Oxfordshire Community Foundation


(Registered Charity No: 1151621)
Charity Commission for England and Wales
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Sole supporter: 29% by number, 25% by value.
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National Lottery37%36%
Garfield Weston Foundation22%21%
Oxford City Council21%19%
The Henry Smith Charity20%19%
Lloyds Bank Foundation20%18%
Co-operative Group8%5%
The Tudor Trust7%6%
BBC Children in Need7%6%
Quartet Community Foundation7%3%
Esmée Fairbairn Foundation6%7%
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In this period they've made 269 significant donations to registered charities totalling £3,113,475

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31/01/2020 £43,388 Archway Foundation 5? Our Step Change is to build on the achievements and act on the evaluation of our previous Step Change Funded Project by improving our capacity to a) respond more effectively to Friends (service users) referred to us who have highly complex needs b) provide existing as well as new staff and volunteers with a higher level of training and support to give them the necessary 'tools' to deal with the challenges of their role c) extend the Individual Support Service catchment to incorporate referrals from other parts of Oxfordshire.
31/01/2020 £71,586 Bridewell Organic Gardens 1? At 25, Bridewell has begun a programme of change to ready its staff, volunteers, governance structure, and garden site for the next 25 years. This project will invest in physical and operational infrastructure to improve our long-term impact: - Invest in marketing, communication, volunteer management to raise our profile and engagement with supporters, volunteers, referral agents, and beneficiaries - Invest in our site to make us more efficient by bringing our administrative and therapeutic teams together at the gardens - Core to this programme of change has been the appointment of a new Director and recruitment of new trustees
31/01/2020 £57,380 Home-Start Oxford 4? We have an ambitious 3 year plan. This includes expansion of our core volunteer family support services and developing a unique specialist support group for parents and young children who have experienced domestic abuse. We are well placed to meet this need and grow our capacity. However, we cannot expand our volunteer team, supporter or referral numbers effectively with current systems. To achieve our vision, we need a ‘step change’ in 1. Communications 2. Infrastructure
31/01/2020 £47,673 Headway 5? Headway Oxfordshire are looking to upgrade our current database to a new bespoke CRM platform that will offer us flexibility and advance reporting capabilities. The system will: - Be easy to navigate and allow staff to find information quickly and easily - Allow staff to view individual member information in one clear screen - Grant the ability to create reports on a large variety of data - Integrate with Sage Pay to enable automated creation of invoices, ensuring it takes into account the type of payment plan that clients are on and more!
27/01/2020 £5,266 St Mungo’s 11? Distribution of funds from Winter Match fund
27/01/2020 £5,266 SMART/CJS 1? Distribution of funds from Winter Match fund
22/01/2020 £5,266 Elmore Community Services 1? Funding awarded re OCF Christmas Match Fund in partnership with OXPAT.
22/01/2020 £37,974 Home-Start Oxford 4? Grant to Home-Start Oxford
22/01/2020 £50,201 Peeple 4? Grant to Peeple
22/01/2020 £13,500 Home-Start Southern Oxfordshire 1? Grant to Home-Start Southern Oxfordshire
22/01/2020 £5,266 Gatehouse 1? Involvement in The Inability to Engage Pod meetings and the Lived Experience Advisory Forum.
22/01/2020 £5,266 Response Organisation 3? Response committed to the development of OHM following attendance at the City Conversation. A Senior Manager attended 2 pods- Comms & Hard to Engage. The CEO committed to the Funding & Charter pods. Many of the 350+ residents at Response would have had no home to go to on discharge from Acute Psychiatric Care, others are housed by Response as the AHP is unsuitable for their needs. As part of our Business Strategy we are starting to develop homelessness services. Our Head of Housing is also the organisational lead for homelessness.
22/01/2020 £5,266 Connection Floating Support Team 1? Signed Charter. Provide services in Oxfordshire giving advice on housing, mental health and independent living skills. Part of the Adult Homeless pathway and deliver rough sleepers outreach services in Oxfordshire districts.
