Archives for November 2012

Croydon L&Q Breaking Barriers

Crystal Palace Foundation is delighted to announce a new partnership with L&Q Housing Association, London’s largest social landlord.

The Croydon Breaking Barriers programme is designed to be an inspirational programme of change for L&Q residents aged 16-24 who are out of work and may be at risk of not fulfilling their potential. Our Breaking Barriers Programme will deliver

  • Access to high quality activities in sport and physical activity delivered by professional Crystal Palace Foundation community coaches.
  • Intensive one to one mentoring by qualified youth/community workers to help young people believe in themselves and their abilities
  • Accredited training and National Governing Body qualifications in youth work and community sports
  • Volunteering opportunities and the prospect of gaining employment as a sessional community coach with Crystal Palace Foundation and other community sports organisations in Croydon

Mathew Randle, L&Q Community Investment Manager said:

“We chose to hold the project in Croydon as the borough was heavily affected by last year’s riots and Croydon has one of the largest youth populations in the capital.

“The Breaking Barriers programme will give 40 young people the opportunity to improve their skills and employability and make a positive contribution to their community.

“At L&Q we are committed to creating places where people want to live and through the L&Q Foundation we are able to fund innovative projects to improve the communities we live in. “

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Crystal Palace FC Foundation ‘Breaking Barriers’ Youth Achievement Award

Crystal Palace FC Foundation trustees, senior managers from the Council and local housing associations, parents as well as leading organisations from the sport for change sector such as the Rio Ferdinand Foundation, joined together with young people from Penge and Anerley to celebrate their achievements as part of the CPFC Foundation ‘Breaking Barriers’ programme and hear about their vision for the future.

Highlights of the event which took place last Thursday, included an inspirational film by Dijan Eccles and Carlos Hanchard and a business pitch by Davonate Dean and Monty Barauskas to get funding to develop a new social enterprise for supporting young people growing up in the area.

‘Breaking Barriers’ has been delivering in Penge and Anerley, 5 nights a week, 48 weeks of the year for the last 3 years and has reached over 500 young people. The programme uses football as a tool to bring young people together and includes access to opportunities such as accredited qualifications in community sports and youth work to help with future employment prospects. Though originally funded by the Football foundation, solid partnerships with organisations such as Affinity Sutton Housing Association are a key part of why it has been so successful. Breaking Barriers is now in the process of winding down but Crystal Palace Foundation is busy working with key stakeholders to guarantee provision in what is still a very deprived area.

John Fuller who worked his way up to become a paid sessional coach after starting off as a participant on the programme said “ People need to realise the impact that ‘Breaking Barriers’ has had on us in the’s the only opportunity we have…it’s the only gateway.” Local Councillor John Getgood added “there is a great need in Penge for organisations that can engage with young people and give them a focus and a structure. That is where the work of Crystal Palace Foundation is so important”.

The event which was overseen by Ryan Bish, Lead Officer included a formal presentation ceremony by local ward councillor and Crystal Palace FC season ticket holder John Getgood and Fergus McGovern, Crystal Palace FC Foundation Trustee, Associate Club Director and President of Probe Entertainment.

Pictured above are Carlos and Dijan, community leaders, aspiring film makers and part of the Crystal Palace FC Foundation family. Pictures courtesy of Oliur Rahman.

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