North Oxon's Thrive- supporting children in poverty

As many will know we recently supported Human Story Theatre as they performed "Happily Even After" across the county.

It introduced us to many different individuals and organisations, which included Andrea from Thrive North Oxon. She wanted us to highight what they do and also let us have a referral form in case any of our North Oxon DA champions felt they could help a child in North Oxon:

'THRIVE' is a voluntary organisation based in Chipping Norton in North Oxfordshire, aiming to support local children living in desperate circumstances. It was formed in 2016 by a small group of local women after meeting the founders of an organisation called, ‘Community Awareness’, based in Gloucestershire. This organisation works to raise awareness of and offer support to local children living below the poverty line. After speaking with this group and hearing the shocking cases that they have been able to assist within Gloucestershire, ‘Thrive’ was formed so that a similar group could help support desperate children in the North Oxfordshire area.

The main objective of ‘Thrive’ is to provide practical support to these children of struggling families in North Oxfordshire who, for whatever reason, have a genuine, urgent need. Usually, this need would be for a specific basic item such as toiletries, a bed to sleep on, basic clothing (that most of us take for granted) or a rug to cover a bare floor following a sudden home move.

‘Thrive’ is in touch with partnership schools’ Parent Support Advisors. As the group becomes more established and funds grow, the aim is to extend the contact to include local nursery school leaders, health visitors, the food bank, women’s refuges, and the children’s centers. The staff in these roles can call on Thrive when they have a specific urgent request — they can request items for the children and Thrive can provide it. Most importantly Thrive will remain invisible to those families it supports, respecting the pride of those that the organisation has been able to help.

Visit Thrive's website for more details of this amazing charity.