About Grove Park Youth Club!
Grove Park Youth Club Building Preservation Trust manages a remarkable, purpose-built youth club building, first constructed in the 1960s as part of the Chinbrook Estate development.
The Trust originally formed out of a campaign led by local residents committed to saving this incredible community asset from permanent closure and redevelopment. Following a long and passionately led campaign, we successfully reopened Grove Park Youth Club in July 2021, working in close partnership with Lewisham Council, youth services providers and local community groups.
At first we partnered with the Rio Ferdinand Foundation to provide free youth club evenings, opening two evenings a week. We’ve continued to build on this success and, with the help of an additional partner, Sporting Way, we’re now able to open five evenings a week.
Restoring free youth provision has been our top priority but we are also focused on securing the long-term viability of the youth club building. We have big plans to support a wide range of activities run by the community, for the community, and we want to ensure this asset can serve local residents for decades to come. We advocate for the essential value the building has to offer on behalf of the community and identify opportunities to secure public and private funding alongside working to grow revenue-generating activities within the building. So far we have secured funding from The National Lottery and Lewisham Council, among others, and have carried out considerable work to restore the building to its former glory.
Our Leadership Team:
Rob is a local resident and parent who has lived in Grove Park for 20 years. He led the campaign to save the youth club from its beginning and now oversees all its operations and setting the long-term vision for this community asset.
Ione is a Grove Park resident and parent with years of experience working with young people in early careers.
Killian grew up in Grove Park and has been involved with the trust since 2017.
Diana is a local resident and parent and has been leading on project management for recent capital works to restore the building to its former glory. She is also on the Board of Governors at Coopers Lane Primary School in Grove Park.
Admin & Governance Assistant
Jan is the Admin and Governance Assistant at Grove Park Youth Club
Project Management & Funding Consultant
Julian is Grove Park Youth Club's Project Management & Funding Consultant
Martin Drury OBE
Martin is President of the Heritage of London Trust and a former Director General of the National Trust. He has dedicated over 30 years to the conservation of historic buildings.
Grove Park Youth Club was built as a community facility for the Chinbrook Estate and opened in July 1966. As a product of the LCC Housing Division it forms part of a historically important era of progressive civic buildings by the LCC that include the Hayward Gallery, Michael Faraday Memorial and Crystal Palace National Recreation Centre. Original features (some of which remain) recall great public buildings of the period including the Royal Festival Hall.
The building was originally commissioned to house a main hall, coffee bar, “girls’ room”, workshop, and manager’s office. The building’s project architect, Leo Hallisey, recalls being influenced by the BauHaus in his approach to the building. Its clean uncluttered spaces and double height main hall were designed to optimise operational flexibility and the circulation allowed for both members and non-members of the club to use the coffee bar, as a way of encouraging newcomers to experience the activities on offer.