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.