If you’re in debt, this new Croydon-based campaign could help

Posted on September 4th, by Twice Campaign in Economics & Business. No Comments

The TWiCE campaign arrives in Croydon on Friday 21st September

Open a newspaper or check online and you’ll probably see stories about these familiar topics: the rising cost of living, people struggling to make ends meet, families in tens of thousands of pounds of debt. These are common stories, probably affecting someone you know who is experiencing financial stress. That’s why the TWiCE Campaign launches in Croydon … Read More »

Lenses of Croydon: where local photographers are doing it for themselves

Posted on August 22nd, by Bernadette Fallon in Culture. No Comments

What do you do if you can’t join ‘the club’? Set up your own club!

Lee Townsend is a professional photographer, part-time degree student, author, workshop facilitator, social activist and founder of Lenses of Croydon and the Croydon Photography Forum. But the journey to achieve this wasn’t always easy.

Knowing from a young age that he wanted to work in photography, he bought a camera and … Read More »

Can’t give any more: volunteer fatigue in Croydon (part 1)

Posted on June 28th, by Liz Sheppard-Jones in Politics & Society. 4 comments

Is Croydon taking its volunteers for granted?

“There are things that you do because it’s your passion, that you truly believe will make a difference. The Big Society [expands] the great work of volunteers.” (David Cameron, former Prime Minister, 2010).

“The Big Society is about getting more for less.” (Eric Pickles, former Secretary of State for Housing and Local Government, 2010)

“This is a 19th-century … Read More »

Making change through art at TCFT Croydon

Posted on June 20th, by Shaniqua Benjamin in Culture. No Comments

How the power of creative thinking can bring us together

Throughout life, there are instances that change our lives by having a significant impact. Being invited to Bosnia in 2015 to participate in The Complete Freedom of Truth (TCFT) was certainly one of mine.

TCFT is defined as “an international youth-led community of artists, activists, students and professional facilitators with a collective ambition to develop global … Read More »

What I learned when I attended a Croydon death café

Posted on June 19th, by Gokcen Odabas in Politics & Society. No Comments

Advertised as offering ‘healthy and insightful conversations’, what happens when we meet to talk about death?

I’m new to Croydon. One of the ways to get to know a neighbourhood is to meet with people in public and chat. We might talk about our children, our occupation, hobbies and education. We might even share our troubles, and how we ended up in this place.

But … Read More »

Abdul Basit, a Croydon social activist, receives peace award in Delhi, India

Posted on June 16th, by CronxWire in CronxWire. No Comments

Abdul Basit, a local social activist, has received an award recognising his work in bringing peace and education to communities in the UK and India. 

Release begins: Abdul Basit, a Croydon based social activist and property developer received the BRICS Alliance Forum Peace Award; this prestigious award was given by a five-country forum comprising of (Brazil, Russia, India, China, South Africa).

The BRICS Alliance event took … Read More »

Take up tennis and improve your Croydon life

Posted on June 15th, by Michelle Wall in Sport. 1 Comment

How joining a local tennis club can change your life for the better

I did not take up tennis until I was in my mid-forties, as a way of averting the middle-age spread, staying off cigarettes, learning something new, and – most importantly of all – increasing my social circle in Croydon.

I started with some beginner group lessons and, when I found that I enjoyed … Read More »

Tell us about your memories of Croydon

Posted on June 13th, by Cassie Whittell in Culture. No Comments

When you think of Croydon, what comes to mind?

We really want to know… For our July print issue, we want you to tell us about your strongest memory of Croydon: whether you’re 15 or 85, we want to know what you think of when you think about our borough. Is is shopping down Surrey Street with your family? Is it going to one of the local … Read More »

A newcomer’s first impressions of Croydon

Posted on June 11th, by Myra Rademacher in Culture. 3 comments

The borough’s identity through the eyes of an outsider

Identity has always been crucial to people and places. Formal identification is needed for individuals to travel, pay for goods and even to rent a library book. Places like airports and docks have names or codes that distinguish their locations from others. These are all very practical, mechanical aspects of the word.

But in a much more … Read More »

Breaking of fast brings diverse cultures together

Posted on June 14th, by Zach Baker in Culture. No Comments

Traditions of Ramadan strengthen community ties

On the evening of Tuesday 30th May, a heartwarming event was held in central Croydon. A large meal called iftar was prepared to observe the tradition of Ramadan and to bring the people of Croydon together. At a time when a few individuals seek to show that extremist violence and hatred exists in the UK, Croydon’s local community provided love, acceptance … Read More »