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Oxfordshire Community Foundation

(Registered Charity No: 1151621)
Charity Commission for England and Wales
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Over the last five years they've made 199 significant donations to registered charities totalling £2,402,982

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30/11/2018 £3,000 YOUTH CHALLENGE OXFORDSHIRE 1 Over the course of around eight months, the three of them will complete several fundraising activities, including a 160-mile cycle ride stopping at all four Bear offices along the way! At the and of fundraising , they will embark on a trip to Kenya where they will help local teachers working with 400 HIV orphans in two schools built and funded by the Nasio Trust.
31/10/2018 £30,000 The Mindfulness Initiative 1 Grant to The Mindfulness Initiative
31/10/2018 £5,000 CHILDREN HEARD AND SEEN 1 We will set up a group for children with a parent in prison. The group will run for 12 monthly sessions. It will be important for the group to also have volunteers who could potentially work with children individually outside of the group providing role models and mentoring. The grant will enable us to recruit, vet, DBS check, supervise and pay volunteer expenses. We will hire a central Banbury location (the Mill Arts Centre) which has facilities children may not normally access. The funding will finance a skilled empathetic, tenacious professional to assess the families and their needs and build a relationship that children/young people feel encouraged and supported to attend ,s/he, will identify and liaise with contributors for the project The funding will provide healthy refreshments to ensure the children/young people feel nurtured and cared for at the project sessions. It will also provide materials such as craft supplies for the groups and contribute to funding skilled sessional workers such as art or music workers.
31/10/2018 £5,000 PENNYHOOKS FARM TRUST 1 We will provide specialist training in an increasing range of working opportunities to a wider number of individuals as there are none locally for people with complex autism. Working and learning together will develop our students’ social skills and a sense of community and social well-being. These are all vital to developing purposeful, healthy adult lives. Many of our students come from the areas that show poor employment, such as Abingdon, Witney, Wantage, Grove, Oxford City and Kidlington. This has an impact particularly because even if they seek work as supported volunteers, their support needs can be too onerous for their work place and others will be chosen. Thus, Pennyhooks is becoming a work place in its own right, providing an appropriate environment for our young adults to ‘go to work’ while supported by experienced staff. This is more preferable than simply being accompanied by support workers to leisure activities. Work related activity brings with it the opportunity to gain work skills, to take responsibility, to function as part of a team and community. It leads to improved self-esteem and mental health with consequently less reliance on other services.
31/10/2018 £8,746 QUEST FOR LEARNING 1 The aim is to address poor levels of mental maths and financial literacy in the Didcot area. We want to do that in three ways: 1) Placing qualified Quest for Learning numeracy tutors in 3 of the most needy schools to support 16 children in each and carry out family outreach. 2) Training 30 staff from the 9 Didcot primary schools and 6 neighbouring village schools to be able to use Numskills and Numskills Money throughout their classrooms and corridors. 3) Holding a Family Outreach Day to invite families to come to play the games and get to grips with mental maths. This would be held on a Saturday in a community centre on the new Great Western Park estate. We would liaise with the Didcot Schools Partnerships, the nearby Aureus School (where we are based) as well as Home Link workers.
31/10/2018 £4,754 BRIDEWELL ORGANIC GARDENS 1 creating an environment where service users are welcomed, interact with others (users, staff and volunteers) and are able to us their time at Bridewell to maximum effect in terms of their recovery from mental ill-health.
31/10/2018 £9,700 RIVERSIDE COUNSELLING SERVICE 2 This project targets girls and young women (12-20 years) with mental health issues giving them access to talking therapies through 1:1 counselling sessions that support their emotional development and wellbeing. Qualified counsellors provide a confidential, non-judgemental environment allowing girls to explore and face their concerns. Sessions will use a range of talking therapies supporting issues such as family and relationship difficulties; self-esteem, depression or anxiety; self-harm; worries about body image or more complex mental health needs. We know it is essential to look at the young person’s difficulties in the context of the family. The project will therefore include support for parents helping them have to understanding of many of the issues supporting young girls and how they can continue provide the best support for their daughter at home. It is vital that all girls, whatever their circumstances, can access the help they need so the ‘Girl’s Talk’ project will target girls from low income families. Girls and young women can self-refer, or can be referred by another trusted person such as a parent, teacher or GP. The project aims to work closely with schools, surgeries and community groups to ensure that we reach those who need support. Project activities would include; • Weekly 1:1 counselling sessions for three months • Families initial consultation and termly review • Offer 6 sessions of 1:1 parental support • Training and supervision for counsellors There would be three rounds of support. Time is allowed between rounds for evaluations and counsellor training and supervision.
31/10/2018 £5,000 ARK - T CENTRE 1 Ark-T has been piloting a 'self-care retreat for teenage girls' over the past year. Each retreat has been oversubscribed; we need further staffing to run these retreats with further capacity during school holidays in 2019. The retreats range from 1 day to 5 days. The demand for the retreats has been overwhelming with waiting lists. This is an innovative programme for Oxfordshire and nationally, championing the idea that 'self-care' doesn't need to be exclusively for the more affluent demographic. Women of all ages benefit from self-care, especially teenage girls facing socio-economic and mental health challenges. Self-care retreats have included; yoga, meditation, mindfulness, self expression through art, sound portraits, healthy eating/nutrition, outdoor activities such as sensory walks, nature based therapeutic interventions. Ark-T also runs 'HerSpace' an afterschool term-time club for 12 to 18 year old teenage girls, this is oversubscribed and understaffed. Funding for HerSpace from The Wates Foundation ends in June 2019, we are seeking alternative funding for 2019. HerSpace workshop participants develop practical art and design skills which could lead to employment opportunities, build arts and social leadership skills, project management, communication skills, time-management skills and learn about physical and nutritional health creatively.
30/09/2018 £50,000 Ark T Centre 1 A creative learning charity, specialising in creative interventions, events and public art which have strong personal and social impact. Work has 3 core objectives for the people who use our service: 1. Improved mental health 2. Developed leadership skills 3. Improved relationship and communication skills.
30/09/2018 £5,000 DIDCOT TRAIN - INSPIRING YOUNG PEOPLE 1 The Querubi Camp France residential experience is the pinnacle of Youth Work and has the potential to totally transform the lives of the young people who attend, mostly because it continues to provide under privileged young people with new perspectives on life. To set things in perspective, most of these young people will rarely leave the immediate environs of Didcot never mind even consider they might ever travel abroad. Therefore, they will have no passport and have never been to an airport of flown in a plane.Our Youth Workers prepare them for the experience over a 6-8 week period of practical, physical and behavioural dimensions ranging from gaining a passport, building up fitness through physical individual and team activities, airport security processes, building up their understanding of teamwork, being non-judgemental about other people’s capabilities, building respect for one another, learning how to focus and prepare for challenges, keeping open minds and building self-confidence.At the end of the residential packing up and leaving seems to always be a highly emotional experience as the young people gain the realisation of what they have experienced and achieved and how they have grown hope and aspiration for their future lives.
30/09/2018 £8,311 THE PARASOL PROJECT 5 We are seeking funding to support the expansion of our Parasol Youth Volunteering Programme for 40+ disabled and disadvantaged young people (10-25yrs) during 2019-20. Inclusivity and equal opportunities are key hallmarks and features of Parasol. Therefore, we also work with young carers, those in care, care leavers and refugees. The funding will enable us to (1) employ sessional staff (Youth Volunteer Enablers) to support the expanded programme and; (2) recruit a part-time Parasol Plus Coordinator to deliver our new Parasol Plus Programme for young disabled adults (19-25yrs). This new post will focus on supporting disabled young adults (Workforce Volunteers) to take part in work experience activities and training both in-house as well as out in the local community. This funding would effectively quadruple volunteering opportunities as it would extend the current programme (from 10 to 46 weeks a year) providing volunteer placements on all of Parasol activities: Choice Days, Play Schemes, After School Club, Youth Club, Dance Group and on our new pilot Workforce Volunteer Parasol Plus Programme. The programme will put scaffolding opportunities in place to help individuals build their capabilities, confidence, identity, self-worth which in turn, helps individuals develop positive relationships and support networks via volunteering.
