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  • Our History

    The Selby Trust was set up as a charity in 1992 by local people who recognised the need for a multi-purpose centre led by the community and third sector organisations. It was supported by the late Bernie Grant MP, who had a vision for a place in the community that people could afford and call their own. Selby registered as charity in May 1994 and Company Limited by guarantee in May 1993.

    Since 1992, it has operated from the Selby Centre in Tottenham, in former school premises, which the Trust manages as a multi-purpose community and social enterprise centre, with a 25 year lease from LB Haringey. The site is 150,000 square feet, with offices, meeting rooms, training facilities, sports and events halls and a large car park.

    Selby Centre, which is located in an area of high deprivation, brings together a rich mix of individuals and organisations, primarily from BME, refugee and other historically excluded communities in Tottenham, Haringey, North London and beyond.

    Almost 80% of Selby Trust funding is self-generated.

    What the Selby Trust does

    The Selby Trust has 5 inter-related functions:

    1. Community Facilities Management – Maintaining the centre as a community facility which reaches over 100 enterprises and attracts 1500 individuals on a regular basis
    2. Community Development Centre – Bringing grass roots partnerships and consortia together in a rich mix of cutting edge services that challenge poverty, injustice and inequality
    3. Community Economic Development – Achieving sustainability through social enterprise that promote growth in the local economy whilst serving social and environmental functions
    4. Community Safety – Encourage safer neighbourhoods with less violence, anti-social behaviour and better life chances for young people, women, offenders and ex-offenders
    5. Community Environmental Development – Greening the Selby Centre by creating a diverse, low carbon community as a model of good practice

    Selby Trust philosophy

    • To increase the capacity and sustainability of historically excluded groups in the diverse communities served
    • To promote and support, directly and through networking, a range of opportunities to enable all communities to achieve economic, social and cultural growth
    • To be a key player in community and economic development through partnership working at all levels – locally, London-wide, nationally and internationally.


  • Address: Selby Centre, Selby Road, Tottenham
    Greater London
    N17 8HL
    United Kingdom
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  • Social Impact Statements:

    Social Impact Statements

    The Social Enterprise Mark criteria includes a requirement that the applicant can demonstrate that social and/or environmental objectives are being achieved.

    In support of this, new applicants and renewing Mark holders must submit Social Impact Statements that summarise their headline activities and achievements, helping show how they are striving to make a difference and stand up to scrutiny of purpose as a social enterprise.


    Updated November 2015

    1) Raising funds for reinvestment

    Collectively in 2014/15, £3.5m was raised and reinvested.

    The community that has organically built up and recycled the Selby Centre from a redundant school into a dynamic community hub since 1992, estimates that in total £35m has been raised by charities, sports groups, faith groups, not-for-profits and social enterprises onsite.

    For every £1, a further £17.85 has been contributed from external funding sources.


    2) Working with ex-offenders

    The Selby Trust has identified that not enough was being done to work co-productively with ex-offenders to give them ownership, leadership and economic opportunities.

    As a result the Trust has incubated Rekindling, which worked with 113 offenders on Community Payback schemes, and saved the state more than £1.95m in 2014/15.


    3) Generating income to be self sufficient

    Reducing grant dependency is our No. 1 priority - we currently generate 75% of our own income through the way we manage facilities, sales of environmental goods and services and enterprise incubation.


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