For the latest ‘Getting to Know’, I interviewed another young person, who just happens to be doing great work with young people as part of NCS.
Names: Rhianna Grazier
Live in: “Just over the border [of Croydon] – in Streatham!”
Occupation: NCS (National Citizen Service) Senior Assistant Programme Manager, so I set up and deliver the NCS Programme in Croydon
Q: How long have you worked with NCS?
A: Just over 2 years.
Q: How would you describe NCS The Challenge?
A: NCS is a fantastic youth and community project that aims to strengthen local communities by creating a more socially mixed society.
Q: What do you think makes NCS The Challenge special?
A: The fact that NCS so effortlessly brings people together from different backgrounds, which breaks down social barriers or preconceived prejudice.
Q: What is your favourite thing about Croydon?
A: How diverse and multi-cultural it is - I think it makes it really beautiful and interesting when everyone is so wonderfully different.
Q: What do you think could be improved about Croydon?
A: Unfortunately there is a lot of gang and knife crime, and it upsets me that some young people we work with don't feel safe in their own community.
Q: What is Croydon’s best kept secret?
A: Croydon Saffron Central - on the old Croydon Council site there is a community garden growing saffron surrounded by ever-changing graffiti.
Q: What is your favourite place to eat in Croydon?
A: Roti Master on George Walk. If you haven't gone before, you need to try their vegetable roti immediately!
Q: What events in Croydon would you recommend?
A: Any event run by Club Soda is always fun - especially when Matthew's Yard host it.
Q: Describe Croydon in 3 words.
A: Diverse, trendy, vibrant.
Q: Who would you recommend for a Just Croydon interview? A: Oliver Tipper - Club Soda/Museum of Croydon
Elaine Powell – TedXYouthCroydon
Evelyn Findlater - Good Food Matters
Tracey Rabbetts - Croydon Radio
Fiona Spargo-Mabbs - Daniel Spargo-Mabbs Foundation