Legacy Youth Zone launches major fundraising drive

Develop Croydon partner Legacy Youth Zone has launched a major community fundraising campaign to support its growing membership of more than 6,000 young people.

One of the charity’s main donors, who wishes to remain anonymous, has offered to match fund any new donations for the next year, meaning each contribution will be doubled.

Legacy Youth Zone is an independent charity that offers young people, ages 8-25, a safe space to find opportunities and support to help them reach their full potential. Since opening the charity has recruited more than 100 Youth Workers and Volunteers offering activities such as music production, sports, performing arts, climbing and cooking. Alongside the activities it offers support to young people and their families facing challenges such as food poverty, physical and mental health, youth crime and employment.

Legacy Youth Zone is currently in negotiations with Croydon Council for additional financial support once their operational agreement comes to an end in March 2022. Other funding partners include local businesses, community groups, and philanthropists.

It costs £1.8million to run each year.

Barnabas Shelbourne, CEO of Legacy Youth Zone, said: “We have received funding from a wide range of incredible supporters over the past two years and we are really proud to have established Legacy Youth Zone as a vital charity serving Croydon’s young people in their thousands at time when they have really needed support.

“Everything we do is about partnership. Without the ongoing support from major donors, local organisations, community groups and individuals that can give on a regular basis however big or small we wouldn’t be here. This match funding opportunity is a fantastic way to incentivise people to give, knowing that their funds will go further and reach more young people in our community.