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YOUTH CHALLENGE OXFORDSHIRE (YoCO) is a local charity supporting young people aged 14 - 21 in youth groups. They follow 15-18 month programme designed by YoCO to help them to overcome challenges they face by developing resilience, confidence and mental well-being.

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Developing young people through personal challenge:
YoCO offers young people an amazing opportunity for personal growth and development that will remain with them for the rest of their lives.

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IMPORTANT UPDATE ON THE COVID-19 SITUATION

Due to the current circumstances and with government guidelines in place, YoCO have postponed all group meetings for the foreseeable future. (16/03/20)

For the time being we are running virtual sessions using Zoom, in which young people can access from their homes. We will be running catch up sessions, quizzes, home-schooling help and advice, mental health advice and more. We have updated our social-media and safeguarding policies accordingly.

 

If you are a current or post YoCO group member and would like some help or advice, please contact Kat, kat@yoco.online

Stay safe and best wishes to all our YoCO friends and family. We look forward to updating you when we, and life returns to normal. 

Congratulations to our Abingdon and Blackbird Leys group!

YoCO: Abingdon and Blackbird Leys    

Whilst we are currently experiencing difficult times around the world, we thought we would update you on some positive news from our recent groups trip to Western Kenya. On 13th February 2020, our Abingdon and Blackbird Leys groups joined forces to volunteer in Western Kenya with the Nasio Trust. We are incredibly proud of all their hard work and amazing achievements out in a tough, culturally different environment. The group followed a 12-15 month journey to get to this point by working tirelessly to raise £800 each for their volunteering trip, with workshops that made the, well prepared for the journey they were about to embark on .

Here are some of the things they got up to whilst out in Mumias:
- Donated clothes, shoes, toys, toiletries, school supplies, school uniform, stationary and much more 
- Fed local school children at St Irene's Day Centre
- Fed and greeted sick children, newborns and their mothers at a local hospital
- Built 2 houses for a local, vulnerable families
- Cleaned slums in nearby Musanda
- Treated Jiggers (tiny parasitic insects that burrow into the hands and feet)

We want to say a huge well done to all of our young people and their fantastic leaders for such a life-changing trip. Your efforts, determination and enthusiasm to change and impact the lives of the Kenya community is inspiring and you have made your families, friends and your community proud.

 

Here is what some of young people have said upon their return:

  • '{...}more aware of how privileged I am. I’m more determined in school to do good and to spend my free time productively- art, homework etc.'
  • 'The accommodation was lush, and everyone was amazing and the staff and activities. I would never ever regret or change it!'
  • Asante Sana!

Are you ready for the challenge, Wantage and Grove?
(START OF GROUP POSTPONED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE)

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We are looking for young people to join our Wantage and Grove group starting on Monday 9th March at Sweatbox youth venue.

If you, or someone you know is looking for a new challenge, join us for our first Wantage and Grove group. You will take part in an exciting 15-month programme including workshops, skills based activities, a residential weekend away to Youlbury Camp and a life-changing trip to volunteer with the Nasio Trust Charity in Kenya. 

We are looking for young people aged 14-21, who face challenges such as pressures of social media, bullying, mental health issues and/or peer influence to take unnecessary risks. We will work with you over the 15-months to overcome these challenge and improve confidence, skills and aspirations for your next steps in life. 

Please get in touch if you have any questions, or please download the Referral Form and send it to Project Director Kat Booth kat@yoco.online

Are you ready for the challenge, Faringdon?

(UPDATE: GROUP IS FULL)

    

We are looking for young people to join our Faringdon group starting on Thursday 16th January 2020 at The Pump House Project.

If you, or someone you know is looking for a new challenge, join us for our next Faringdon group. You will take part in an exciting 15-month programme including workshops, skills based activities, a residential weekend away to Youlbury Camp and a life-changing trip to volunteer with the Nasio Trust Charity in Kenya. 

We are looking for young people aged 14-21, who face challenges such as pressures of social media, bullying, mental health issues and/or peer influence to take unnecessary risks. We will work with you over the 15-months to overcome these challenge and improve confidence, skills and aspirations for your next steps in life. 

Please get in touch if you have any questions, or please download the Referral Form and send it to Project Director Kat Booth kat@yoco.online

 

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