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Christmas kindness grotto organised by Bicester teens

19 December 2014
Members of Bicester’s Youth Action Team stand outside of the Christmas kindness grotto

Young residents in Bicester have invited their community together in their Frozen-themed kindness grotto, thanks to funding from Sanctuary Housing.

Bicester Youth Action Team, supported by OYAP, got into the Christmas spirit by teaming up with local volunteers to launch a gift-crafting workshop for their neighbours to enjoy.

The Kindness Grotto

The Kindness Grotto opened its doors at The Studio, in Crown Walk, for families to make a unique gift of kindness for their loved ones this year. An artist was on hand to help individually tailor each handmade creation, ranging from snow globes to tree decorations.

Jensen Tilley, member of Bicester’s Youth Action Team, said: “We’re really pleased we were able to offer an alternative to the traditional Christmas grotto this year. It gave the community an opportunity to get into the festive spirit while making a gift of kindness for loved ones.”

Danny Quinn, project coordinator at OYAP, added: “The main idea was to bring the community together, while sharing gratitude to loved ones at Christmas.

“We are all really grateful for Sanctuary’s support and thrilled with the number of local Christmas shoppers who also supported us by popping into the grotto.”

About OYAP Trust

Established in 2005, OYAP Trust’s artists and volunteers have worked with over 10,000 young people in Oxfordshire. The charity strives to give all people, especially those who are most isolated, vulnerable and at risk, the opportunity to learn and develop confidence and skills through artistic and innovative projects.

Sanctuary in Bicester

Graham Nolan, Sanctuary’s head of neighbourhood partnerships, said: “It’s fantastic to hear that Bicester’s young people are being creative in their ideas and engaging with their community thanks to our funding.”

Sanctuary manages 5,600 properties in Cherwell. They include general rented, sheltered and homeownership. For more information on Sanctuary please follow on Twitter @hellosanctuary.