Cornerstone Croydon

Developing community-based, culturally sensitive interventions to support mental health & wellbeing

London Youth, The Brandon Centre and Power the Fight have partnered to roll out the Cornerstone Croydon Programme. Over the next 2 years, we will be collaborating with 8 youth and community organisations based in Croydon.

The collaboration will enable the youth sector to develop community-based, culturally competent interventions to improve young people’s post-pandemic mental health. Apply Now!

Alongside clinical supervision, youth workers will be offered training and development, which will better equip them to support their young people’s mental health & wellbeing. Youth organisations will have trained youth professionals who can create safe spaces where young people feel able to talk about their mental health and offer opportunities to develop relationships, skills and tools to maintain positive mental health.

Youth workers on the programme will form a community of practice. This is an “on-the-ground learning” group that will offer peer-to-peer support and connect with the therapeutic sector. For example, sharing best practices, sharing borough specific and London wide opportunities and sharing relevant research, and problem-solving issues arising in their delivery. The community of practice will oversee its continuation and evolution beyond the lifetime of the funded programme.

We want to strengthen the local mental health support available to young people by initiating a step change in how the youth sector supports them and works in partnership with other clinicians and professionals working in this space.


How does it work?

Please see the infographic on the programme delivery design. Cornerstone Croydon is a developmental programme where the collaboration will work together to form best practices and make real-time, in-delivery changes.


What’s the Cornerstone Fund?

The Cornerstone Fund is a funder collaboration currently involving City Bridge Trust, the GLA, the National Lottery Community Fund, Trust for London and the John Lyons Charity. It forms part of CBT’s Bridging Divides strategy 2018 – 2023.

The Cornerstone Fund aims to bring about systemic change, enabling civil society support organisations to collaborate to achieve the goals of a thriving civil society that is adaptable, resilient, collaborative, sustainable and driven by communities, with a focus on tackling deep seated structural inequalities to improve outcomes for Londoners.


I’m a London Youth member – how can I get involved?

Although applications are now closed. This programme is all about good conversations, sharing learning and supporting partnerships to better support young people in Croydon. Please do get in touch by emailing

We are collaborating with 8 youth and community organisations based in Croydon to deliver the programme from March 2023. Working with 40 youth workers over 18 months who are offered clinical supervision and training, and 160 young people on a pilot projects across the borough. Please see the programme outline below:

Please note, the £5000 of grant funding includes £3000 which is ringfenced for the pilot community-based early intervention that will be delivered in the second half of the programme.