How will we make this work

Determine that the thing can and shall be done and then... find the way. 

Abraham Lincoln

The HIVE believes that it is not only necessary but it is essential to engage children from a young age and guide them through to employment. When we engage children, we engage their families and offer support in times of difficulty. The HIVE’S approach is one of nurture, encouragement and stubborn determination.

The HIVE has provided inter-generational work, family learning, computer workshops, adult literacy and numeracy classes, a community choir and volunteering opportunities. These vital activities help to break down barriers and contribute towards a more cohesive society.

Sinead's story


Sinead was one of the first volunteers at Croydon Children’s University. By the age of 14, she had decided that she no longer wanted to participate in the activities but she took the opportunity to volunteer at some of the Children’s University events. She learned, with support, about working effectively to get the best out of younger children. She developed her organisational skills.

Three years later, The HIVE was delighted when Sinead wanted to return with a team of 20 volunteers, all in their late teens to deliver some activities.  Sinead ran activities for a week, marshalling the other volunteers, inspiring the children who came to the events and providing positive teenage role models – a far cry from the dour, monosyllabic stereotype. The volunteers were an exhilarating influence.

Working with others who share our ambitions

Innovative ideas of our own

Why we know we are needed 

Why we are the organisation to do this work



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