15/01/2020 £5,266 Homeless Oxfordshire 2? We have helped develop the movement through the Partnership & Charter Pod
15/01/2020 £5,266 The Porch 3? One of the founder organisational members. We are represented on the steering committee
15/01/2020 £5,266 Crisis Skylight Oxford 6? Director of Crisis Skylight Oxford has been part of the Oxford Homelessness Movement since the start. The Director has led the Inability to Engage Pod.
15/01/2020 £5,266 Aspire 5? Aspire have been involved with the Oxford Homeless Movement from the outset as a founding member and our homelessness programmes are fully aligned with the strategic priorities of the Oxford Homeless Movement. We are very excited to be part of this Movement going forward and as ever remain committed to working in full collaboration with the Movement to tackle homelessness and rough sleeping. We are particularly excited by the role that lived experience will play within this Movement; at Aspire over 50% of our team have lived experience and this is a core aspect of our mission and values.
15/01/2020 £5,266 Emmaus 2? Emmaus Oxford have joined the Oxford Homeless Movement to work together to address rising homelessness in our city. Emmaus Oxford gives homeless people accommodation, support and meaningful work. We run a small community which houses 28 people who have been homeless. We ask them to work in our social enterprise and over time we rebuild their skills and confidence. When they're ready we help people into employment and their own homes.
08/01/2020 £2,800 SAFE! 4? We would like to set up an Oxfordshire Young Women's Group for girls aged 12-14 years old who have experienced victimisation by crime. The group would meet every fortnight in term time for a 90 minute session, in Oxford City centre (18 sessions in the year). The focus of the group would be empowerment and peer support. The group would be facilitated by three female workers. Each week we would provide a space for peer support but also introduce a new topic such as self-care, sleep, exercise, healthy eating, mindfulness, problem solving, assertive communication etc. The staff team would decide the themes for the initial sessions but over time, we would work with the young women to develop the content of the group based on their needs. We have budgeted for resources and activities and this can include inviting in professionals to share skills, for example, yoga or dance teachers. During the summer break there would be a group residential, organised and planned in part by the young women in the group.
09/12/2019 £8,000 Riverside Counselling Service 2? The project will be based in Didcot and Berinsfield; two of the most deprived areas in the county. We work with many women and girls living with challenging social & domestic circumstances. Some have experienced domestic violence, and suicide within the family which has a huge impact on their mental health and psychological and emotional well-being. We have a clear understanding of their needs and this project will be tailored very much to support those needs. A counsellor who has experience of working with disadvantaged women and girls with similar mental health needs will be availible in each location one day a week. They would be working from venues in the community offering local support to the women and girls. It would enable us to liaise with local GPs, schools, and other support agencies. Counselling will be flexible to meet the individuals needs. Some women and girls may need a shorter intervention lasting several months, while others will need longer term support. The parents/carer of the young person would have access to support. From our work with girls and young people we have found that parents preferred to received individual support with their child rather than in a group setting. We will provide this through face to face, telephone or email contact.
