YOUTH CHALLENGE OXFORDSHIRE (YoCO) is a local charity supporting vulnerable young people aged 14 -21 to develop resilience and confidence so that they can overcome the problems that they face in their lives.
The young people follow an exciting 15- 18 month programme which helps them to overcome challenges facing them today, such as:
- Pressures of social media
- Mental health issues
The programme designed and delivered by YoCO is run by youth group leaders at weekly meetings with a professional team in support. The young people develop and grow with us throughout the programme which includes intervention workshops as well as two residential trips.
After the YoCO experience, the young people are supported with help they may need with advice for applications to educational courses, apprenticeships/training, and employment. Many wish to continue to volunteer with YoCO as young leaders, inspiring others to develop that important resilience and confidence of their own.
The young people we work with often come to us after lacking support, guidance and personal confidence and therefore identified by teachers, police, social services or others as vulnerable to negative influences.
The programme includes:
The programme prepares them not only to volunteer in Western Kenya, but they are fully supported with preparing for adult life such as looking at their next steps and setting personal goals. We aim to improve their aspirations and key life skills that are essential in the stages of their current development.
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Youth Challenge Oxfordshire (YoCO) is a registered charity administered under the Charity Commission with trustees and officers:
Jane Cranston (Chair)
Jane has retired from the wine trade where she ran a business she co-owned in Oxford. She finished her year as High Sheriff of Oxfordshire in April 2018 and is now a Deputy Lieutenant. In addition to Chairing YoCO Jane is a Governor of Appleton Church of England Primary School, Chairman of Appleton Community Shop, Chairman of her Parish Meeting and Independent Chairman of the Oxford Homeless Movement (a group working to bring together the 35 different organisations that work in the Homeless sector in Oxford). Prior to her current trusteeships she was, for several years, a Trustee of Vale House Care Home for Dementia, a Governor of the School of St Helen & St Katherine (where she was Chairman), Abingdon School, Abingdon Prep School and the Manor Prep School
Felicity is a Deputy Lieutenant of Oxfordshire; a Trustee of Oxfordshire Youth and Earthtrust; Patron of OxPat (Oxford Poverty Action Group) and Archway (alleviating loneliness and isolation); an Ambassador for PACT (Parents and Children Together) and a founding Director of Appleton Community Shop Ltd, She has experience of working with young people in Oxfordshire as she ran a Sure Start Family Centre (under the auspices of PACT) between 2005 and 2008. Her passion is to give better opportunities to young people, particularly those from difficult backgrounds, opportunities and experiences that will enhance their life chances and opportunities to get good jobs. She has much experience of volunteer fundraising for the above charities, the community and the local church over the last thirty five years!
Keith Budgen CBE
Keith Budgen CBE is a retired Senior Civil Servant who held a range of posts in the Ministry of Justice where he was responsible for the improvement of the administration of justice. His last appointment was as Regional Director for Her Majesty's Courts Service, for the South East of England. Since 2011 he has been an Assistant Commissioner to the Boundary Commission for England, advised on improvements to the administration of justice in Kenya, Seychelles and the Middle East and was a chairman/panel member of selection panels at the Judicial Appointments Commission. Keith has been a volunteer with The Nasio Trust since 2011 and is now the Chair of Trustees.
Canon Sue Booys
Canon Sue Booys is the Rector of Dorchester Abbey and Team Rector of the Dorchester Team Ministry which includes Berinsfield from which the original NASIO Trust Exit 7 groups visited in Mumias. In common with many of her parishioners Sue and her husband Richard can remember buying one of the original ‘pink bricks’ which helped to build the Noah’s Ark Day Centre which YoCO groups will visit and volunteer at. Sue trained as a teacher and followed God’s call to ordained ministry in the early 1990’s when her three children were still young. Since being ordained she and Richard have continued to make Oxfordshire their home and enjoy walking and boating when they have a chance! Both also enjoy travelling to other countries, Sue has visited the NASIO centres at Mumias and Musanda three times, most recently with Richard and her daughter Jenny. Sue and Richard also spent three months living and working in South Africa where they enjoy links with another project that cares for children
Simon qualified as a solicitor and practised in the City of London for 7 years. Since 1995 he has specialised in learning and development for professionals, holding a number of roles with leading law firms, most recently EMEA Director of People Development for White & Case. Since 2017, Simon has worked as an independent consultant. Simon lives in North London and is married with two teenage children and two black labradors. Simon is also a governor of Papplewick Preparatory School.
Christine Douglas has worked with young people for most of her career. Initially as a geography teacher, then in education senior management, for 12 years as a school inspector and then as a volunteer with the Nasio Trust as a group leader, she has a wealth of experience and understanding of the challenges facing young people; understanding the ways in which their confidence and skills need to be developed so that they can achieve their full potential. As YoCO Project Director for the charity’s first three years her aim was to create a sustainable, enjoyable and challenging programme and recruit excellent group leaders to prepare the youth groups for their life changing, volunteering trip to the Nasio Trust’s project in western Kenya. Christine is now a YoCO trustee, the Lead Safeguarding Officer and takes an active part in fund raising.
Kat has worked with young people since leaving university where she studied drama. She started her career in primary teaching, eventually moving to education and participation in a theatre setting. Kat has created and ran projects for vulnerable and at risk young people with the aim of improving aspirations, confidence and self-esteem through the creative arts. Her aim as Project Director is to ensure that positive activity is available and accessible to young people from all walks of life and backgrounds. Her aim is to create an exciting and challenging programme of activity that will equip the young people with the skills they need to take on the life-changing volunteering trip to Kenya with the Nasio Trust. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Keith Budgen - Treasurer
Call / Text: 07999 340597
Our project has been funded by the Youth Social Action Programme , The Mosawi Foundation and Thames Valley Police
YoCO works in partnership with The Nasio Trust and Beard Construction
YoCO is a member of Oxfordshire Community & Voluntary Action
YoCO is a member of Oxfordshire Youth
Youth Challenge Oxfordshire is a registered charity
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