New year’s resolutions for Croydon in 2018


By - Monday 29th January, 2018

More events, remembering to vote, cleaning up: one contributor’s proposals for a brighter 2018


I’m not a huge fan of new year’s resolutions

They look good, they sound good and they mean good, but very quickly they become onerous, guilt-inducing reminders that we are not as virtuous and capable as we like to think we are. To that end, they are fantastic, but if long-lasting behaviour modification is your endgame then not so much.

That said, some people really go in for them. And it is to those readers today that I offer this smorgasbord of resolutions to be added to their 2018 list.

Attend more events

If there was one thing in 2017 that Croydon did not lack it was events, from Croydon Literary Festival to London Mozart Players at rooftop cinemas to weekend long hackathons. Unfortunately, what these events did lack was attendees.

Croydon has an attendance problem and if we don’t all start gracing all of these amazing events with our presence then we will soon return to the barren cultural wilderness that we deserve.

Join a social network

In 2018, your opportunities to rub shoulders with your neighbours digitally go well beyond carping on Twitter and bemoaning politicians on Facebook.

Instagram has fast emerged as the way for Croydon’s hippest and most influential residents to converse, collaborate and show off the best of the borough. Meanwhile, LinkedIn training at Croydon Tech City workshops has fast made the professional network popular amongst the borough’s startup business community.

Start something

Behind every event, every shop, every act, there are scores of people who are working hard to deliver something excellent for Croydonians to enjoy – and it’s time for you to join them.

Make 2018 the year that you move from observer to contributor: start something. A website. A new business. A new social group. A new event.

Clean your local area

Keeping Croydon tidy shouldn’t just be the preserve of industrious Muslim sects and political groups looking to get some votes in May: everyone needs to lend a hand to the growing refuse and fly-tipping problem that is blighting our local area.

If disentangling discarded prophylactics from privets isn’t your idea of fun, then why not turn your hand to the growing ‘Friends’ movements which meet weekly to care for local parks instead.

Exercise your vote

This year there are council elections in May with everything to play for whether you are a red supporter or a blue. You can keep up with the Croydon Citizen’s coverage of the upcoming elections here. But don’t just be content to read about it: make sure that you get out and vote.

Be more neighbourly

I’ve written before on how loneliness plagues the lives of many Croydonians, particularly the elderly. All of us are aware of the societal ills on our doorsteps; many of these could be ameliorated if we took the time to develop stronger bonds with those who live around us.

Neighbouring relationships are more effective than local government or charity agency initiatives because they are organic and ongoing. When neighbours are in relationship with one another, for instance, the elderly shut-ins get cared for by the person nextdoor, the at-risk child gets mentored by a dad who lives on the same street, and so on. The solutions to the problems in Croydon aren’t ultimately found in the government, police, or schools – they rely on us becoming better neighbours.

Support the Croydon Citizen financially

The Croydon Citizen enters its fifth year as a publication and since its inception it has been a triumph of local volunteerism for the good of Croydon. The team has sacrificed career prospects, health and relationships to faithfully keep this free site running every day and delivering a monthly newspaper across the borough.

These public goods don’t just magically appear for your benefit ex nihilo: they require financial support. Please go here to become a supporter of the Citizen this year.

Jonny Rose

Jonny Rose

Jonny Rose is a committed Christian who has lived in the Croydon area for nearly twenty years. He is an active participant in his local community, serving at Grace Vineyard Church and organising Purley Breakfast Club, and was ranked "Croydon's 37th most powerful person" by the Croydon Advertiser (much to his amusement). He is the Head of Content at marketing technology company Idio, the founder of the Croydon Tech City movement, a LinkedIn coach, and creator of Croydon's first fashion label, Croydon Vs The World. Working on Instagram training. Views are his own, but it would be best for all concerned if you shared them. Please send your fanmail to: jonnyrose1 (at) gmail (dot) com

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  • Robert Ward

    Does this mean I have to activate my Instagram Account? :-(

    • Anne Giles

      I haven’t got one and don’t want one!