MHA Communities – Befriending Service

Our telephone, online and face-to-face befriending services for older people across Croydon, helps tackle feelings of loneliness and isolation.

Befriending is exactly what it sounds like – getting people together to make friends. Register your interest with us to receive a call back from our MHA Communities South London Manager about the support and companionship our volunteer befrienders can provide.

We are currently able to offer telephone befriending in all areas of mainland UK. Face-to-face befriending can be available in areas in South London. Many older people living in their own homes can become isolated and lonely, but with a regular weekly visit or telephone call, MHA Communities South London can help prevent this from happening.

Our trained volunteer befrienders are matched with MHA Communities members based on their interests and personalities.

Help a lonely older person!
Join our service as a volunteer befriender. 1 weekly hour of your time can change someone’s life! Contact our team to become a volunteer befriender.

MHA Communities South London at the Wilderness, 17 Shirley Church Road, Croydon CR9 5AL
Phone: 07597135220Email:

Power for People – January Update

On the Monday before Christmas, we made another stride forward in our campaign to create dramatic growth in community renewable energy generation.

This time the setting was the House of Lords, where our two amendments to the Government’s Energy Bill were debated. To recap, these amendments are based on our Local Electricity Bill, which would enable community energy schemes to sell their clean power to local people, thus triggering a surge in community renewable energy generation.

We likely have enough support in the House of Lords to win a vote on our two amendments at the next stage of the Energy Bill, which will probably be in early February.

If this happens, it would mean that the Energy Bill would come to the House of Commons, probably around March, with our community energy enabling powers contained in it. And with all opposition parties and 125 Conservative MPs lined up in support because of our nationwide public campaign, we are in a strong position to see what we are calling for ultimately pass into law.

After a much-needed bit of Christmas rest, we are now working to bring Ministers and Whitehall officials to the negotiating table.

Thank you very much for your invaluable support. It will likely get tougher from here on out. We have come this far largely because ever more people have lobbied their MP. So we need to keep building our numbers.

Over 300 MPs are already supportive, but more are needed. Could you please join us in signing up to the campaign and writing to your MP?:

Planning Report – January 2023

To find out the latest news on what is being planned in your local area, check out our latest Planning Report with up-to-date information on Planning Applications including developments in:

  • Addiscombe Road
  • The Glade
  • Hanbury Mews
  • Orchard Avenue
  • Orchard Rise
  • Orchard Way
  • Shirley Avenue
  • Woodmere Avenue and Woodmere Gardens.

Also, take a look at the MORA Planning App, which gives you an easy way to track all the current and recent planning applications within the MORA area. It’s simple to use and free for you to access.