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.
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.
“Working together, we’ve been able to bring hope to young people with low aspirations, with positive role models and mentoring, to help them develop and grow.”
Andrew Longmore, Pastor, Leys Communty Church