We want to see disadvantaged communities changed for good through the service of young people. So this is how we do things:
LIVING IN THE COMMUNITY:
Thrive Teams staff and core volunteers move house to live in the estates we are passionate about, in order to have the biggest impact. This allows us to build trust with the hardest to reach young people, who sometimes live literally next door. We make ourselves available ‘out of hours’ to help them turn crises into resilience-building opportunities, and we use our live-in experience to make sure that the projects we run meet the young peoples’ holistic needs;
LOCAL CHURCH PARTNERSHIP:
We partner with a local church which helps meet the wider needs of families (e.g. debt support) and provides appropriate support for young people as they become adults.
Thrive Teams seek to build the church’s long-term capacity to engage local young people in ways that are relevant for the context.
We know that healthy growth and lasting change always takes time. That’s why Thrive Teams teams move to live in a community for the long-haul, and are committed to long-term service. When many of the young people we meet are used to short-term interventions or projects, the Thrive Teams team’s long term commitment communicates to them how much we value them. We anticipate that the life-cycle of a Thrive Teams team will be around 20 years, after which time we hope to see a generation of young people bringing sustainable change.
DEVELOPING YOUNG PEOPLE:
This is the group who are best placed to be the positive role models to lead long-term change in their own community. Our first ever Young Leaders Programme saw seven young people (aged 16-21) launch their own weekly Kids Club for Barton, working as a team to plan and deliver activities for 72 children. During the year that the young leaders’ Kids Club ran, Police reported a 31% drop in anti-social behaviour in Barton.
“I have known Thrive and the work it does for and with disadvantaged young people in Barton and Blackbird Leys for many years. Its enthusiastic young team, allied to its sound governance and long term approach, have made a significant difference to the lives of many whose prospects and opportunities would otherwise have been very poor. It is excellent that their model and work have now been extended into Abingdon. It is an organisation that richly deserves philanthropic support to both continue and expand its work.”
Tim Stevenson OBE, Lord Lieutenant of Oxfordshire