Streets of Growth lifeline due to unique partnership with Unite Students
In September 2022, Streets of Growth were thrown a timely lifeline due to a unique partnership with Unite Students, who selected us as the multi-award-winning grass-roots charity to lead and run their new D1 Community Development and Performance space at their new flagship building at Hayloft Point, Aldgate East, in London.
Unite Students is the UK’s leading manager and developer of student accommodation. They provide a ‘Home for Success’ to more than 74,000 students in 172 purpose-built properties in 25 of the UK’s university towns and cities. The new flagship space is built on a historic site where once stood a mid-16th century Elizabethan Theatre. Unite Students incorporated this heritage in the design by building a purpose-built glass-sided Performance venue and a museum of artefacts collated by the Museum of London when the site was excavated. Despite our 22 year history, this is the first secure long term headquarters we have ever had and raises the bar on intervention and access into creative industries and other sectors for young people.
As well as building a creative partnership with Unite Students, a fast-growing cross-collaboration is also emerging with other innovative charities, organisations, institutions and communities in the regeneration of the historic Petticoat Lane Market district. Interweaved into this is our intervention and prevention work in partnership with the Met and City Police in creating better safety for communities, especially has as the west side of the borough has experienced some of the worst youth and adult violence and crime.
The opportunity to have a dynamic physical presence right on the city fringes means that we can dramatically transform the way we create employment opportunities for young people. This partnership is contributing to supporting local communities to build a deeper sense of belonging and employment through the enterprise projects being created, which is also tackling and reducing harm in the borough such as knife violence and gang criminality.