The Croydon Partnership, the joint venture between Westfield and Hammerson, descended on the Whitehorse Youth Centre in Croydon to give it a “Changing Rooms”-style makeover.
Forty volunteers from both Hammerson and Westfield dedicated an entire day to renovating the self-sufficient community centre on Boulogne Road in Croydon, which is used by up to 100 young locals six days a week.
This forms part of the Partnership’s commitment to the local community, as outlined in its Community Plan, which sets out a programme of initiatives to help ensure that the town, its residents, local businesses and grass roots community organisations will benefit immediately and over the long-term from the re-development of Croydon’s retail centre.
Work completed over the course of the day included the painting of the community hall and parts of the building’s exterior to give it a more welcoming appearance, in addition to clearing up and gardening activities. Volunteers cut and dug a new border in the grass around the centre’s site, and also dug two new allotments in the grounds which will be used by staff to teach young members about growing their own vegetables whilst promoting healthy eating.
Kay Arnold from the Whitehorse Youth Centre commented: “On behalf of the Whitehorse Community Centre I would like to say a very big thank you to the Croydon Partnership for the fantastic work achieved by their army of volunteers in revamping our centre and giving it a new lease of life. In addition to significantly improving the centre’s appearance, the team’s efforts should also help increase its profitability through a surge in demand for events hiring, thereby funding youth activity throughout the year as we work to educate and involve more of our town’s younger generation.”