KAS Youth Hub, the Croydon-based youth charity which provides a wide range of opportunities and experiences for young people, has completed a fashion show project thanks to funding from The Croydon Partnership, the joint venture between Westfield and Hammerson.
Earlier this year the New Addington-based charity was awarded a £2,000 donation as part of the Croydon Partnership’s Youth Opportunity Grant Fund, which provides funding for projects run by local community groups that support the employment prospects of young people across the borough.
Working in partnership with Croydon-based Bonita Retail Fashion Show, KAS Youth Hub staged a fashion show and a series of workshops which gave 43 young people an insight and experience of the fashion industry.
The workshops introduced participants to the world of fashion and design, giving people a unique platform to develop their own sketch books, explore the fashion processes and organise and deliver a fashion show.
The project enabled young people to develop skills such as project management, team work and creative design. Everyone taking part in the project received a certificate and an AQA accreditation.
Jasmine Blades, 14 years old, who took part in the event said: “This was a great opportunity to gain some invaluable work experience, while giving us an insight into the world of fashion. It was also great fun and everyone really enjoyed the project.”
Carolyn Kenney from the Croydon Partnership said: “This is a fantastic project which allows young people to express both their entrepreneurial flair and creativity, while engaging them on the important business management side of fashion and design.”
The Youth Opportunity Grant Fund forms part of the Croydon Partnership’s Community Plan. The plan sets out a comprehensive programme of community support, with a focus on youth engagement and local enterprise. 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 Youth Opportunity Grant Scheme sits.