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Opportunities for Families this Summer

Summer Art Workshops with Zoe Akroyd Parker

FAB Croydon is collaborating with Zoe Akroyd Parker to offer increased access to arts activities over the summer holidays. Zoe is a qualified arts teacher with over 20 years of experience (including extensive experience with children with a range of challenges). She holds an enhanced DBS certificate. Her workshop formats are tried and tested and have received extremely positive feedback from many adults and children in Croydon.

We would like to offer a number of fully funded places (normal price is £15) for children who would not otherwise be able to attend

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Entertainment! StorySkirts is a delightful, innovative theatrical experience pitched at the young and elderly alike. Whether you and your friends are pensioners or grandparents child-minding during the holidays, what better way to brighten up the middle of the week than to come to St Andrew’s Church, Southbridge Road, Croydon for cake, refreshments and a show! Further details will follow but please put this is in your diary now:

StorySkirts 3.00pm Wednesday, 8th August

St Andrew’s Church, Southbridge Road, Croydon CR0 1AG

Tickets £5.00 (£4.00 concession)



The HIVE is now delivering Children's University in Croydon and The New Forest in Hampshire.

Take a lsiten to students in The New Forest interviewing Dan Snow (The Hisitory man) a Patron aboaut why he supports Chidlren's Unversity:

Radio Interview with Dan Snow

Congratulations to the pupils at Blackfield Primary School for thier excellent interviewing skills!



We are delighted to be working in partnership with City based Insuretech. They are supporting the work of Croydon Children's University and we are developing some new exciting programmes. In the mean time the team at Charles Taylor have been raising money through  a number of schemes, including bake sales and scavenger hunts.

In October a number of staff have signed up to The Royal Parks Half Marathon and raising money for Croydon Children's University. A big thank you to you all.

If you would like to support them please give them a boost by making a donation today - click on the link below.

 Race day: Sunday 8 October 2017 - 09.00am.

This stunning central London half marathon, takes in the capital's world-famous landmarks on closed roads, and four of London's eight Royal Parks - Hyde Park, The Green Park, St James's Park and Kensington Gardens.


Summer Creative

Croydon Children's University ran 35 hours of activities for young people this week

Through fuding from local Labour Ward Councillors we were able to offer  a whole week of  'Design and Make' subsidised workshops including Kite making, cooking and Tie Dying T shirts.

In addition through funding from Sound Connections we also offered free places to 10 to 11 year olds on our first Music Technology Project.  

These workshops raise aspirations of young people and open thier eyes to a whole new world of opportunity, We are always looking to work with professionals from a wide range of experieces to enhance their learning.

Would you like to support us?



Wednesday 26th July

The Hive was delighted to be the venue of choice for 'Talking  Inside Croydon'  series of talks, this evening John Grindrod talkes about Outskirts, Living Life on the Edge of the Green Belt, which is published next month. Grindrod was brought up in New Addington. His critically acclaimed first book, Concretopia, told of the rebuidling Britain after the 1939-1945 war.

Following his talk he undertook a book signing supported by Waterston's Croydon.





The Hive is delighted to be named as a finalist in the charity category of  The Croydon Awards.


Children’s University and The Fair Education Alliance

Why we’ve become Members of the FEA


HIVE Community Cafe

We are re starting the commnity cafe with an open morning on 22nd April. If you know of anyone who is feeling isolated, lonely or would like to have some support with phone or tablet technolgy why not invite them down to the cafe

Croydon Children's University visit to Mansfield College

On 16th February 2016 The HIVE organised a visit for CU students to visit Lucinda Rumsey, Senior Fellow at Mansfield College, Oxford. Our students met Oxford Student Ambassadors and had a tour of the college, lunch with the academics and a visit to Oxford's Pitt Rivers Science Museum.  It was an inspirational day.

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The HIVE welcomes The Prince's Trust

We were delighted to support the work of The Prince's Trust by offering affordable accommodation for the Get Into Cooking Workshops held all week from 13th February, and were honored to attend the celebration lunch cooked by the young people who were then presented with their awards.

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Croydon Children's University Graduation December 2016

Croydon Children's University celebrate 2 students receiveing the top award at the graduation held on 7th December 2016. Each of them clocked up 1000 hours of voluntary learning and are pictured here with The Mayor of Croydon, Cllr Wayne Trakas Lawlor, cutting the cake for another mile stone - Croydon CU's 5th Birthday!

