It has been a while since we updated you on BYHP activities and news so below is a summary of what has been happening and what's to come.
Trips & Outings
Horse Therapy @ Emma's Farm - Feb 2017
We took the young people and volunteers from our Peer Support Group to Live, Love,Be at Mill Farm where Emma, our volunteer counselor, offers Therapy Through Horses to young people. We all had a great day out on the farm bonding with the ponies and enjoyed our picnic lunch around the camp fire, reading stories.
Oxford Visit - April 2017
We had a great day out in Oxford; the sun was shining, the CrossCountry trains were on time and Oxford looked absolutely stunning. We visited the Oxford Museum and the Pitt Rivers Museum which were both full of interest and we could have stayed there much longer.
We had a delicious lunch at Crisis Skylight Oxford, just what we needed to recharge our batteries and support such an amazing social enterprise. When we left to catch our train back to BYHP Supporting Young People in Housing Need we all decided that we need to visit Oxford more often; it is thanks to the generous donations of our supporters that allows us to take our young people out occasionally and let them experience some of our local culture.
100 in 2017 Fundraising Challenge
We decided to challenge ourselves with the task of identifying and recruiting 100 different individuals, organisations, groups and businesses to help us generate up to £50,000 in fundraising income, approximately 20% of BYHP’s total annual income.
We want to build a community of fundraisers who we can promote and spotlight in our communications, in the press, and on this website to publicly showcase the amazing fundraising which goes on. #BYHP100in2017
We have created a specific new logo (which can be seen here), and a campaign support pack which we hope will answer all of your questions.
We will also issue certificates to everyone taking part and raising funds for BYHP and we will be giving out t-shirts to our fundraisers to help raise our profile.
Young Person of the Year 2016
Vincent North is our Young Person of 2016. He was handed his award by last year's winner (Young Person of the Year 2015), Luke Merriman, at the BYHP Advocate Network evening in February. The evening was held at The Entertainer, were another BYHP supporter, Sarka Naivertova, talked about her experience climbing Mnt Kilimanjaro to raise funds for BYHP.
Vincent has secured a full-time job in Banbury, following a period of upheaval due to redundancies at his last place of work. He recently passed both his driving theory and driving test. Vincent, when possible, helps BYHP by volunteering at events and has a wonderful positive attitude in all he does.
Shenfest- Events between Fri 9th Jun 19:30 & Sun 11th 14:00
The Shenington with Alkerton's music and literature festival. Any spare funds arising from the festival will go to help to maintain the Village Hall, their two fine Norman churches and to BYHP.
Heyford Park Airbase Races - Sun 11th Jun @ 10:00
BYHP is the nominated charity for this event and we will have a presence on the day promoting our work. In addition, as part of the 100 in 2017 Fundraising Challenge, there will be a number of runners running on behalf of BYHP, many of whom are linked to Jamie Briggs Removals and Storage Ltd.
BYHP's Community Big Lunch - Sun 2nd Jul @ 12:00
A free afternoon of fun with the local community to include a bring and share lunch, music, crafts, games and activities for all of the family. This will be BYHP's third Big Lunch.
Bodfest- Sat 8th Jul @ 12:00
Bodfest is a family friendly festival which will be held at Bodicote Park. There will be live music & games, a food court and BYHP will have a stall in the street market.
Fairport's Cropredy Convention - Running from Thu 10th Aug to Sat 12th
BYHP will hold a stall within the festival, selling raffle tickets a selection of drinks and some fun festival themed goodies.
Recently BYHP has been involved in two different awards, firstly the Cherwell Business Awards, a gala dinner for which was held at Heythrop Park on Friday 5th May http://cherwellbusinessawards.co.uk/ and the Banbury Town Council Awards, announced as part of the new Town Mayor’s Inauguration on Tuesday 9th May.
Whilst we were delighted to be one of the three finalists for the Cherwell Business Awards BYHP did not win on the night, but three of the Trustees and our CEO enjoyed an evening networking and socialising with a range of local organisations who support our work. The very worthy winner in the Charity and Community Award category was The Hummingbird Centre in Bicester and we congratulate them and the other finalist, Banbury United Community Football Club on their wonderful work within their local communities.
However, BYHP was delighted to be involved in a double win at the Banbury Town Council Awards as we were awarded Community Organisation Of The Year by the outgoing Town Mayor Cllr Gordon Ross and Connor Southwood one of our wonderful volunteers was a very worthy winner of Young Volunteer of the Year.
We would like to thank Cllr Ross and Banbury Town Council as well as all of the BYHP team - staff, trustees, volunteers, supporters, funders, donors, local businesses, organisations and the general public whose help, support and input has helped put BYHP in a great position to be delivering services well into the next decade, supporting lots of young people who really need our help.
Services & Projects
Part of that delivery of services mentioned above is supported by a range of activities which we have been working hard on to establish and develop over the last year.
Not only have we seen a consistent demand in terms of the number of young people and their families we support (225 in the 2015-16 financial year and 221 in the most recent financial year which ended on 31st March 2017) but we have seen an increase in the demand from the prior year for Family Mediation (12%) and a huge 300% increase in the clients we are working with for Counselling, an area which we expect to keep growing in terms of the needs of young people.
A lot of the demand for these services is as a result of a concerted focus by Deb Parker, Ros Jones and Justin Donovan to make our partners and stakeholders aware of the services BYHP offers, free of charge, with relatively short timescales and in particular the increased awareness of BYHP which has come from a programme of Schools Engagement, led by Justin which launched in October 2016 and which has helped cement strong relationships with local secondary schools.
For more information on Justin’s work with volunteer, Julie Briggs, see http://www.jamiebriggs.co.uk/byhp.asp
We are working on a new collaborative project in the area of Mental Health and Wellbeing which whilst we cannot announce the details until June, should be a significant step forward for BYHP.
Employability and enabling young people to discover and unlock their true potential has been a key part of BYHP’s work for a number of years. Unfortunately, in September 2015 the previous funding ended and BYHP’s On A Roll was closed. We have been working with some limited funding during 2016 but the last Unlocking Potential programme ran in July 2016.
Since then, BYHP has been working as part of two consortia to secure European Social Fund and Big Lottery Fund funding to undertake both work with existing NEET (Not in Education, Employment or Training) young people and those who are at risk of becoming NEET and now we have funding secured to do this work well into 2019.
BYHP is currently putting everything in place to deliver these two new exciting projects as part of the consortia supporting the whole of Oxfordshire:
We'll also be re-starting the BYHP Unlocking Potential course and the weekly Job Club in the next couple of months, so if you know anyone who might benefit from taking part please contact us.
Our blog is a great way to stay up to date with current events and projects, stories from our young people and the general goings on at BYHP.