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Director of Fundraising and Communications Legacy Youth Zone – Croydon

The remarkable Legacy Youth Zone Croydon is looking for a Director of Fundraising and Communications to lead the energetic and dynamic organisation’s fundraising as they continue to impact the lives of thousands of young people each year.

  • Location: Hybrid / Croydon – We ask our colleagues to be in the Youth Zone for at least 60% of their working week
  • Salary: £55,000 - £65,000
  • Closing date: 9 a.m. Monday 5th August

Who we are.

Croydon Youth Zone, named Legacy by young people, was opened in September 2019. The Youth Zone is an independent charity, but we are proud to be part of the growing OnSide Network, whereby we have adopted a set of principles that guide our work with young people.

Our universal offer is focussed around a state-of-the-art, multimillion-pound facility that is purpose-built and remains dedicated to young people. We work with young people aged 8-19 (up to 25 with additional needs) and offer an array of activities for young people to get involved in. Our services are affordable for young people who can access the provision for just a £5 annual membership and a 50p entry fee. Whilst our building and activities provide a hook for young people to engage with us initially, the relationships they develop with our ambitious and energetic team of youth workers ensure they return night after night. We pride ourselves on being open when young people need us the most, during evenings and weekends, whenever schools are closed.

Since opening, the Youth Zone has had nearly 13,000 young people sign up as members, of which around 60% are male and 40% are female. At times during our opening months, 1,400 young people were visiting the Youth Zone every week, making it a go-to destination for Croydon’s next generation. From March 2020 through January 2022, the Youth Zone operated under various restrictions and challenges due to the Covid-19 pandemic. During that period, we were able to continue to support young people using new and innovative forms of engagement whilst we also extended our support to the wider community when they needed it the most.

For the last 2 years, we have been operating without restriction and now provide 31 hours a week of universal provision for young people. The Youth Zone is now having to adapt and respond positively to being at the forefront of challenges around the lasting impact of the pandemic, young people feeling isolated and the cost of living crisis.

We are continuing on an exciting journey that will impact the lives of hundreds of thousands of young people, and we need as many people as possible to become part of ‘Our Lasting Legacy’.

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About the role.

Building on some exceptional funding partnerships, the new Director of Fundraising and Communications will develop and enhance a multi-income approach to fundraising, placing relationships at its core.

This exciting role sits within the Senior Leadership Team with a significant amount of autonomy for an outstanding fundraiser and leader interested in further developing a fundraising function to eventually deliver c. £1.5m fundraising income per annum.

Who we are looking for.

We are searching for exceptional relationship fundraisers who excel at driving their own portfolio of high-value support and leading by example.

There are plenty of leads, and you will have an active and engaged board to support you, so we are looking for someone who will be an ambassador and who loves getting out in the community to build lasting relationships.

This is a strategic and hands-on role, so we are looking for candidates who will relish working cross-organisationally on the SLT as well as coaching and supporting the team to deliver success.

We are open to talented senior fundraisers who are looking for their first director role, as well as established directors who are passionate about supporting young people.


  • 33 days annual leave including bank holidays pro-rata
  • Free gym access
  • Access to OnSide’s Talent Academy
  • Employee Assistance and Wellbeing Programme
  • Free staff meals during sessions
  • Discounted holiday club for dependants on working days

For further information about the role, or to arrange a confidential discussion, please contact our advising consultant at Peridot Partners:

Eddie Taylor | eddie@peridotpartners.co.uk | 07904 814273

Eddie Taylor, Head of Fundraising Appointments, Peridot Partners

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    Eddie Taylor | eddie@peridotpartners.co.uk | 07904 814273

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    Closing date: 9 a.m. Monday 5th August
    Candidates informed of outcome: Wednesday 7th August 2024
    First stage interviews: Wednesday 14th August 2024 (Online)
    Second stage interviews: Wednesday 21st August 2024(In person)

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