09/12/2019 £9,300 Oxford Sexual Abuse & Rape Crisis Centre 6? The funding will be used to support out counselling service for women across Oxfordshire who have experienced sexual violence at any point in their lives, building on the knowledge and experience we have developed since launching the counselling service in 2015. Survivors are offered up to 48 one to one sessions of trauma-informed, person-centred counselling, Counselling is delivered by volunteers, who have achieved or are working towards appropriate counselling qualifications, and who have also undergone rigorous specialist training within OSARCC on sexual violence and its impacts. The service is coordinated by a paid Counselling Coordinator. We provided counselling support to 56 women in 2018/19 and aim to support 60 women in the next 12 months. We currently have 11 volunteer counsellors, and will carry out three rounds of volunteer recruitment in the coming year to ensure that we are able to maintain and increase volunteer numbers. Our counselling approach, informed by our empowering, non-directive and non-judgemental core values, has proven effective in providing support to survivors. Last year, 89% of service users who gave feeedback reported a better understanding of their situation and what they could do about it, 75% experienced better health and wellbeing, 78% felt more able to access the support they needed, and 88% more able to assert their rights.Comments from service-users include: 'It's been incredibly positive. I feel very lucky to have found you...it's changed my life'
09/12/2019 £6,480 Oxfordshire Breastfeeding Support 1? We will provide 48 weekly 2-hour Sunday breastfeeding drop-in support sessions in partnership with Donnington Doorstep Family Centre. Led by a specialist Facilitator, assisted by trained all-women volunteers (peer supporters and breastfeeding counsellors), our sessions will provide skilled assistance with feeding and social and emotional support to women at a critical life stage; the transition to becoming a mother. Specifically we aim to: 1. Make contact with 150 women & their families. 2. 30% of visitors will attend more than one drop-in session, enhancing their opportunity to connect and form sustainable support networks within the OBS community. 3. Recruit at least two mothers to the 2020-21 cohort of volunteer OBS peer supporter trainees, including at least one mother from a BME group, who will contribute to supporting families via OBS both face to face and online. These assumptions are based on data from our existing 4 weekly drop-in sessions. With over 13 years’ experience of running this service (previously known as Oxford Baby Cafes Group, founded in 2006), and an in-depth understanding of local needs thanks to close contact with service users and referrers, we are confident that these estimates are achievable.
09/12/2019 £5,965 Oxfordshire My Life My Choice Association 4? Over 12 months, we will run a pilot women’s group for women with learning disabilities in Oxfordshire. This will consist of 1 month set up and content creation, 10 monthly meetings and 1 month of evaluation to assess the impact of the project on the women involved and look to develop it into an ongoing project if successful. Each of the 10 monthly meetings will last 3 hours and will consist of some training or group learning on a topic that affects women with learning disabilities such as sexual health, growing older, relationships, and work. This will be followed by a group discussion on the topic and other issues that may be affecting the members. Members will lead the structure and approach of the group and each session will be led by a facilitator and paid co-facilitator with learning disabilities. Both the member of staff and the co-facilitator will be women to ensure the group is open and accessible for women to express their concerns and receive support from fellow women.
09/12/2019 £9,800 Oxford Against Cutting 3? We will deliver 14 workshops to community groups, young people, schools and professionals to raise awareness about FGM and forced marriage. The workshops will be delivered by our facilitators, women from affected communities, some of whom are survivors of FGM and forced marriage, and this makes learning "real". The project will help prevent FGM and forced marriage by ensuring that workshop participants can recognise the warning signs, build confidence in talking about these practices and know where to get help and support. Our evaluation of previous training work demonstrates that our workshops are powerful and support these realistic outcomes. In addition, we have noticed that many school staff have informal conversations about children they many not have previously considered to be at risk of these practices, following our training. We will offer groups and schools a package of workshops, on FGM, HBA/forced marriage and body image, to support their communities. Our proposal supports proportionality as we will encourage schools to ensure staff teams participate in our specialist safeguarding workshops first, before we run lessons, to ensure they are equipped to respond sensitively and proportionately to any safeguarding concerns. We will then run student workshops, tailored for the group's demographics, ages and support needs. We will invite teachers or professionals to join our workshops so they are confident to deliver sensitive material on honour and FGM in future sessions.
04/12/2019 £25,000 Alexander Devine Children's Hospice 2? Grant to Alexander Devine Children's Hospice
04/12/2019 £2,500 Aspire 5? Grant to Aspire
18/11/2019 £15,000 Oxford Sexual Abuse & Rape Crisis Centre 6? We will make a ‘step change’ in the extent to which survivors from under-served groups access our services. This will build on our growth to date, and reflects our commitment to equality, diversity and inclusion, and to ensuring that all survivors across Oxfordshire can access the support they need. It supports objectives outlined in our new Strategic Plan. We will focus particularly on working with older survivors, those who live in rural areas, and those in BAMER communities. These groups are currently under represented among our service-users and are likely to face specific barriers in accessing appropriate support.
