The landscape we work in

Croydon is an area with the highest number of young people compared to any borough and is subject to one of the highest rates of youth violence compared to the rest of the capital.

Statistics also show that re-offending rates are more prevalent in areas where youth crime is high. This is the case for Croydon where 1 in 5 offenders will reoffend. 

South Norwood, where we are based, is in the top 12% most deprived areas in the country and the top 3% of the country with the worst crime rates.

The Safer Croydon Community Strategy Partnership report mentions a strong correlation between areas of high deprivation and crime rates in Croydon. 

The life expectancy of a person living in the most deprived area in Croydon is 5 years lower than someone born into the least deprived area.

Engagement and stats

In the past year, we worked with over 450 different young people.
This year we are working with 200 young people per week.

  • 90% of young people said Reaching Higher helped them feel positive about the future and inspired them to make positive choices.
  • 83% of young people said they have found new positive role models at Reaching Higher.

  • 100% of young people who have volunteered with us said they gained useful employability skills and would recommend to others.
  • 94% of young people who have volunteered with us said they gained confidence and leadership skills.

  • 90% of football academy players said it helped them to become more physically active.
  • 81% of football academy players said it helped keep them away from anti-social behaviour.
  • 90% of football academy players said it helped them have a more positive mindset.

  • 100% of summer blitz attendees said they gained teamwork skills and had a fun experience.
  • 94% of summer blitz attendees said they made new friends.
  • 88% of summer blitz attendees said they were able to access positive role models.