What would I say to my 14 year old self?

“I’m only a few years older than the young people I work with, but I can see that life’s tougher for them than it was for me.” From Omsk to Oxford, Innovista identifies, equips and develops leaders. We love sharing their stories with you, so you can see how our training impacts their lives. Devon […]

A basement brimming with life

Before he could complete his studies, the institution in which Innovista’s Ukraine Director, Anatoliy, was based unexpectedly shut down. He won a place to transfer to Oxford University – but didn’t have the money to go. That was when Rodger and Carol stepped in. In 2007. Their generous offer to fund Anatoliy’s place began a […]

Celebrating Thrive Teams’ young achievers

Saturday night saw over 200 people gather from across Oxfordshire and beyond to celebrate and recognise the achievements of the young people that Thrive Teams have been working with over the past few years. Some of the young people there on the night have been involved with Thrive Teams for more than seven years. Focusing […]

The power of a plan: new life in Moldova

The leaders of the Covenant of Grace church in Moldova longed to see God move in their community – but had no clear vision or direction. Moldova is the one of the poorest countries in Europe. Political instability, poverty, human trafficking, and corruption make life very hard. The country is crying out for hope. But […]

Thawing the ice in Siberia

It may be difficult in the September sunshine, but picture if you can the onset of a dark and bitter Siberian winter. That was when Innovista trainer Slavic first took Grace Church’s leadership team through Tempo training on conflict resolution. Deep division Disagreements in the church had been left to fester, and the atmosphere was […]

Duke of Sussex visits Thrive Teams’ young people

Tuesday 14th May was a big step in the life of many of our young people as HRH The Duke of Sussex visited our Thrive Teams programme in Barton. The Duke spent time meeting and chatting with nine young people who are involved with our programmes in Barton, The Leys and South Abingdon. Meeting youth […]

A day in the life of South Abingdon youth worker, Rebecca

Young people from disadvantaged areas often don’t enjoy the same head-start in life as others their age. But we believe these young people have just as much potential as anyone else to bring about change – in their own lives, and also in their community. That’s why we started Thrive Teams in 2010, Innovista’s Oxford hub. Thrive […]

Prayer Leads to Miraculously Dropped Charges

‘I have been caught twice and fined many times.’ Pastor B is a church leader in a Central Asian country, where being a church leader attracts the attention of the secret police. Being found with a sermon on your phone can lead to a heavy fine. Over the last few months, he’s been busy building […]

I had a barrier up for years – Jo’s story

For the first six months that Jo came to church, she didn’t smile. She had built up a protective wall around herself. Over time, as she and sons Josh and Jake got to know the church and the Thrive Team members who live near them on the Barton estate, that began to change.