30/09/2018 £4,950 ARK - T CENTRE 1 Grant to Ark T Centre
30/09/2018 £5,000 THE HUMMINGBIRD CENTRE 1 Grant to The Hummingbird Centre
30/09/2018 £4,563 STUDENT HUBS 6 We believe student volunteers could be a great asset in the hospital setting, adding capacity to NHS staff and improving the patient experience at a time when the health service is under growing pressures. This programme builds on our expertise running impactful youth social action programmes in schools and care homes. It is our first social action programme focused on health care, an area where there are currently very limited opportunities for young people. We have run a small pilot programme at the JR Hospital with 5 volunteers during Summer 2018, and have been exploring how we can grow a more structured programme in partnership with Oxford University Hospitals NHS foundation trust during the academic year 2018-19. This programme has been championed by directors of the OUH NHS trust, and is aligned with their priorities for the JR hospital.
30/09/2018 £7,818 BLACKBIRD LEYS ADVENTURE PLAYGROUND 3 The funding will enable us to Have a clear progression route to encourage the volunteer approach and reward those who begin to recognise they can make a difference by helping others. We work with 8-13 year olds and our Junior Leaders who are 14+ We usually have about 12 new junior leaders a year These have the option to take part in the Junior Leader training run by Oxfordshire youth -which leads to a level 2 qualification in Leadership and Team Building With your funds this could ensure we can train all junior leaders
30/09/2018 £6,000 ABINGDON DAMASCUS YOUTH PROJECT 1 We promote the development of the personal, social & educational potential of young people between the ages of 11 and 15 years living in the area encompassed by Vale of the White Horse ans South Oxfordshire District Councils and in particular those who are disadvantaged by adverse social conditions. We currently focus our work in South Abingdon and Drayton, Appleford, Milton, Sutton Courtenay and Steventon (the first letters of the village names form the acronym DAMASCUS). We are rooted within these communities and work in partnership with Thames Valley police, schools, MASH, Kingfisher and other agencies to deliver positive outcomes for disenfranchised young people. Our core target group consists of young people from low socioeconomic backgrounds with non-existent social mobility. They are variously disengaged from education, lack appropriate support and boundaries at home, experience deprivation, community isolation; succumb to negative peer pressure, have poor life skills and at risk of involvement/already involved with drugs and alcohol and other anti-social behaviour and have unfettered access to social media and inappropriate websites. We have prevented cases of grooming for sexual exploitation, dealing drugs and joining gangs with associated intimidation and violence through our work and partnership with police. Our street-smart youth workers are out on the streets late in to evenings, building trusting relationships and identifying issues which are followed up with bespoke one-to one-support and through high-impact workshops to address the shocking realities of " drugs / streets life" and destroy popular myths and misconceptions. We enable these young people to reflect on how they perceive themselves, their home, communal environments and develop a sense of belonging through opportunities to be recognised for positive youth leadership within community. This also helps them in future job prospects as we are an accredited centre for the award of AQA certificates in achievement.We have a track record of working in partnership with police to prevent escalation such that vulnerable young people are groomed or become victims of drugs, violence and gang membership. As PC James Barraclough of the Abingdon Town Policing Team says, "One more young person that engages with Damascus is one less young person I have to see". Inspector Mags Turner of Thames Valley Police said, " I wish there was a Damascus in every community". Outside the shops in the Gainsborough Green Area of South Abingdon we averted a potential violent and grooming incident when a known gang from Oxford pulled up at our street session. We were able to share intelligence picked up on the streets about gangs from London occupying houses in local villages and towns to groom our young people in to dealing. Following the death of a man in the South Abingdon community, 'Olders' (men from Saxton road aged 20+ ) had been drinking all day and threatening the 'Youngers' (under 16) they saw on the street. A young person got threatened with a knife and was scratched on his face. Young people talked of revenge and the need to carry a weapon for protection. We calmed the situation and got them thinking rationally about the danger of carrying knives for protection. The grant will enable us to employ a specialist youth worker with experience of working on youth gang culture and knife crime prevention in London, to deliver effective interventions engaging both those actively participating in gang and knife related high-risk activities and those on the periphery to reduce exploitation of young people through gang membership and reducing and preventing violent crime. In the course of the work we will share police relevant gang data as well as effectiveness of substance misuse services.
31/08/2018 £51,000 RAW 4 launching a unique Grounds Maintenance enterprise.
31/08/2018 £4,000 OXFORD HINDU TEMPLE AND COMMUNITY CENTRE PROJECT 2 The ‘Making Music Together’ Project will bring together existing musical talent and latent skills within diverse groups so that everyone with an interest in sharing their cultural heritage has a voice. They will have opportunities to contribute to vibrant programmes in which they have pride and a sense of ownership
31/08/2018 £5,000 OXFORDSHIRE MY LIFE MY CHOICE ASSOCIATION 3 The Gig Buddies concept is simple; beneficiaries are matched with a volunteer who loves the same kind of ‘gigs’ (e.g. football matches, the cinema, museum, concerts etc.) so they can go to these ‘gigs’ together. The Gig Buddies idea originated in Brighton from a charity called Stay Up Late. The charity was started by the punk band ‘Heavy Load’. Three of the members of Heavy Load had learning disabilities and they were tired of seeing their fans leaving their gigs at 9pm due to support staff working inflexible rotas. They started the Stay Up Late campaign in 2006 and this eventually developed into the Gig Buddies project. The coalition evolved the idea for Oxfordshire so that It isn’t just the lonely/isolated “beneficiaries” who will benefit, but the Volunteer supporters who will have come from disadvantaged backgrounds themselves.
31/08/2018 £5,000 THE STORY MUSEUM 4 To establish a panel of young people meeting regularly with input from professional external artists working across a range of media in order to co-programme a live event, co-produce a new installation and gain front of house experience.
30/06/2018 £49,360 Cogges Heritage Trust 1 Supporting the societal and welfare needs of the local community as it is in delivering a top-quality, educational visitor attraction experience.
30/06/2018 £65,000 Access Sport CIO 4 Grant to Access Sport CIO
30/06/2018 £50,000 Oxford Parent Infant Project (OXPIP) 5 Establish OXPIP Training and Consultancy Services as a sustainable business enterprise: - with a national profile, contributing to OXPIP's position as a centre of excellence for parent-infant mental health and well-being. - offering a comprehensive programme of accredited trianing, awareness-raising and mentoring/consultancy for professionals -with a broad customer base including a range of organisational commissioners and purchasers -contributing to the resourcing of OXPIP's direct therapeutic services in Oxfordshire. -offering subsidised and free training places for Oxfordshire-based practitioners - contributing to research, extending the evidence-base and influencing policy and service development in the sector
31/05/2018 £5,000 NICODEMUS 1 Development and delivery of our Survivor programme. Survivor is a programme of Youth Social Action, written, led and delivered by young people, who have themselves been victims of domestic abuse, aimed at teaching other young people about the damaging effects of domestic abuse, how to spot it and how to get help if they find themselves in this situation. The programme involves development/training days which will be led by young adults who are often overlooked because of their background and/or circumstances and who have been through or are going through their own difficult situations and will be supported by a professional trainer and volunteers, supporting young adults to use their experience to help others who are at risk or also vulnerable. The objective is to equip young people to develop skills, enabling them to engage with other young people and professionals offering youth led training, peer support and other reflective activities in schools and other community groups. Elements of the training will be filmed and made available to other young people, who are at crisis point, through the internet and social media.
