Place Category: Communities
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.
The Selby Trust has 5 inter-related functions:
- Community Facilities Management – Maintaining the centre as a community facility which reaches over 100 enterprises and attracts 1500 individuals on a regular basis
- Community Development Centre – Bringing grass roots partnerships and consortia together in a rich mix of cutting edge services that challenge poverty, injustice and inequality
- Community Economic Development – Achieving sustainability through social enterprise that promote growth in the local economy whilst serving social and environmental functions
- Community Safety – Encourage safer neighbourhoods with less violence, anti-social behaviour and better life chances for young people, women, offenders and ex-offenders
- Community Environmental Development – Greening the Selby Centre by creating a diverse, low carbon community as a model of good practice
- 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.
Social Impact Declaration: Social-Impact-Declaration_Selby-Trust.pdf
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 January 2018
1) Supporting the local community
By making the use of space at the Selby Centre affordable, more and more opportunities have become available to create opportunities for the people of the local community.
For example, projects including training, workshops and education have brought more people to us, whether they came on their own accord or if they have been referred by other outside organisations. Along with this, there are other services available such as providing advice & guidance to those who will benefit from it, whether it’s regarding employment, housing or benefits to put people in the right direction.
At least 3,000 people of all different ages and cultures attended the Selby centre to seek help finding work and how to utilise their skills. We feel that by offering these services, as well as others, that we are doing our best to support and guide our community in the right directions.
2) Outcomes of support provided
As a result of our activities and financial investments we have been able to increase employment with all the people we work with, by providing necessary training and focusing on their skills. During this time we had a success rate of 40% of people gaining employment. We also prevented 92 cases of evictions due to being able to provide relevant housing information.
A more recent story involved the Mulaho Project, which had been supported by the London Textile Forum Association. This particular project included 15-20 unemployed women to learn traditional Somali sewing techniques using recycled materials and fabrics, and they were also taught about cutting and tailoring. Most pieces created were to have practical household use, particularly to provide insulation and help reduce heating/energy bills. This did not only bring a group of individuals together to learn but also to support families and to provide these women to be able to communicate and gain extensive skills. This is an example of one of our non-profit set ups.
3) Benefits to the local community and society
- Community Organising, Engagement and Outreach: We reach out into the community through outreach and community organising. This helps us stay in touch with local residents, identify their interests and concerns. Some may become community leaders and establish their own projects.
- Service Delivery: Our very existence soaks up the drain on public services by:
- Increasing of social capital, skills and confidence to take up job opportunities
- Reducing carbon emissions via improving understanding of how renewables work, reusing furniture
- Occupying space that would otherwise attract anti-social behaviour
- Cultural Diversity and Equality in Practice: We see the benefits of diversity and allow people of all cultures to flourish through the support provided at the Centre. This reduces any tensions, enables people of all cultures to self-choose services and where relevant appropriate and resourced, provides a location and space for developing new services. These interventions help to bring about the best results from a diverse local economy, culture and community relations.