Welcome to the homepage of the ADYP website! We are here to support young people aged 10-25 with a variety of tools as we recognise that one size doesn’t fit all. We are proud to announce that we are one of the Mayor of Abingdon’s adopted charities for the year 2021 and have previously won the High Sheriff’s award for Community Integration.
Our vision and mission is simple, we empower and give opportunities to young people to be the drivers behind positive change: To increases their life chances through development of skills which improve their wellbeing and life chances To transform their community through positive engagement that promotes a shared sense of belonging
Scroll down to meet the team delivering the important work, head to our gallery to see some of the pictures of our work in action or read for yourself the words of the young people on our page ‘Young Peoples Stories‘
Meet the Team
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. Our team is made up of enthusiastic, qualified youth workers who have a passion for seeing change in young people’s lives
With more than 10 years’ of experience working with young people. She loves engaging with them on their turf and wants to spends as much time out of the office and on the streets as possible. Roxy is also completing her Masters in Education so she is well placed to support our young people in an educational setting. Roxy attended the project as a young person and has made the full journey – This is clear when out on the streets Roxy is constantly engaging with not only new young people but those that have come through the project and moved on – constantly checking in and keeping that relationship with the community. Her social media accounts are below!
With over 10 years’ experience in working with young people in various settings from working 1:1 with SEND young people in schools, managing play schemes and of course, youth work. He has also finished his BA in Youth and Community Work. He says, “I work with young people because I was once in a similar situation. A youth worker helped me to create better chances for myself and I want to help those in need now. Generating discussions around substance abuse is a personal favourite. No two conversations are the same and that’s what makes this job so much fun!” His social media accounts are below!
Has also finished undertaking a BA in Youth and Community Work gaining First Class Honours in the process, he has been working with young people for 8 years’ and loves chatting about the deep stuff to challenge behaviour and choices. “I think that education is a collaborative process and I am committed to learning and sharing through a process of dialogue and action, working towards positive social transformation”. James brings a wealth of knowledge and ideas to the team and often enters the office with new project ideas and a burst of enthusiasm. His social media account are below!
Currently working with DAMASCUS on placement as a student (BA Hons Degree in Community Development and Youth Work). I have over 20 years’ experience of working with young people in various environments, residential, secondary school and alternative education. I enjoy a challenge and engaging with young people, sharing experiences, empowering and providing a safe space for them to have a voice especially those under represented or feel disadvantaged within the community. Creating opportunities for them to make positive choices and make a difference in their communities’.
After spending my last year helping in the community including a volunteer role within ADYP I am now at the beginning of my youth work journey and am currently studying for my BA in childhood and youth studies. I have already found a love for being outdoors and engaging with the young people on the streets. When not at work I am often found outdoors with my 3 sons also and where ever I am I will always be found happy and smiling. With a huge interest in mental health, personality, behaviour, positivity and general health and fitness I have a lot to offer within youth work along side my studies. Her social media accounts are below!