31/05/2018 £4,995 STUDENT HUBS 6 Pilot targeted outreach to male university students, with the aim of increasing the number of male volunteers across School Plus to 100 by April 2019 and reaching a further 300 beneficiaries through tutoring one-to-one and in small groups. In order to effectively design, market, and run these volunteering opportunities, we will seek input from male university students themselves. During May and June 2018 we will hold focus groups to learn from the ideas and experiences of current male volunteers, as well as individuals with little or no social action experience. Using these insights we will develop a tailored recruitment and retention strategy ready for the new academic year in October 2018. We will seek ongoing feedback from all stakeholders as we pilot this approach, and then embed these learnings in order to increase the engagement of male volunteers across our other activities from April 2019 onwards.
31/05/2018 £5,712 FARM INSPIRATION TRUST 2 We want to increase access to regular meaningful occupations (paid work, positions that will lead to paid work, volunteering or traineeships) for people with learning disabilities and autism.
31/05/2018 £3,300 VIP+ 5 week programme over the summer holidays, run twice for two different cohorts of young people in care. We will use social action as a way of supporting children in care to engage in their community.
31/05/2018 £5,000 OXFORDSHIRE MY LIFE MY CHOICE ASSOCIATION 3 Fifteen young Champions with learning disabilities would plan and deliver a youth-led campaign.
31/05/2018 £5,000 YOUTH CHALLENGE OXFORDSHIRE 1 Youth Challenge Oxfordshire is a relatively new charity with set-up costs, administrative costs and staff training to ensure a safe and sustainable future for the youth groups' EXIT7 programm
31/05/2018 £4,000 SOBELL HOUSE HOSPICE CHARITY LIMITED 2 Staff team completed the Three Peaks Challenge
30/04/2018 £12,232 BABY UNIT, RELATIVES AND PARENTS SUPPORT 1 Match Funding re Employee Fundraising
30/04/2018 £13,228 DASH - Discovering Autistic Spectrum Happiness 3 Match Funding re Employee Fundraising
30/04/2018 £12,232 SATRO 5 Match Funding re Employee Fundraising
30/04/2018 £20,000 Berin Centre 1 Continuing support for the Berin Centre
30/04/2018 £13,228 Brighter Futures 1 Match Funding re Employee Fundraising
31/03/2018 £12,000 Story Museum 4 To support the Learning & participation team to work with the 8 ‘Maggie’s Schools’ to deliver Maggie’s Day and Extreme Reading
31/03/2018 £25,000 Oxfordshire Youth 5 Build a resilient youth sector that provides high quality services for young people across Oxfordshire.
31/01/2018 £4,000 Dovecote Voluntary Parent Committee 3 Cover core running costs needed to secure the delivery and development of a community led, parent managed scheme delivering various services to support the development and wellbeing of children including those with disabilities and families experiencing complex issues, poverty and social exclusion.
31/01/2018 £4,555 DrugFAM 4 The grant will primarily be spent on delivering our weekly support group in Witney for a 50 week period, awith some funding used to cover the costs of one-to-one support for clients in Oxfordshire (e.g. Helpline support for people in crisis, one-to-one meetings and home visiting and befriending services).
31/01/2018 £3,900 Barton Community Association 1 Homework Club: The sessions are free to attend and we rely on volunteers to support the paid worker. Art Club These groups attracts 20 – 25 children each week aged 6 – 12 running term time only Fridays 3.30 - 5. This activity usually attracts children who are not so interested in Sport and Music, and it’s a great outlet for their creativity. Amongst our newcomers are the children from the Syrian families who have recently moved into Barton. Coach trips.We take the children out for a treat once a year for a Christmas party or a local activity, but this has not been possible recently due to a lack of funding. IT equipment for groups activities/administration
31/01/2018 £3,284 Aspire 5 This grant will be spent on delivering three specialist Nurturing Programme Family Links parenting courses specifically aimed at ex-offenders both in custody and also for those in the community. Each parenting course will run for a total of 12 weeks including a pre-delivery and evaluation session. The parenting course is a Nurturing Programme designed to help parents who are ex-offenders to manage their feelings and behaviour while becoming more positive and nurturing in their relationships with their children and with each other. Learning modules will include giving praise, discipline, family rules, personal power and self-esteem, communicating feelings and stages of child development. For Aspire's clients, who come from very deprived backgrounds and may not have had positive experiences of parenting growing up, these courses are invaluable to break unhealthy cycles of behaviour. We expect that 24 ex-offenders will attend these courses (8 learners per course) and once completed, they will benefit from greater emotional literacy in parenting skills designed to greatly strengthen family life and protect children from future antisocial behaviour. The indirect beneficiaries of this project will be in excess of 96 people.
31/01/2018 £4,254 Thrive Leys 3 Our team will mentor 15 young people from Blackbird Leys. These will be young people our team have met through open-access activities or have been referred to us by The Oxford Academy, local PCSOs or the Family Solutions Service.
31/01/2018 £8,500 Thames Valley Partnership 5 This grant will contribute to funding the staff member who will provide the following: - Staff the Family Matters Desk at Oxford Crown Court one day a week - Attend the Visitors Centre at HMP Bullingdon to support families prior to them going inside the prison to visit their family member - Signpost to other local family support services, linking effectively with the Thriving Families team, early intervention services, DWP etc - Undertake longer-term support if appropriate - Refer to our volunteer-led New Leaf mentoring service to aid resettlement of the offender, working alongside the family support work - Refer to our Building Bridges project in Oxfordshire which uses Family Group Conferencing techniques to reduce homelessness amongst offenders by allowing them to return home to their families
31/01/2018 £48,600 Orchestra of St John's 1 OSJ’s focus is to bring world-class musicians and music-making into the community in meaningful ways. In addition to concert programming that brings large numbers of people together for shared musical experiences, OSJ routinely delivers more intimate performances in unusual spaces, such as the Ashmolean Museum and importantly in Oxfordshire schools and care homes for autistic children (often 4 per week to over 100 children a day) and special needs adults. We do this work in collaboration with the associated charity Music for Autism, by bringing a small team of musicians with John Lubbock (Music Director) as animateur to give short concerts to each class, sometimes to the school as a whole. Such concerts are hardly one-way events, but rather students are encouraged to engage with the musicians, move, sing, and even sometimes conduct the group. For everyone, but especially for the more severely handicapped children and adults, the live music experience enhances their lives like nothing else. The best evidence of value are the testimonials from the carers. We aim to adopt this kernel and broaden the orchestra’s engagement with the community. It is early days but projects include ‘the Compassion project’, ‘OSJ Engage’ (haiku and watercolours), and ‘OSJ Everywhere!’
31/01/2018 £5,000 Home-Start Oxford 2 A grant would fund a Family Support Worker (FSW) who is matched with vulnerable families, for 12 hours per week. They will visit each family weekly for up to 3 hours, and support 5 families at any one time. We will help 9 families during the year – approximately 13 adults and 22 children.
