Project Partners

Aspire Oxford

Aspire Oxford delivers class-leading services to customers whilst also providing life-changing support, training and skills for people who have survived adversity and are committed to making remarkable changes to their lives.

They create work placements and employment opportunities for local people who face barriers to securing meaningful employment which reduces re-offending rates and homelessness, promotes social inclusion, and helps people move off benefits and into work.

Ace Training

Provides quality Apprenticeship and pre-Apprenticeship training in Brickwork, Bench Joinery, Groundworks and Site Carpentry as well as introductory courses, CSCS and OSAT training. ACE provides fully funded apprenticeship training for under 19’s and receives government contributions for over 19’s.

Training includes workshop based learning with high quality training tools and machinery. Lessons are taught by qualified tutors in small groups. Help is given to meet employers through monthly ‘Apprentice Hiring Fairs’ and application/interview support.


Banbury Young Homeless Project engages with and supports Young People aged 13-25 who are not in education, employment or training or are homeless, inappropriately housed or at risk of becoming homeless. They provide free confidential advice, information and support services to make sure young people grow up with the support they need whatever their background.

They offer counselling, family mediation, employment skills and job search advice, housing advice, food bank access and a variety of life skills training, such as money management, CV writing and interview skills. The Young People are then assisted to progress by helping them find employment, return to education or gain additional training or volunteering. This support combined with youth clubs, arts and music awards and a range of activities build confidence and independence in a fun, informative and empowering environment.


Oxford United Community Trust runs four projects aimed at young people, asylum seekers, adults with learning difficulties and mental health problems and women, including specialist fitness sessions for those 30+. The first project is delivered in partnership with Oxfordshire MIND and delivers sessions in Blackbird Leys to engage 15+ asylum seekers weekly.

The second project, delivered in partnership with East Community Hub and Aspire is based in Barton and engages 8 NEET girls in a weekly two hour football fitness session. The third project is a monthly football session based in Blackbird Leys for adults with learning disabilities and engages around 20 male participants. The fourth project, which is just about to launch, is engaging NEET girls in Blackbird Leys.

The sessions are run in partnership with Access Sport and emphasize fitness and having positive female role models. All of these projects build self-confidence, social skills, independence and create opportunities to learn and gain coaching qualifications.


South Oxfordshire Food and Education Academy supplies local charities with fresh, nutritional produce and to provide training for those disadvantaged in the labour market. The surplus food they receive from local retailers is redistributed to organisations which feed people who might otherwise go hungry.

Their training programmes help people aged 16-18 (up to 24 with an EHCP) develop the skills they need to move into meaningful, paid employment. A wide range of support, real work experience, employability skills, functional fitness, arts and creative media, trips and visits prepare young people for the future with high levels of support to help them to succeed.

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Synolos empowers young people to make positive life, training and career choices whilst promoting the belief that with hard work and dedication anything is possible. Combining recognised qualifications, effective learning environments and enterprise with a supportive environment Synolos helps people move forward in their lives.

They offer a wide range of courses to people of all ages with opportunities in carpentry, photography, art and design, beauty, childcare, health and social care, business studies, functional skills in maths and English, confidence building and work experience.


For over 20 years Trax has been working with disadvantaged young people giving them a sense of purpose. With excellent accredited qualifications and training they provide the support to help young people to develop their skills and knowledge.

Their opportunities include motor bike mechanics, build a bike projects, catering courses, rugby, football and survival camp all aimed at giving young people direction with real skills that make a difference. In the summer they open their doors to make their highly equipped facilities available to the young people of Oxford to just have loads of fun.

Yellow Submarine

Yellow Submarine is an innovative Oxfordshire based charity that believes people with learning disabilities and autism deserve to live life to the full. Their projects start working with young people in community settings from the age of 11 onwards, to build their social skills, confidence, independence and ultimately their employability.

Through a range of activities, projects and clubs young people are encouraged and supported to socialise independently, use public transport, gain new skills and engage in meaningful work. They run award winning cafes in Witney and Oxford which are co-staffed by people with learning disabilities and have been consistently rated the number 1 restaurant in Oxford on TripAdvisor.