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World Mental Health Day - MIND
17/10/2019 20:18:00......Posted by Yvette Hopley


A number of councillors were pleased to support World Mental Health Day with MIND in the foyer of Fairfield Halls.  There were lots of stalls and information available and a comedy event was held in the evening.  MIND provide excellent support in the community along with a number of key health partners and organisations.

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South East Cancer Help Centre - Lunch for Volunteers
10/08/2019 08:28:00.......Posted by Yvette Hopley


Every year the SECHC puts on a lunch to thank the many volunteers that help support the centre.  Some 80 volunteers assist with a range of activities without whom we would find it extremely difficult to exist.  The centre over the last year has been able to increase both the number of group and individual sessions provided to our members and continues to move forward with creative ideas to increase the range of in-house activities to around 40 different services on offier.  This includes our complementary outreach service provided to Croydon University Hospital to support those in the North of the borough.  To contact the centre call Lizzie our new centre manager on 0208668 0974 or email:



Legacy Onside Youth Zone - 125 Whitehorse Road
09/08/2019 20:04:00.......Posted by Yvette Hopley


I met with Barnabas and Angela at the new Youth Zone to look at the facilities for young people.  For £5 annual membership and 50p per visit you have access to many activities such as indoor climbing, boxing, music studio, arts and crafts and many other sports.  The centre will be open seven days a week and will officially open on 7 September 2019.  Contact or call 020 3976 9990.

My only concern raised was access from South of the borough which will mean a couple of bus rides at least.

I hope everyone has fun.



Alan Brookes - Chairman Selsdon Centre for the Retired
09/08/2019 19:58:00.......Posted by Yvette Hopley


I attended an open day event at Selsdon Centre for the Retired to meet residents and enjoy a cup of tea.  Alan Brookes, Chairman showed me around the facilities and the new freezers, two of which were purchased with the community ward budget funds by the Sanderstead Ward Councillors.  These freezers are important to the centre who stock food for many of the elderly, who rely on this service for a hot meal.  It is good that they can socialise and enjoy time together.



Caroline Walker - Lead Dementia Nurse at CUH
02/05/2019 14:35:00.......Posted by Yvette Hopley


I have been working with Caroline Walker, Lead Dementia Nurse at Croydon University Hospital on the Dementia Action Alliance Group.  I am so pleased that she has won a landmark leadership award for her role in developing the Enhanced Care team, supporting colleagues and demonstrating her huge commitment to raising the awareness of dementia and mental illness in CUH and Croydon.  Pictured here with her award.



Croydon Dementia Action Alliance
13/02/2019 14:43:00.......Posted by Yvette Hopley


In 2016 Hakeem Anjorin, of Right at Home, contacted me with a view to starting up Croydon Dementia Action Alliance. Together with Bhavin Patel from Homeinstead and the late Cllr Maggie Mansell we started the work which has grown and led to a special recognition award from Alzheimer's Society, the UK's leading dementia charity, for the borough's efforts to support people living with dementia, which was presented by the Mayor of Croydon.

The awards ceremony in January followed the announcement in the autumn that the charity granted Croydon its highest accolade – Working towards dementia-friendly status.

Thousands of people have attended Dementia Friends Information Sessions organised by the Croydon Dementia Action Alliance (CDAA). At each session, people learn more about dementia and the small ways they can help someone living with the condition.

Local police and fire officers, nurses and staff at Croydon University Hospital, care home staff, secondary school pupils and relatives of people living with dementia are among those who have already attended the sessions.

Croydon Council has also introduced a mandatory policy for all staff to attend a Dementia Friends Information Session.

The CDAA’s work has significantly contributed to Alzheimer’s Society’s reaching 2.5 million Dementia Friends in the UK, with 150,000 in London. A dementia-friendly community is a city, town or village where people with dementia are understood, respected, supported, and confident they can contribute to community life.

All CDAA organisations were presented with a certificate at the ceremony for their efforts.

There are more than 3,600 people living with dementia in Croydon. It is a progressive condition that can lead to memory loss and difficulties with thinking, problem-solving or communication. It is estimated that one person develops dementia every three minutes.

I know that Cllr Maggie Mansell would be extremely proud of what has been achieved and all the hard work we all put in to help those living with dementia in our borough.  I am extremely sad that she was not able to be with us on this special day.





Assisted Living
08/02/2019 16:38:00.......Posted by Yvette Hopley

I thught you might be interested in what I said at the recent appeal for a McCarthy & Stone development in Purley.  Such is my concern that enough properties are not being provided in Croydon I was pleased to have the opportunity to speak.  This is what I said: "I am here today in my capacity as Shadow Cabinet Member for Adult Social Care and Health and as a member of Croydon’s Health and Wellbeing Board.

As a resident in the ward with the highest longevity I know the importance of housing that suits the needs of the elderly and most vulnerable in the borough.  With every year that passes we are living longer and hopefully healthier lives.  Most residents want to live in the same place, in their family home, but it is often the case that they have to move because they need assistance with everyday life because they have become either frail, disabled or confused in later years.