31/01/2018 £48,840 One-Eighty 4 We wish to set up a One-Eighty Traineeship programme to help us meet the demand for our work. Over the last six years, One-Eighty has grown significantly – our reputation has developed, we have continued to achieve successful outcomes for our intervention and project work (e.g. in 2016/2017, of all the 64 young people that engaged in an intensive one-to-one intervention, all of them had 60-100% success in improving on their academic achievement, making positive behavioural changes, or understanding more about their mental health and how it may affect themselves and others), and in turn, the need and demand for our work has rapidly increased. Our success is now widely recognised and visible to organisations around Oxon and increasingly outside the county. In May 2017, we were awarded the OCVA Charity of the Year award and have been using this accolade to raise awareness of mental well-being in children. As a result of this growth, the professionals, organisations and schools who we are now working with, require a staff team that are well trained in the ‘One-Eighty model,’ who can contribute to the team and be available on a regular basis as opposed to the volunteer-supported model that we have previously employed. To achieve this requirement, it usually takes around three to four months to train a member of the intervention staff to the required quality in order that they can confidently and successfully undertake intervention work. Consequently, it is costly (for both the young people we are supporting, and the staff themselves), to increase staff capacity and we are seeking a better way to manage our recruitment, training and development of staff as we expand. The One-Eighty Traineeship Programme will achieve this – it is a cost-effective solution to recruiting and training staff to the necessary standards, whilst providing One-Eighty with a regular flow of new recruits to manage our growth and meet the increasing demands for our work. It will provide a good balance of new staff alongside a more experienced senior team to provide support and guidance. The Traineeship Programme will allow us to recruit a small pool of people who, after a relatively small amount of time, will be able to support with case and project work and contribute to making the programme sustainable. For example, a Trainee could provide support on a Make Me Smile session (a Primary School focused, mental health awareness project) before they are ready for one-to-one case work. Once fully trained, the Traineeship Programme will allow us to have a regular pool of Behaviour Support Professionals who are familiar with One-Eighty, its work and could immediately start case work without three to four months of recruitment, training and development costs. To initiate the project, we need to employ a ‘Trainee Project Co-ordinator’ to oversee the Traineeship Programme. They will have the relevant skills and experience of case work but, in addition, will be at the level where they are looking to, and can demonstrate a progression into, developing their leadership and supervision skills. We expect the Traineeships to be attractive to final year university students. Therefore, we will need to develop closer working relationships with the universities and colleges in Oxford so they can support us to find interested potential Trainees. We already have a working relationship through the student placement programmes and micro-internship programmes, and so we will build on these to link to specific course tutors such as psychology, social work and occupational therapy. We intend to create a longer-term training programme, focusing on all areas of case work such as one-to-one interventions and group/ project work but also create opportunities to work on wider organisational projects such as marketing and administration at key points during the year. Currently we have a comprehensive one-week induction training programme to introduce a new member of staff to the organisation followed by an in-depth shadowing and training programme for case work before a new member of staff is able to work on their own caseloads. The Traineeship Programme will take place over a year. Initially the Trainee will focus on One-Eighty’s prevention group and project work to introduce them to our intervention models and the mental and emotional health/teaching and learning elements of our work. Once confident, they will continue to be involved in these elements but will gradually transfer the focus of their time to working on individual cases. They will also then start to work independently on project work, developing their skills and experiences of working with schools and young people. By the time they have completed a year, they should be able to provide Behavioural Support work on non-complex interventions under guidance from a Team Leader, and they should be able to deliver independent work on various projects, e.g. delivering Make Me Smile sessions. Then, should it be mutually agreeable, they would join the One-Eighty team as a regular staff member.
31/01/2018 £4,750 Wolvercote Young People's Club 3 Fund the first year of a three year project working with young men from Cutteslowe. The budget provides for 10 hours of youth work per week delivered by two experienced and trained male youth workers. Remaining funds would be allocated to regular support for the staff from our Senior Youth Leader plus activities and materials used in this kind of youth work. We plan to work closely where possible with families and with the Locality and Community Support Service and will pull together Early Help Assessments for individual young men if needed.
31/01/2018 £5,000 Reducing the Risk of Domestic Abuse 4 We will spend it on the salary of the Independent Domestic Violence Advisor (IDVA) for Cherwell and West Oxfordshire over 2018/19.
31/01/2018 £2,500 Barton Community Association 1 Three day 'On Yer Bike' course where a group of 15 children and young people (aged 10 – 15) get to strip down bicycles, learn by doing minor repairs and general safety checks with supervision and support, then re-assemble them and spray paint them. Each participating young person would also be given lights and locks for their bikes. The cost would be £2.5k to cover all the project which would include meals and refreshments each day for all participants.
31/12/2017 £8,000 Ark T Centre 1 Core Costs for the Centre
30/11/2017 £5,000 Refugee Support Network 6 The grant will be used to pay for the salary and associated costs of our Oxford mentoring coordinator. The coordinator will recruit, interview and train volunteer mentors from local communities, carrying out Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) checks on all successful candidates. They will build and maintain strong relationships with social workers, teachers and housing providers who will identify the young people who would benefit from an educational mentor. On receiving a referral, the mentoring coordinator will meet with the young person to explore their needs and aspirations and to help them set educational goals. They will then match each young person with the most appropriate mentor, who will meet with them for an hour a week in a public place to work towards these goals. Our coordinator will provide support for mentors and mentees should any problems arise, for example advice around education progression opportunities.
30/11/2017 £9,500 StartUp 4 The grant will contribute directly to Breaking the Cycle2, supporting 200 young women living in Oxfordshire. The first phase of the project has identified key learnings; those of limitation in attention span and lack of ready engagement of cautious young women beneficiaries, often lacking self-confidence to attend training or workshops. This has enabled important input into the delivery process, ensuring a relaxed nature of delivery (within the familiar environment of the hostels as far as possible), delivery in manageable “bite-sized chunks” of training (which may mean several visits per individual in 1-2 hour stints to ensure they receive each full day activity), and ensuring motivational impact from peer mentoring (delivered by older women ex-offenders and have compelling life stories to share in the context of practical workshops as well as local volunteers). They will have the opportunity in a coaching and training experience to improve their life skills and to work on individual issues in their lives, to assess their personal goals and to understand key aspects of employability. They will receive employability support, building plans and working out how these can be matched with their knowledge and skills that can be deployed on the job market.
30/11/2017 £5,000 Asylum Welcome 5 This project offers long term support to raise aspirations and enable people with underused skills to move towards more appropriate jobs. While there are other employment assisting projects in Oxford, our experience has shown that there is a need for a bespoke service tailored to the needs of refugees that can support people with a wide variety of backgrounds and starting points. Our Employment Lead and trained volunteers will support clients by offering: an initial meeting to discuss skills, experience, qualifications and aspirations. a personal development plan for clients to move towards appropriate employment. support with learning skills necessary for work: Information Technology, Health & Safety, etc. support to find accreditation/ recognition for existing skills/qualifications if required. access to unpaid work placements to get experience of the UK workplace and obtain references for future employment applications. volunteering opportunities within Asylum Welcome. help with CV-writing, job-seeking and interviews. a weekly drop-in called ‘WorkSpace’ where clients can access laptops and information. referral pathways to other employment support projects within Oxford whose services are developed to address the needs of refugees, particularly the employment support offered by our current partner, Aspire, and the Health Professionals Support offered by Refugee Resource.
30/11/2017 £4,000 Banburyshire Citizen Project 1 We will spend the money on our running costs to keep the charity running, training of our volunteers and providing a valuable asset to the local community; the majority of our clients are from Oxfordshire. We will use the money to purchase an ipad and mobile phone to help with the provision of information and advice. We will use the money according to the budget breakdown, for things such as Insurance, advice software, post, stationery, database costs and so forth.
30/11/2017 £4,660 NOMAD 2 The grant will be used to cover costs for 1 staff member to devote 8 hours per week for a year to deliver and develop the programme. Part of the grant will be used to provide appropriate training including first aid, prevent training, listening skills etc. The nature of our work with means that there will always be two qualified workers delivering the activities and programmes at any one time. In some cases,according to numbers and/or the particular character of the young people we are engaging, we might have additional staff and for residential settings we insist on 3 members of staff. Engaging these young people at grass roots level in an informal fun environment enables us to build good relationships and little by little establish their trust and confidence. Young people will often talk about themselves and their feelings when they are in the kind of environment created by this programme and with staff trained to use those moments to help them to unpick some of the questions and challenges they face, we can begin to direct them in a positive direction.
30/11/2017 £5,000 SSNAP (Support for the Sick Newborn and their Parents) 1 This grant will help between 30 and 50 families who have babies in the neonatal care unit, depending on the complexity of their need. This will contribute towards transport and food costs equal to approximately £50 per week and between 6 and 8 hours of support from a support worker during their baby's time in hospital.
