Inspirational young individuals have accomplished 30 acts of kindness during a thought-provoking youth action programme, supported by Sanctuary Housing.
Based at the Hill Youth and Community Centre, Bretch Hill Youth Action Team, with support from Oxfordshire Youth Arts Partnership (OYAP) Trust, saw 30 young people aged between 10 and 19 carry out good deeds in Banbury.
To launch the programme members of the Royal Voluntary Service were invited to join the youth action team for lunch and an afternoon of arts and crafts, enforcing the team’s mission of using arts, creativity and kindness to make positive change in the community.
The chosen acts of kindness ranged from producing textile art work and cupcakes for members of the community to pamper nights and circus skill training. Young people were able to make a visible difference to the neighbourhood by taking part in litter picks and odd job days.
Graham Nolan, Sanctuary Housing’s neighbourhood partnerships manager, commented: “We were really pleased to hear that the 30 acts of kindness project was a success and was a benefit to the whole community.
“I hope our on-going funding that contributes to OYAP Trust’s youth action initiative will have a positive impact on the young people that take part.”
Bretch Hill Youth Action Team is currently planning another venture to decorate the community centre with a mosaic and mural. Young people in the area are invited to join the group during the half term break to complete the challenge.
OYAP Trust’s programme manager, Zaylie-Dawn Wilson, added: “It has been an absolute privilege to work with this group of people who are so creative, energetic and committed to making a positive change in their community.
“They have had such an exciting journey in the last year and are bursting with great ideas for the future.”
OYAP Trust, an Oxfordshire charity which supports local young people, receives funding from Sanctuary Housing, Cherwell District Council, Artswork and Arts Council England in order to run youth actions teams.
For further information about this or to join the Bretch Hill and Grimsbury Youth Action Teams, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01869 602560.