Who We Are

OXFORDSHIRE YOUTH

Supporting young people to be the best they can be

With a history spanning over 70 years, Oxfordshire Youth is the leading youth organisation for the youth sector in Oxfordshire.

Young people need access to safe spaces and trusting relationships, where they can be themselves, make friends, develop new skills and make positive changes to their lives and their communities.

Throughout history, youth organisations have provided vital opportunities for young people to express themselves freely, build confidence, strengthen their talents, develop new skills and raise aspirations.

Our vision is for all young people to be empowered, feel respected and know that they are valued. We achieve this with, and through our local network of youth sector organisations, brought together through our merger with Oxfordshire Children’s Voluntary Youth Service (OCVYS), together reaching over 6000 young people.

We believe that informal education, youth work & non-formal learning is essential to improving young people’s quality of life.

Young people are at the heart of what we do. Our Youth Committee VOICE, a network of young people from our member organisations, informs and guides our work.

We are committed to helping Young people fulfil their potential and provide a youth leadership programme.

WHO WE REACH

YOUTH SECTOR MEMBERS

REACHED THROUGH VOLUNTARY SECTOR WORK

young people completed ILM Accreditation in Leadership and Team Skills

SCHOOLS TRAINED IN CHILDREN AND YOUNG PEOPLE’S MENTAL HEALTH

school staff complete mental health training since February 2018

young people on our youth committee Voice

DBS PROCESSED A YEAR

OUR IMPACT

with members 2017-18

Jointly provided 700 opportunities for young people to gain new skills and experiences through our activity programme

33 Youth Oxfordshire
22 Youth Oxfordshire
18 Youth Oxfordshire
6 Youth Oxfordshire

OUR HISTORY

In 1947, our predecessor organisation Oxfordshire Associations of Boys Clubs was founded to support voluntary led youth clubs across the county who supported boys. How times have changed. Today, we still support those voluntary led youth clubs and in addition, we support a whole youth sector of organisations, that support young people from all walks of life, all genders, faiths, ethnicities and backgrounds.

We are committed to work collaboratively to build a resilient sector that responds to the needs of all young people.

1947

set up as Oxfordshire Association for Boys Clubs to support clubs working with young men.

1950s

Sport-based provision.

1960s
  • Charity cricket.
  • Ran the residential part of Duke of Edinburgh Award.
1970s

12 members which were mainly city based Boxing Clubs.

1980s
  • Youth activities for youth clubs.
  • Period of change and consolidation.
1990s
  • Re-brand to Oxfordshire Association for Young People (OAYP)
    40 youth clubs
  • Holiday roadshows – providing a full programme of activities throughout the summer holidays.
  • Began the provision of mobile services;
    • The Van Project, taking information out to young people in the community. The mobile youth club supported the opening of 15 new youth clubs.
    • The A Team took activities to youth clubs and ran activities out of a van.
  • Training for sports leaders.
2000s
  • 110 members
  • Project Infozone; working in partnership with Oxfordshire Count Council (OCC) to provide support for young people in schools and youth clubs providing information on a range of topics.
  • Motivate young men project
  • Motivate Young Women
  • Sexual Health Project
2010s
  • 2010 re branded to Oxfordshire Youth
  • National Citizen Service (NCS)
  • Voice Youth Committee
  • Young Leaders Programme
  • Takeover of Oxfordshire Children and Voluntary Youth Services (OCVYS) to expand OY’s offer of sector support to anyone working with children and young people

OUR PEOPLE

Jodie Lloyd-Jones

Jodie Lloyd Jones

CEO

I am responsible for the day to day running of Oxfordshire Youth. I am passionate and motivated about making a difference. My role enables me to work with strategic decision makers and organisations on the ground to ensure that collectively, we create a positive environment where young people can thrive.

jodie.lloyd-jones@oxfordshireyouth.org

Lorna O'Connor

Lorna O'Connor

Senior Office Administrator

I joined Oxfordshire Youth in April 2016 as office administrator. My key responsibilities are around HR, finance and general support to the CEO.

admin@oxfordshireyouth.org

Elizabeth Greenlaw

Elizabeth Greenlaw

DBS Administrator

My role with Oxfordshire Youth is to manage the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) and application process for Oxfordshire Youth’s member organisations and the wider community. When I am not busy checking forms, I may be found at Sobell House on the ward desk or helping run local choirs.