18/11/2019 £40,000 Oxford Against Cutting 3? We will take strides to increase our income through: the promotion of a suite of workshops for private schools and a delivery target of 18 days of workshops over 2 years (Stride 1). We will deliver a research project on social media influencers (Stride 2). We anticipate that our research will support further investment in social media work to attract new funding and awareness-raising (Stride 3). We will increase the size of our facilitation team, up-skilling 5 new facilitators from affected communities to deliver workshops on HBA and body image.
14/11/2019 £50,000 The Mindfulness Initiative 1? We will use the grant to support the launch and continuation of The Mindful Workplace Community, the purpose of which is to support the cultivation of mindfulness and compassion in the workplace. We are periodically contacted by people championing mindfulness initiatives in their workplaces, who require support and mentorship and want to contribute their time to help create more human offices (addressing current issues around mental health and well-being, employee engagement, etc.) . In order to meet this need, we would like to create communities, providing these pioneers (working in a nascent field with little regulation) a space in which they can feel supported, access information about best practice and share their knowledge and experiences. The idea is to create several communities to address different populations with specific requirements: champions (for people implementing mindfulness within their organisations who require support, guidance, networking and mentoring), leaders (for VPs and above at companies with large number of employees), trainers (to engage suppliers of mindfulness training in the workplace and help them define and implement best practices), working groups (for people who want to volunteer their time and help us create publications and organise events). We will host events for these communities as well as for the general public. Initially, we would like to have 5 smaller salon events addressed to different groups to generate community, 1 trainer-specific event (workplace trainers do not have anything like this on offer where they can meet with other trainers anywhere else at the moment) and 1 flagship pioneer awards ceremony to engage larger corporates, get media attention and reward best practice, per year. The grant funds will be used to cover the following (figures provided are estimates and subject to change): ● 1 community manager to support the communities, organise events, manage comms, etc.; Base salary £30,000 per year ● 5 salon events costing £600 each (to cover catering, photographer and marketing) - total of £3,000; Venues to be provided by members of the group ● 1 trainer event costing £2,000 (including catering, photographer, marketing and venue hire) ● 1 flagship pioneer awards event costing £5,000 (this includes premium venue hire, catering, photographer, marketing materials) ● Other costs (e.g. design work, annual exclusive community events, additional mar-keting materials, website design and maintenance) £10,000
04/11/2019 £20,000 Aspire 5? Grant to Aspire
31/10/2019 £5,000 Oxford Hindu Temple and Community Centre Project 2? OHTCCP has strong links with mainstream heritage sector providers & wish to open that access to communities. Through a series of food related community and learning events, socially excluded communities will partner with and access support and resources from MOO to uncover food related stories and celebrate joint cultural experience
15/10/2019 £5,000 Asylum Welcome 5? Most of the asylum seekers and refugees who use our busy, volunteer-run advice services speak little English. Recruiting bilingual volunteers from diverse backgrounds will address language barriers so clients are better served. Those volunteers gain skills, integrate into our wider volunteer community and contribute to the co-production of service developments.
15/10/2019 £3,600 Joss Searchlight 2? To create a signature event for our historic town and light up Witney for 6 weeks. The celebration will connect cultures & draw 32,000 residents to the town centre. Our core purpose is to spark togetherness, welcoming visitors to sample food, experience the arts and wonder at the lights.
03/10/2019 £3,900 Elmore Community Services 1? Elmore is working in partnership with Oxfordshire Discovery College Project to pilot a wellbeing service for children/young people in Oxfordshire, their families, staff and volunteers who support them. The project follows the international Discovery College model, and will pilot the service in two locations in Oxfordshire to inform future development.
