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How would you spend a share of £8,000?

Supported for a second year by Valley Retail & Leisure, Croydon, Heart of the Community is open NOW for your nominations!

We know there is an enormous amount of excellent work being carried out every day by hundreds of willing volunteers, in a variety of charities and non-profit making community groups – this is your time to shine!

Let us know about what your community group is doing to make our local area a better place to live in and you could be rewarded with a cash boost for your organisation.

So if you are for example, a school/playgroup, food bank, support group, community choir, Scouts/Brownies or health/medical group we want to hear about the fantastic work that is happening in YOUR local area and share your amazing stories with our readers.


If you are unsure whether or not you qualify call us on 01892 239100 we’ll be happy to help you with your nomination.

The £8,000 will be split between the groups that are voted for by you and all our readers. The TOP 20 will go forward to the judging panel who will decide which groups win the following awards:


Total Prize Fund £8,000

1st place = £3,000

2nd place = £2,000

3rd place = £1,000

2 runner up prizes = £500 each

Sponsor’s Choice = £1,000



To nominate one or more individuals from your organisation who go that extra mile for the good of others and deserve special recognition, see the ink below. The Volunteer of the Year Awards will be decided by our judging panel.

The awards ceremony will take place later in the year where the winners will be presented with their awards and prizes.

Anyone can enter a community group or charity, So you can make a difference in 2018.







Valley Retail and Leisure Park is the hub of the wider Croydon community, located on the outskirts of town just off the A23. It offers the general public a shopping experience that incorporates every element of family fun and entertainment. Visitors to the park can enjoy an excellent range of top brands in fashion, beauty, homeware and sport including Next, Outfit, Boots, Dunelm, Dreams and Sports Direct.


For those looking for an enjoyable day out with family and friends, the Vue cinema provides a huge selection in film choice, showing all the best and current movies for children and adults alike. For a more active experience, Tenpin Bowling – one of the leading bowling alleys in the UK – delivers a fantastic opportunity to get together with loved ones.


Choosing a top eating spot is so easy at Valley, with an excellent offering of restaurants and food-on- the-go outlets. Whether it’s fresh pizza and pasta from Pizza Express, mouth-watering quesadillas and tacos from Chiquito or hot ‘n’ spicy peri-peri chicken from Nandos, a variety of tastes are catered for.  Those looking for a quick fix, can enjoy classic favourites from the likes of McDonald’s, Burger King and Subway.


Customers with a sweeter tooth will appreciate the delicious selection of milkshakes from Shakeaway, including more unusual flavours such as Ferrero Rocher, Daim Bar through to Lindt truffles and Black Forest Gateau. It also offers healthier options with a wide variety of tasty fruit combinations to choose from, too.


And finally, for visitors who are keen on fitness, ‘The Gym’ provides an invigorating and inspiring environment for members to get fit and enjoy exercise with like-mined individuals. It has all the best state-of-the-art equipment and is open 24/7 so customers have access any time of the day and night.


With so much to see and do, Valley Retail and Leisure Park is a top destination for all the family.



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