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


Could you be our next Patron?

Founder Patrons are key to the success of a Youth Zone. Becoming a Founder Patron of Legacy is your chance to be part of the Legacy Youth Zone story.



If you would like to know more about becoming a Founder Patron contact David Mellis for more information.

Your pledge of consistent support is critical to the success of Legacy Youth Zone.

The select group of Founder Patrons is made up with the great and good from Croydon, community leaders whose endorsement and generous support will encourage others to follow.

Latest News...

Support builds for Legacy Youth Zone as CCHA becomes a Founder Patron

16th July 2019 by OnSide Youth Zones

Croydon Churches Housing Association (CCHA) becomes the latest supporter of youth charity Legacy Youth Zone, which aims to provide thousands of local young people with…

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Optivo becomes official supporter of Legacy Youth Zone

19th June 2019 by OnSide Youth Zones

Housing Provider Optivo becomes the latest supporter of Legacy Youth Zone, by making a £25,000 Founder Patron pledge for three years to the brand-new young…

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