"The Croydon Partnership is proud to be supporting Heart of the Community, a tremendous initiative which rewards local community groups and charities for their tireless work in improving the lives of people in Croydon.
Westfield and Hammerson strongly believe in supporting communities through ongoing local partnerships, and we are committed to enhancing the ongoing regeneration of Croydon through the creation of jobs, apprenticeships, training and new business opportunities.
Alongside this we support programmes that enable young people to be inspired to take on new challenges and develop new skills.
As part of our commitment we
specifically look to work with
organisations that meet one
of two criteria.
Firstly, engagement with youth.
We support organisations that
actively engage with young
people within the Croydon area.
This is particularly targeted at
providing new opportunities for children to undertake activities beyond the school gates, supporting 16-24 year olds in further education or into work and creating opportunities for young people to develop new skills.
Secondly; local enterprise. We will be working with local businesses to provide training and support and where possible look to support the establishment of new enterprises and the promotion of business within the Croydon area. We actively seek to work with organisations in supporting the business regeneration of Croydon and providing new job opportunities for local residents.
The Croydon Partnership is already ingrained in a range of local community initiatives supporting young people, including Lives not Knives and Croydon Urban Pioneers. We also work closely with Croydon Voluntary Action, with our team committed to undertaking a programme of volunteering projects across the borough.
We know there is a phenomenal number of local charity and community groups’ undertaking outstanding work in Croydon, and we hope to see as many of these organisations get involved with the Heart of the Community campaign."