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Dear God...
“The ocean is like God and raindrops are the religion. When they fall into the ocean they become one.”
Zoya Ahmed and Nurun Uddin
Project In Progress
Resilience Building Mentoring Project

Oxford is a city of contrasts.  25% of young people here go to private school, and yet 25% grow up in child poverty. The young people growing up in the disadvantaged communities of Barton and Blackbird Leys face many more obstacles than opportunities.

But we believe these young people have just as much potential as anyone else. And that's why Thrive staff and volunteers live in these estates themselves: to become positive role models equipping young people with resilience.

Resilience is the ability to bounce back from adversity and this project will equip young people from Barton and Blackbird Leys to increase their resilience. They will receive intensive mentoring that has a special focus on them transforming their own life, and the lives of other young people and community members around them.
 
 
Project In Progress
Lichfield Community Mentoring (LCM) currently trains and places volunteer mentors into local primary and secondary schools. We aim to provide young people, who are struggling with low self-esteem, a positive adult role model for up to 12 months.

Through this relationship and long-term investment by the mentor, the student is encouraged to develop more self-confidence, resilience and a greater sense of self-worth, no matter what the circumstances. This coming year, with extra funding from Westhill Endowment, we plan to write our own training manual, increase our volunteer base to reach more children and look at partnering with other local organiations in the community to further develop the project.
 
 
Project In Progress
Bible Loans for Burundi

Despite the nations abject poverty and political uncertainty in Burundi, there remains a lot of enthusiasm amongst High School students to attend Bible clubs. The pupils really enjoy the Bible study but they cannot afford to buy their own bible, they can't continue their study at home.

This project addresses this problem. There is a network of volunteers across the country but they need training in running High School Bible Clubs. We have received funding for this training and also to help provide Bibles for the students. They pay 40% of the cost over a period of a year and we subsidise the rest.
 
 
Project In Progress
Families Exploring Faith

In 2018 TLG will be running two Family Adventure Weekends, to which the children and families who we support through our Early Intervention Programme are invited to attend, for free.  These families are often in great social and economic need, so the time away means they are able to have fun away from the pressures of life, all while exploring faith, building relationships and spending precious time together.

We will be able to take 160 people away this year, and for some families this will be the first time they have ever gone on holiday together. The grant will also allow families to begin to connect with their local church communities through the trialing of Family Fun Sessions.
 
 
Project In Progress
FACES (Faiths Against Child Exploitation)

FACES (Faiths Against Child Exploitation) is a growing interfaith project in Luton that is committed to challenging Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE). We are aware of cases around the country where faith, both Christian and Muslim, has been projected negatively in discussions about CSE.

The working group came together to consider how we, as faith communities, could work together to be part of the solution. FACES has delivered training material for faith leaders to raise awareness around CSE. Further resources are being developed for different contexts that will empower and equip members of the community to recognise the signs and stand against CSE.
 
 
 
Project on-going
Uberheroes® is a unique and innovative experimental learning programme providing education and early intervention techniques for young people to overcome the negative impacts of social, mental, emotional, and physical issues. Uberheroes® supports young people to be more aware of their own emotional health, wellbeing and resilience.

Uberheroes® focuses on 9-16 year olds combining curiosity, creativity, discussion and support. The concept, an Uberhero World, where Uberheroes® and Villains compete over the emotional wellbeing of featured character/s using their range of powers; this is delivered through quarterly superhero themed comics and our interactive website, the young people read, learn, discuss and unpack the topics covered in each new issue; each facilitation group is led by a qualified facilitator who ensures that every question is asked in relation to the comic’s central character, this enables the young people to answer openly, free from  any risk of criticism or judgement or feelings of vulnerability or exposure.
 
 
Project Completed
Joined Up Conference

The Joined Up Conference is a 1-day annual conference for anyone involved in youth, schools or children's work - or with a passion for the church to engage more with children and young people.
 
 
Project In Progress
God and the Big Bang gives students from Year 6 - 13 (10-18 year olds) an exciting opportunity to discover, discuss and debate compatibility of science and faith. The day aims to equip young people with the all-important tools they need in order to form their own opinions and engage in rational, exciting, well-reasoned and thought-provoking discussion about the place for science in God's world.

We want to increase access to our events for low-income schools, offering a creative, professional, and highly engaging approach to questions of science and faith aswell as access to professors and graduates from top universities around the country, with the time to ask big questions and have a taste of what university level study might be like.
 
 
Project In Progress
Sister Jane is a true local hero and heads up Operation Smiles which not only supports babies who are at risk of losing their lives, but also educates communities on maternal/infant health and family planning. The Mother & Babies Centre at the heart of Operation Smiles supports babies in need of urgent nutrition, healthcare and shelter.

Every child is accompanied by a caregiver (often their mothers have passed away), who receives child-care training and support during their six-month stay. Operation Smiles works with local communities to help lower maternal mortality rates, and thus the need for the Centre. AfriKids works towards every child being happy, healthy, safe and in school.
 
Project In Progress
Fegans is a Christian children's charity supporting vulnerable children and their families. We do this through counselling and our ' Parents Supporting Parents Programme' which is an innovative project offering intensive 1:1 support in homes, together with group work and volunteering opportunities.

The programme is designed to build resilience and then take vulnerable families on a journey from isolation to volunteering, from lack of self-worth to growing confidence, from families in crisis to confident and hopeful home lives.
Project In Progress
The Platform Project

The Platform Project is a 12-month Creative Arts programme provided for young people between the ages of 5-25, giving them access to professional opportunities and training in music, dance, drama and media, whilst gaining an accredited arts award qualification.

The young people will be involved in projects designed to create an atmosphere of positive influence throughout the community.  We want to see young people embracing art in creative ways giving them a voice to express themselves. The young people will become stewards of their own gifts and help those in need within the community. Lastly, they will create professional high-quality entertainment which is affordable and accessible to everyone.