Raymond Robb – Associate Governor (Communities Rep)
Raymond is very active in the community around Croydon and is currently employed as a support worker in shared accommodation working closely with clients assisting them with mentorship, back to work preparation, money management planning, guidance with education, and establishing foundational life skills. He has a lengthy history of mentorship and developmental skills with older and young people alike through previous community work and religious education.
Raymond is Founder and CEO of The Lions Society, which is a group of barbers who have come together to provide a platform to both tackle knife crime and to impact the community in the best possible way through a barbering academy. Using the experience of his own struggles, challenges and experiences as a youth he believes the Lions have something valuable to give to today’s young people.
The society has been successfully involved in helping young people start businesses, while offering integrational and social skills, and has been involved in job fairs, mental health days, football matches and other events. They were one of the organisers of the ‘Cut it Out’ campaign and held an event at Crystal Palace football ground to highlight the devastating effects knife crime has had in the community, and also to promote togetherness and unite people. In 2017 the Lions Society received the Mayor of Croydon’s Civic Award for voluntary group of the year. This award celebrates community heroes across the borough. Raymond has a passion to see today’s generation learn new skills and firmly believes that ‘What you put in, you get back out’. He is committed and passionate about impacting, empowering, and educating today’s generation. In turn he feels these young people will be tomorrow’s success stories.