What teenagers really need in this time

“We all know we can’t make our teenagers do anything. It can be hard enough to get them out of bed or to get off their phones to have a conversation. Right now, with children out of school, families are by far the biggest influence. So how can we influence intentionally?” Erica Payne shows us […]

Five things to do in lockdown

Innovista’s National Director in Moldova, Maricela, has shared a brilliant story about the resilience and creativity of young people in lockdown in their capital city, Chisinau. It resonates deeply with what Thrive Teams are doing in Oxford at the moment. Across our many locations, Innovista is enabling young leaders to impact their communities at this […]

Baking Easter bread

Meet Alexandra. She’s part of Innovista Ukraine’s team, and along with her daughter, granddaughter and cat, she shares an old family recipe with us today. From her family to yours, enjoy preparing for Easter today. Craft: how to decorate Easter eggs All around the world, eggs symbolise new life at Easter. This year, why not […]

Easter in Ukraine – learning the language

Hello, or should we say Привіт… Did you know that Ukraine is home to seven World Heritage sites, the world’s third busiest McDonald’s, and the deepest underground tunnel* in any city in the world? Did you know it’s the largest country entirely in Europe? It covers 605,628km² (that’s two and a half times bigger than […]

Love and mission in a time of Coronavirus

Jason Lane speaks from his home in Oxford, outlining how the current Coronavirus pandemic is impacting all of Innovista’s work, from our Thrive Teams in Oxford to our Tempo course in Siberia.

Thrive Teams Appeal Update

Thrive Teams Appeal Update A lot has happened since we wrote to you on 20 March to ask you to please help Team Leader Matt as he, and his Thrive Teams colleagues, urgently moved all of their youth work online. We were so encouraged by the warmth of your response and your incredible generosity. Thanks […]

From the playground to the stage

Thrive Teams partner with several local schools, which helps support our work with the young people we are working with. We caught up with South Abingdon youth worker, Rebecca, to hear what’s been happening recently with a particular group of 13 year old girls, and how they ended up on stage! ‘A year ago, we […]

“I am sorry for the mother I have been.”

‘I am so sorry for the mother I have been. Will you forgive me?’ Tahmina lives in Central Asia, and suffered abuse as a child. When she grew up and had a daughter of her own, she raised her in just the same way. She showed her daughter very little love, and more often great […]

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 […]