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 as at September 2020:  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 have resumed from September 2020.  A limited service for lunch club and film club will commence from October 2020.  During lockdown we cannot run lunch or film club; however frozen meals can be delivered to homes on a Friday.  More information can be found in our most recent newsletter on our newsletter page.

Christmas gifts for the elderly – December 2020

Something very special is happening in Shirley on Saturday 12 December.   Santa has arranged an early distribution of presents – not for the children who will need to wait until the 25th – but for the elderly.  He has asked Shirley Neighbourhood Care to organise this on his behalf as we know the people who really need the gifts.  We are aiming to deliver over 200 Christmas gift bags.  There is a long, dark and lonely winter ahead and we are hoping that we can bring some cheer and light to Shirley’s elders.   Santa has given SNC some money to start the ball rolling with some of the presents, but he is hoping we can obtain some extra gifts from the very generous and kind people of Shirley.  Each Christmas gift bag will contain a variety of presents as well as some lovely Christmas cards and messages from Shirley’s schoolchildren.  This will be a truly heart-warming event during a dismal time for older people.  If you would like to give a gift we have a list of suggestions.   There is a Christmas present drop off point at the Co-op on Wickham Road in Shirley.  Or you can bring gifts to the SNC office at Shirley Methodist Church between 10 and 12.30pm each weekday.   Please telephone first to arrange a drop off time.   Tel 020 8 662 9599.    Please note we are looking for new gifts – unwrapped so that we can allocate easily.  Please ensure that all perishable items have a use by date of after Christmas.

Christmas gift ideas:

Night light

nice smelling bars of soap

small confectionary packs

shoe horns

Tea towels (Christmas themed if possible)


Small tins of Vaseline for lips or Vaseline sticks

Small magnifying glass for reading

Small jars of hand cream

Home made mince pies

Christmas cake – cut into individual pieces and wrapped in cling film

jars of nice jam or marmalade

jars of nice chutney

good quality tea bags

good quality hot chocolate sachets

mini Christmas puddings

diaries – pocket size

tins of good quality ham

patterned covid face masks

good quality biscuits (not large packs- small preferred)

tins of salmon

good quality tins of fruit (pineapples/peaches)

Packet of dates (long box with fork)

men’s socks

scarves – mens/womens/unisex

Gloves male/female/unisex

Crystallized or candied fruit or ginger or jellied fruits – small bags

Boxes of hankies Men’s or Women’s

Jar opening hand grips



Puzzle books

General toiletries

Hot water bottles or hottie (microwavable warmers)

Items that we have already sourced and do not need:

Handbag/pocket size tissue packs – not required, already sourced.

Little bottles of wine – not required – already sourced.

Calendars – not required – already sourced

Shopping bag in a bag – not required – already sourced

Plastic rain hats – not required – already sourced

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.