Elizabeth.greenlaw@oxfordshireyouth.org

Hayley Reynolds

Hayley Reynolds

Training Coordinator

My role with Oxfordshire Youth sees me creating and supporting a pool of trainers and coordinating Mental Health Awareness training across the county as well as coordinating the Young Leaders programme for Oxfordshire Youth. I have previously worked in Oxfordshire in a wide variety of learning disability services and health organisations.

Hayley.reynolds@oxfordshireyouth.org

Kevin Game

Kevin Game

Fundraising Coordinator

My role is to raise the money that allows Oxfordshire Youth continue to support young people throughout the county. Whether grants, trusts or statutory funding, we also rely on the dedication and generosity of people throughout Oxfordshire. A keen runner and love to be outside. I enjoy helping other people tackle physical challenges.

kevin.game@oxfordshireyouth.org

Magda Charlton

Magda Charlton

Business Development Manager

I am responsible for the day-to-day management and development of The Young Leaders Programme. My aim is to enable all young people to take part in this fantastic opportunity and make a positive change. I have previously worked in youth development provision and I have a background in clinical psychology.

magda.charlton@oxfordshireyouth.org

Kate Armitage

Kate Armitage

Membership Programme Manager (Maternity Leave)

I am responsible for managing and overseeing the delivery and performance of the Sustainable Communities Programme and the Membership Programme. I am passionate about ensuring there is youth provision for young people in Oxfordshire as I know the value that youth workers make in young people’s lives.

Kate.armitage@oxfordshireyouth.org

David Cruchley

David Cruchley

Member Programme Manager (Maternity Cover)

My role is to try and get to know as many of the members as I can and help find ways for them to become sustainable. I also try to help groups that are looking to set something up, or that are struggling with one thing or another. I am really excited about the potential for peer-to-peer support through our networking programmes in 2018-19.

David.cruchley@oxfordshireyouth.org

Kate Armitage
 

Becky Critchley

Youth Leadership and Participation Officer

I am the Youth Participation and Leadership Officer for Oxfordshire Youth as part of the membership team. I am the face of direct delivery with young people that are part of our membership organisations. I have been a youth worker for the last four years where I have worked with young people in disadvantaged areas within Oxford City. When I'm not at work, I really enjoy spending time with family and friends.

becky.critchley@oxfordshireyouth.org

 
Roy Peach
 

Roy Peach

Membership Support Co-Ordinator

I support the Membership team by helping our member organisations to achieve recognition for their services. I'm a qualified Youth Worker, born and raised in Oxford. Currently, the lead youth worker for Kennington Youth Club, as well as running my own business supporting young people's wellbeing. In my spare time I enjoy reading and writing (mainly crime fiction and scripts), performing on stage, doing hospital radio and baking.

Roy.peach@oxfordshireyouth.org

 

OUR PARTNERS

Oxfordshire Youth has strong relationships with a wide network of local partners, including our members, supporters and a large range of public and voluntary youth sector organisations. See below for a taste of the wide range of partners and supporters.

OUR GOVERNANCE

We’re governed by our Constitution.

Our registered office address is: First Floor, Bury Knowle Coach House, North Place, Headington, Oxford, OX3 9HY

Patrons

Tim Stevenson OBE, Lord Lieutenant of Oxfordshire, Sir Charles Ponsonby Bt, Deputy Lieutenant of Oxfordshire

President

Lady Henrietta Spencer-Churchill

Vice-Presidents

The Hon Charles Cecil; Mr Malcolm Cochrane; Mr Richard Dick; Mr Dave Hutchinson; Mr Jim Duthie; Mr Andrew Feilden; The Lady Goodhart; Col Tom Hall; Ms Liz Harris-Ulph; Brigadier Nigel Mogg; Mr Miles Tuely; The Chairman of Oxfordshire County Council; The Lord Mayor of Oxford; The Vice-Chancellor of Oxford Brookes University; The Vice-Chancellor of Oxford University; The Rt Revd Colin Fletcher, Bishop of Dorchester – Diocese of Oxford

Trustees

Chair: Carl Anglim. Treasurer: Michael Watkinson MBE. Mark Dessain, Felicity Dick, Margie Jarvis, Felicity Lusk, Susan Jackson, Tim Martin, Samuel John Isaacs, Darius Smith, Fiona Clarke, Dominic Taylor.

Find out more about our Trustees & Governance

OUR YOUTH COMMITTEE

VOICE a network of young people, aged 13-18, from our member organisations across the county. They represent the voice of young people to support Oxfordshire Youth to understand and meet the needs of young people and the organisations they work with.

Meet our VOICE members and hear from our Chair Maya