Trailblazing "Life Chances" programme set to transform young people's lives across Oxfordshire

Trailblazing "Life Chances" programme set to transform young people's lives across Oxfordshire

Posted: Tue, 06 Apr 2021 08:59

Trailblazing "Life Chances" programme set to transform young people's lives across Oxfordshire

Life Chances: empowering young people through the power of activity and sport

Active Oxfordshire is absolutely delighted to be working with Oxfordshire Youth and Oxford City Council on the new "Life Chances" programme, alongside a number of national charities as part of the largest Social Impact Bond (SIB) in the world.

Big Issue Invest is investing £1.25 million into a programme that will support over 6,000 young people aged 8-17 across 21 areas in the UK over the next three years to improve their lives through sports and activity.

The investment will be used to create new opportunities to empower young people to get active and re-engage with education and skills provision; targeting those who are from low socio-economic backgrounds, have an offending record and/or low school attendance. This programme aligns to Active Oxfordshire's key strategic priority Healthy Active Children and will help to empower young people through the power of activity and sport.

Paul Brivio, Chief Executive of Active Oxfordshire said:

"We are delighted to support this intervention in the City. We need investment, innovation and collaboration like Life Chances to address the twin issues of inactivity and inequality that have worsened so dramatically for our young people during the Covid crisis."

Jodie Lloyd-Jones, CEO of Oxfordshire Youth said:

"We are very excited to be working with 16 organisations across the country to deliver outcomes based youth work support. Investment in young people is vital during the beginning of the Covid decade."

The programme offers sessions focusing on sport and physical activities, dance, enterprise and social action projects, photography, emergency aid, residential experiences and expeditions.

Watch this space for more information and an official partnership launch in May 2021!

Tags: Active, Active Lives