Oxygen is an independent Christian charity, affiliated to British Youth for Christ (YFC), part of a global family of local centres and projects ministering to theory local community. YFC provide a range of support, services and resources to local centres and churches to help them engage with young people.
What they use the grant for:
The grant has helped fund the Developing Leaders Training Programme - a new programme designed to identify and develop leadership skills. Young people are tasked with achieving specific learning outcomes around trust, identity, team roles, communication, problem solving, and leadership characteristics. They discover that they have the skills and with some support and encouragement, they can achieve things they never thought possible.
The grant has also helped to fund Room 1 - a safe haven for children to go after school. They receive extra support with their school work and participate in sports and activities with their peers. Additional grants will help them to provide targeted projects including running a Mentoring Project, Managing the Kingston Street Pastors and delivering Man and Boy, a programme supporting families by creating opportunities for fathers to build relationships with their sons through outdoor and residential activities.
Quote from a young person:
Being part of Love Kingston has really helped us get more publicity for the work we do with disadvantaged young people. The money has helped us run more activities and paid for staff to work with young people who need Oxygen's help the most.