Can young Croydon change the world?

Posted on April 16th, by Chris Gaisie in Culture. No Comments

Do you believe in the young people of Croydon? Chris Gaisie tells you why you should

On 25th April 2014 at the Croydon Hilton, some of them will set out to try as Croydon-based organisations Live and Unplugged and Reaching Higher team up to launch Global View - a platform for young people to engage and get active in fighting poverty and injustice.

Global View was conceived after 15 volunteers from … Read More »



The Young Future of Croydon

Posted on December 10th, by Chris Gaisie in Politics & Society. No Comments

Chris Gaisie reports on the Reachin’ Higher awards, which took place last Thursday

It’s not often you’ll see people dressed up, enjoying a swanky three-course meal in a Hilton Hotel, all in honour of Croydon’s “youth”. On Thursday 5th December that’s exactly what happened – young people, parents, volunteers and charity partners all gathered together at Reachin’ Higher’s first ever Young People’s Awards. … Read More »



Ten weeks to change a life

Posted on October 29th, by Chris Gaisie in Politics & Society. No Comments

Chris Gaisie reports on Croydon-based youth charity Reachin’ Higher’s trip to Bolivia

To explore is written on the hearts of us all. As children we relentlessly break the confines of our world, trading in the safety of the known for the unknown. Whilst this adventurer spirit can somewhat fade as we grow older, the yearning to discover more is always with us. It makes sense … Read More »



6,000 miles to Bolivia

Posted on July 17th, by Chris Gaisie in Politics & Society. No Comments

Chris Gaisie, currently in Bolivia, explains the global impact young and old Croydonians alike can have

On July 7th 2013 I, along with thirteen other eager volunteers aged 18-25, travelled roughly 6,000 miles to Cochabamba, Bolivia, where we’ll be staying for the next ten weeks. This is far from an extended holiday though; as part of the ICS Tearfund scheme, we’re working alongside local charities to … Read More »



My Magnificent Journey

Posted on May 23rd, by Chris Gaisie in Politics & Society. 2 comments

Local rapper and producer Chris Gaisie (aka “Picasso”) gives an insight into the production of his album, the proceeds of which will help support Croydon charity ‘Reachin’ Higher’

Seven months ago, I decided to make an album. With a dissertation to write and a degree to finish, it seemed like a bit of an inconvenient time to take on such a project. Still, … Read More »