What does BYHP mean?
People often ask us, “What does BYHP mean?”, well BYHP is actually an acronym for ‘Banbury Young Homelessness Project’ which has been in existence as a charity since 2001.
Whilst BYHP is known locally as an organisation helping homeless young people, we are in fact a charity supporting all young people aged between 13 and 25 who are homeless, at risk of homelessness, disadvantaged (and often their families) or simply in need of some advice and support. BYHP covers the areas of Banbury, Bicester, Brackley, Chipping Norton and the surrounding villages. We offer services in three core areas supporting between 200 and 300 young people annually:
Health and Wellbeing
The Health and Wellbeing team offer free Counselling and Mediation Services to young people and their families. Every Wednesday evening the team run a Peer Support Group from 5:00 pm till 7:00 pm, which offers a range of activities from animation workshops, photography and art. The evening includes a hot meal often created from the amazing donations received via Food For Charities.
BYHP is also part of a new CAMHS project and employed 2 Community In-Reach workers who will work with children and young people who it is deemed would benefit from some light-touch Mental Health intervention using the expertise and advice of the Oxford Health CAMHS teams.
We also operate a Foodbank service for our young people which can often include fresh produce.
Housing and Homelessness Advice
Whilst BYHP currently is not able to provide somewhere for a young person to stay, we will support them to find and maintain accommodation, which can be difficult given the challenges faced trying to access housing in the Banbury area.
Training and Employability
The employability team deliver two projects, Back on Track and Unlocking Potential for Oxfordshire which works with young people between the ages of 15 and 21.
Back on Track aims to transform the lives of young people aged 15-17 at are Not in Education, Employment or Training (NEET) or at risk of becoming NEET. Support will help participants develop their motivation to stay in education, become more work ready, and to make informed decisions about their future
UP Oxfordshire helps young people aged 17-19 who are Not in Education, Employment or Training to discover their potential. Through 1-2-1 mentoring and coaching, young people will quickly develop self-confidence, self-esteem, work readiness and employability. Ongoing in-work support will also be available to those who find employment.
We currently have a team of 8 paid employees (4 F/T & 4 P/T) and the charity costs about £240,000 a year to run, all of which we have to obtain through fundraising, applying to large funding organisations or through donations.
We have 6 volunteer Trustees and about 25 regular volunteers who help us run the organisation.
2017 - 2018 Statistics
From 1st April 2017 to 31st March 2018