On Wednesday 18 June, the Croydon Partnership Community Team was at the Croydon Voluntary and Community Fair in the Community Space in Bernard Weatherill House. This was a great opportunity for community organisations across Croydon to get members of the public involved in the amazing work they do in the borough, and also to network with each other. The Croydon Partnership was there specifically to talk about our Youth Opportunity Grants Fund, which is currently open and runs three times a year, as part of our ‘Partners in the Community’ element of our Community Plan. Our fund is open to Croydon based organisations that work with 12-18 year olds to do enterprise, employability or skills based programmes, to help them take advantage of the regeneration of Croydon that the Croydon Partnership is leading.
The Fair was launched by The Mayor of Croydon Patricia Hay-Justice and Councillor Matthew Kyeremeh, and over the course of the day it was clear to all that the voluntary sector in Croydon is thriving. We were pleased that so many people wanted to talk to us about our grants programme, and also ask about our wider plans for Croydon. We gave out dozens of application forms and took lots of details of those who wanted to keep updated. So we’re going to carry on delivering our Community Plan and the coming weeks, months and years will see the Croydon Partnership working with some exciting community and voluntary projects across the borough.