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 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 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 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 team’s long term commitment communicates to them how much we value them. We anticipate that the life-cycle of a Thrive 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.
“All Thrive staff who work in Barton also live in Barton so this gives a real sense of embracing the young people they work with, some of whom will be those most socially excluded from everything else that takes place locally. Their Young Leaders, Mentoring and Outreach projects have seen some amazing results and they have succeeded where others before them have failed.”
Sue Holden, Company Secretary, Barton Community Association