The Abingdon Damascus Youth Project (a voluntary and registered charity) prides itself on enabling young people to make a positive difference within their own communities. We have been embedded in the rural villages of Drayton, Appleford, Milton, Sutton Courtenay and Steventon for over 14 years and recently changed our constitution so work throughout the South and Vale in Oxfordshire. Rooted within these contiguous communities the trustees employ and manage qualified and very able and credible youth workers who are dedicated to make change happen by facilitating and supporting young people within their own community and family environment so that young people become positive contributors on their own doorsteps and also bridge the gap between home and school.
YCAT – Youth and Community Acting Together is an initiative of the Abingdon DAMASCUS Youth Project serving the communities of Drayton, Appleford, Milton, Sutton Courtenay and Steventon
Young People drive positive change to transform their communities.
We empower young people through positive engagement that promotes a shared sense of belonging in the community; a commonality of purpose and real ability to effect change, so that they make a difference in their personal lives and in the communities in which they live.
We work with young people to:
- enthuse them to be more involved as they too are stakeholders in their community;
- bridge the inter-generational gap;
- encourage team work and remove the fear of failure or intimidation;
- build self-efficacy to access education, employment and training;
- empower them to say no to negative peer pressure and make healthy choices;
- enable and train young community leaders and build their communities volunteering capacity.
Meet the Team
- Gary Hibbins
- Roxy Elford
- Holly Freeland
- Mrs. Pat Napper – Chairman
- Mrs. Anne Whitehead – Secretary
- Mr. Hans Sundin – Treasurer
- Dr. Rita Atkinson – Line Manager
- Dr. Mark Whittaker
- Mrs. Audrey Holloway
- Mr. Simon Muray