30/11/2017 £5,000 Citizens Advice Oxford 4 Our aim with this project is to extend the provision of debt caseworkers to reduce waiting times from 3-4 week to less than two weeks and for all debt clients to have the opportunity to improve their financial capability/skills.
30/11/2017 £9,803 Oxfordshire Play Association 1 We will spend this grant on delivering the accredited Level 2 Diploma in Playwork to nine learners in areas of high deprivation in Oxford City. To fulfill the criteria for the course, learners will need to be able to evidence that they are either long term unemployed or caught up in a cycle of low skilled/ low paid work. We shall work in close partnership with our community partners in Blackbird Leys, Barton and Rose Hill to ensure we are reaching those in the local community that will most benefit. We shall also be working in close partnership with partner organisations and agencies in the community to ensure we are offering high quality volunteering opportunities to our learners so that we are giving them the best possible learning experience and the best possible chance of moving into employment following the completion of their qualification. Partners will include schools, Junior Youth Groups, the JR Hospital and Breakfast and After School clubs.
31/10/2017 £12,637 Oxfordshire Crossroads 1 Grant to Oxfordshire Crossroads
30/09/2017 £3,000 Oxford Hindu Temple and Community Centre Project 2 OHTCCP aims to present multicultural activities for a secular society and to reach different communities of Oxford, the location of the Mela is moved every two years. The problems we are addressing are; 1 Education, motivating young adults into carrying on education, advice and job opportunities. We will do this by inviting Brookes University, the college of FE, Ruskin College,Training providers like EMBS, Oxford Academy and the job centre to have stands at the Mela to share information & motivate people as the atmosphere is is more relaxed and it may be easier to access information. This way youngsters who are falling short of their targets can get motivated. The activities and the stands by the many organisations and charities will also motivate people to access information that can lead to opportunities, work placements, volunteering and other confidence building exercises. The networking by the charities and organisations will also have a positive effect on the offer for opportunities to the people who are there as they can share ideas and information.
30/09/2017 £7,680 Music for Autism 1 Interactive concerts for autistic children, which, we believe, are unique and exceptional. These take place in schools either devoted to autism or multiple disabilities under the auspices of the local community/council.
30/09/2017 £3,795 Oxford Contemporary Music 2 This project will engage with diverse communities of children and young people. In Oxford we have identified that in some communities and locations young people feel as though they cannot safely enter other areas of the city, or feel as though they cannot confidently enter places of arts and culture in the city because they feel it's not a space for their demographic, when of course these places are actually for everyone and are quite welcoming. We want this project to break down these barriers and change perceptions. Our project sessions will begin in schools, and then will invite those young people to follow on sessions in community and cultural spaces giving children and young people from different schools the opportunity to meet, mix and interact with each other in a community environment.
30/09/2017 £4,880 Refugee Resource 7 We will engage RR’s current extensive network of partner organisations such as Crisis, Open Door, Aspire, Restore, Age UK, etc to draw up guest lists and extend direct invites to the four pop-up café community events. The events will be open to the public as well as invited guests. We will also produce advertising materials to distribute in appropriate places. In encouraging people to come together, we hope to address all kinds of exclusion, from the destitution of homeless and vulnerably-housed people to the chronic loneliness of older people and the social and sometimes cultural isolation of newly arrived refugees, particularly women. We appreciate and value the current and past student movement’s support for refugee groups and would actively encourage youth and student involvement in this project. We would also invite local politicians and community leaders, thereby providing an opportunity for them to meet and engage with people whose voices are not normally heard.
30/09/2017 £5,000 NOMAD 2 Nomad currently run a busy, targeted after school programme which consists of 2 football clubs for ages 11 to 25, detached youth work sessions targeting the local skate park and a number of peer group support sessions and one to one support. The MOSAWI grant is used to help cover the annual costs of the activities that we run with targeted young people and families The Nomad holiday activities target YP who we are already supporting through our in school mentoring programmes and families and YP who are referred to us by local Primary and Secondary schools and Social Services. Nomad’s provision is primarily targeted at children, YP and families who are disadvantaged through economic and/or complex social issues. The circumstances of their lives often mean that the activities that we offer them are normally out of their reach, leaving them at risk at of negative behaviours including: anti-social behaviour, drug and alcohol misuse, poor relationship choices and potential criminal activity. Specific activities organised for family groups are aimed at building positive family relationships and building good memories, something that for all families is vitally important. The activities are targeted specifically at individuals and groups who come within out remit and who are either referred to us via local schools, social services, CAMHS or other organisations and some will self refer. Nomad has developed a wealth of local knowledge about the community and many of the young people and families have been known to us over a long period of time. The relationships we have built with many over the years provide a positive foundation of trust and confidence that enable us to engage with those who are known as 'hard to reach'. Our Community Fun events whilst open to anyone in the local community are run at targeted venues that are adjacent to social housing estates. They are free events for local residents many of whom do not go on holiday or even day trips. They provide an opportunity for community cohesion and often create a feel good factor and goodwill. All our activities are interlinked and both young people and families can participate. We know that as a result of these activities and programmes, there is often an increase in self esteem and confidence, an improvement in family relationships which reflects in fewer negative incidents in school , home and the wider community.
30/09/2017 £3,250 Action for Carers Oxfordshire 2 This donation is used to support our work with unpaid across the whole of Oxfordshire. There are an estimated 61,000 unpaid carers across the county. This funding helps to support the Carers Oxfordshire service which provides advice, support, training and an opportunity to be heard.
30/09/2017 £3,175 Museum of Oxford Development Trust 2 The issue we are tackling is social exclusion, of which loneliness is a key indicator. Age UK found that ethnic minority groups experience much higher levels of loneliness than their white British counterparts with 24% to 50% of those born in China, Africa, the Caribbean, Pakistan and Bangladesh reporting that they were lonely. The,“Oxford Profile, 2016,” reports that Oxford has the third highest ethnic minority population in southeast England with the Oxford Community Foundation’s, “Oxfordshire uncovered report,” revealing that 35% of Oxford city’s population is minority ethnic. This project sets out not only to enhance social cohesion but, also, to promote social inclusion. Our outreach staff are tasked with engaging hard to reach groups and individuals, in the areas in and around Oxford City with projects such as “Journey’s to Oxford.” Follow-on community exhibitions and events will give participants the chance to tell their story and be heard, giving them a platform from which to celebrate their culture with their neighbours and other communities in Oxford. With the sharing of stories will come an improved understanding of newer communities leading to better social inclusion which, in turn, will build the confidence of new dwellers in the city to further integrate.
30/09/2017 £30,000 Homeless Oxfordshire 1 The annual cost to OxHoP to provide supplemented rents is £24,825.60. At a time when OxHoP is evaluating its services and facing cutbacks it is arguably these types of projects that have to be the first to go. However, without this project people are more likely to return to homelessness and the cycle continues this is devastating for the client and both costly to organizations and the community in the longer term. The grant will be used to supplement rents for one year whilst we work up a new fundraising campaign and look at alternative ways of securing income to enable sustainability for this kind of support.
30/09/2017 £4,700 Soldiers of Oxfordshire Trust (SOFO) 1 We will work with members of the Asian community to design three cultural days, which will be specifically aimed to engage with British Asian families as museum visitors/users. Two events will be hosted at the museum, and a third larger cultural event will take place at a site within Oxford. These three day-long events will feature children's learning activities based on highlighting shared histories already uncovered in the recent research projects, as well as an Indian musical performance themed around the Great War, and a public talk about the war and its connection with Indian soldiers. These three events will help integrate local communities by bringing them together in a shared heritage programme. They will also have a valuable educational impact; deepening historical awareness beyond what is currently taught in school curriculums, and particularly supporting the learning of a diverse cross-section of young people.
