Barnado’s recruiting for new community hub at The Triangle

A neighbourhood hub is being launched by Barnardo’s in Crystal Palace this summer – and the children’s charity wants local people to get behind it.

Triangle manager Rajinder Nagra: the soft play area will be at the heart of the new centre

Triangle manager Rajinder Nagra: the soft play area will be at the heart of the new centre

The Triangle will feature a four-storey indoor soft play area, an outdoor playground, a café with direct access from Westow Park and a Barnardo’s shop stocked with baby clothes, toys and more.

It will also have dedicated meeting and conference rooms that will be available for hire by the community, businesses and professional groups, with any charitable income raised going towards Barnardo’s work with the most vulnerable children and young people in the area.

The charity hopes to employ local people at the Coxwell Road site and is looking for a team manager, service administrator and play leader along with a team of volunteers who can help build it up into a thriving local resource.

“We want to open our doors to the whole community and encourage everyone to enjoy our purpose-built facilities,” Rajinder Nagra, the manager, said. “The huge under-fives soft play area in the middle of the centre reflects the fact that children and young people are at the heart of all we do.

“Mums, dads and carers will be able to relax, unwind and enjoy a proper coffee or browse the racks of the new Barnardo’s shop while their children play.

“We want this to become a significant new family destination for the area, and we want local people to help us make the centre the best it can be. If you’d like to help us make a big impact, please get in touch.”

The Triangle will start opening to the public in August. A small entry charge for each child will be put towards the running costs of the centre, which will continue to support vulnerable children and young people.

A team from The Triangle will be at the Crystal Palace Overground Festival in Westow Park on June 27 and 28.

To talk about volunteering at The Triangle, please email or call 020 8771 0907. Jobs will be posted from May 29 on the Barnardo’s website at

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1 Response to Barnado’s recruiting for new community hub at The Triangle

  1. Fantastic to see this building finally being brought back in to use – those with small children and longish memories will remember it used to be the Heshima Sure Start Centre, a much-used and much-loved facility until it became an early victim of the ConDem’s austerity axe in 2010-11. A welcome addition to the community. Well done Barnardos!

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