Thrive Leys Youth Project

Here at OCC we love investing in our community, across all of Oxford. Four miles south-east of Oxford lies The Leys – an area which combines the two estates of Blackbird Leys and Greater Leys. Unemployment here is double the Oxford average, and over 40% of local people work in low skill, poorly-paid jobs.

Over 70% of 16-year-olds leave school without 5 A*-C grades at GCSE level, an even higher rate than the community’s adults.

Many young people growing up in The Leys experience high levels of anxiety, and have low self-esteem and little aspiration. But they are also full of God-given talent and creativity. They know what their community needs, and have the ideas and the influence to make it a better place.

Many residents of Oxford aren't aware of the needs on The Leys, but part of our God-given mandate is to build family across backgrounds, contexts, and life situations. 

OCC employ a youth worker dedicated to work with Innovista on The Leys. We support young people on the Leys to become the positive role models needed to inspire the next generation to reach their fullest potential too.