Photo Gallery

St Andrew's Cafe Lounge.

The HIVE is being supported by a grant fro The People's Health Trust to run a community cafe in the Lounge at St Andrew's Community Hub. The cafe is open on 1st and 3rd Saturday of each month and is run by volunteers

Visitors can come and have a friendly chat with our team of volunteers over a cup of coffee and cake and also have the opportunity to have some help getting on line.

If you know someone who is lonley or needs some support with getting on line why not arrange to come down with them to say hello.



Contact us if you are interested in becoming a volunteer


The HIVE Croydon speaks at the CLOtC Conference 2015 Developing Character Outside the Classroom 26th November 2015, Gilwell Park Scout Activity Centre

The 2015 CLOtC conference focused on the theme of developing character outside the classroom. Research indicates the value of LOtC in building resilience, improving communication and team work skills, helping young people to solve problems and building their confidence so that they are better prepared for the world beyond the classroom. LOtC activities can also contribute significantly to personal development and preparing children for life and work in Britain today. As character development has been identified as the 5th priority by the Department for Education, consideration of these issues seemed timely.

The Hive Croydon

The first presentations of the day came from Lesley Stout, Executive Director of The Hive Croydon, and Matthew Ansah, who has been volunteering with The Hive since the age of 14. Lesley talked about the work of the Children’s University, a charity which provides 7 to 14 year olds with exciting and innovative learning activities and experiences outside normal school hours.


Matthew then talked about his experience as a volunteer and mentor for children involved in the Children’s University. Through volunteering, he built up skills and experience in mentoring, building his confidence. Having been disengaged with school, through the experience of volunteering, he became an active and valued member of the school community. The skills he developed enabled him to set up his own business, Push through sport, providing football coaching for local children. Delegates were inspired to hear about how Matthew’s experiences outside the classroom had helped him to develop into a confident young man who is a role model to others


Press Release

Hats off for Students from Croydon Children’s University - this year they have clocked up over 10,500 hours of learning outside of the classroom and will be donning robes and mortarboards for their very own graduation ceremony on Thursday 3rd December 2015.


 From Plan to Plate - a great success for families this Summer

THe HIVE was able to provide 11 families with a fun packed four days this week by getting them to cook up a treat.  Healthy tempting recipes to enncourage each of the 25 children to try new tastes whilst providing families with ideas for cheaper and helathier alternatives to well loved favourites.  This was all made possible through a grant from Croydon Heart Town.

From meat free Pasta Bolognaise to tasty freshly baked pizza and fruity treats - everyone was guaranteed to have their 'five a day'!


We even found time to go out into the Community Garden and plant carrots, onions, beetroot and sweed as well as a herb garden!


This young man really got into making the dough for his pizza. This was the first time he or his family had made a pizza from scratch and he really enjoyed the experience!


The Hive are delighted to be partners with The Whitgift Foundation in this year’s Heritage Festival celebrating  ‘Famous Croydon’ past, present and future.

The HIVE manages The Community Hub at St Andrew's Church and we are hosting ‘Open House’

St Andrew’s Church, designed by Henry Woodyer and built in 1857.  This is an opportunity to celebrate the church’s historical connection with the famous Croydon artist, Cicely Mary Barker. a Croydon resident, illustrator of the Flower Fairies and dedicated parishioner . See ‘Out of Great Tribulation’, painted just four years after the end of World War II and features servicemen in uniform.  First unveiled for public exhibition in October 2014, on loan from The Museum of Croydon, which compliments Cicely Mary Barker’s original artwork around the font in the church. See  Also our mosaic created by young people based on her Flower Fairies series.

 St Andrew's Church will open during Croydon Heritage Festival on 20 June and 27, 28 June

Tea and coffee will be available for our brand new community café.

Events will take place throughout the festival to celebrate Cecily Mary Barker’s 120th anniversary on 28 June.

To compliment the variety of workshops that feature Cicley during the festival, The HVIE is proud to present:

Under the Shadow of Your Wings

 by David Matthews

directed by John Harries-Rees

This new play about the life of Cicely Mary Barker, one of Croydon's most celebrated artists of the 20th century, will be staged at St Andrew's Church, Southbridge Road, Croydon on 9th, 10th and 11th July

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