WE ARE thrilled to jointly announce a formal partnership between the QPR in the Community Trust and West London Zone, which will launch this summer.
After months of jointly-delivered activities such as holiday sports camps, in-school multi-sports programmes and online sessions during lockdown for children and young people – our partnership will maximise our joint-impact and increase opportunities in our shared community, reaching children who most need support.
QPR in the Community Trust address local needs and make a difference to individuals and our communities. Offering programmes and activities for residents aged three to 90 years old, the Trust reach over 23,000 annual participants across seven London boroughs. Driven by local needs by partners and stakeholders, they strive to be positive role models promoting positive change.
West London Zone CEO Louisa Mitchell said: “QPR’s commitment to creating a stronger community where everyone can thrive aligns perfectly with WLZ’s vision of a west London community working together so that every child can thrive.
"By working together, across a broad spectrum of activities, we are creating opportunities and delivering positive outcomes for children and young people in our zone in a joined-up way.
"Working with QPR means so much to us as a key organisation in our neighbourhood and it also means so much to the children that we work with. Thank you, QPR for your support!"
In this school year, West London Zone is working with 1,313 children, aged three to 18, in 45 school settings across Brent, Hammersmith & Fulham, Kensington & Chelsea and Westminster – and in September 2022 they will be reaching even more children and communities.
West London Zone help children and young people build the relationships and skills they need to get on track socially, emotionally and academically to thrive in adulthood.
They do this by building trusted relationships, providing specialist support and joining up each child’s support system - including families, schools and local organisations - to deliver a personalised two-year support plan for each child.
They harness the collective power of the west London community, joining up the right support and opportunities for children at the right time.
QPR in the Community Trust CEO Andy Evans said: "We are committed to helping to address local needs and make a difference to individuals and our local communities.
"To make that difference we really need to partner with like-minded organisations who care about our local neighbourhoods. West London Zone share that passion for supporting people to fulfil their potential.
"Building on the successful delivery of activities and trips to date, QPR and West London Zone will be raising the profile of our joint-vision, sharing opportunities to reach people in the community and providing children and young people in west London with a lot of fun."
After the announcement that West London Zone would be introducing a QPR-led after-school sports club, link worker Abbie Westman said: “The boys thought I must be a local celebrity, it seriously upped my cool points to have QPR coaches in and running sessions and they loved being able to take them over there in the holidays! Thank you for sharing your skills with us.
"We look forward to seeing how our relationship grows into the new season and no doubt we will be top of the league for young people on the West London Zone programme."