​14071 Further Job Opportunities Generated by Supporting Community Organisation

2 Aug 2016

With the launch of our new Community Engagement Report, we are celebrating each of the headline achievements featured. Here we introduce some of the initiatives with community organisations that helped to support the generation of 14071 further job opportunities.

As a property owner and manager, we are aware of how important it is to establish good relationships within the communities in which our developments are located. We continue to support local organisations and charities, to ensure positive outcomes for all stakeholders in our local communities. These outcomes can include the creation of new jobs when we support employment and skills focused NGOs and social enterprises.

​Lives not Knives, Croydon

The relationship with Lives not Knives has been a constant presence over the past three years. Hammerson has provided both retail space, funding and other business support to the young charity. 

Opened at Hammerson’s Centrale shopping centre in November 2013, Lives Not Knives (LNK) Centrale offers young people in Croydon a highly visible venue to explore the LNK programme of training and work experience options. 

The charity, founded in 2007 by 14 year old Eliza Rebiero was set up as a result of the increase in knife crime and gang culture in London. The charity was provided with a retail unit within Centrale Shopping centre. The space provides a one stop shop for young people, providing educational workshops, code – club training, and employment advice. As well as providing space, the Croydon team provides speakers, funds and business support. 

During one year alone, 109 young people were able to secure full time education or employment. 25 of them were leaving care. LNK Centrale provides a hub for 16 to 24-year olds to access training courses and apprenticeships in collaboration with businesses and organisations in ITC Customer Service, Business and Administration, Retail and Youth Work. They also offer peer-to-peer assistance in securing work experience and help with CV writing, interview skills and money management.

​Dragon’s Den Business Start Up Support

In another area of development, the Croydon partnership, our collaboration with WestField to regenerate Croydon town centre, has delivered the latest in a long line of Dragon’s Den style events by Hammerson. The start-up funding is designed to get business ideas of the ground and create jobs for the future.

As part of the enterprise event, a £4,000 seed capital pot, start up toolkit worth £1,000, a dedicated business area and a pop up space in the town centre, was on offer to those who entered.

Finalists presented a clear investment case and answered questions on their respective business plans posed by the Dragons who consisted of Senior Managers from Hammerson and WestField.

Entrepreneur Keisha Emanuel was presented with the prize, and we hope to see her enterprise idea – Once upon a cheesecake, take off in future years. 

Have a look at the day with our video: https://youtu.be/9iiZpFaw3gY