Who does this project programme target affect?
Born out of the sense of frustration and a desire to make a greater contribution to the community, founding director Patrick Reid embarked on a £2 million building programme. This included the renovation and development of the then derelict site, and the transformation into a community hub hosting a multifunctional hall, a children’s day nursery, music recording studios and office space.
When did this take place?
In 2001 award winning founder and director of PJ’s Community Services was motivated to offer more value to the community his idea was sparked by the changing demographics of South London as well as his desire to offer facilities to organisations working in the community.
Why was there a need problem?
In order to contribute to society on a different level it was necessary to have a space to foster economic, holistic and educational well being as well as develop a sense of community.
What was the rational for the methodology solution?
The community service element of the organisation had been running for over 10 years. The directors took a vote to invest the surplus for the social enterprise in to the community space.
Where did this take place?
This took place in the London borough of Croydon.
What was the impact of this programme?
Over the last 14 years Parchmore Place has become synonymous with a place of growth, education, family, and enterprise. Workshops and educational programs are run on a weekly basis designed to impact and empower, as well as foster real community transformation and cohesion.
Young people see the facility as a safe haven and a place for advice and mentorship. Community groups hire the venue to engage in meaningful activity.
The facility sees over 300 service users on a weekly basis.