Croydon secures £800,000 MyEnds funding to combat youth violence

Central Croydon will receive £800,000 over two years under the Mayor of London’s flagship MyEnds programme.
The funding, secured through a successful bid by Croydon Voluntary Action (CVA), aims to transform the town centre into a safe haven for young people, free from the threat of knife crime.

As a result of a successful bid from Croydon Voluntary Action (CVA), six leading youth groups in Croydon, including Be Inspired, Reaching Higher, Palace for Life, Mentivity, P4YE, and Play Place, will collaborate with the Metropolitan Police, Croydon Council, and local businesses to address the root causes of youth violence.

The strategy involves creating a town centre team to coordinate interventions for at-risk youth, establishing a monthly review of a local community plan against violence, and developing a youth voice framework through diverse engagement methods.

In announcing the award, Mayor Sadiq Khan hailed the investment as a crucial step in addressing youth violence:

This major City Hall funding boost will help my Violence Reduction Unit expand its MyEnds programme across London and help communities to target interventions through youth work, mentoring and after-school activities, in the neighbourhoods in greatest need of support.
Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan

Lib Peck, Director of London’s Violence Reduction Unit (VRU) has emphasised the importance of a community-led approach in tackling the multi-faceted issue that is youth violence:

The Mayor’s funding will help us not only invest in new networks in key neighbourhoods affected by violence, but will also allow us to take and expand our community-led approach to every borough in the city.
Lib Peck, Director of London’s Violence Reduction Unit

Anthony King, Community Network Chair of MyEnds, has paid tribute to the brilliant work done over the past three years by MyEnds partners. He contextualised Croydon’s MyEnds project as stemming from the transformative period in 2020, catalysed by the pandemic and George Floyd’s murder. This period spurred innovation in community-led programs, from aiding vulnerable populations to reshaping the relationship between the police and young people.

Looking ahead, Croydon remains committed to transformation, focusing on youth work, local engagement, grassroots support, and collaboration with authorities.

For further information on Croydon’s efforts to reduce violence in the town centre, interested parties can contact Shalina Alabaksh at Croydon Voluntary Action –

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