Westfield Corporation | Sustainability Report 2018 | 50
In the UK, our community grant scheme at Westfield
London has been a great enabler for the local community,
with 23 local organisations benefitting from it to date.
For example, Fulham Good Neighbours used the funds
to reduce isolation among local elderly members of
the community by setting up the Fulham Lunch Club.
This program has helped Westfield London continue to
strengthen relationships with key community stakeholders
and demonstrate our ongoing commitment to supporting
the communities in which we operate.
Throughout 2017 we continued our Westfield London
Community Grants Scheme, providing a series of grants
to support community groups with a particular focus on
jobs, skills and young people. The 2017 grants under this
program were awarded to the following: Switch Sports,
White City Youth Club, Yarrow and The Flying Gorillas.
Another example of Westfield Corporation’s community
grants program is our Opportunity Grant Fund.
This has become an annual program that forms
part of the Croydon Partnership Community Plan, a
voluntary initiative which was launched in June 2014
and established by joint venture partners Westfield
Corporation and Hammerson. The plan sets out a
comprehensive program of community support, with
a focus on youth engagement and local enterprise.
The Croydon Partnership fund was originally set up to
support groups that work with young people from across
the borough, now invites local groups and charities
working with all sectors of the community to apply
for a grant from the total of £6,000 per annum it has
committed to the scheme, as part of the broader Croydon
Partnership Community Plan. In 2017, Fico’s World,
Purley Youth Club, Croydon FM, and Kinetic Foundation
were a few of the local charities and community groups
who were awarded with funding from the Opportunity
Grant Fund.
The Croydon Partnership (the joint venture between
Westfield and Hammerson) has worked in collaboration
with Palace For Life Foundation, The Crystal Palace FC
Foundation, since 2014 in delivering programs aimed at
preparing local young people for employment and further
education. During this period, the Croydon Partnership
has financially supported the delivery of several key
In 2017, Croydon Partnership provided financial support
towards Palace For Life Foundation’s Premier League
Works employability program, run in partnership with the
Premier League. The program delivered an innovative
16 week program that provided participants with an
opportunity to receive mentoring support for an additional
year while they looked to gain employment. As part of
the program, the students gained the opportunity to visit
Hammerson Head Office, where they were provided with
insights into how some of the Croydon Partnership team
navigated their career paths as well as participating in
mock interviews.
Between 2016-2017, Croydon Partnership hosted
four Teenage Markets at the Whitgift Centre aimed at
encouraging entrepreneurship by providing young people
with a free platform to showcase their talents as market
traders for a day. A total of 33 stalls were set up by local
young people looking to trial new business ideas and sell
their creative products, including arts and crafts, clothing
and jewellery. These events provided a unique opportunity
to connect and offer young residents from across
Croydon a stall in the heart of the town, bringing an influx
of energy, vibrancy and diversity.
Westfield Stratford City
Arc in the Park
Whitgift Centre
Teenage Market