Equipping youth workers for mission in disadvantaged communities.

14 million people (1 in 5) are living in poverty in the UK. That means children and their families are stuck in a cycle of multiple deprivation, impacting their quality of life and future opportunities.

Although the stats are overwhelming, around the country Christians are moving into areas of deprivation to share their lives, build friendships and offer the hope of Jesus to those in need. Thrive Youth Ministry Training equips these workers for long term, sustainable mission.

This isn’t a gap year- this is a year for youth workers to refine their practice, develop character and skills and devise an individual strategy for long term mission in their community.

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Erica PayneErica Payne Erica Payne spent 8 years as the Youth Worker at St John the Baptist Church and since 2015 has lived in the Barton estate, leading a Thrive team to release the God-given potential of its young people. In 2018, she became Programme Leader for the new Thrive Youth Ministry Training programme.

Erica says, ‘I think young people have a lot of potential but they are not always aware of it or do not have the opportunities and support to reach their potential. Young people should know their value and worth so we seek to build self-esteem and confidence. I believe Barton can continue to change for good and young people are how it is going to change!’

Erica is married to Sam and they have a lovely daughter, Isabelle (Ibby). She enjoys making gifts, upcycling furniture and generally making things look pretty!

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