Young people growing up in disadvantaged communities often don’t benefit from the same opportunities as those from other backgrounds. But we believe these young people have just as much potential as anyone else to bring about change – in their own lives and also in their community.

They have the potential to lead transformation in their communities. But all too often, they don’t have the opportunity to.

As Christians, we believe that every individual – regardless of their circumstances – has inherent value and worth and deserves the chance to reach their full potential. Our faith is why we’re here.

We’re inspired by the Christmas Nativity story, where “The Word (Jesus) became flesh, and moved into the neighbourhood” (John 1:14). Our faith motivates us to follow that example, and move house to live in the communities we are passionate about, in order to build relationships with the young people who have often been written off and ignored. Because we want to see them flourish in all areas of life – physically, emotionally, educationally and spiritually.

WhatMotivates2(1200x1200)We build relationships with young people from any and every background. Because every young person matters.

We believe that every young person, no matter what their circumstances, should have the opportunity to reach their full potential. And we’re proud to partner with churches and organisations like the Barton Community Association, The Garfield Weston Foundation, and Oxford City Council who share this conviction.

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What others are saying about Thrive

“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