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

Our Approach

ARCC believes in a holistic approach to delivering services and achieving impactful outcomes.

Our approach is three pronged:-


  1. Partnering with organisations to deliver an ABCD grass roots response that builds on community strengths and advances equalities for addressing needs and issues faced by marginalised communities.

  2. Enabling voluntary sector organisations to develop and grow, providing infrastructure support to VCS to deliver quality services.

  3. Gathering evidence of community conversations in relation to community issues, needs and gaps affecting Asian communities in particular.


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.


  • Jay Patel - (Chair)

  • Dilshad (Dilly) Surelia - (Vice Chair)

  • Sophia Moreau - (Secretary)

  • Rumel Jahur - (Treasurer)

  • Somasundaram Kanagasundaram - Director

  • Bushra Ahmed - Director

  • Usha Patel - Director

  • Dr Suraj Mani Paudel - 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)

  • Mamun Khan (Programme Manager)

  • Debahuti Chakraborty (Finance Manager)

  • Catrina Lynch (BLBG Project Coordinator)

  • Richard Tait (BLBG Hub Officer) 

  • Lauren Ashley-Boyall (BLBG Project Support Worker)

  • Lizzie Hewitt (EPP, LTC & Mental Health Programme Coordinator) 

  • 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








Registered Charity No: 1120376 

Registered Company No: 6250781

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