FAMILY AND COMMUNITY

As a community charity, MRF has been on a journey. From an initial audience of teenage parents, we expanded our services to accommodate young people aged 11–19 years. Now, we offer services to the whole family.

Engaging with the community

Working with other businesses and charities in the local community is an important part of what we do. Our aim is to empower young people from grassroots communities through the medium of music, and support from the community can help us achieve this.

Enriching Lives Holiday Programme (5–16 years)

This holiday program is specifically during the Easter and summer holidays. We run for four days during the Easter holidays.

We run for four weeks, Monday to Friday, during the summer holidays.

Our times are always from 10 am – to 4 pm, and we will communicate with parents if there are delays or changes. Our varied activities involve cinema, ice skating, arts and crafts, personal development, water sports and many more.

Thank you for providing fun-filled holiday activities for our children. The children looked forward to coming in every day. Thank you and see you again next holidays.

MRF PARENT

OTHER COMMUNITY PROGRAMMES

DROP-IN SESSIONS

Weekly 

12 – 2 pm

Drop-in sessions meet every Friday from 10am to 2pm. They provide support on mental health, food, fuel poverty, benefits, etc.

AFTER-SCHOOL TUTORING SUPPORT

Monday/Wednesday/Fridays

3.30pm – 6pm

These sessions operate on a revolving door basis. Referrals are taken from schools or from parents/guardians.

NETWORKING EVENTS

Quarterly

6 PM – 9 PM

An Evening With, an intimate meeting with renowned artists, authors, and leading figures in the society. For networking, music, Q&A and education. This event is for adults only. Prices vary; please check the Eventbrite link once the event is announced.

Golden Age

Community Choir for 50+

meeting on Wednesday afternoons term time. 1pm – 2.30pm

MRF SAFESPACE

Empowering Her Sound – This is our girl child forum that connects girls from within the school setting or within our centre to explore topics that are relevant to them. Using various targeted activities to engage, empower and help the girl to evolve positively.

This forum was launched on the 10th of November 2023. Powered by UK BME Anti Slavery Network (BASNET).

In attendance was the elected mayor of Croydon – Jason Perry, Cllr. Ola Kolade, Cabinet Member for Community Safety; Michelle John, a Songstress; Debbie Ariyo OBE, Founder/CEO of Afruca and BASNET; and girls from Norbury High School and Saffron Valley.

THE LORD NAPIER COMMUNITY MUSIC HUB

We could not have anticipated the growth and success that our Music School has had, and now we have outgrown our space. We are doing all we can; however, we are struggling to fit in new classes to accommodate beginners and have a growing waiting list. The space is just too small, with one activity room to run over 20 courses. Therefore, we are on a mission to move into Lord Napier, a former legendary jazz venue, and transform it into a music-community hub to serve our wider community.

OUR OTHER SERVICES

DONATE

No matter how big or small the amount, all donations are welcome. Your contribution will go towards the growth of the Music School and the projects we are currently working on.

JOIN THE MRF FAMILY

VOLUNTEER & FUNDRAISE

We’re always looking for keen and reliable volunteers to support our various work areas. In return, you will be able to develop your skills, meet new people and work as a part of a team.

WORK PLACEMENT

We can accommodate students for work experience and have previously welcomed students from Croydon College, Newham College, Greenwich University and Impact Futures.

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