Project information

Oxygen - Kingston upon Thames

At Oxygen we believe in young people. We conduct focused, long term youth work with some of the most disadvantaged young people in Kingston. We provide weekly clubs and activities and our staff (the majority of whom are volunteers) serve as positive role models, building confidence and self esteem.

We were established as a Charity in 2001 and our work is ongoing.

Charity information: Oxygen - Kingston Borough Youth For Christ

Oxygen - Kingston Borough Youth For Christ logo
  • Need


    Too many young people in our area lack some of the basic things which we all need to go on to lead positive and fulfilling adult lives. We work with young people from broken families, those at risk of offending, with low self esteem, who relate poorly with their peers, have special educational needs or can't engage with mainstream education. At a time when young people lack confidence and aspiration we want to get alongside them and help them to see that they are valued and unlock their potentia


    We run youth work projects around Kingston including a youth club on a very impoverished housing estate, an after school club at a local secondary school and several youth clubs at local church halls. We mobilise volunteers through local churches and the community to serve young people, promote positive relationships and encourage them to realise their potential. We also run weekends and day trips for young people to take part in activities they would not normally be able to afford.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    To demonstrate to local young people that they are valued and can contribute to their communities.


    » Placing appropriate adult role models alongside young people at our projects who spend quality time building relationships which show they are valued.
    » Encouraging young people to play an active role in the planning and delivery of our youth projects so that they feel they have ownership and contribut

    What success will look like

    Through consultation with young people, families and linked organisations about what Oxygen has done for them, which in the past has been overwhelmingly positive.

    Aim 2

    To encourage positive perceptions of young people locally.


    » Put adults alongside young people through volunteering opportunities so that they can see the value young people bring to their community.
    » Undertake visible community projects with young people such as fundraising, gardening, decorating and the running of events to demonstrate their value

    What success will look like

    Through positive coverage of our activities in local media, local government publications and community groups.

    Aim 3

    To unlock the potential of young people and help them to make positive life-affirming choices.


    » Give youth the opportunity to achieve through our projects by offering work experience, qualifications, apprenticeships and a chance to serve others.
    » Offer advice and counselling to young people through our project staff on a wide range of subjects also providing mentors through our mentoring scheme
    » Get young people together to show them what they can achieve as a group. Run weekly sessions and residential weekends where they can develop skills.

    What success will look like

    By measuring outcomes for the young people whom we work with; academic, professional and personal, through consultation with young people, families and linked organisations.

  • Impact


    Within our group of stakeholders (approximately 200 young people in Kingston upon Thames), we aim to continue to evidence long term improvement in outcomes. This improve could be measured as; reduced rate of offending, increased self esteem, increased engagement with education, improved employment prospects, a reduction in tensions in local communities, positive media coverage and a legacy of young people continuing to contribute to our work as they become adults, serving the next generation.


    As with all youth work it is important that we fully risk assess all of our activities and we have robust procedures in place to ensure that this is done regularly in thoroughly. Additionally, by working with a wide base of volunteers we are able to ensure that our contact with young people is consistent and regular to minimise the risk of young people feeling abandoned when paid staff are working on other projects.


    Anyone who donates to Oxygen is given the option of receiving our weekly update via email. We also publish an annual report and numerous other publicity materials throughout the year. In addition we hold regular events for supporters and donors to show them the progress we have made with young peopl

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £122,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £88,562 Staff costs Salaries and associated costs for five paid staff
      £10,573 Premises Premises costs
      £14,115 Other Staff and volunteer training costs, Advertising and Events, Sundries and other expenses
      £8,750 Administration Administrative and general office costs

    Current Funding / Pledges

    Source Amount
    Personal Development Trust £22,000 Guaranteed
    Wates Foundation £6,000 Conditional
    Azmaveth Trust £17,000 Conditional
    Developing Leaders £7,550 Conditional
  • Background


    Kingston upon Thames is a borough in the South West of London which has extreme disparities in wealth. The social housing estates in Kingston (Kingsnympton Park, Cambridge Road, Alpha Road) are pockets of extreme poverty (ranked in the lowest 1% nationally) with high incidences of youth crime, drug related crime, unemployment and family breakdown. Kingston has the advantage of also having a very socially engaged wider community which presents many opportunities to recruit volunteers.


    Young people in Kingston upon Thames, primarily those from the disadvantaged areas mentioned above. Oxygen currently has about 200 direct beneficiaries but also has a demonstrable benefit to the wider community of Kingston upon Thames through encouraging young people to volunteer to improve community spaces, raising youth aspiration and providing education and training.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    Over the last decade Oxygen have developed strong links in Kingston. We are a recognised youth work provider who already work alongside the local authority. Oxygen are well supported by Kingston's churches and wider community and have a proven track record in getting alongside some of the borough's most disadvantaged young people.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    John Trend

    John is Oxygen's director and has been a youth worker for over 20 years. He has experience working in youth justice as well as the wider youth service

    Charlie Bamford

    Charlie is Oxygen's Operations and Development Officer and is responsible for liaising with local partners and supporting front line staff.