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The Mayor's chosen charities

Reflecting his hopes and aspirations for the borough, Mayor Thayalan has chosen three charities that celebrate diversity, promote social cohesion, support emotional wellbeing and encourage young people to fulfil their potential.

Kingston Samaritans

Kingston Samaritans provide confidential support for those who are in distress including those with suicidal feelings. Weare ordinary people trained to help by uniquely providing confidential support 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. 

We don’t tell you what to do but we hope by listening and talking about how you are feeling we hope you will be able to get through difficult times. In addition, the Kingston branch of the Samaritans provides support locally through its various outreach activities, which include working in partnership with the YMCA in Surbiton, Network Rail and Wandsworth Prison. Samaritans also attend and run workshops and events in schools throughout the community and support events at Kingston University and Kingston College.

Website: samaritans.org/branches/kingston-samaritans
Telephone: 116 123 (free from any UK landline or mobile)
Address: 2 Wheatfield Way Kingston Upon Thames, Surrey, KT1 2QS


Creative Youth

Creative Youth is a Kingston-based charity that aims to enable young people to realise their potential through the arts. The charity allows young people in Kingston and surrounding areas to be involved in innovative, original, ambitious projects working with artists of the highest quality. Artists and participants are encouraged to take initiatives, risks and push boundaries within their own work. In close collaboration with key partners, Creative Youth aspires to mentor young individuals, entrepreneurs and organisations by providing artistic business and strategic support, allowing the next generation of artists to flourish.

As well as targeting some of the most vulnerable young people in the community, Creative Youth also reach out to large and diverse audiences as demonstrated by its commitment to using public spaces, street art and digital technology, enabling us to reach new, untapped audiences.

Creative Youth organises and delivers the International Youth Arts Festival (IYAF), the leading youth arts festival in the UK.

Website: creativeyouthcharity.org
Telephone: 020 8549 2120
Address: Suite 9, Second Floor, Millennium House, Eden Street, Kingston, KT1 1BL
 

Kingston Race & Equalities Council (KREC)

KREC works towards the elimination of discrimination and associated inequalities, promotes equality of opportunity and good relations between people of different racial and cultural backgrounds, as well as addresses the Human Rights and needs of all communities. The charity works in partnership with individuals and organisations for a fair and just society which values diversity and gives everyone an equal chance to work, learn and live free from discrimination, prejudice and racism.

KREC also deals with hate crimes giving advice, counselling, support and mediation, as well as organising innovative projects such as Kingston Carnival, Bike Across Cultures and Black History Month.

Website: kingstonrec.org
Telephone: 020 8547 2332
Address: Neville House, 55, Eden Street, Kingston Upon Thames, Surrey, KT1 1BW