the great news relating to Westfield and Hammerson is the first of many announcements of investment in the town, creating jobs and opportunities.”
 

One giant leap for Croydon

Around 100 people descended down Jury’s Inn to raise money for Croydon Commitment on Friday, March 22nd.

They defied the blustery winds and freezing conditions to raise thousands of pounds for the charity, which supports a host of worthy causes across the borough.

Among them were the 74-year-old Deputy Mayor of Croydon, Councillor Tony Harris, who defied his years by being one of the quickest down the 12-storey building, under the watchful eye of his wife Valerie, the Deputy Mayoress.

He took part at the same time as Croydon Commitment chairman Jon Hill and, after getting to the bottom, keen rock climber Councillor Harris said: “That was nice and easy – it was like walking down.

“I would like to do it again now – but the Mrs behind, she won’t let me.”

As well as raising funds for Croydon Commitment, Paul Collins, who runs the All About Croydon website, also used the event to raise funds for the Royal Marsden Hospital, where he has been treated for testicular cancer, by doing the abseil forwards.

He said: “I decided because of what I’d been going through that this was a chance to say thank you to the Royal Marsden, because they do some fantastic work down there, and also for the Croydon Commitment charities as well.

“I think it was the least I can do. I’ve done quite a bit of this type of thing and I did Jump Croydon last year, but this was the first time I had done it going forwards. It looked a long way down from the top and it was incredibly windy.”

Ian Robinson, chief executive of Croydon Commitment, was full of praise for those who braved the elements to support such a good cause.

“It’s a fantastic day for it – the only way it could possibly be any better would be if we had hail or snow,” he joked.

“But it’s been a minus five wind chill so all of our participants have been extremely brave today and they’ve done a fantastic job in terms of raising money.

“Croydon Commitment acts as the conduit between the corporate sector and the community at large to support a host of good causes, practically as well as financially through our Grassroots Trust.

“We provide the means for local businesses to take their corporate social responsibility seriously and undertake great work for the benefit of the whole community.

“Wherever possible we hope to make a contribution to the local community by organisiating a host of events throughout the year and Jump Croydon has got our 2013 efforts off to a flying start.”

Watch out for the next fundraiser in June, the Croydon100 Challenge, in which teams of budding entrepreneurs are invited to convert an initial £100 into the largest sum possible, all in aid of Croydon Commitment. To request a registration form call 020 8774 3680.
 

Pledge to be In Croydon 4 Croydon

A new initiative is being launched to help stakeholders across the business and charity sectors to work together for a better Croydon.

The In Croydon 4 Croydon Pledge is being launched by Croydon Commitment to encourage local organisations to provide ongoing support for local charities and invest in the ongoing economic and social renewal of the borough through shared corporate social responsibility (CSR) initiatives.

Local organisations are being asked to sign up to a four-point pledge of support for the multitude of fantastic charitable and community initiatives going on in the borough.

The programme is being launched at a special invite only event at Fairfield Halls on Tuesday, March 26th (5.30pm), at which Croydon Commitment will also award up to £24,000 to local innovative and inspiration projects in its latest round of Grassroots Funding.

Ian Robinson, chief executive of Croydon Commitment said: “This new initiative is designed to engage with and inspire organisations within Croydon – and key members of the borough’s community – to put Croydon first, where possible.

“In light of the events which have happened in Croydon in the past few years, and the wider economic challenges that are facing us all, Croydon Commitment felt it was time to bring key stakeholders together in order to achieve more focused and targeted community engagement.

“We are offering organisations in the borough the opportunity to sign up and commit to a four-point pledge covering community engagement and support; local procurement and recruitment; youth training and development; plus promoting the inspirational projects that exist here in Croydon.

“This is an opportunity for like-minded organisations to stand together and to declare that they are ‘In Croydon 4 Croydon’ and to support this pledge.”

Businesses and charities attending the launch will learn more about the work Croydon Commitment carries out, what In Croydon 4 Croydon means for the borough and, indeed, their business or organisation.

