Croydon’s Legacy Youth Zone is delighted to welcome Barnabas Shelbourne onboard as Chief Executive.
Barnabas brings with him a wealth of experience in youth work across various roles, from starting his career within the sector as a volunteer, moving into full-time roles and working in universal settings, delivering targeted projects and working in youth engagement and participation. As well undertaking management roles as a Youth Service Operations Manager and Director of Children Youth and Family Work within a local authority and London based charity. His job with Legacy will be to oversee the development of the facility and ensuring it offers Croydon’s young people the best possible offer.
Opening in 2019, Legacy will boast a wide array of world-class facilities and activities from sports in the four-court sports hall, martial arts/boxing room and 3G kick pitch; to art, drama, music, cooking and enterprise and employability opportunities. The Youth Zone is being developed by the national charity OnSide which has developed 10 similar Youth Zones across the UK and will be located on the junction of Whitehorse Road and Boulogne Road in Thornton Heath.
Barnabas will spend the first six months of his role working at Wigan Youth Zone as Deputy Chief Executive before returning to London in the summer where he will work with OnSide to assist the ongoing revenue fund-raising campaign for Legacy, as well as recruiting his team, which will consist of a number of full and part-time positions and over 100 volunteers.
Barnabas said: “I am really excited about taking on this amazing role as Chief Executive of Legacy Youth Zone. What we really want to do is make sure we get that core offer right and spending time in Wigan, and other Youth Zones across the network, will help me understand how to make Legacy as great and inspiring as possible for Croydon’s young people.”
Legacy Youth Zone Chair Nick Sleep said: “We are delighted to welcome Barnabas onboard as Chief Executive. I’m sure he will do a fantastic job in making Legacy Youth Zone such a wonderful place for young people, this is a really exciting time but also an important one as we continue to recruit our Founder Patrons to support the Youth Zone’s running costs.”
Cllr Alisa Flemming, Croydon Council’s cabinet member for children, young people and learning, said: “As we welcome on board the new Chief Executive for Croydon’s Legacy youth zone, it’s great to see this ambitious project move another step closer to becoming a reality. Croydon Council is really proud to be delivering this fantastic facility for all of Croydon’s young people in partnership with OnSide and I cannot wait to see it open.”