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Local Support Groups

South East Cancer Help Centre

SECHC aims to support any person affected by cancer (patients, their carers and close relatives) by the provision of confidential individual and group support, complementary therapies and information within a friendly and caring environment. Please click here to find out more about the support groups on offer.

Headache & Migraine Support Group

Learn more about managing your migraines and headaches by joining the new support group in Epsom Downs. If you're interested in joining the group, please contact Migraine Trust at or call 08456 011 033. To find out more information on migraines, visit

Help for those Helping Others

Figures show that 1 in 8 adults in Croydon is a carer. If you are looking after a relative, friend or neighbour who is elderly, ill or disabled, the Croydon Carers Centre is there to support you. The charity is free to join and they provide advice on benefits, day trips, counselling and support. To find out more, please visit the Croydon Carers Centre website or call 020 8688 7219.

Spare Time? Why not SHARE IT with older adults?

Could you spare two hours a week to visit an isolated older adult who needs someone to talk to or who needs support in gaining confidence in going out? Training, expenses and support for volunteers to the Visiting Service is available from Age UK Croydon - please contact them on 020 8680 5450 (or via email at for further information.

Free, Quick & Confidential Chlamydia & Gonorrhoea Screening

Approximately 1 in every 14 young people under 25 have chlamydia. Chlamydia and gonorrhoea often have no symptoms and if left un-treated can lead to serious long-term health complications. If you are aged between 15 and 24, you can order a free, quick and confidential test kit from or click here for further information.

Are You Safe? Say 'No' to Domestic Violence

At least 1 in 4 women experience domestic violence in their lifetime and between 1 in 8 and 1 in 10 women experience it annually. If you are a victim of domestic violence, you can access support via the National Domestic Violence Helpline on 0808 2000 247 or via the Family Justice Centre Helpline on 020 8688 0100.

Patient Advice and Liaison Service (PALs)

PALs is a service which provides 'on the spot advice', help and support for patients and their relatives. The service is free and confidential and can help if you have a query or concern about treatment or care at Croydon University Hospital or Purley Hospital. You can contact PALs on 020 8401 3210 or via email at or click here to find out more about this service.

Learning Disabilities

If you have a learning disability and need to go to hospital, you can get help from our local Acute Liaison Nurse. She can help you to get the best out of your appointments, understand what's happening at hospital and ensure that you get the right support when you leave hospital. Please click here to find out more about this service or to make contact with the nurse.

Free Help for People Affected by HIV

The Terrence Higgins Trust offers a range free counselling and group courses for people in South London who are affected or infected by HIV, including:

  • Free face-to-face counselling services for anyone affected by HIV (this could be someone who is HIV+, their partners, family members or friends)
  • Free Newly Diagnosed Groups for people who have been diagnosed with HIV in the last few years covering topics such as treatment, disclosure, transmission and impact of diagnosis
  • An emotional support group called Maisha Mema for African people affected by HIV. This group helps people to learn to deal with anxiety, depression, family issues and relationships.
  • Free online counselling service for peple living with HIV. Clients can self register at

To find out more about any of these services or to make an appointment, please call 020 7812 1777 or email