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How we give back to our community

At SME Needs we believe you should help and support the community around you. Originally based in Croydon, but now just down the road in Bromley, we help the community around us in two ways:

Young Enterprise

This is a programme that helps young people understand what it is like running a business. Formed in 1962, it’s aim is to make the connection between school and the world of work, enabling young people to develop the knowledge and attitudes they need to succeed. There is plenty of media coverage talking about the gap between education and the needs of businesses; this helps to fill that gap.

Nigel has been involved in Young Enterprise since 1985 – when he took part in the programme. Kwikbux was the name of the company he was part of. They made clocks for kids and ran the tuck shop in the Sixth Form at Manshead School in Dunstable.

Nigel is currently Chair of the Croydon & Bromley local area board and has been a Volunteer Business Advisor since 2014. His role: to simply be there and help the teams with whatever they need. To answer their questions and, when needed, ask questions to guide some of their thinking. It’s about helping them to learn what running a business is all about. It’s about helping them to:

  • improve their confidence,
  • their presentation skills,
  • their analytical thinking and much more.

Skills that will be invaluable as they go into their chosen careers.

If you’re interested in becoming a Business Volunteer or you’d like to know more about the impact Young Enterprise has on young people, click the button below.

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Young Enterprise teams over the years

St Mildred’s Drop In

Every Sunday afternoon from September through to mid-July (pandemics notwithstanding), St Mildred’s hosts the Drop-In for homeless and needy guests.  During September, October and April- July, the sessions run from 1-3pm.  From the beginning of November until Easter the sessions run from 1-6pm.

At the Drop-In they are able to provide showers, haircuts, second-hand clothing, new underwear, toiletries, snacks and drinks, a film, peace and quiet, board games, reading material and social interaction.   The Drop-In receives up to 70 guests every Sunday.

Jane is one of a team of 40 volunteers that share the workload necessary to provide this vital service to those less fortunate than ourselves in Addiscombe. Jane cooks a mean chicken & sweet potato curry, at home before taking it into the drop-in, at least once a month and can usually be found serving and clearing what can sometimes be the only hot meal the guests have in a week.

They are always on the lookout for more volunteers and for more contributions, so if you can help, please get in touch. Contributions can be in the form of clothing, toiletries and even old towels (still in good condition please) if you aren’t able to donate your time.

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Tel: 020 8634 5911

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