Selsdon Centre For The Retired

  If you are retired or elderly and enjoy meeting people or wish to make new friends, eat a meal prepared by someone else, or just want to pop in for a cup of tea then

 “The Selsdon Centre” is the place to go where you’ll receive a warm welcome.  Located within the Sainsbury's store the Selsdon Centre welcomes the retired and elderly living locally to bright, comfortable and friendly surroundings.  These spacious premises provide a light and airy lounge and adjoining dining area. 

 The Centre managers cover duty rotas, ensuring that a responsible person is in charge when the centre is open. We cannot offer personal care or regular domestic help, but we can refer you to the most appropriate source for help. We also have a separate Restroom and Treatment Room where we can offer the service of a hairdresser, and podiatry care. 

 The idea of providing a building where retired people could meet was developed following a Neighbourhood Care Survey in 1971. This showed that there were many over retirement age who were living alone in Selsdon. The Neighbourhood Care scheme sponsored by local Churches, had identified a need for a meeting place where local, retired people could meet for company, recreation and friendship.  Between 1974 and 1977, backed by “Help the Aged”, a site was found and many fund raising activities took place to finance the building of the Centre. The Rev. JH Wilmington, then Vicar of St.John the Devine, chaired the very enthusiastic committee.The Selsdon Centre for the Retired was opened on Saturday 21st April 1979 by the Mayor of Croydon.

 The Centre is a fitting tribute to the vision and dedicated hard work of those who saw the need for such a centre and carried this through to completion.  Since 2003, the Centre has been housed within the Sainsburys’s shopping complex in Selsdon. These spacious new premises provide a light and airy lounge and adjoining dining area. We also have a separate Treatment Room where we offer the service of a hairdresser and podiatry care.  

Some facts and figures: 

• We have nearly 10,000 visitors and users of the Centre each year. 

• We serve c.4,000 lunches annually.

 • We provide approximately 3500 lifts in our mini bus each year. 

• 11 Volunteers assist in the Centre each day.

 For more information about the Selsdon Centre for the Retired, please click the following link 

You can get in contact with us using the following details : 

The Selsdon Centre for the Retired Selsdon Community Centre (next to the Libray) 132 Addington Road Selsdon South Croydon CR2 8LA 

Registered Charity no 1087131 

Telephone : 020 8651 1111 [24 hour answer phone facility] 

e-mail :


Selsdon Centre


A Donation from St John's

Jenny Rowley Rector of St John's with Brenda Wiliams , John Williams and Marilyn Tatakowski presenting a Cheque for £2500 to Craig Anderson the centre manager. This was partly a donation from the proceeds of St John's Christmas Market and also a donation from the church itself.