30/09/2017 £5,000 Oxford Against Cutting 3 OAC and EOFC will address issues of domestic abuse, inequality and FGM. We will run 8 workshops that will be split into workshop/activities for group learning (about 45 minutes) and then playing football (about 1 hour 15 minutes). Hassan and Abdillahi will coach the boys while they are playing football and use terminology from our workshop to help reinforce messages ("tackle", for example, can become "tackle FGM!"). The workshops will be co-facilitated by an OAC trainer from an FGM-affected community. We will link learning to African football players and role models. Prior to the project, OAC will create consent forms for the boys and their parents/guardians to sign and Hassan will help explain the project activities to the boys' families. EOFC will purchase football kits for all the boys in the under 16s group with the OAC logo. This will strengthen the relationship between EOFC and OAC, help cascade anti-FGM messages and promote a sense of belonging and engagement at the club.
30/09/2017 £4,264 Full Circle 1 We will work with schools to identify children who would benefit from extra support to build confidence, self-esteem and to fulfill their potential. They are identified by the school staff because they are facing personal challenges, and are expected to benefit from relaxed time in a small group, with individual attention. The children are experiencing social issues such as turbulence in their family life, special educational needs, speak English as a second language, are young carers, or have particular needs for emotional support. The older volunteers create a safe and fun space in which the children receive individual attention, feel privileged to take part, and look forward to getting together. The older volunteers, in turn, benefit by feeling valued in their community, building more diverse social connections, and both young and old develop genuine relationships which challenge age-based assumptions and stereotypes. Full Circle also provides an opportunity to build links and understanding between cultures, because the younger generation in Oxford has a far higher proportion of children from minority ethnic communities (44% of 0-5 year olds in 2011) compared with the older population (20% of people over 50 in Oxford).
30/09/2017 £5,000 Cowley Road Works Bringing women from the Oxford City Mosque together to discuss the constraints and frustrations, joys and celebrations of the western life within expectations of their culture and faith; Working with acclaimed social artist Dr Nicola Donovan and young western women from MCS (same postcode area, yet couldn’t be more socially polarized). The groups will explore feelings about societal emancipation, expectations of cultural traditions and faith - the project will include a dance exchange, creative prose exchange and a sculptural textile based art, using bikes and bike seats as images of female empowerment, liberation, social progress and personal enhancement . The textiles and bikes will tour round galleries as well as taking part in the procession – Nicola Donovan is an acclaimed textile Sculptor. Bikes in many eastern cultures are forbidden for women to ride due to misplaced concerns about damage to reproductive organs or deformation of virginal character. Conversely many women see bicycles as a symbol of equality and freedom in both a metaphoric and physical sense. We launched this project with a screening of the Female directed movie, Wadidja, a groundbreaking tale of female awakening in Saudi Arabia – the project is ongoing…
30/09/2017 £4,836 Young Dementia UK 6 Convene a group of people with young onset dementia and their family members to meet regularly with the objective of them using their experiences to become consultants, educators and activists. They will be called the Involvement and Education group. The group will be facilitated by our Support Service Manager and will from time to time bring in external expertise on certain subjects, for example Pathways in Dementia who have expertise in personal finance matters relating to dementia and the Dementia Engagement and Empowerment Project,
30/09/2017 £5,720 Open Door (Oxford) 1 We will use the grant to keep our service going for a further six months - that is to provide a weekly drop-in with food.
31/08/2017 £35,000 Oxford Hub 6 Oxford Hub creates opportunities for social action. Through our programmes, students take part in practical volunteering, complete placements in local charities and receive support to incubate new projects. • Since 2007, we have placed roughly 6000 students in Oxford. Currently, we support 700+ student volunteers a year, and this number is growingly steadily year on year as we roll out our new digital system and grow our presence in Oxford Brookes. • We have established a sustainable business model with diversified income streams: university contracts for the specific programmes, trusts and foundations for community impact, self-generated income for innovation. • In 2011 we opened a physical space in Oxford with the Turl Street Kitchen that provides a platform for all of our activities and supports our work. • We have 10 years experience designing high quality social action programmes, with the following results: • We add capacity to 50+ local charities and other organisations. • We mobilise, train and support students to be effective changemakers. • Overall, we create services for beneficiaries that wouldn’t otherwise exist and unlock energy and resources that wouldn’t otherwise be utilised. Oxford Hub is an independent branch of national charity Student Hubs. It is currently led by Sara Fernandez, who stepped down from the parent charity in March 2017 to focus on local work. National Student Hubs HQ is now in London led by new executive director and management team. Sara reports to the local Oxford board (including representatives from the university, the community and volunteers) and works with the Oxford Hub staff team.
31/08/2017 £5,000 Blackbird Leys Adventure Playground 3 They key to the success of BLAP are the staff and volunteers. Their quiet and supportive approach helps the children develop their own skills and to show concern for others. Money spent on training staff and volunteers in all aspects of the work increases their confidence in handling situations. Some children come from households where life is so difficult that there is little time for reflection or time for imaginative play instead children are expected to play on their computers and keep quiet. BLAP provides an environment where children can be children, where they are in the fresh air, they are exercising and learning new skills. Whenever we do evaluation exercises the children always rate "fun" and "making new friends" as the most important reasons for coming to BLAP. This year the City Council recognise they lost one of our applications and although they are putting us forward for another smaller grant in May 2017 we will be short of money for paying and training staff and volunteers . Our numbers are increasing. The Junior Leaders are gaining from their volunteer work. Without trained staff and volunteers the work to improve the prospect for our children will not thrive.
31/08/2017 £5,000 Chiltern Centre 1 The provision of short break respite care at The Chiltern Centre. The Chiltern Centre provides after school, youth group, daily, weekly, weekend and holiday care. We are able help them enjoy the everyday experiences most take for granted. Young people with disabilities face many difficulties in accessing the opportunities to meet up after school and try news activities such as sports, arts and crafts, games or cooking. The Centre is a warm, safe and stimulating environment. It is adapted and equipped to cater for children and young people with physical, developmental and learning disabilities. Our facilities include a multi-sensory and soft play room, comfortable lounge equipped with TV and computers, a garden with a range of specialist sensory and play equipment. They are able to socialise and enjoy themselves in a safe, understanding and relaxed environment. A broad range of leisure and developmental activities including art, drama, craft, are provided. The opportunity to socialise with peers and build friendships is especially important during the transition through teenage years into young adulthood. Activities to support independence at an appropriate level are encouraged, which encompass healthy eating, exercise, independent travel, shopping, food preparation, cooking, personal and health care.
31/08/2017 £5,000 Leys CDI 2 We would put a grant towards the salary of our Clockhouse Development Worker. The success of the Clockhouse Project is wholly dependent on having a Development Worker in place. The Worker’s role is key: • working alongside older people and encouraging them to engage with the project; • consulting users for feedback, views and new ideas; • responding to what the users want to see happening; • co-ordinating activities; • enlisting and supporting volunteers; • publicising the project, reaching out to new users and encouraging and supporting them to come to an activity; • evaluating and monitoring the project.