03/10/2019 £10,000 Oxfordshire My Life My Choice Association 4? Gig Buddies pairs up volunteers with adults with learning disabilities, mental illnesses and older adults to support them to get out and do the things they enjoy and expand their social circles. Through these pairings and regular group events, the project reduces social isolation and loneliness.
03/10/2019 £3,000 Soundabout 2? Soundabout's Inclusive Choir brings together people with profound and multiple learning disabilities to make music with a community of mixed ability singers with a broad range of life experiences. All abilities are welcome and this community choir is fully inclusive and accessible, building skills, confidence, friendships and love of singing.
03/10/2019 £4,500 Oxfordshire Breastfeeding Support 1? A new weekly breastfeeding drop-in provided by OBS in partnership with Barton Community Assoc. alongside their existing community stay & play session. Run by a facilitator & volunteers, it will strengthen this diverse and growing community of parents, reducing isolation and bringing vital services to those who can't otherwise access them.
03/10/2019 £3,000 Open Door (Oxford) 2? We are seeking funding to continue and develop our work at Open Door into next year, and to contribute to a celebration of 20 years of bringing people together, at our anniversary party in December 2019.
03/10/2019 £4,970 Blackbird Leys Adventure Playground 4? We would like to welcome parents and younger children to join us on Fridays. BLAP children will cook food and serve it. Sarah, our play and project leader, will be free to mingle and be a listening ear. Parents can relax, chat with other parents and gain support.
03/10/2019 £9,860 Refugee Resource 6? The Women’s Service brings together refugee, asylum seeker and vulnerable migrant women who are isolated and need support to integrate into Oxford’s communities. The 56 members are from diverse ethnic backgrounds, speak little/no English, and have multiple deprivations. They meet together twice a week (with added individual support as needed).
03/10/2019 £5,000 Home-Start Banbury and Chipping Norton 4? We provide highly-trained volunteers to help vulnerable families with young children who are struggling to cope. We are a unique & cost-effective early intervention service, with volunteers giving non-judgmental & life-changing support in the home, for as long as each family needs it. In addition, we provide drop-in play sessions.
03/10/2019 £8,532 Oxford Hub 3? FELLOW supports over 100 English learners each week through eight regular classes a week across three regular classes in the city, a short course programme, and one-to-one tutoring. It provides people with the language skills to succeed in their jobs and the confidence to connect with others in Oxford.
03/10/2019 £5,000 Enrych Oxfordshire 2? Due to the large and ever increasing number of referrals (from Social Workers and Medical Professionals) we need to increase the number of coordinators so we can support more people. The main shortfall currently is in Oxford City although we need additional resources in other districts too.