This includes the donation of thousands of pounds towards schemes which improve the lives of Croydon people – whether this is helping them to find work, providing young people with vital life skills or helping to prevent negative social behaviour.

The event is being sponsored by Westfield, Allianz Global Assistance and Croydon Business Improvement District (BID). Fairfield Halls is backing the charity by providing the venue free of charge, while BRIT School students will be performing at the event.

Mr Robinson added: “As part of the evening we will be announcing the successful beneficiaries of the 2013 Grassroots Trust awards to fantastic groups which undertake some vital work within the community.

“We would like Croydon businesses and community organisations to join us on the night to see how becoming part of In Croydon 4 Croydon will benefit their organisation and to learn about the valuable difference it will make to the wider community.”

If you are interested in attending the launch at Fairfield Halls on March 26th please contact rose@croydoncommitment.org.uk
 

Croydon Commitment supports grassroots projects

Innovative and inspirational organisations around Croydon are being urged to apply for a share of funding from a charity committed to making the borough a better place.

Croydon Commitment’s Grassroots Trust Fund, launched in 2008 and supported by Croydon Voluntary Action, donates thousands of pounds every year in an attempt to bring about positive social change within the borough.

It provides financial assistance for schemes which improve the lives of Croydon people – either by helping them to find work, providing young people with vital skills or helping to prevent negative social behaviour.

Ian Robinson, Chief Executive of Croydon Commitment, said: “Via our Grassroots Trust we are looking to support some of the smaller organisations in Croydon, which provide vital services within the community, the opportunity to reach their goals and aspirations.

“When we first established the Grassroots Trust Fund in 2008, all of Croydon Commitment’s partners felt strongly that the establishment of a long-term legacy to provide local assistance long into the future was extremely important.

“We hope that this continued investment will contribute to the development of the people of Croydon and play a significant part in making it a better place.”

Croydon Commitment is a collaboration of local businesses, acting as a much-needed conduit between the business community, charities and voluntary groups.

This year’s funding will total approximately £24,000, which the charity intends to use on a limited number of projects, and voluntary organisations, small charities and small social enterprises are being invited to apply for a grant of up to £6,000.

To qualify, the group must have been active for at least one year, be non-profit making, have an annual income of less than £250,000, an active management committee, sound financial plans and a governing document.

Nine schemes benefitted from grants last year: Nightwatch, the Brenda Kirby Trust, Potential, Lives Not Knives, Rise Media, UnderCroydon, Croydon Carers Centre, Family Restoration Centre and Croydon Supplementary Project.

Monique Rebeiro, from Lives Not Knives, which is dedicated to raising awareness among young people about the dangers of carrying knives, said: “Because of our funding we have been able to host 20 anti-knife roadshows in primary schools, reaching thousands of pupils throughout Croydon.”

This year’s fund will be open for applications from January 28 to February 28, 2013 and a Croydon Commitment panel will assess all of the applications during the week beginning March 4, 2013. To apply for a grant please visit http://cvalive.org.uk/groups/funding.aspx
 

Double the dare for charity abseil

Got a head for heights? Croydon Commitment is once again offering the opportunity to abseil down one of Croydon’s tallest buildings – and this year’s jump is set to be even higher.

Around 60 people took part in last year’s inaugural Jump Croydon abseil from the top of Mott MacDonald’s offices, raising more than £10,000 for local charities.

But the summit for this year’s event, on Friday, 22nd March, will be twice as high and organisers hope even more people will descend from the top of Jurys Inn in Wellesley Road to raise money for Croydon Commitment and its charity partners.

Ian Robinson, chief executive of Croydon Commitment, said: “This is our first major fundraising event of the year and is building on the success of last year’s Jump Croydon.

“We hope that those who took part last year are excited by the possibility of taking part in an even bigger jump this time around. Voyager House, where Mott MacDonald is based, is a six-storey building but this year’s challenge is from the 12-storey Jurys Inn.

“We hope that the increased scale of the challenge is matched by added interest in this year’s event and we are optimistic that we can get more than 100 participants this time around.”

Facing your fear can help Croydon Commitment to continue its charitable work which has seen it donate hundreds of thousands of pounds to good causes since its launch in 2004.

