Update    (01/04/19)

We are thrilled to announce that we recruited two fantastic leaders to run the Faringdon group. Both have experience of working with young people and have started the group very positively and are excited for the journey with the group ahead. 

Due to the current Covid-19 situation our groups are meeting virtually, via Zoom for the foreseeable future and we are continuing to offer them support in these very difficult times.

YoCO is recruiting Group Leaders

(Applications closed)


We are currently recruiting group leaders for our Faringdon group starting in January 2020.

We are looking for volunteers to lead and deliver a 15-month YoCO programme for young people. You will create a safe, fun, inclusive environment and support the learning and personal development of all the group members.

This is an incredible opportunity to lead young people on a once in a lifetime experience and inspire them to overcome the challenges they face in their lives and their community. You will support and lead them on a residential weekend away full of activities and their volunteering trip to Western Kenya with the Nasio Trust.

If you can commit to an hour a week plus the occasional weekend for fundraising and have a particular interest or skill that would benefit a local group of young people, we would love to hear from you!

Please download our Volunteer Description to find out more.

To apply please complete the Volunteer Application and send it to Project Director Kat Booth, kat@yoco.online

Faringdon YoCO Group Celebration

Faringdon group in Kenya    Faringdon group in Kenya    Faringdon group at a fundraiser

Our first Faringdon group celebrated the end of their very successful YoCO experience last Sunday (22nd September) by throwing a party for friends, family, staff and supporters of Youth Challenge Oxfordshire. The 12 amazing young people that started their journey with us last year could only imagine what was ahead of them through the busy and exciting programme of weekly sessions, fundraising, events, a residential at Youlbury Camp and their life-changing trip to Kenya.

The group managed to raise £800 each for the Nasio Trust and their trip, through various fundraisers such as fun-runs, cake sales and a wonderful event with Al Sylvester MBE. The young people committed to organising and running these events in their local community with huge success and support from organisations and businesses. The group took part in workshops and courses in first-aid, citizenship, self-confidence and even obtained a food safety certificate which made them all very prepared for their volunteering trip. The feedback from the young people, their families and friends show what incredible progress they've all made throughout their time with YoCO. Lots of them returned with new career aspirations, change in lifestyle and eating habits and a lot more confidence!

The time we had was amazing, so fun and the leaders of YoCO and Kenya were all amazing!

An amazing experience, up and beyond all my expectations

I hope to inspire others to be part of this incredible adventure

(Faringdon group members)

If you would like to find out more about YoCO or to enquire about a group near you please contact kat@yoco.online


Successful Oxfordshire charity welcomes new Project Director

YoCO group leaders welcome Kat to the team

The Trustees of Youth Challenge Oxfordshire are delighted to announce the appointment of Katherine Booth to the role of Project Director. Kat brings vitality and excitement to a role which is expanding fast as she joins us from the much-acclaimed Pegasus Theatre where she was Participation Co-ordinator. Kat is a drama graduate who has been combining her love of drama with her commitment to helping those from vulnerable backgrounds to grow in self -esteem and confidence. She is very excited to be a part of the growing success and demand for the YoCO programme, looking to reach and help more young people to engage with new groups and opportunities across Oxfordshire.

The Charity now needs a full time Project Director as the role can no longer be undertaken on a part time basis.  We're pleased that our first Project Director, Christine Douglas, who has built up the programme for the last two and a half years will be joining the Board of Trustees.

 YoCO runs groups for vulnerable young people aged 14 to 21 based in Oxfordshire through regular weekly meetings which include a programme of education, team-work, citizenship, community development, fund raising projects and residential trips within the UK and overseas.  Through this the young people develop a greater awareness and appreciation of the lives of others and a greater level of confidence and personal development so that they realise their own potential to be effective citizens and to make good personal life choices.

For further information about YoCO please contact kat@yoco.online

Young Leaders

Three more young people from the YoCO Berinsfield group are attending the Young Leaders course run by Oxfordshire Youth. Having a great time and working hard towards their qualification.

Faringdon Group heads off to Kenya

After 18 months of fund raising, team building and fun, the Faringdon Group have arrived for 10 days volunteering in Western Kenya.
Excited and ready for an adventure of a lifetime. Good luck Faringdon!
The Faringdon group in their Nasio T shirts meeting the orphaned children they will be working with over the next 10 days.
Friendship and understanding, creating global citizens.

YoCO celebrates their Young Leaders

We are delighted that three young people from the YoCO Berinsfield Group have successfully completed their Young Leaders Qualification with Oxfordshire Youth. Seen here with their Group Leader Nicky Wyer, they received their certificates from Brian Buchan DL at an awards ceremony at Mansfield College, Oxford on July 10th. The course involved a number of assessed leadership tasks, completing a detailed leadership work book and taking part in a challenging residential course. Helping to lead future YoCO groups will be one of the outcomes of this qualification which is equivalent to a GCSE.
Well done Abbie, Ellie and Tayla!

Buttercup Run 19th May 2019

We had a wonderful time!

YoCO at MayMessy

Thank you Anna!

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Singing at Dorchester to Celebrate May Day 2018

Thank you Maureen for this video

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