We are still in lockdown, but daffodils are flowering, schools opening and COVID restrictions beginning to ease. Meanwhile, we have made it easier to fundraise and donate online to support our programmes....
Thinking about novel ways to help us raise funds in a pandemic? What about celebrating your birthday with a fundraiser rather than party? Doing a sponsored run, walk, knit, sew or virtual quiz or coffee morning? Maybe you could afford to donate some of what you can't spend? Cost of a haircut or meal out? Or just the cost of a coffee or a beer? If WFH, donate some of your usual commuting expenses?
AWARENESS IN MARCH
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We are all in this pandemic together - look after yourself and help others too.
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Whilst everyone has been affected by COVID-19 this year, individual experiences have been very different. Giving and receiving support was made more difficult with restrictions on face-to-face meetings and centre opening times. Necessary cancellations of events also tested fundraising. However, together we adjusted to remote working and delighted in seeing the community come together to contribute in so many ways.
Most importantly, we take our hats off to all those in our projects who strived towards personal goals in the challenging face of the pandemic.
We wish everyone in our BYHP family a healthy and merry Christmas -
and here's to a brighter 2021!
AMAZING BYHP 2020 STATS
Counselling - 140 young people supported through 625 sessions
Family Mediation - 45 families supported through 161 sessions
CAMHS In-Reach Support - 59 young people supported through 197 sessions
Mental Wealth Academy - 87 young people supported through 720 sessions
Employability Projects - 72 young people supported through 571 sessions
Housing and Homeless Advice - 16 young people provided tents, sleeping bags and support
Foodbank - 193 packages given out
BYHP 2020 HIGHLIGHTS
From supporters such as Andrea, Mark, Thomas and Callum
and volunteers such as Daniel, Carol, Jim, Joby and Kate
to local schools such as Tudor Hall and churches such as Bloxham
to local organisations such as Highmarket House Care Home
to local businesses such as Tibbets, Morrisons, Pro Drive, Love Chiropractic and Co-op
Thank You to All Our BYHP 2020 Stars!
Upcoming BHYP Events for 2021
Sadly, we had to, of course, postpone events planned for 2020.
So, we are really looking forward to welcoming you back this coming year!
Come and have fun while supporting local young people!
It would also be great if, like our 2020 stars, you feel motivated to donate or fundraise for BYHP through a sponsored activity or event. We are happy to help with any ideas.
You can donate directly, via Easyfundraising ar Amazon Smile, when you shop or play the Cherwell Lottery (see DONATE).
Hi, hope you are all having a good week after the Bank Holiday weekend.
Just wanted to share something with you - we support between 200 to 300 young people and their families a year and we do that on between £200k and £300k income per year (both numbers vary based on which year but it is pretty consistent).
That means our service costs a little less than £1000 for every young person we support.
We help them remain in a safe home family situation;
We help them work through various problems with 1:1 support and counselling;
We help them navigate through the complexities of housing registers, benefits systems and tenancy agreements;
We give them confidence and hope to move forward in their working lives and...
We provide a surrogate family home to those who don't have one.
£1000 to change a young life - not much is it?
Please keep spreading the word about BYHP - your support is priceless to us but we need funds urgently to continue our work.
BYHP - Hope....not just homelessness
Please help BYHP by texting BYHP01 £1, £2, £3, £4, £5 or £10 to 70070 or by visiting https://localgiving.com/charity/byhp
(Photo: Four Shires Magazine)
Local man John Assheton of The Mullet Press based in Milton, Banbury has, for the last week, been undertaking a massive cycling challenge from Land’s End to John O’Groats to raise money for local charity Banbury Young Homelessness Project (BYHP).
John and his wife Amanda have been supporters of BYHP for some years and as Amanda had previously undertaken a challenge for BYHP, John decided to go for the challenge known as #LEJOG, cycling some 874 miles in an attempt to raise £10,000 for the charity.
Having left Land’s End on Tuesday 12th April John hopes to make it to his final destination within 10 days, arriving on Thursday 21st, beating Amanda’s 11 day record!
After 6 days John has already reached nearly £4000 for BYHP which will help provide support to many young people across Banbury and the surrounding area, as BYHP requires over £200,000 a year to support them with Family Mediation, Counselling, Housing Advice and Employability Training.
To add to the challenge, John is also managing to find the time to write some poetry describing his exploits and why he is doing the challenge and it can be seen at www.themulletpress.co.uk.
If you would like to donate to support John in his challenge to help BYHP please go to
Tim Tarby-Donald, Head of Business at BYHP said:
“Supporters like John and Amanda are invaluable to the work we do supporting Young People locally – it is amazing that people want to push themselves to the limit to help us continue our work. Thanks so much to
them and the kind people who have donated”
Saturday saw the launch of BYHP's Christmas campaign with the team's attendance at the Banbury Town Mayor's Christmas Charity Bazaar at the Town Hall.
Since joining BYHP a few weeks ago I have seen the amazing work the team have been doing over the last 25 years and continue to do with local young people who maybe haven't had the easiest start in life.
On a daily basis they are helping families resolve their problems to avoid young people becoming homeless, providing counselling to some young people with chaotic lives and providing advice and support to them in finding the most appropriate and cost effective accommodation to help keep them safe.
In addition, the team does not just deal with "homelessness"; via our employability skills training programme "Unlocking Potential" we help groups of young people build confidence, acquire skills and develop aspirations to move on in their lives by accessing education and training or by obtaining work experience, undertaking volunteering, learning money management and ultimately finding jobs.
We also provide a food bank service for young people, offer opportunities for them to help each other via peer support and we challenge them to develop interests and skills in art, music, cooking and IT via various projects.
In short, BYHP provides a nurturing "family" support network which many of the young people have not been fortunate enough to experience before coming to see us.
We are very lucky to have Emily firstname.lastname@example.org raising funds for us, training for the half marathon. This is why Emily is pounding the streets on our behalf:-
"I am passionate about supporting local charities and community projects, and the best way for me to do this is to get moving! After a couple of Triathlons I decided this time to concentrate my efforts onto running only - why not!?
I am really excited about raising funds for two great Banbury based projects - BYHP, supporting Banbury's Young Homeless, and VisitBanbury, a community project promoting Banbury, hopefully making it a happier and more appealing place to live, work and visit."
Good luck Emily with your training; Not long to go until 11th October!
To sponsor Emily please follow this link:
Here at BYHP we're hosting a Big Lunch and would love for you to come along! Our Big Lunch is a huge picnic held to support young, vulnerable and homeless people across the town. We're looking to get the whole community involved to raise awareness of BYHP and its work with young people.
The lunch is free to attend, all we ask is that you come along with some food and non-alcoholic drink to share and enjoy the chance to meet some of your neighbors that you didn't know before. There will be a range of food for all dietary requirements, live music, creative arts, games, activities, a big raffle and more!
With support from Visit Banbury, the Banbury Community Action Group, Hook Norton Brewery and Kris Reeder, the lunch is set to be a special occasion.
We hope to see you on September 6th (12 noon until 5pm) in Chandos Close!
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.