Charity information

OYAP Trust

OYAP Trust runs irresistible arts projects all over Oxfordshire with the aim of improving the lives of young people and their communities.

Founded 2005

  • Mission statement

    OYAP Trust runs projects that invite all young people in Oxfordshire to take part in irresistible arts activities. Each year, thousands of children and young adults are inspired, learn new skills, meet new people and achieve success through our creative projects. OYAP uses creativity as a tool for young people to explore and demonstrate their own talents and abilities for the benefit of themselves and others.

    As well as running projects that are open to all young people, OYAP is passionate about providing specialised arts projects designed to reach out to the county's most vulnerable 7 to 25 year olds: those at risk of isolation as a result of disadvantages such as poverty, special needs, school exclusion, mental health problems, and family breakdown.

    Although Oxfordshire is perceived as a wealthy county, more than 13,000 children here are living in poverty. In Oxfordshire, approximately 3,600 young people are not in education employment or training. Hundreds of children and young people are looked after by Oxfordshire County Council, and the Council plans to build 3 new children's homes to enable them to look after more children. Nationally, only 13% of 16 year olds in care achieve 5 or more A* to C grade GCSEs including English and Maths compared to 57% of all children.

    OYAP Trust works with young people to design arts projects that specifically tackle these problems, supporting young people to transform their own lives by achieving amazing goals through creativity.

  • Aims

    OYAP Trust aims to:

    • Kick Arts: a flexi-school model for School Refusers. A tried and tested programme for reducing exclusions from school and the number of young people who are N.E.E.T.
    • Fragments: a ground-breaking project in partnership with Oxford Family Mediation, designed to help young people across the country deal with the trauma of parental separation and divorce.
    • Youth Action Teams in Bicester and Bretch Hill, Banbury: young people challenging negative perceptions of youth by running exciting and inclusive arts, radio and kindness events in their communities.
    • The Studio: an explosion of creative ideas and events founded by the Youth of Bicester (aged 11-25) run for and by young people in a previously empty shop unit in Bicester.
    • The Courtyard Youth Arts Programme: opportunities for young people aged 7-18 during term time and the holidays to get involved in theatre, digital arts, music, art, circus, film-making and lots more.
  • Overview

    Established: June 2005

    Registered Charity Number: 1111500

    Board members: 9

    Full time staff: 4

    Part time staff: 1

    Volunteers: 100

    Phone number: 01869 602560

    Address: The Courtyard Arts Centre Launton Road OX26 6DJ

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