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Croydon Association for Pastoral Care in Mental Health (APCMH)

Croydon APCMH is affiliated to the National APCMH which was created in 1986.

Whilst founded by members of the Christian community, we are an open organisation and actively encourage participation of members of all faith communities and also those of no religious commitment.

We welcome all who support our ethos of personal individual integrity.

The group runs weekly Drop-Ins:

• The Rainbow Club meets Monday evenings from 7.00 to 9.00pm. Address - South Croydon Centre, Ledbury Road, South Croydon.
• The Open Door meets Friday evenings from 7.00pm to 9.00pm. Address - Norbury Methodist Church, 2a Pollards Hill North, Norbury, London, SW16 4NL.
• The Bridge meets on Sunday afternoon from 12.00pm to 2.30pm. Address - St. Mildred's Community Centre, Bingham Road (corner of Sefton Road), Addiscombe, CR0 7EB.
• The Women's Drop-In meets over lunch on Tuesdays from 12 to 2pm. Address - St. Mildred's Community Centre, Bingham Road (corner of Sefton Road), Addiscombe, CR0 7EB.

Creative Sessions
In addition the following creative sessions are run at St. Mildred's Community  Centre, Bingham Road (corner of Sefton Road), Addiscombe:

Tuesdays
• Creative writing between 2.15pm-4.15pm - Write a short story, a poem or even your memoirs. Come along, share with others and enjoy.
Fridays
• Art Group between 2pm-4pm - We encourage our members to express themselves through drawing, painting, collages - in fact any way they wish. All materials are provided, all you need to bring is your imagination!

Address:
St. Mildred’s Community Centre, Bingham Road, Addiscombe, Surrey, CR0 7EB
Contact name:
Millie Reid
Job title:
Project Co-ordinator
Telephone:
020 8654 4010
Fax:
020 8665 1972
Buses:
The nearest tram stop is Addiscombe. Buses 367 and 289 stop at the end of Bingham Road and St Mildred's is a short walk.
Sector:
Voluntary

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Services which are offered free of charge.
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