Thrive is a team of youth workers and volunteers who have moved into Barton, an area of deprivation in Oxford, to support disadvantaged young people.
We build strong, lasting relationships with those at risk of achieving poor life outcomes and engage them in projects and activities to transform their future life trajectories. We develop their emotional, behavioural and relational competencies so that they aspire to a bright future, re-engage with education, find work and turn away from crime or anti-social behaviour. We then develop their leadership abilities so that they become leaders of change in their own estate.
We want to see disadvantaged communities changed for good through the service of young leaders. Which means we’re looking to have a long-lasting impact. Our Thrive Young Leaders programme works with young people aged 14-18 to help them improve their leadership, communication and conflict resolution skills, and their ability to understand and manage their emotions, deal with setbacks, and to set & achieve goals. They are then supported as they launch and lead their own community project meeting the needs that they have identified. In this way we help to bring positive change for these young leaders and the wider community, and we develop role models to help more young people to see their potential.
We were drawn to Thrive because of their commitment to bring about change over the long term by becoming deeply rooted in the local community. Their work has already demonstrated a significant impact and we are looking forward to celebrating more successes with them along the way.