When fifteen-year-old Zaian, a pupil at Oasis Academy Shirley Park in Croydon, was fatally stabbed in Ashburton Park in December 2021 – the fifth young man murdered in the borough that year – it served as a trigger for us to take action. The deadly cycle of youth violence must be broken. So the ambitious project to open to brand-new youth centre in the disused and derelict Ashburton Lodge in the park was born. Will you help us turn it into a reality?
Ashburton Lodge: Creating hope for a new generation
Zaian was a much-loved and hugely popular student at Oasis Shirley Park, which is situated near to Ashburton Park.
In the wake of his tragic loss in what was an unprovoked attack, his school friends and teachers were determined to take action to honour him and to make the community safer, through creating a lasting legacy in his memory.
We believe that the new youth centre in Ashburton Park will do just that – developing a safe space and a range of opportunities for the young people of the local community to thrive, flourish, and to explore their ideas and aspirations.
Please support this much-needed, life-changing project.
A Youth Centre for Ashburton Park as a symbol of hope
Ashburton Lodge is a disused building situated in Ashburton Park.
It has a main building and an annexe and was about to be auctioned by the local council. At our request they have cancelled the sale in order to grant us a lease and to fund our proposal to develop in into a much-needed youth centre.
Our goal is to provide the space to deliver:
- a range of opportunities for the young people of the local community to flourish and explore their ideas and aspirations
- support for children at risk of exclusion and exploitation
- a base from which to provide support to help young people thrive in mainstream school, so they can fulfil their potential
- practical help for parents and carers
We are aiming to do this by creating strong working partnerships with all the local school, as well as churches and other faith groups, grassroots organisations, and community members, as well as the local statutory services.
Please help us achieve this and tell others about this vitally needed project.