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Black History Month and the Croydon Team

October 29th, 2020

Our final Black History Month piece comes from our team in Croydon University Hospital, London. Redthread Team Leader and previous History teacher, Joshua, reflects on Croydon’s past and highlights important work happening in the community.

Looking back: Samuel Coleridge-Taylor

Samuel Coleridge-Taylor was a composer, conductor and political activist born to an African father and English mother in 1875. Coleridge-Taylor grew up in South Norwood, Croydon, and rose to prominence in the late 19th and early 20th centuries for his work across music and politics.

He is renowned for combatting racism in his career, and for the impact of his classical compositions that incorporated traditional African influences. You can find out more about Coleridge-Taylor’s legacy in ‘The Sounds of Croydon: From Samuel Taylor-Coleridge to Stormzy.’ The online exhibition celebrates Croydon’s classical, rave and grime music and runs until 31st December.


Looking forward: Organisations making impact in Croydon

  • Project 4 Youth Empowerment (P4YE)

Project 4 Youth Empowerment is a community interest company who support young people and families. P4YE assist young people affected by or in danger of being affected by a range of issues such as serious youth violence, school exclusions or those who are NEET (not in education, employment or training). This support comes in many forms including offering advice, advocacy, one on one or group mentoring, or signposting to other professional services.


  • Mentivity

Mentivity are an inspirational mentoring organisation and alternative educational provision. They provide support for young people, schools and parents through one to one mentoring and group conversation-based learning. Their aim is to foster greater educational attainment and engagement.



  • Croydon BME Forum

Croydon BME (black & minority ethnic) Forum is the umbrella organisation for Croydon’s Black and Minority Ethnic voluntary and community sector. It seeks to engage people, build capacity, and promote equality and cohesion. There is a lot going on in Croydon for Black History Month. This booklet contains further information about events across the borough online throughout the month of October and into November celebrating African Caribbean culture and history.


Croydon University Hospital and #BlackHistoryMonth

Earlier this year, we were delighted to introduce our Youth Violence Intervention Programme into Croydon University Hospital. For #BlackHistoryMonth, Croydon NHS Trust colleagues Mo, Keisha and Shade shared their stories and experiences of race.

Watch the full film here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RVFf2wHKgOk&feature=youtu.be 




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