Croydon Stands Tall, a 10-week public art event featuring more than 30 eight-foot-tall giraffe sculptures, will raise funds for charity partner Crisis, the national homelessness charity, while also including an enriching Learning Programme for local schools to participate in.
As the lead partner for the Croydon Stands Tall Learning Programme, HSBC and LSBU have demonstrated their commitment to Croydon’s young people by providing a direct opportunity for children from our schools and youth groups to play a central role in the London Borough of Culture.
Schools and youth groups are offered the opportunity to join the Leaning Programme, complete with Key Stage learning resources, to apply their education to the London Borough of Culture, enhancing fun, imagination, and creativity in the classroom alongside core subjects.
Schools and youth groups who partner with Croydon Stands Tall will also get the opportunity to form part of a secondary trail as they take delivery of a four-foot giraffe sculpture to design and create themselves. The smaller giraffe sculptures will be delivered to civic centres including libraries, leisure centres and other notable locations for the duration of the 10-week extravaganza.
HSBC is a committed local, national, and global partner, helping young children build money confidence through their Financial Capability Programmes for Young People aged 3 to 25 years, as well as their partnership with The Scout Association and the Money Skills Badge, which helps Beaver and Cub Scouts develop confidence and an understanding of money.
Kevin Dewick, Local Director at HSBC said:
"HSBC is committed to Croydon, its people, and communities, and we are incredibly excited to be a part of Croydon Stands Tall and to support Croydon's young people through the Learning Programme as lead sponsors. We are delighted to partner with LSBU on Croydon Stands Tall to provide HSBC with this one-of-a-kind opportunity to engage, educate, and enrich learning for our young people, allowing them to contribute to the London Borough of Culture. If you are a headteacher, teacher or youth group leader, get in touch with Croydon Stands Tall and join us.”
Working in partnership, LSBU believes that knowledge has the power to impact the lives of people, from all walks of life. LSBU serve society with integrity, wherever they are in the world, leaving no one behind.
Richard Fenn, Campus Director at London South Bank University said:
“At London South Bank University, we’re proud and excited to be involved as the Croydon Stands Tall Learning Partner. As a university, our focus is to support our Croydon Community, and Croydon Stands Tall gives us all an opportunity to celebrate the uniqueness and vibrancy of our local area. We’re partnering with HSBC and Crisis to deliver a learning programme aimed at building aspiration, promoting resilience, and developing awareness of money matters among our youth. Our ambition is to leave a legacy for Croydon's young people while also demonstrating to the rest of the world what Croydon is truly capable of.”
Croydon Stands Tall, a project led by Croydon Business Improvement District (BID) in association with internationally renowned Wild in Art, will create a public art trail unlike any other, celebrating the borough's rich artistic heritage, creativity, and diversity. The project will also raise money for the Crisis Croydon Skylight, located in the heart of the borough, offering vital help with housing, employment, health, and wellbeing to help people leave homelessness behind for good.
Matthew Sims, Chief Executive at Croydon Business Improvement District (BID) said:
“The London Borough of Culture should touch every one of us, whatever our age. Our young people are our future. We are therefore thrilled to be working with HSBC and LSBU as we deliver the Croydon Stands Tall Learning Programme, a unique educational experience for our schools and youth groups across the borough. Together, Croydon BID, HSBC and LSBU are absolutely focused on making sure our young people can play a central role through Croydon Stands Tall.”
Schools and community groups are invited to join the Croydon Stands Tall herd, where they will be able to design their own four-foot-tall giraffe sculptures while participating in a borough-wide Learning Programme. The sculpture provides a unique, creative opportunity to engage students in important topics ranging from environmental issues and the natural world to science, art, and so much more.
After getting creative in the classroom, students will be able see their stunning giraffe masterpiece on the art trail, displayed in venues across Croydon for everyone to admire and enjoy. Please register your interest at www.croydonstandstall.co.uk.