• Date :
    08 March 2018

The Croydon Partnership, the joint venture between Westfield and Hammerson which is set to redevelop Croydon’s retail centre, hosted a reception last night (7th March 2018) to celebrate four years of working in partnership with local charities and community groups, who have benefited from over £2 million of funding and in-kind investment.

The Partnership set up its outreach programme in 2014 to engage with charities and community groups, with a firm focus on youth engagement and local enterprise.

The Croydon Partnership has invested directly in a broad range of community projects; has established a grants and bursaries programme, and provided local sponsorship and in-kind support to the wider community.

Over four years the Croydon Partnership has delivered the following:

• Over £2 million of funding and in-kind investment for grass roots community organisations, local businesses and charities.

• Engaged with 18,409 local people, of which more than 7,000 were young people, through its community work, roadshows and local events including Croydon Food & Music Festival, The Teenage Market, Croydon Heritage Festival and Cycle Fest.

• Provided work space for a range of organisations at both Centrale and the Whitgift centres, including Turf Projects, CVA, Lives not Lives and The Chaplaincy.

• Community Groups benefited from £675,920 of funding and in-kind support during 2017.

• 2017 saw the community activity engage with 3,323 young people - the highest level in four years Speaking at the reception at TMRW;

Steve Yewman, Development Director, Westfield, said:

“Since the conception of the Croydon Partnership, we have been clear in our intention to ensure that our exciting regeneration plans for Croydon’s retail centre not only improve the physical attributes of the town but that they also drive community improvements across the borough. Our commitment to supporting the town’s young people is important to us, they represent the future of Croydon and our aim has been to create opportunities for them and encourage employment and enterprise throughout the Borough. Looking forward to our next phase, we want to further build on our community resilience programme.”

Carolyn Kenney, Development Director, Hammerson, said:

“We are immensely proud to have directly supported over 60 local charities and community groups over the past four years this has allowed us to see first-hand the fantastic work that is being undertaken in the Borough, often by dedicated people volunteering their own time. They show the commitment, passion and entrepreneurial spirit that is evident across Croydon.”

The Community Plan has supported many community groups and local charities including partnerships with The Brit School, Palace for Life Foundation, H.E.A.R the runway, Pinewood Scouts Centre, Once Upon a Cheesecake, Cycle Fest, Croydon Food & Music Festival, The Teenage Market, Croydon Heritage Festival, Insight and Career Confidence Workshops in Partnership with Croydon Commitment, Pop-Up Business School, The Weenies Club, Rising Stars Support, Last Format Society Roof Top Cinema and the Community Intelligence Network.

Speaking about working with the Croydon Partnership, Eliza Ribeiro of Lives Not Knives, said:

“We’ve worked with the Croydon Partnership for over four years and their support has been instrumental in the successful delivery of a series of community projects, such as careers confidence workshops with young offenders, community technology workshops for primary schools and a sponsored charity 55km walk to the North Downs. All the people from the Partnership that we have worked with have been hands on and passionate in helping LNK and the community that LNK supports. The Croydon Partnership has also provided a large space in the Centrale shopping centre that enables LNK to continue to deliver our services to the community as well as mall space to promote and create awareness amongst the public.”

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For further information: Richard Stocks / Richard Sunderland FTI Consulting: +44 (0)20 3727 1000

Notes to Editors:

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.

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 7, 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

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