60 Seconds with… Andre Gibbs, founder of Studentraiders

As the new university term begins, EBONY GORDON interviews the developer of an app which allows students to trade between themselves “It’s not bad to fail,” says Andre Gibbs. “Failure allows you to succeed more later on.” Gibbs is the co-founder of Studentraiders, a smartphone app designed for students to connect, buy, sell and trade items, from old text books that they don’t need any more, to a bedside table for their room in halls. Gibbs describes the app as “a Gumtree for students.” The

Love Islands effect on Mental Health

‘It is the psychological state of someone who is functioning at a satisfactory level and behavioural adjustment.’ Mental health problems affect roughly one in four people in any given year. They range from common problems, such as depression and anxiety, to rarer problems such as schizophrenia and bipolar disorder. There is a growth in the amount of young people suffering with low self-esteem. Many young people lack confidence when it comes to their body image. The Mental Health Foundation’s re

Your five-a-day in a glass, and Japan served up on a plate

Looking for a quick, tasty lunch with friends, where you get rapid service? EBONY GORDON has found just the place Want to go out for a lunch or dining experience in Croydon town centre, and be guilt-free by managing to get all your five-a-day in a glass? The chain of Japanese-influenced restaurants has become a familiar sight on our high streets over the past 20 years. But our local branch shouldn’t be taken for granted, and worth a second look. Wagamama is a warm, welcoming environment, wh

Homelessness charity chair calls for end to ‘no-fault’ evictions

With Croydon Council’s ‘campaign’ against street begging in the town centre on-going, EBONY GORDON spoke to Jad Adams, the long-standing chair of the borough’s homelessness charity, Nightwatch Every night in Queen’s Gardens, a group of trained volunteers assist scores of homeless people. This is the work of Nightwatch, a Croydon charity founded in 1976. For the past 30 years, the number of homeless people Nightwatch has assisted has been on the increase. Nightwatch works with people through va
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