31/08/2017 £45,500 South Oxfordshire Food and Education Alliance SOFEA, launched in 2014, provides education and support to young people who are disadvantaged or vulnerable, with the aim of enabling them to progress successfully to further study or work. Young people follow a programme with three strands: - Qualifications including GCSE Maths and English, Team leadership, Employability, Forklift certification - Work experience in our food redistribution social enterprise redistributing 500 tonnes of good quality food to over 100 other charities (with our partners FareShare) - A sophisticated behavioural change programme which enables young people to develop strategies for successful behaviours We work with over 100 young people each year, with 85% successfully progressing. In addition we encourage disadvantaged adults to volunteer to improve their skills. The food we redistribute feeds 10000 people across the Thames Valley who otherwise wouldn’t have had access to it including the homeless, those with learning disabilities, children and the elderly. The Trustees have determined the criteria for any new enterprise: - Completely inclusive - Authentic work environments, earning income - Social output beyond the education programme - Individual programmes for young people - Including all three elements of the SOFEA model We acknowledge that there are a wide range of potential partner organisations with experience and skills who can add value and we have met with the CEO of ATG to explore a bicycle enterprise, Yellow Submarine to discuss a catering outlet, Train, the RAW workshop and Aspire Oxford. We have begun to investigate the activities that the community needs before identifying potential projects. We will conduct a feasibility study for launching a second enterprise (using the SOFEA model) and then a third enterprise, with the intention of continuing to grow and provide employment for some of the project participants. Step Change will take us from the feasibility to launch. We will use the money to employ a full time operations manager to manage the current SOFEA operation, this will enable the CEO of SOFEA to work three full days per week on the development plan of the new social enterprises. The CEO will: - Produce a feasibility study for the new enterprises within one month of the project start - Develop relationships with as many local partners as possible including the Town and District Councils, Didcot First, the Rotary Club, local businesses and other third sector organisations - Ensure the enterprises meet the local demand and reflect local skills issues, in line with OXLEP’s Skills Strategy - Set out the strategic direction - Develop a fully costed Business Plan - Complete the operational planning including sourcing location and equipment - Conduct fundraising with the aim of raising the total initial startup costs - Preimplementation planning, including recruiting young people to the programme and recruiting staff - Launch of the new enterprise The Operations Manager will: - Continue to grow the current SOFEA social enterprise - Ensure that SOFEA systems and processes can be replicated in new social enterprise settings - To ensure economies of scale across enterprises are maximised For each social enterprise we will: - Work with 50 vulnerable or disadvantaged young people, on bespoke individual programmes leading to employment or further study, with a success rate of at least 85% - Work with 12 volunteers, at least half of whom will be disadvantaged or vulnerable - Generate enough income to cover two thirds of the running costs in year 2 - Directly employ young people coming through our own leadership programmes, with a likely target of two per enterprise - Add social value to the local community, through the provision of goods and services, beyond the education programme - Work directly with a range of local employers to provide routes into high quality employment - Involve as many parts of the local community as possible - Create a model which is regarded as an asset to the town of Didcot as it grows and becomes a Garden Town
31/08/2017 £10,000 Blackbird Leys Neighbourhood Support Scheme Ltd 5 We are requesting £10,000 to support the core costs of our work. This funding would give us some stability to develop and enhance our service to respond to emerging needs in the face of current hardship. More specifically, the funding would go towards the salary of a welfare benefit caseworker, volunteer expenses and general overheads.
31/08/2017 £6,494 The Windmill Thursday Club Ltd - Deddington Day Care 1 The grant will be used for running costs, the rent of the rooms in The Windmill Centre and the wages for the two paid members of staff, and for activities for the club members. We can take 15 people at the day centre at one time but the support reaches out into the wider commnity supporting family members and Carers alike.
31/08/2017 £5,000 Gatehouse 1 The grant would be used to deliver the Art, Literacy and Computer group activities. The sessions run by professional sub contracted facilitators will be open to all Gatehouse guests for anyone who would like to have a go and get involved. The different groups will take place on different evenings, Computing on Thursday, Literacy on Friday and Art on Sunday. The groups will be friendly and informal and there will not be set activities. For example the Art group will work like an open studio. It will cater for a range of peoples’ art interests from Impressionists to graffiti. An art worker and volunteers will talk to participants to help them to create the kind of artwork that they are interested in. With the Literacy group, the facilitator uses quotes from famous philosophers, writers and other people of history to induce ideas for writing poems, short stories and non-fiction pieces. Guests can also take turns reading aloud from novels, plays and short stories. Volunteers are always on hand to give advice on writing CVs, cover letters and e-mails. With the Computer group we have laptops for guests to use and a designated staff member to support with IT needs.
31/08/2017 £5,000 Bookfeast 1 We will use the grant to continue to run the 19 TeaBooks groups with trained volunteers
31/08/2017 £5,000 Home-Start Banbury and Chipping Norton 3 We are applying for funding to enable us to continue the work of our organisation which has proved to be so vital to families in need in the area. Your funding would enable us to train and support volunteers to help at least 8 families for a year.
31/07/2017 £20,000 Employment Action Group (Berinsfield) Ltd 1 Continuing support for the Berin Centre
30/06/2017 £4,324 Children Heard and Seen 1 The grant will be spent on the following; ensuring we have adequate resources to provide positive family activities, this includes arts and crafts for all ages, soft activities for primary age children, and family friendly games 1 casual staff member to take the lead on the prison activity and support 4 volunteers in the delivery of the family days and volunteer expenses
30/06/2017 £5,000 Citizens Advice Oxford 4 Our aims for this funding is to retain and expand our pro bono legal advice service. At present we offer three legal advice appointments 1 hour on a Wednesday evening for clients who have previously seen a volunteer advisor but require legal clarification on the issue for it to be progressed. The service is delivered by a roster of pro bono legal professionals, solicitors and paralegals, from local firms. Part of the funding will be used to retain the existing service by making a pro rata contribution to running costs and supporting 6 hours a week of our part time, legally trained, Advice Service Supervisor’s time to allocate appointments and ensure pro bono legal advisers receive full correct relevant paperwork from clients in advance. The remainder will be used to increase the number of appointments, to at least 250/year, to better meet demand and expand the roster to include pro bono family and immigration law. As there are no local firms specialist in immigration law we will spend part of the funding to upgrade IT equipment with sound cards and cameras in two interview rooms so legal advice can be provided via Skype.
30/06/2017 £4,000 Community Albums 1 This grant will go to fund the specialised training and support provided by musicians in weekly 3-hour sessions over a series of five eight-week terms at BYHP, starting in September 2017. Funds will cover staff time, equipment hire, editing and mixing costs and travel. BYHP are contributing towards this project by providing two representatives, the use of their facilities, and food and drink for each session at no cost.
30/06/2017 £2,500 Aspire 5 This grant will be split between Aspire Oxford and Cuttelsowe Community Association to help maintain both organisations' lifeline bus services. Aspire's funds will be used to retain our Community Transport service in Oxford City which is one of the few door to door transport services remaining for vulnerable elderly people. This service is a lifeline in providing our passengers with befriending opportunities and social trips.
30/06/2017 £4,736 Abingdon Damascus Youth Project 1 • A proposed support network for African entrepreneurs based in Wales
31/05/2017 £12,000 Story Museum 4 Year 1 of the Maggie's Schools programme covering Maggie's Day 2017, Extreme Reading Adventures summer 2017 and paid internship to support Extreme Reading Adventures
31/05/2017 £4,800 Joss Searchlight 2 1. Produce an insightful film (drama) including 'normal' children and children affected by childhood cancer as key presenters to campaign for better inclusion. The drama will involve filming 30+ children and will be shown in schools. The script has been written by the creator/script writer of the BBC drama 'Holby City', we have award winning film director Frank W.Smith, two professional camera men and sound men plus post production crew. 2. Create reaction videos about ambition (interviewed by a child affected by cancer). The child will ask 'normal' teenagers about their life ambition, comparing them to the humbling ambition of a child recovering from cancer. 3. For children to create a day by day digital documentary for use on social media (in particular Instagram, Video Chat and Snapchat) 4.For children to make 90 second films of children with cancer for online media usage. 5. Produce downloadable digital posters 6. Produce downloadable information packs 7. Distribute an online survey (to find out the perspective of young people without cancer whose behaviour we are looking to change) 8. Marketing communciations and Public Relations 9. Volunteer expenses/ hot lunches for film cast and crew
30/04/2017 £4,939 Oxford Deaf and Hard of Hearing Centre 2 Our project is aimed at giving 10 deaf and hard of hearing young people the skills and confidence they need to succeed into employment, while also engaging them with the wider community and breaking down communication barriers and stereotypes. The Centre is celebrating its 60th Anniversary this year and we will run a youth-led volunteer project to celebrate its heritage during Oxford Open Doors. This will include the young people taking part in an inter-generational project. They will be trained in oral history and be given the opportunity to interview and film older members of the local Deaf and hard of hearing communities. The volunteers will also be trained by the charity's Engagement Officer to bring their creative ideas to life by producing logos and promotional materials for the Anniversary Year. The Centre needs redecorating and some volunteers will be involved in this. The project will culminate in a event on 9th September as part of Oxford Open Doors, where the film created by the volunteers will be shown. The volunteers will also provide tours of the Centre to members of the public, developing their communication and people skills while introducing new audiences to heritage and the Deaf community.
