Shirley Neighbourhood Care Scheme (SNC) is a registered charity founded in the 1970s by the Churches Together in Shirley in Croydon.  Shirley has a greater percentage of people aged over 85 than the rest of Croydon and we provide services to help our older residents live independently for as long as possible.

Changes to our schedule in view of the Corona Virus pandemic:  In the light of the Corona Virus pandemic, SNC has adjusted its services and we are providing personal shopping and telephone befriending for the elderly of Shirley.   Medical drives resumed from September 2020.    During lockdown we cannot run lunch or film club; however frozen meals can be delivered to homes on a Friday.

After the pandemic is over:

We hope to resume our normal services, when Government guidelines permit, as detailed below:

SNC operates a weekly shopping bus to Sainsbury’s in West Wickham and Tesco at Elmer’s End in the morning on alternate Tuesdays and Wednesdays and to Marks and Spencer’s in West Wickham on two afternoons a month; a weekly lunch club every Thursday; transport to medical appointments; a befriending service; and a range of outings to tea shops, pubs and restaurants for lunch and garden centres; as well as a monthly film club showing up to the minute movies.

We operate with the help of volunteers who kindly give their time to help Shirley’s elderly community.  Volunteers have the reward of knowing that their work is greatly appreciated by our clients.  If you have a few hours to spare each week, get in touch with our volunteer co-ordinator at

Our office is based at Shirley Methodist Church on Eldon Avenue and is staffed Monday to Friday between 10am and 12.30pm.  Outside of these hours callers can leave a message which will be answered the next working day.

Shirley Neighbourhood Care is a charity which is part funded by the Churches Together in Shirley and Croydon Council.  We rely upon donations to ensure our continued existence.   We therefore need to make a charge for some services like the lunch club, the shopping bus and the outings and we are very grateful that clients often like to make a donation for the medical transport.  Donations can also be gift-aided.  If you would like to donate to SNC or to register to use our services, please contact the office on 020 8662 9599.