A 20-minute drive from Oxford, South Abingdon is home to 5,000 people. The community have much to be proud of (Muhammad Ali was a regular visitor), but it has been labelled one of the most deprived areas in the country.
One in every three young people here live in child poverty. Many lack positive role models. And facing a tough start in life, many young people struggle in school – the area is in the bottom 1% of neighbourhoods in England for education.
It seems like those who grow up here have lots of obstacles, but not many opportunities. They’re looking for people who will believe in them.
We believe that these young people have just as much potential as anyone else, and should be given every opportunity to fulfil it.
That’s why Thrive Teams, backed by our amazing supporters, have moved into the community, to invest in these young people and release their God-given potential.
Because we believe that these young people can bring hope and lasting change to this community that we live in and love.
“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