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Oxfordshire Youth

OXFORDSHIRE YOUTH is a boundary-breaking organisation, passionate about creating a future for and with young people that gives them the best possible opportunity to realise their potential. We listen to and harness the creative powers and relentless energy of young people to drive real change on the ground and at a strategic level.

oxfordshireyouth.org

Charity

Registered charity no. 1151723

Member since May 2021

About us

  1. In an ever-changing economic, political, social and digital environment it is essential that those of us working on the ground with young people have the relevant skills and training and are connected to the wider range of opportunities available to young people. We work alongside youth organisations, proving a ‘working with’, rather than ‘doing to’ approach to sector support. We are surrounded by a huge amount of knowledge and expertise and believe that working together, we can better meet the needs of young people.

We work with a range of organisations from the voluntary, public and education sectors, all who strive to make Oxfordshire a great place for young people to live and grow up.

  1. We also run a programme called Young People in Supported Accommodation (YPSA)

We are taking a partnership approach to ensure:

• Young people receive the best possible opportunities available

• Staff receive the highest quality training to be the best possible coaches they can be

Collaborating with three leading experts in the field of youth engagement – ASPIRE, SOFEA and BYHP – the new YPSA model has an aspirational vision. We want to see up to 130 young people transform their lives through engaging with life-changing opportunities in education, employment and training.

Alongside these opportunities, young people will be equipped with new tools and techniques to help them manage their mental health, develop financial empowerment, and learn how to nurture, repair and sustain healthy relationships with the people that matter to them.

This model is driven by a belief in the power of relationships, safe and quality homes and inspiring opportunities to change lives.

Many of the young people are Leaving Care, Unaccompanied Asylum Seekers and/or have experienced a wide variety of Adverse Childhood Experiences. We see them as future change makers, defined by their resilience, tenacity and potential.

Oxfordshire Youth believes that every young person should have access to opportunities to develop skills and raise their aspirations, whilst gaining recognition, including accredited training.

Our youth committee Voice sit at the heart of what we do, they meet monthly to work alongside staff to plan, deliver and review three events a year and they sit on our Board of Trustees to offer a young person’s perspective on key issues discussed and raise Trustees awareness of issues facing young people.

  1. Oxford Young Leaders is a residential programme that supports young people to build their confidence and believe in themselves and their capabilities. It develops leadership and team skills, enabling them to take responsibility and be the best they can be in their current and future roles.