Third Thrive Team Launches in South Abingdon

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.

Although local churches and charities are working to change this, 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 a new Thrive team are moving into the community, to invest more in these young people over the long term and so release their God-given potential.


We’re excited to bring our seven years’ experience into South Abingdon, in partnership with Abingdon Community Church and with the support of local churches and community organisations.

Ed Evans, Pastor of Abingdon Community Church says, “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, working closely with others who are passionate about this community.”


Barely a year after announcing our second team in the Leys, we’re delighted that the support of people like you is enabling a third team to launch.

Thanks so much for your support!

What others are saying about Thrive

“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