The Hill Youth and Community Centre is located in the Bretch Hill area of Banbury.
The centre aims to see lives transformed through the love of Jesus, in an area that features highly on the national social deprivation indices.
Although Bretch Hill is traditionally a place where community and family values are strong, incidents of crime and anti-social behaviour, and a breakdown in family structures, have had an impact on the area.
It is our desire to see the entire community transformed through developing individual relationships, facilitating groups and activities, and simply being a Godly witness that demonstrates the love and grace of God.
The Hill is led by a core team of staff and volunteers from the church.
There are two main strands to our work at The Hill:
Youth work is primarily aimed at young people between the ages of 10 and 16. The programme includes sports, weekly social clubs, practical groups, such as homework club and art classes, and programmes centred on building self-esteem and character. The main focus of the team is to build relationships and mentor the young people to see them grow in self-esteem, and enable them to contribute positively to the community.
Community and families work involves getting alongside parents and families in a way that encourages healthy growth of the family home environment. This includes developing practical skills, such as cooking and money drop-management. The weekly drop-ins, various workshops and activities, including an all-age community choir, all help to build a self-perpetuating support network for families and a sense of community inclusion.