Monthly Archives: May 2016

Charity of the Week – Bromley Y

Bromley Y iiAs teenagers we make the transition from child to adult and it can be confusing to say the least. There will be few people who breeze through their adolescence without problems of some kind or another. For some people those years will be much harder and, without the right kind of guidance and help, they may carry problems associated with growing up into their adulthood.

When you’re young facing problems can be difficult. Sometimes you don’t want parents or teachers to know that you’re having a tough time and sometimes the friends you do confide in are as stumped as you are as to what to do next. So what do you do?

If you are living, studying or working in Bromley then Bromley Y strives to offer a safe and friendly environment to enable young people to explore what is happening in their lives and to help them find ways forward.

What kind of problems can Bromley Y help with?

  • bereavement;
  • being bullied;
  • feeling suicidal;
  • feeling isolated;
  • eating problems;
  • family problems;
  • feeling angry or violent;
  • self-harming;
  • sexual or emotional abuse;
  • feeling unhappy or depressed;
  • sexual or emotional relationship difficulties;
  • difficulties at school, college or work.

No young person should feel as though they need to wait until a problem is getting on top of them before they get in touch with Bromley Y. It can be easier to resolve a difficulty early on than leaving it to get worse.

The important thing to know is that a young person doesn’t have to wait to be referred to Bromley Y or be taken there by a family member, they can approach them themselves and ask to see somebody.

“I always feel relaxed and open when being at Bromley Y because all of the counsellors are generally warm-hearted. They always listen and are very polite.”

To help young people deal with these problems Bromley Y offers two kinds of one-to-one support – Counselling and Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT).

Counselling isn’t about handing out advice or telling you what to do to tackle the difficulties you’re going through. A therapist helps you to understand the issues that worry you so that you can make the best decision in how to deal with them. In your sessions you can talk about whatever you need to without being judged, and in the knowledge that what you say will remain confidential. The therapists at Bromley Y respect the values and lifestyles of the people they see.

“I felt like I wasn’t judged and I could speak about my issues without anything I said directly affecting my life.”

CBT is talking therapy which helps set clear goals and work towards solutions. Working with you a therapist can help identify problem areas of your life that you want to focus on and, using structured techniques, can help you to understand how you are thinking, how this may cause problematic feelings or behaviours and how you can challenge the way you are thinking.

Both counselling and CBT sessions take place in a comfortable and private place.

Apart from one-to-one support Bromley Y offers school support (currently with twelve schools in the area), group work, family therapy, parent support, mentoring and also professional consultations.

You can call Bromley Y on 020 3770 8848 but please don’t be put off if you need to leave a message, they will get back to you!

You can email them at or by snail mail at 17 Ethelbert Road, Bromley BR1 1JA.

You can find Bromley Y on Twitter and Facebook as well as their website where there is a page of very useful links and contact information young people, their families, carers and friends may find helpful. If you’d like to make a donation to help Bromley Y with their work there is a link on their home page!

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Charity of the Week – Sreepur Village

sreepur-village-logo[1]It seems a bit odd for us to cover a story about a village in Bangladesh but the charity Sreepur Village is based in Beckenham!

We’ve all heard of Bangladesh but where is it? It was originally Eastern Pakistan but became the People’s Republic of Bangladesh in 1971 and became a democracy in 1990. It has a population of 161.3 million and has widespread poverty and overcrowding.

The Sreepur Village charity is firmly non-political and oversees Shishu Polli Plus (SPP) which translated means Childrens Village Plus. They work with destitute mothers and children and endeavour to give them knowledge, skills, and the standard of health they need to function in society. Over 150 mothers and 540 children are supported by SPP.

The charity is responsive to local needs and help support vulnerable children who may have been abandoned or trafficked. The environment they provide is safe and loving with food, clothing, and education so that the children and their mothers can look forward to having independent lives and not backwards at their former lives. They have recently set up a support centre in the Krurigram/Chilmari region of northern Bangladesh as women and children living on sand banks known as chars are having their lives threatened by climate change.

On arrival at Sreepur Village there are checks made to ensure that women with children seeking help fulfil the criteria to stay in the village and then spend a week in their clinic so that any illnesses can be spotted and treated.

The women hold regular meetings to talk about life, any problems that they may have and how to improve life at Shishu Polli. Whilst living there the women are paid an allowance and they join a compulsory savings scheme so that when they are ready to join society again they have funds for when they leave.

SPP ensure that the children who arrive without mothers have a good quality life. They feel that it is important to give them the skills and knowledge to take their place in society when the time is right. Boys over 11 are fostered with families in local villages which is beneficial for both the boys and the families.

The children are considered to be in the care of SPP until (in the case of boys) they have been successfully employed for six months in a permanent job or, for the girls, have been married successfully for two years.

Whilst Sreepur Village obviously needs support successful businesses are run from there. They make paper and greetings cards and both lines are very popular. The Guardian has said that their Christmas cards are the best! They also do a small range of other goods which you can see here.

If you’d like to see the village then take a photo tour!

SPP is a small charity that needs your support! You can see more about what Sreepur Village do on their website, follow them on Twitter or check out their Facebook page.

Our first networking event!

On Thursday 12 May we’re networking with Bromley Business Club (@BromleyBizClub) at Henry’s Wine Bar (@Henrysbromley). We’ve invited all the charities and community groups that we’ve featured since the launch of our website in September. Both Life in Bromley (@lifeinbromley) and Bromley Business Club firmly believe that we all have experience and expertise that can be shared and that the wonderful charities and community groups of Bromley should be (and will be) encouraged to network with the businesses that are associated with Bromley Business Club!

Charity of the Week – West Wickham Rotary Club


Almost everybody has heard about Rotary Clubs but how many of us know what they’re about?

Rotary International has more than 34,000 clubs worldwide and one of them is based in West Wickham. In the spirit of Rotary across the world the club provides service to others, promotes integrity and aspires to advance world understanding, goodwill and peace.

West Wickham Rotary sees itself as a friendly club with men and women as members. They are a range of ages with a variety of careers and interests. Their motivation for being part of Rotary may vary but they are like-minded people who enjoy fundraising for communities both close to home and internationally.fJ67R1Lq_400x400

It’s not all serious at West Wickham Rotary as they enjoy social events and they visit their sister club in Sedan, France every other year and act as hosts to them in the alternate years.

Their annual firework display, which is one of their major fundraising events, attracts up to 3,000 people and the Christmas collections with Father Christmas are well know but they do respond quickly if they hear of a natural disaster. They support several charities including Juvenile Diabetes, Demelza, End Polio Now, MSF and St Christopher’s Hospice.

West Wickham Rotary Club was formed in 1934 and to celebrate their 50th anniversary in 1984 they raised over £5,000 for local charities and £2,000 for the Polio Plus Campaign.

There have been many notable achievements over the years including raising funds to build a games room in Cheyne Hospital in 1972, promoting a four day careers exhibition at the Arnham Gallery in Croydon and in both 1979 and 1984 they staged a four day Leisure for Pleasure exhibition promoting arts and crafts. For over 40 years the club has contributed to supporting pupils at the Starchi School in Kenya.

The club promoted and formed a Rotaract Club in 1974, a Probus Club in 1977 and an Exact Club in 1983.

With overall membership of West Wickham Rotary Club both ageing and dropping in numbers it is becoming increasingly difficult for them to carry out the projects that they’d like to but they are able to make significant contributions to local charities with the revenue from the Bonfire Night and Christmas collections.

If you’d like to become a member of West Wickham Rotary or would like to find out more about them then visit their website or tweet them!