Croydon Commitment is a corporate-led social responsibility charity which fundraises on behalf of other groups in the borough. Last year, Croydon charities received £58,000 of grant funding as a result of its efforts, with a further £24,000 to be awarded in March this year.

Individuals or teams are welcome to take part. A non-refundable £15 registration fee is required at the time of booking and participants must be aged 16 or above and commit to raising £100 in individual sponsorship.

Ian added: “We hope businesses and individuals will sign up to take part in what promises to be a truly memorable day.”

To register email croydoncommitment-mm@mottmac.com or call 020 8774 3680.
 

School garden cleared in time for new term

Woodside School's garden area has been given a new lease of life in time for the start of the new school year.

A team of first-time volunteers from Accenture UK carried out the work on Friday, August 3, having contacted Croydon Commitment asking how they could give something back to the community.

Everyone who took part in the day had a fantastic time and felt they had really made a difference to the school and pupils.

Fancy doing something similar? Croydon Commitment is the go-to provider of CSR activities in the borough so please contact us.

Hot work from Mondial

Thirty volunteers from Mondial have helped to transform four environmental areas at Woodcote Primary School in Coulsdon.

Despite July 26 being one of the hottest days of the year, the team worked long and hard on the project for the benefit of the schoolchildren.

Tim Rome, headteacher at Woodcote, said: "The team from Mondial have worked incredibly hard today to transform two pond areas, create vegetable beds and other areas to attract wildlife.

"I would like to say a huge thank you to Croydon Commitment for making the day possible."

Make a date with Croydon's finest

 Croydon’s business community has clubbed together to celebrate some of the borough’s best assets – and support the town’s good causes at the same time.

Many of Croydon’s iconic venues and landmarks are featured in the Croydon 2013 calendar in aid of Croydon Commitment, which has helped countless good causes in the borough since being formed in 2004.

From Croydon Clocktower to the Queen’s Gardens, from Whitgift Almshouses to Waddon Pond, the calendar shows images of a town that is embracing its history as well as looking to the future.

Ian Robinson, chief executive of Croydon Commitment, said: “We would like to say a huge thank you to all the local businesses involved in supporting our 2013 charity calendar.

“Croydon Commitment has provided thousands of volunteers as well as making accessible the skills and resources of Croydon-based businesses to charities, community projects and schools.

“We have supported groups working to beat knife crime, provided support to the sufferers of cancer and their families, assisted the homeless and funded children’s education projects.

“Croydon Commitment and its partners believe that by working together we can all play our part in providing opportunities to support and inspire the next generation of Croydon residents and help the younger members of our community build an even better Croydon.”

The calendar, which covers 14 months from December 2012 to January 2014, costs just £2.50 and is available from Croydon Visitor Centre and Croydon Tramlink.

It is being backed by Fairfield Halls, Airport House, Handelsbanken, Jurys Inn, Veolia Environmental Services, DMC Business Machines, Bagatti’s, London Tramlink, Owadally & King, The Whitgift Foundation, Centrale Shopping Centre, Croydon BID, Allianz Global Assistance and Mott MacDonald.

Show off your flair for making money

Budding entrepreneurs in and around Croydon are being invited to take part in an Apprentice-style competition to raise money for charity.

Teams of six from businesses are being urged to show a business flair that even Sir Alan Sugar would be impressed with by taking part in the annual 100 Challenge organised by Croydon Commitment.

Participants will take £100 to fund a business venture or fun fundraising activity and compete with other teams to try to raise the most money.

Last year, first-time entrants NatWest recorded a startling return on the £100 investment to raise £6,467 – narrowly beating the Home Office to the top prize.

Ian Robinson of Croydon Commitment hopes to beat the £17,000 total raised for local good causes last year.

“There seems to be no end of amazing ideas that the teams come up with to help them raise money,” he said. “Last year one of the teams pitted cycle power against the car in a race around the distance of the M25, while another was brave enough to take on a fire-walking challenge.”

For more details about how to take part call the Croydon Commitment office on 020 8774 3680.
 

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