Proudly announcing our new Vision, Mission and Values

23 January 2023

In celebration of our 75th anniversary year, Oxfordshire Youth’s staff team is committing to its new Vision, Mission and Values.

In our 75th anniversary year, we are proud to announce the launch of Oxfordshire Youth’s Vision, Mission and Values which have been co-created by frontline employees, office staff, senior managers and trustees. Highlighting the common threads interweaving the broad tapestry of Oxfordshire Youth’s work, they reflect the dedication and calibre of our team and their aspirations for the young people of Oxfordshire. 

Youth work is more vital than ever. Young people living in rural communities experience a lack of local services and limited transport options, creating a barrier to existing youth provision. A quarter of children in Oxford grow up below the poverty line, and whilst Oxfordshire as a whole ranks within the 10% least deprived places in England, it holds seven areas falling within the 10% most deprived nationally. Additionally, young people are enduring a post-pandemic, cost-of-living crisis at the same time NHS data reveals a youth mental health emergency with one in six 6-to-16-year-olds having a probable mental disorder. 

We believe that every young person should have access to safe spaces, where they can be themselves and build on their personal, social and educational development. The youth work we are engaged in is a catalyst for change and ignites young people’s aspirations and desires. 

Our new Vision, Mission and Values renews our purpose and together, we will showcase the power of youth work, continue to invest in the youth sector in Oxfordshire and increase the availability of opportunities for young people to thrive.

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