Cassandra Centre and A.S.K.I. partner up for Free Meals Service

Cassandra Centre has partnered with Advice Support Knowledge Information (A.S.K.I.)  who were established in 2012.  We have come together to coordinate the free meals delivery service to the elderly, vulnerable and self-isolating senior members of the community until this service ends in June 2020.  A.S.K.I supports and signposts individuals who face barriers to inclusion, who with support, could go on to live productive lives and make a contribution to their community. We will both work together to make this useful project a success, and with your continued help and support, we believe that it will be.

Your help is appreciated


Free Meals Delivery Service

Free Meals during the COVID-19 pandemic

During the COVID-19 pandemic Cassandra Centre has been offering a free meals delivery service to the elderly, vulnerable, and self-isolating adults living within the Norbury and Pollard Hill areas and in Wandsworth and Lambeth too.

We’d like you to let us know if you have a family elder, an elderly neighbour, or if you have any clients that could benefit from this free service.

The meals will be cooked beforehand and delivered between 1pm to 6pm on Thursdays during April.  For the adults living in Wandsworth and Lambeth, we have partnered up with A.S.K.I. to make sure that the delivery of the meals will continue until 25th June 2020.  We’ll need the names, addresses and contact numbers for each individual as soon as you can, so please ask them to contact us straight away or you can let us know their address or contact details yourself by contacting us using our details on the flyers below.

Please contact us by midday on Wednesdays to secure a delivery for the following day.

Online Chair-based Dance programme

Hannah Ruth is a dance instructor and she’s been asked to produce a six-week online chair-based dance programme by A.S.K.I, for senior members of the community to help keep them fit while they’re at home during the COVID-19 pandemic lockdown. The classes have been choreographed for those who require seated exercise and so far there have been four classes. If you’d like to take part yourself or you know someone who could benefit from having a go and they might enjoy this, please click the links below to view the videos. Click here for Part 1:
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Free Meals delivery Service

During the COVID 19 period each Thursday in April and in addition to our regular services, we are offering a free meal delivery service to elderly, vulnerable, disabled and people who are self-isolated. These are individuals and who live within the Croydon, Norbury or Pollard Hill, Wandsworth and Lambeth areas. We have so far delivered over 200 meals and because this has been so successful, we’ve decided to extend this offer to until the end of June 2020. So if you or someone you know would like to benefit from this free service, please contact us and place your order.
The meals will be cooked beforehand and delivered throughout the day on Thursdays between 1.00 pm and 6.00 pm. We will need the name, address and a contact number for each individual as soon as you can, and before midday on Wednesdays, so please ask them to contact us straight away or you can let us know directly.
The Food Pack will contain:
Khoshari  is a traditional Egyptian dish, and it is entirely vegan.  The ingredients are:- Brown lentils, rice, spaghetti, onions, chickpeas and cumin.
Tomato Sauce
The tomato sauce which accompanies the Khoshari contains – tomatoes, chilli, garlic, coriander, cumin and vinegar.
Grilled Chicken Breast
The grilled chicken breasts are marinated in lemon, yoghurt and spices, including tumeric, cumin and coriander.
Some salad will also be included in the pack, and this may contain cucumber, tomatoes, red/green/yellow peppers (not chilli), lettuce and olives.
With your continued help and support, we’re hoping this will be a real success, so hurry and let us know your requirements.  We will also include one of our information cards with the delivery.  This will tell you a little about Cassandra Centre, and how else we can help you during the coronavirus – should you want to contact us – and our contact details.
Please feel free to get in touch with us anytime.
Many thanks

Wednesday Coffee Mornings

We’re pleased to let you know that our popular coffee morning sessions are back on Wednesdays.  Restarting on Wednesday 2 October from 10 am to 12 noon we’ll be running them every Wednesday.  So if you came before, we’d love to see you again and this time why not bring a friend along with you.  You can have a chat with some new people while enjoying a croissant or a cupcake and a coffee of course. There’ll be lots to share about everyday life or a new skill or training course you’d like to tell everyone about. So come on over and join in whenever you can, and we’ll see you there.

Open Ladies Discussion Group, “Break the Silence”

On the last Friday of the month at Cassandra Centre in Norbury, London SW16 there’s an Open Ladies Discussion Group called, “Break the Silence” where young women aged 18 plus, and older women too, meet up to discuss and share their experiences around Domestic Violence and Abuse.  The group was set up in July 2019 by a very brave young mum to help other young mums like herself, talk about the fate that they’ve suffered.  She is beginning to turn her life around for herself and her children, and she’s calling on other women to join the group so they can get some help to turn their lives around too.

The words on the flyer are a reminder to her of what she’s experienced and these words are generally used by partners or husbands to beat down and humiliate women.  Please contact Cassandra Centre if you would like to join in the discussion on the last Friday of the month from 5 to 7 pm, and together we can “Break the Silence.”

Cassandra Centre’s new Lunch Club

Our next Lunch Club will be taking place once again at Harlow Hall, Stanford Road, Norbury SW16 on Friday 30th August at 2.00 pm.  Local elderly residents and other family members and their friends are welcome to attend to enjoy a meal, a chat with friends and other familiar faces. We plan to have a few activities before and after the lunch so come prepared to have some fun and a laugh too.  The cost is £5 and you are invited to arrive from 11.00 am onwards and be with us until around 3.oo pm.  So we hope to see you all there.


Mayor of Croydon visits Cassandra Centre’s Lunch Club

The Worshipful The Mayor of Croydon, Cllr Humayan Kabir will be visiting the new Cassandra Lunch Club held at Harlow Hall, Stanford Road on Friday 30th August at 2 pm.  The Mayor will attend our lucheon club which has recently started during the Summer holidays, and if there’s time, he might also visit our Centre which is not very far away at 1433a London Road, above Llyods Bank.

This will be a nice opportunity to see the Mayor out in the local community attending an event where older people will be enjoying a meal and socialising with other local people.  Croydon has an estimated 10,000 older people who are lonely and about half of these elderly folk experience intense loneliness.  The Mayor’s visit will be a pleasant surprise for those attending and a chance for some of Norbury’s residents to meet and chat with him.

Monthly Men’s Focus Group

On the first Wednesday of the month at Cassandra Centre in Norbury, we hold a monthly Men’s Health and Well-Being Focus Group for males aged 18 years + where individuals get a chance to meet and discuss specific issues that need talking about.  Participants can analyse their thoughts and feelings and get help or advice in a safe and confidential open forum.  We’ll be happy to welcome you to the group, so have a look at this flyer for more information and please contact us to book yourself a place.