30/04/2017 £2,874 OCVA 3 The principle need addressed by this grant is raise the profile of volunteering in a rural community. A heightened awareness of groups and their opportunities will help organisations to grow their volunteer base; enabling them to support a greater number of service users and thus reduce disadvantage in West Oxfordshire. We will therefore spend this grant on promotional material and events designed to give a platform to the participating organisations to communicate their work. This will include: • Producing and publishing a report to document our key learning from the project. In addition to a written impact report, OCVA will be working with a team of 6 students during the week to develop a short film which documents the activity taking place in MAD Week. The aim of producing shareable material in a variety of formats is to enable this model of student volunteering to be adopted by schools across Oxfordshire. • Hosting a celebration event to showcase what the students and organisations achieve during the week. Key stakeholders from across Oxfordshire will be invited to hear about what the students have been doing and the impact it has had on them, the organisations and their service users.
30/04/2017 £4,998 Oxford Hub 6 The grant will solely go towards the 5 pilot projects: 3 in local schools, one in a care home and one IT class (at a neighbourhood community centre). All 5 pilot projects will be designed and led by students with disabilities. We will coordinate focus groups and surveys in May and June 2017. The focus groups will look at how we can improve marketing; relevant training; travel to and from pilot locations; and the volunteering experience itself so that it can be as accessible as possible to students with disabilities. The focus groups will pay particular attention to the concerns of those students who do not currently volunteer. Using recommendations from disabled students, we will implement new marketing and training processes for the beginning of the 2017-18 academic year, with the 5 projects launching in late October and running until early December. We will recruit 10 students with disabilities for each project; in total, the pilots will reach over 75 beneficiaries. In January 2018 we will run evaluation sessions, allowing each group of volunteers to reflect on their experiences and suggest further improvements, before rolling out recommendations and new processes to all our programmes and projects from April 2018.
30/04/2017 £4,844 Base 33 4 Young people will design and develop a piece of theatre that they will then perform in schools and colleges across West Oxfordshire. There will also include a question and answer session following the performance. Two mediums will be explored: Forum Theatre and Play back theatre. Being led, owned and shaped by young people’s needs, ideas and decision making will give the opportunity for young people inform their reasoning abilities and enhance their speaking skills, develop their character and give them a sense of purpose and an understanding about how they can co-create social change to specifically help those most vulnerable individuals and communities. It will enable young people to direct activities and improve their competencies and give them opportunities to take on team roles they have not experienced before to increase their organizational skills and abilities to lead
30/04/2017 £5,000 Oxfordshire My Life My Choice Association 3 Fifteen young Champions with learning disabilities would plan and deliver a youth-led campaign. Funding from the Youth Social Action Fund would support 24 bi-monthly two hour sessions where Champions would develop their skills in the political, economic, lobbying, influencing and campaigning landscape. The project would culminate in a youth-led and produced film spearheading their campaign to call for more paid work opportunities for young people with learning disabilities. The funding would help to pay for the support of a project worker and for professional film production support from Oxford Digital Media. Work such as this is core to what we do and what we are about; making sure that people with learning disabilities have a voice and that their views are taken seriously by wider society. This project equips and empowers young Champions to better engage with and influence decision makers and hold them to account through meetings, consultations, lobbying and campaigning. Champions also campaign for the rights of themselves and others with a learning disability: through their participation in campaigns on topics such as this the young Champions will be better able to influence policy and increase their confidence to speak up.
30/04/2017 £4,180 Barnardos, Safer Futures, 14 Activities: Encourage young people to create a forum addressing the needs or replacement of the ramps and also address the needs of other young people. Empower young people to be heard by and work alongside local authorities, such as the town and district council, housing associations and other services, including other young people and members of the community. Support the forum organise regular meetings to discuss ways forward to improve the ramps and increase activities for other young people in their communities. Plan a strategy to raise funds to repair the ramps and the possibility of a shelter for other young people, including contacting local businesses for support and raising the profile of young people in the area. Create an online group. Meeting other groups who have succeed in creating skate forums such as Oxford Wheels project. Services: Training for the forum to lead on initiatives to improve their environment and develop new life skills, through community action and fund raising. Organise Skate Jams. Develop a volunteer programmes and work towards creating more spaces for young people through community development and social enterprise.
30/04/2017 £5,000 Thrive Leys 3 The Thrive Young Volunteers programme will provide 9 young people (aged 11-19) from the Leys with the skills, confidence and opportunity to volunteer, and lead their own project to benefit their community. The programme has three strands: 1. EQUIPPING: Equipping young people with the character and skills to become positive role models in their own community. Weekly group training sessions will use team-building and challenging activities to help young people develop as leaders. Reflection time in sessions plus 1:1 coaching sessions will help young people reflect on their learning and increase their self-confidence to engage in volunteering in their community. 2. VOLUNTEERING: Providing young people opportunities to volunteer, by involving them in existing Thrive Leys projects and helping them to run and plan their own short-term/one-off projects. Recognising that male role models are in particular short supply, we will run weekly football sessions for disadvantaged young boys in the Leys with the help of two young volunteers. 3. RELEASING: Releasing the potential of young people and supporting them to run their own longer-term community project that addresses a felt need for local people in their local community (e.g. our pilot young leaders group in Barton launched their own Kids Club).
30/04/2017 £5,000 OYAP Trust 2 A new Youth Action Team of autistic young people will share their experiences and develop their own projects that change the way people think about autism. The Autism YAT will use the arts and film to create social change and promote positive images of young people with autism. This process will take place over a year, enabling us to build leadership skills in the older group of emerging young leaders. Up to 30 young people aged 12-25 with ASC will work with artists to create a collection of participants' stories that will challenge negative perceptions of autism. Initially a series of digital and film animation workshops will help us get to know the individual personalities, and create their videos. They will then create a website to host them, enabling a broader community to see their films and the outcomes of their social action projects. The YAT will then develop a community-facing project that will change perceptions of autism. They might publish a book, put on an event or mini-festival - the idea will be their own; we support them to achieve their goal. They will hold a final event celebrating the achievements of the Team and screening the film/s made.
30/04/2017 £5,000 Ark T Centre 1 Our proposed social action project is to support the Young Oxford Creatives to form and establish themselves with the specific aim of designing, leading and evaluating ROAR, the first youth arts disability festival held in Oxford. We want this festival to be led by young people for young people and whilst the festival celebrates the work of disabled young people, the event itself is inclusive. We see this as an incredible opportunity to build a genuinely inclusive council of young people to inspire individual social change, through their own leadership journeys and social change through challenging stereotypes. Whilst the YOC will have a more comprehensive role within Oxford, ROAR is an event which will mobilise the group to carry out direct social action, examine the barriers in place that face young people with disabilities. Ark T also recognise that there are many economic barriers in place for families of disabled children and young people, and the YOC will focus on potential strategic options for dismantling these barriers. Ark T want to provide space, resources, belief, and guidance to this group in order to generate a new wave of diverse creative leaders who influence the future of culture in Oxford.
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