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By Oyap Trust, Aug 12 2015 01:06PM

Our growing youth action team (YATs) in Grimsbury, Banbury have kept busy this summer working alongside the residents at Ridings Care Home to produce a beautiful mosaic, which will be presented at Grimsbury Community Centre.

Over the past few months the YATs at Grimsbury have formed a strong relationship with Ridings Care Home, working with Claire and Zoe who are the home's activities coordinators. This relationship has allowed us to go into the home and work with older generations of the Grimsbury community. Together we created an intergenerational mosaic, which colourfully advertises Grimsbury as a great community to be a part of.

Working alongside a skillful mosaic artist, Glyn Rowlands, the young people and the residents learnt many mosaic skills whilst wearing some very dashing goggles to keep them safe!

Our project is due to be printed in the Banbury Guardian towards the end of August 2015 so keep your eyes peeled for this article.

If you would like more information about our Youth Action Teams, or to get involved with your local team please contact Carmen -

By Oyap Trust, Aug 12 2015 12:55PM

Our youth action team (YATs) based at Bretch Hill, Banbury have been busy little bees this summer hosting events and exploring new art forms to achieve their Arts Awards.

On July 22nd our YATs took part in Banbury's successful PlayDays, hosting an arts and crafts stall, a graffiti wall and a very exciting drumming workshop. It was all beach themed and we had some fantastic results at each activity.

On July 30th the YATs planned and created their very own music video for the popular 'Shut up and Dance With Me' track, working alongside a professional film artist, Maya Francis. The video is colourful and exciting and shows off the young people's imagination. This video can be found for your enjoyment here:

This video, alongside other videos that capture the success stories of the Bretch Hill YATs, were then displayed at a film festival hosted by the YATs at The Hill Community Centre. With over 10 people joining us, we presented our films and accomodated the audience with refreshments and lots of cake!

Our next top event was an intergenerational afternoon tea and cake event. The young people were taught how to decorate cupcakes in the morning, before hosting an afternoon tea for local elderly residents of Bretch Hill. With over 30 people joining us we had plenty of mouths to feed and lots of sandwiches, cakes and scones on offer. We rounded off this lovely afternoon with a few games of BINGO and chocolate up for grabs for the winners! This was a really great way for the young people to mix with the older generations of their community and break any stereotype that lingers over them.

To sum up our summer, we had two days of celebration where we crafted a structure out of recyclable objects for The Hill's garden and hosted a Circus Skills workshop, alongside a variety of other exciting art forms, including painting and looming! A presentation was provided by OYAP Trust and The Hill and 10 young people were awarded Arts Award at Discover and Bronze levels. What a fantastic achievement for the young people who have worked so hard to produce brilliant projects this summer.

For more information on our Bretch Hill Youth Action Team, or to get involved in any of our local teams, please contact Carmen -

By Oyap Trust, Apr 30 2015 01:59PM

OYAP have been visiting Heyford Park free school since December 2014 and with them, have been bringing in innovative artists to help students (ages 11-13) develop a wide variety of art skills from photography to shadow puppetry! The success of the arts club has been grand and seen six Discover Arts Awards achieved.

Coordinated by Amie at OYAP the art club is due to continue through until the Summer holidays with the support of Jeremy Hobbs and other members of staff at the school, not of course forgetting the enthusiastic and talented students.

By Oyap Trust, Apr 30 2015 01:54PM

Grimsbury's youth action team are battling the stereotype one cushion at a time!

With the help of local artist Imogen Morris the youth action team of Grimsbury, coordinated by OYAP Trust, have spent the last few weeks creating cushions with the aim of taking them into their local care home to brighten up the accommodation there. Jordan, aged 14, was the 'YAT' who suggested the heart warming idea of designing, creating and delivering the cushions to the older generations to show them appreciation and to battle the current negative stereotype that lingers over the young people. She was very happy to see her idea come to life.

The residents at Ridings Care Home thoroughly enjoyed the visit and were particularly impressed with the young people for their crafty skills and with the cushions presented to them. The cushions are now settled at the home and are making the living area look and feel a lot more like home for many of the residents.

OYAP aim to progress from here with hopes of the Grimsbury youth action team running some craft workshops for the residents to get involved with.

By Oyap Trust, Apr 28 2015 12:33PM

The Hill Community Centre was a hive of creative energy when the Bretch Hill Youth Action Team (YATs) welcomed over 100 members of their community to come and enjoy a day of creative fun and games for Easter.

OYAP Trust artist and Stepping Up Young Leader, Imogen Morris, led the creative activities, helping the young people and their families to make a whole load of Easter inspired cards, chicks, bunnies, pompoms and stained glass tissue paper decorations. The Hill staff served a delicious and healthy picnic lunch, and put on an Easter Egg hunt on the grounds of the centre. Members of the Cherwell Activators team facilitated football and dodgeball games as well. The young people also made hundreds of delicious oat biscuits which they loaded into the bunny baskets they had spent the day making, and the community fun day culminated with the YAT going out into the community to give their Bunny baskets of biscuits away to anyone they came across around their estate. A lovely Easter act of kindness to finish a wonderful day. Well done Bretch Hill YAT!


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