Whilst the nation is on lockdown and advised to stay indoors ARCC staff have been finding innovative ways to continue our services and adapt to emerging needs during this crisis. 

We have been busy over the last week calling individuals and organisations on our database to find out what the most essential needs are and how we should shape our services to meet the evolving and changing environment.  We have come to the conclusion that we need to be running three crucial services to meet the identified needs of the community.

We are adapting our communications to focus on coronavirus messages, IAG and video vlogs of the work we are doing to keep our community and members informed and connected with us.  You can watch our videos on our YouTube Channel by clicking HERE.  

We are updating our website on a regular basis with latest information on coronavirus matters including community health information videos in different languages including in Bengali, Hindi, Urdu, Punjabi, Gujurati, Farsi, Creole, Spanish, Chinese, Luganda, Tamil and English. If you speak a language that hasn't been listed and would like to support us with this please call us on 020 8684 3784.  

Our Food Club has become an essential service during this period and we have seen increased demand for food and household items.  For the safety of our members and staff this service has now become a delivery only service for registered members due to limited capacity.  

We have started delivering essential items such as medication to our members who cannot leave their homes due to underlying health problems or mobility issues. We have also started a telephone befriending service by calling individuals on a weekly basis for a friendly chat and to combat loneliness. 

It takes an incredible amount of effort and coordination to deliver services to vulnerable and elderly people.  Watch our journey below on how we have helped an elderly gentlemen from Addiscombe with underlying health conditions, to get essential food items during the COVID-19 lockdown.  You can also follow our work on our social media feeds. 

All the ARCC staff are working remotely from home and can be contacted via telephone on 020 8684 3784 or via email to if you have any queries.    

To find out about CVA's (Croydon Voluntary Action's) Coronavirus Support please click HERE.

We will be posting guidance on COVID19 as and when we receive information from the government. If you are worried about your health or others during this crisis please see guidance on the NHS Croydon website by clicking HERE

For additional advice you can visit the government website by clicking HERE.


Annual General Meeting



Tuesday 28th October 2014



5.45pm to 8.00pm



Asian Resource Centre of Croydon

30 Union Road 



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About Us


Asian Resource Centre of Croydon was established in 1999 as a charitable organisation with a view of bringing together Asian Communities & Businesses.


Our mission is to support, develop and promote voluntary/community activity that enhances the quality of life in Croydon.


Our vision is of an inclusive vibrant and sustainable voluntary and community sector that enhances local quality of life.

Our key outcomes are:-

  • More effective, responsive services for local people

  • Empowered and active communities

  • Increased social inclusion and community cohesion

  • An increase in social capital

  • A strengthening of civil society

  • Increased health and wellbeing of Asian communities


For more information on our projects and activities please explore our website further, if you have any questions, comments or suggestions on how we can better serve the needs of the Asian communities in the Borough of Croydon please feel free to contact us on 020 8684 3784 or if you prefer you can send an email to 

ARCC Board of Directors/Staff


The Board of Directors provides Asian Resource Centre of Croydon with a breadth of experience and expertise. All Directors contribute their time to help set and oversee the strategic direction of the organisation. They work directly with Staff, review and comment on plans and performance, review any major issues bearing on the wellbeing of the organisation, and decide important new directions. It is the Directors responsibility to approve our Budget, Annual Report and Accounts.


  • Raghu Shetty - (Chair)

  • Bushra Ahmed - (Vice Chair)

  • Rumel Jahur - (Treasurer)

  • Somasundaram Kanagasundaram - Director

  • Ashtaq Arain - Director

  • Dilshad (Dilly) Surelia - Director

  • Jay Patel - Director

  • Usha Patel - Director

  • Dr Suraj Mani Paudel - Director

  • Sophia Moreau - Director

  • Ash Balakrishnan - Director

  • Bhupinder Bhardwaj - Co-opted Member 

  • Dimple Siddhapura - Co-opted Member 

  • Sahadat Hossain - Co-opted Member 

  • Siddiqa Chaudhry - Co-opted Member 

  • MFA Zaman - Ambassador 


  • Ima Miah (Chief Executive Officer)

  • Aisha Bryant-Abdullah (Strategic Partnership Manager)

  • Mamun Khan (Programme Manager)

  • Debahuti Chakraborty (Finance Manager)

  • Saba Khan (Consultant)

  • Catrina Lynch (BLBG Project Coordinator)

  • Richard Tait (BLBG Hub Officer) 

  • Lauren Ashley-Boyall (BLBG Project Support Worker)

  • Nayim Chowdhury (Office/IT Administrator) 

  • Kay Kakad (Sessional Worker) 

  • Rene Swinton (Food Club Co-ordinator) 


Asian Resource Centre of Croydon Limited

CVA Resource Centre

82 London Road




020 8684 3784








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