Saturday night saw over 200 people gather from across Oxfordshire and beyond to celebrate and recognise the achievements of the young people that Thrive Teams have been working with over the past few years. Some of the young people there on the night have been involved with Thrive Teams for more than seven years. Focusing […]
Tuesday 14th May was a big step in the life of many of our young people as HRH The Duke of Sussex visited our Thrive Teams programme in Barton. The Duke spent time meeting and chatting with nine young people who are involved with our programmes in Barton, The Leys and South Abingdon. Meeting youth […]
Young people from disadvantaged areas often don’t enjoy the same head-start in life as others their age. 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. That’s why we started Thrive Teams in 2010, Innovista’s Oxford hub. Thrive […]
For the first six months that Jo came to church, she didn’t smile. She had built up a protective wall around herself. Over time, as she and sons Josh and Jake got to know the church and the Thrive Team members who live near them on the Barton estate, that began to change.
Moving to the UK when she was seven and being separated from most of her family for several years was very hard.
Last September Devon was busy packing for university. Rewind a few years and life was school, gaming and sleep – on repeat.
When we first met Morgan as a 14-year-old, he was obsessed with video games. He would play them for up to 12 hours straight. Morgan used school as a place to catch up on sleep! We began meeting with Morgan every week to help him become more sociable. Morgan’s next goal was to start his […]
Life for Matthew has been a struggle and frustration, an everyday experience. This often led to him failing to turn up to school. When he did make it, his anger sometimes boiled over into violent outbursts.
I remember the first time it happened. I had only been in Barton for a few weeks, living with some of the Thrive team, when there was a knock at the door one evening. I opened it to find a moody-looking teenager with his hood up and his head down. He mumbled to me, ‘I […]