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LEGACY YOUTH ZONE RECEIVES FURTHER SUPPORT FROM RUSKIN SQUARE, CROYDON.

Ruskin Square, one of Croydon’s flagship developments, is leading the way in supporting young people in Croydon by generously increasing its donation to Legacy Youth Zone by £50,000 a year over the next three years.

Ruskin Square immediately saw the value in Legacy Youth Zone, becoming one of the first Founder Patrons to come on board to support Legacy even before the Youth Zone building had been completed.

Legacy Youth Zone is a £6.5 million purpose-built youth facility, which provides members with access to an indoor climbing wall, sports hall, fully equipped gym, arts & crafts studio, music room with recording studio, training kitchen, 3G kick pitch, dance & drama studio, and much more – all for just £5 annual membership and 50p per visit. The Youth Zone also works with partner organisations to deliver enterprise and employability workshops to help get young people into education, employment or training.

Community support has been at the top of Legacy Youth Zone’s agenda since the UK Government announced its current measures in its fight against the COVID-19 pandemic. In addition to having supplied over 2,000 meals so far to local families, staff have had to adapt swiftly, changing the way that they work to continue to support the young people of Croydon during this period of uncertainty.

Legacy Youth Zone staff have been busy creating engaging online content for their members, delivering activity resources, online gaming, competitions, challenges and quizzes, in addition to making one-on-one calls to members to check on their well-being. Given this time of uncertainty, all at Legacy Youth Zone are absolutely delighted with this hugely generous donation from Ruskin Square, which will enable it to continue to support thousands of young people in Croydon every year.

Legacy Youth Zone is delivered in partnership with OnSide Youth Zones and Croydon Council and supported by several local businesses and philanthropists who have an interest in Croydon.

Legacy Youth Zone has been hugely popular with local young people, with 5,500 members already signed up. It is the third OnSide Youth Zone that opened last year in London and the first in South London. The OnSide Youth Zones network currently welcomes over 50,000 members across 13 Youth Zones in Croydon, Barnet, Barking and Dagenham, Bolton, Carlisle, Blackburn, Oldham, Wigan, Manchester, Wolverhampton, Wirral, Warrington and Chorley.

Jessica Berney, Fund Manager of Schroder UK Real Estate Fund, owner and developer of Ruskin Square, commented: “Legacy Youth Zone’s objectives are closely aligned with our own aspirations for Croydon and we hope that through continued investment from ourselves and other businesses that it can continue to provide exciting new opportunities for young people in the town.”

Barnabas Shelbourne, Chief Executive, Legacy Youth Zone said: “We are so thankful for the enormous amount of support Ruskin Square have given Legacy Youth Zone over the last three years as part of our Founder Patron Family. As you can imagine we are extremely delighted that they have made the decision to continue supporting us in Croydon to further grow and develop Legacy, especially during this difficult time. The support of our Founder Patrons enables us to help raise young people’s aspirations, inspiring them to become confident, happy, and able to fulfil their potential.”

To find out more about how you can support Legacy Youth Zone please visit www.legacyyouthzone.org or contact Milena Clamp at milena.clamp@onsideyouthzones.org

WE’RE ONLINE! | #YZatHome

Legacy will continue to create regular online content that will engage with you and other young people, this will help keep in regular contact and interaction during this time.

We’re still online with weekly challenges, activities, talks, live sessions, fitness, cooking and so much more. It’s like we never left the building! Our aim is to continue engaging, inspiring and motivating young people through our platforms, ensuring we are helping to make this process a little bit better for everyone. We have partnered up Youth Zones across the OnSide Youth Zone network to continue to keep young people engaged online using the hashtag #YZatHome. There are network wide competitions, activities and live channels. Check out our social media channels here

We have an email for young people to get in touch which the Legacy team, #Greenteam can respond to, it is Talk2us@Legacyyouthzone.org.

We’ve provided information with important details about support services, such as   Shout and The Mix on our website, as well as other useful hacks to make sure you’re okay during this time.

We’ve been keeping in touch with members and their parents to, via regular phone calls to check in.

Through our local network partnerships, we’ve also been able to provide support to the wider community and provided over 4000 meals to individuals and families during the pandemic. Keep being positive, we are in this together, and we can get through it together.

The health, safety and wellbeing of young people, staff, volunteers, visitors and those in the wider community is our top priority and we will continue to do what we can to support those around us.

This does also mean that we will not be running during normal session time until further notice.

Please feel free to contact our team by email at talk2us@legacyyouthzone.org or call 020 3976 9990 and let us know what we can do to help you even if it’s just to have a chat.

From Legacy Youth Zone

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