Improving Life Chances is primarily aimed at young people aged 11 – 17 who are excluded or not attending school, have offended in the last 12 months, or are not in education, employment or training. It embraces the influences from sport, youth work and criminal justice sectors and is defined by a purposeful intention to change, rather than simply manage, young people’s behaviour and lives.
The programme involves a combination of mentoring, physical activity, hard-hitting workshops, volunteering opportunities and accredited qualifications. We work with young people who are facing challenges in their lives and help them to engage with physical activity, education, and their local communities. The desired outcomes for young people engaging with chances are:
- Increase attendance.
- Achieve a qualification.
- Zero offending whilst involved in the programme.
- Completion of a three-month volunteering or 30 hour work placement.
The initiative will take place in the wards of Blackbird Leys, Barton, Wood Farm, Littlemore and Rose Hill. We encourage all schools, organisations, and agencies in Oxford City to discuss this opportunity with young people that would benefit from the programme, and to refer to us any young person who is interested.
The Improving Life Chances partnership is OY, Oxford City Council & Active Oxfordshire (use logos in partners section)
Life Chances participants can access our bespoke Life Chances Oxford Young Leaders Programme amongst many other programmes of support with a range of partners.
Key delivery partners include: