Abingdon Community Church is a lively and welcoming church that meets in Thameside School in South Abingdon.

ACC invited Thrive to partner with them, and bring our seven years’ experience into South Abingdon to see young people reach their potential and bring hope to their community. Thrive’s partnership with ACC alongside the support of local churches and community organisations helps us better serve the young people and their families in this community.

Ed Evans, Pastor of Abingdon Community Church and the vice-chair of governors at Thameside Primary School, Abingdon, says, “I was very impressed with what I saw of Thrive’s project in Barton. The impact it has had on the outlook and prospects of individual young people has been outstanding, and the way they have worked with others in the community is exactly what I wanted to see here in Abingdon.

“There is a definite need for Thrive here, with many young people struggling to see a positive future for themselves and the community around them.

“I want to see these young people supported and helped to reach their full potential, in turn bringing hope to this area. We’re excited about this vision and are confident that Thrive’s experience will help to make it a reality.”

“We hope to contribute our resources, our volunteers and our local connections and knowledge to help adapt the Thrive methodology to this community. Together I believe we can make a difference in the lives of young people and through them in the lives of their families and the wider community in South Abingdon.”

To find out more about Abingdon Community Church, visit their website.

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