Why Croydon?

There are a number of factors towards deciding locations for new Youth Zone’s, each one is strategically placed to provide the maximum impact on the areas young. Reasons for Croydon include:

  • Croydon is ranked 96th most deprived borough in England and 17th in London (IMD 2015)
  • Croydon was among the London boroughs with a higher average rate of unemployment between 2012 and 2014 (7.3%) (London 6.4%)
  • 6 LSOA (Lower-layer Super Output Areas) in the top 10% most deprived in England
  • 21.8% of children under 16 live in poverty, worse than the England rate at 18.6%
  • 24% of 10-11 year olds are obese – significantly worse than England average at 19.1%
  • Number of first-time entrants to the Youth Justice system is much worse than England with 215 young people (per 100,000) aged 10-17 receiving their first reprimand, warning or conviction
  • 45.2% youth reoffending rate worse than London 42.2% and England 37.2%
  • Family homelessness also significantly worse than England at 5% and 1.8% respectively
  • Attainment at KS2 in Croydon 75% worse than the London 82% and England 79% averages

Barnabas Shelbourne speaks about being appointed as Chief Executive of Croydon's Legacy Youth Zone

Inspired Homes supports Croydon Youth Zone

Inspired Homes Founder and CEO Martin Skinner speaks about his company’s support for Croydon’s OnSide Youth Zone, Legacy. He recently visited The Hive Youth Zone in Wirral to see what is in store for Croydon’s young people…


  • Inspired Homes
    Four Acre Trust
    Croydon Council
    MariaMarina Foundation
    The Stone Family Foundation
  • The Queen’s Trust

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Volunteers, we thank you

3rd June 2021 by Lisa, Volunteer & Staff Training Manager, Legacy Youth Zone

At the heart of every Youth Zone are the volunteers. Those individuals who give their time and generously share their skills, knowledge and experiences with…

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Young women inspired by She Can Be

14th February 2020 by OnSide

Dozens of young and ambitious women from across the OnSide network had the opportunity to take part in ‘She Can Be’ an impressive event organised…

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