CROYDON PARTNERSHIP TUNES IN TO LOCAL YOUTH INITIATIVES

CROYDON PARTNERSHIP TUNES IN TO LOCAL YOUTH INITIATIVES

  • Date :
    12 October 2017

Croydon FM and Kinetic Foundation to receive funding from Westfield and Hammerson as part of their ongoing support for local charities and community groups

The Croydon Partnership, the joint venture between Westfield and Hammerson which is set to redevelop Croydon’s retail centre, is pleased to announce that the second of three rounds of funding for 2017 has been awarded to two inspiring applicants for its Opportunity Grant Fund.

The rolling fund, which was originally launched in June 2014 to support local community and charity groups engaging with young people and enterprise, has awarded a total of £2,000 to be shared by two distinct projects:

• Croydon FM has been awarded funding to support young people looking to gain skills in radio production, radio presenting, DJing, marketing and promotion through various workshops delivered by experienced staff members and music industry contacts. Croydon FM is a social enterprise that provides a platform for young people in the Croydon area through their internet only 24/7 radio station.

• Kinetic Foundation, a charity that uses sport to attract and engage disadvantaged young people across Croydon and South London, has been granted funding to support weekly football sessions at Coloma Girls School in Shirley run by EUFA [B] qualified coaches. In addition to a 42 week football programme, participants will also be provided with educational support including access to designated quiet areas for studying and dedicated tutors.

The final round of funding for 2017 is now open. All types of local community enterprise groups and charities are invited to apply for the final £2,000 available for this year, including those who were successful in previous rounds, with the first deadline for submissions being 21st November 2017. Employability-focused initiatives should be aimed at 12 to 18 year olds, whilst enterprise projects are open to any age group.

Steve Yewman, Development Director, Westfield, said: “It is inspiring to see the different local initiatives that actively seek to address issues that face locals in the community and we are proud to have been involved in supporting them through our grants programme. The grants initiative, forms a key part of our Community programme which is focussed on supporting Croydon’s needs and is complementary to our development of the retail town centres which together will help deliver positive regeneration to Croydon. As we launch our final round of funding for 2017, we encourage all eligible groups to apply for the funding available. ”

Carolyn Kenney, Development Director, Hammerson, said: “We are excited to be supporting these initiatives, which closely align with our goal to engage disadvantaged young people in the local area through unique and inclusive programmes. Croydon FM and Kinetic Foundation both offer fantastic platforms for young people to learn new skills.”

The Croydon Partnership fund which was originally set up to support groups that work with young people from across the borough, now invites local groups and charities working with all sectors of the community to apply for a grant from the total of £6,000 per annum it has committed to the scheme, as part of the broader Croydon Partnership Community Plan.

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For further information:

Richard Stocks / Richard Sunderland FTI Consulting: +44 (0)20 3727 1000 Croydon@fticonsulting.com

Notes to Editors: Further background on the Opportunity Grant Fund The Opportunity Grant Fund forms part of the Croydon Partnership’s Community Plan, which was launched in June 2014. There are three components to the programme, which commits the Partnership to become “Partners in the Town“, “Partners in Business” and “Partners in the Community”, which is where the Opportunity Grant Scheme sits. The criteria for submission focuses on organisations developing employability skills, the provision of training and equipment, activities which develop positive attitudes towards work, and projects which provide practical experience of the workplace. Applications are invited from: registered charities / CIOs (Charitable Incorporated Organisations / CICs (Community Interest Companies) / companies limited by guarantee or community / voluntary sector groups with a constitution (or set of rules).

Application forms are available: • Online at www.thecroydonpartnership.com/community •

By email on request to info@thecroydonpartnership.com

By post via the Croydon Partnership Community Team

Further background on the Croydon Partnership’s Community Plan

In June 2014 the Croydon Partnership launched its Community Plan; a rolling programme of community initiatives focusing on youth engagement and local enterprise. The plan encompasses the provision of training and education, a grants and bursaries programme, local sponsorships and additional in-kind support and assistance to the wider Croydon community.

The Community Plan demonstrates the Croydon Partnership’s commitment to long term investment in Croydon and the continuing regeneration of the area. The Croydon Partnership will be working closely with local businesses, community groups, Croydon Council and the Mayor of London.

All of these activities are over and above the Croydon Partnership’s investment in the physical development of the retail centre alongside the s106 commitments associated with the outline planning permission which received cross party support.

About Croydon Partnership’s plans for Croydon

The Croydon Partnership’s £1.4bn scheme will transform Croydon’s town centre into a 1.5m ft² state-of-the-art retail, leisure and restaurant destination, together with new public realm, creating 5,000 new jobs, new car parking and new residential units including affordable housing. This will sit at the heart of the wider regeneration of Croydon, attracting new residents and visitors back to the town centre for the benefit of all local businesses, whilst delivering a safe destination for families. The Croydon Partnership can be followed on Twitter at @croydonpartners. You can also visit the website www.thecroydonpartnership.com

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