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TRUTH BE TOLD; Croydon Storytelling / Poetry / Graffiti / Music workshop

Croydon is the people’s canvas - what does your canvas look like? Croydon young people & elders are invited to share their stories.

Note this is for Croydon young people & elders to share; please only book on if you’re under 21 or over 60.


Croydon is the people’s canvas – what does your canvas look like?

Join us for a workshop using storytelling, poetry, graffiti & music to connect Croydon’s young people and elders about how they experience Croydon town centre.

Why don’t many young people get involved in decision making, and if they did what would they say? Do our elders feel disconnected from Croydon’s spaces too? Can we, together, make an open floor to talk, engage, communicate, speak truth, create an understanding?

Listen to each others’ stories & turn them into poetry, graffiti & music. Insist that we can be involved in decisions about creating space in Croydon.

Led by urban design specialists We Made That and supported by local arts charity Turf Projects, the events will involve the community in the creation of a new strategy for the town centre which Croydon Council is planning in partnership with the Greater London AuthrotyAuthority (GLA). The work is taking place from November 2023 until Spring 2024.



Croydon Council is creating a new strategy to underpin the regeneration programmes being planned for the town centre. Croydon’s community groups, residents and businesses will be key to shaping Croydon’s vision.

A multi-disciplinary team led by consultants We Made That, experts in urban strategy, design and infrastructure, has been appointed to create a varied programme of community-led activities where participants will be able to influence the vision and strategy.

A programme of workshops to explore the future of Croydon town centre offers residents, businesses and partners the opportunity to get involved.

As we gather people’s ideas and emerging visions, this will be shared in the Croydon Urban Room website and physical space, which is open to the public. Visit the Croydon Urban Room website for more information, and to get involved please email us at



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Turf aims to be a space where all are welcomed & respected. We ask all attendees to align with this spirit when booking and support us in creating a welcoming & collaborative atmosphere together. We ask that everyone is;

  • Kind and respectful in our language and behaviour towards others. Turf is a space which is anti racism, sexism, homophobia and ableism.
  • Considerate of others’ time; allowing others room to speak & engage.
  • Respectful of the space itself as belonging to many people, treating the space & objects with care.

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