A young man learning to read with the help of a tutorNomad Youth and Community Project works with children and families who are facing challenging situations in their lives. In particular, they strive to help people make better choices about their education, health, training, employment, finances, independence, recreation and relationships.

They have been awarded many OCF grants that have helped them develop life-changing programmes around skills and employment, health and wellbeing and numeracy and literacy.





Based in Henley-on-Thames, Nomad’s project staff are often questioned about the need for their work in such an affluent town. In fact, the comparative wealth of the area can easily mask or worsen the needs, leaving many people feeling isolated and unheard. Many children struggle with chaotic family lives, leading to inconsistent attendance at school, loss of motivation and ultimately poor literacy, which in turn increases their risk of remaining outside education, employment or training later in life.


Nomad’s work addresses all of the often complex aspects of social and economic disadvantage, looking at the reasons for someone being marginalised as well as the effects. Using a sensitive, personal style of working, they have had tremendous success in engaging young people and adults who have been hard to reach before using their tailored education programmes.


Nomad has received over £20,000 in funding from OCF since 2004. This includes a grant via one of OCF’s local donors, which helped set up a food bank supporting 30 families each month, and provided training sessions in money management and job skills.

Most recently, OCF’s support has enabled Nomad to develop their Restart Programme, an initiative tutoring young people to gain qualifications. One student, a single mother of four, has since become permanently employed for the first time ever. She says: “Studying for my English GCSE has been rewarding for me personally, having been a failure at school. It has given me confidence and has opened doors for me. The college have now offered me a place on a business apprenticeship scheme, which I can do alongside my job. I am excited about the future!”.

“Studying for my English GCSE has been rewarding for me personally, having been a failure at school. It has given me confidence and opened doors for me. I am excited about the future!”

Participant on Nomad’s Restart Programme for literacy

At a glance
  • Local charity working to address social exclusion amongst young people and their families
  • Provider of training and tailored support programmes addressing education, skills and wellbeing
Social Themes
  • Poverty and social disadvantage
  • Young people not in education, employment or training
  • Literacy, numeracy and life skills
Benefits of working with OCF
  • Access to continued financial support via a series of grants that helped fund their core activities
  • Patronage from a donor inspired by their work
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