Housing such as that provided by McCarthy and Stone and other such providers gives them that choice and there is certainly a lack of supply in the borough, particularly for assisted living.  It also keeps the residents safe and secure whilst being able to maintain independence with that support.  All the residents I know in the McCarthy & Stone development in Sanderstead are very happy and pleased with what is 5 start accommodation.

I am only aware of two maybe three types of this accommodation under construction in Croydon, the one on the Addington Road by McCarthy & Stone, The Churchill site opposite Sainsbury’s in Selsdon and the one in Upper Norwood.  All good quality schemes which would be occupied probably before built because of the great need.  It is vital that older persons’ accommodation is provided to cope with the growing demand.  I am not aware that the council provided any accommodation for older people last year which is a worry.  Whilst hundreds of flats seem to be provided they are not sufficient to support residents and keep them out of care homes which is obviously quite expensive.

And if you look at the speech I made at Full Council last week you will see the problems that arise when poor quality accommodation and care leaves elderly and vulnerable residents in a poor state of affairs.

I know that the local councillors in Purley are very supportive of the scheme and were happy with the design and character in keeping with Purley.

With 290 affordable houses completed in the borough last year it is time to turn our efforts to those who will happily leave their homes for smaller supported accommodation thus relinquishing properties to younger families who are often starting their lives.

I would urge you to support applications for supported living in the borough.  It is what the local communities need and want"



17/01/2019 19:49:00.......Posted by Yvette Hopley

Croydon Mencap are launching a new Down Syndrome Support Group.  All are welcome, including little ones on 30 January at 12pm at 678 London Road, Thornton Heath, CR7 7HU.  Hot drinks and nibbles will be available.



Croydon Hospital Blue Badge Parking
14/01/2019 14:49:00.......Posted by Yvette Hopley

A number of residents are concerned about the change in policy for blue badge holders at Purley and CUH Hospital.  I contacted the CEO Matthew Kershaw and have received the following response:

Dear Yvette,

Further to our earlier emails, I have now received a response regarding your constituent’s concerns about the parking arrangements at Purley War Memorial Hospital.

I acknowledge that charging staff, patients and visitors to park on site is a contentious issue and we try hard to make our parking fair for all.

We do not charge Blue Badge holders who park in the reserved disabled bays at our hospitals. Hourly charges do though apply if they park elsewhere on site. We do this in part to avoid losing bays to members of the public wanting the convenience of parking close to the High Street shops.   

A recent change to our car park management policy means that all visitor spaces now have a 10 minute grace period allowing drivers to drop off and collect friends and family. This means that the two bays currently set aside for this purpose will be converted to disabled spaces along with one other making a total of five at PWMH. We aim to complete this work in early February.

We are proud to hold the Disabled Parking Accreditation (DPA). Managed by the British Parking Association, the DPA asks organisations to 'demonstrate to their customers that they are committed to creating high quality parking facilities for disabled people’.

I hope this is useful.

With best wishes.

Regards, Matthew

Matthew Kershaw

Interim Chief Executive




Agnelo Fernandes - Chairman of NHS Clinical Commissioning & The Team
03/12/2018 10:46:00.......Posted by Yvette Hopley

Many Congratulations to Agnelo Fernandes, Head of the NHS Clinical Commissioning Group and his team in winning awards:


1. General Practice Awards 30th Nov 2018 – Parchmore Medical Centre “Managing Workload & Improving Access Award” (NHS England) “Successful GP Practice Transformation – “Revolution for sustainability” WINNER

 2. General Practice Awards 30th Nov 2018 - Teresa Chapman “Practice Manager of the Year Award” “Leading Successful GP Practice Transformation” WINNER

 3. HSJ Awards 21st Nov 2018 – Parchmore Medical Centre “Primary Care Innovation Award” HIGHLY COMMENDED “Transformation to Reduce Emergency Admissions and Hospital Outpatient referrals appropriately, and rapid Social Prescribing implementation”

 4. NHS70 Parliamentary Award-London Region, 4th July 2018 Excellence in Primary Care - Brian Dickens WINNER

 5. Thornton Heath GP Network Award, Croydon 26th June 2018, - Brian Dickens WINNER

Cllr Margaret Bird and I work closely with Agnelo and the team and are currently working with the Purley new Social Prescribing Board.  This work has been a great success in the North of the Borough which we hope will have the same results in the south



South East Cancer Help Centre - Paint Purley Purple Campaign
19/10/2018 15:32:00.......Posted by Yvette Hopley


It was great to launch Paint Purley Purple today with Chris Philp MP and local councillors Helen Redfern and Margaret Bird.  Many residents and local businesses are helping with fund raising for those affected by cancer.  We are grateful to everyone supporting our campaign.  Donatons can be made at or by texting HPPP to 70070.  



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Carers Week - My Visit to the Centre in Croydon
Dementia Awareness Week - Tea Dance
Changes to the Delivery of Adult Social Care and Health
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South East Cancer Help Centre - AGM & Member's Meeting
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London Youth Games
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