Cornerstone Croydon

Applications open NOW! Closing Sunday 12th February 2023!

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?

We are now accepting applications from Croydon-based organisations. Click the link to find out more!