05/09/2019 £10,000 One-Eighty 4? One-Eighty have agreed a partnership with Abbey Woods Academy to provide intervention services together with support and learning for school staff throughout the academic year 2019-2020. A two-fold partnership has been agreed with Abbey Woods as follows: 1) Abbey Woods school will always have one intervention place allocated with One-Eighty 2) One-Eighty will provide one half day a week for staff support (3 hours). Typically, our interventions last 8 weeks, with young people meeting One-to-One twice a week for a one-hour session and their parent/ carer receiving a further one-hour session each week. In addition, a key part of our interventions involves liaising closely with teachers, TAs, SENCos and family link workers from referring schools and updating them after each session. Each intervention includes a very thorough assessment (usually 8 hours over a two-week period) which involves meeting not only the child, parent/carer and key school staff, but also contacting any other professionals who have been/are/or will be supporting the child and staff from any previous schools. Multi-agency working is a key part of our work and One-Eighty link with Children and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS), Social Care and other teams where appropriate and attend all relevant meetings during the course of the intervention. At the end of the intervention, One-Eighty writes a closure report which combines practical strategies for teaching and learning as well as more strategic interpretation and advice; schools often find this document helpful if they need to go on to seek further support, for instance through an Education Healthcare Plan. We therefore anticipate that we would be able to intensively support four children over the course of the school year, once assessment time is taken into account. This partnership enables the school to always have one place kept available for them – they do not have to join a waiting list which can be lengthy meaning the optimum moment for the intervention is missed. Abbey Woods Academy and One-Eighty can also maintain ongoing conversations about the next most suitable child for an intervention. This tends to lead to more appropriate and effective referrals. In addition, One-Eighty get to know the ethos, policies, practices and staff at the school which is helpful without the disadvantages of being too deeply involved – the use of Team Teach, safeguarding approaches and issues of confidentiality can all be pro-actively joined up. This model will also mean that strategies, advice and forward thinking can continue to be shared with SENCOs, Inclusion leads etc. after cases are closed in a way which is not possible for non-partnership schools. Although we deliberately do not always use the same staff for each intervention (we select staff skills to match the needs of the child), over time, One-Eighty and school colleagues will build helpful working relationships. Finally, although One-Eighty have a ‘standard’ intervention as described, in fact no two interventions are ever identical and partnership arrangements allow schools to opt to use their agreed allocated time more flexibly e.g. extend on piece of work if that is felt helpful, or shorten/close another (if, for example, a child moves on). This type of flexibility is not readily available for non-partnership schools. Although some knowledge and understanding of the school and its ethos is a helpful context for this work, there is an advantage to a certain level of separation between school and One-Eighty. Therefore, the staff support element of the partnership could take a variety of combinations and further discussions will take place with Abbey Woods School to finalise this element. Suggestions include: • Weekly, fortnightly or 4 weekly supervision for identified staff, either individually (for instance for the Head teacher or Inclusion Lead), or as a group (e.g. SLT, or all the TAs, or staff working in a particular area of the school – e.g. an Inclusion Base). • Supervision for newly appointed staff • Support and training for any members of staff linked closely to a child being supported by One-Eighty through a 1-1 intervention - in addition to that routinely provided; • Training for whole staff or specific groups of staff or individual staff on areas of identified need e.g. how attachment affects teaching and learning; different reasons for non-attendance and different ways of tackling it; supporting children to manage anxiety etc. • Training or information sessions for parents/carers We believe the combination of these two elements has the biggest impact for the school as a whole by providing multiple levels of support to staff and children. In addition to this Abbey Woods can have one place on our CBT+ 6 week training course to learn some of the techniques and principles we apply to our work with young people.
22/08/2019 £27,500 UWC Atlantic College 3? Donor Advised: scholarship for 2019/20 academic year
07/08/2019 £3,500 AT The Bus 2? Grant to At the Bus
27/06/2019 £46,764 Citizens Advice Oxford 4? Our average waiting time to see an adviser is 48 minute, 21% wait more than an hour and only 20% of telephone advice calls are answered by us. This is stressful for clients, staff and volunteers, and due to a dramatic increase in complexity of issues is resulting in people delaying seeking advice until they are at crisis point. We want to change the way we work so that; - more people are helped, faster - we are better able to respond to peaks and troughs in demand - we need less space for the same/better level of service
27/06/2019 £67,494 Riverside Counselling Service 2? This project focuses on using information technology to help Riverside deliver better services, generate more income, and build a stronger sense of community for our clients and supporters. key features of the project include: - suing a cloud based Office 365 platform to bring together the main charity administration into a single GDPR compliant place -introducing a secure cloud based case management system (CBCMS) to store an analyse client data - website development to support clients, counsellors, new and existing donors - integration of all elements to provide a more efficient and effective us of skills and resources -a digital marketing plan to increase client and donor engagement and fundraising income.
24/06/2019 £4,000 Youth Challenge Oxfordshire 1? Grant to Youth Challenge Oxfordshire
07/05/2019 £35,000 Access Sport CIO 4? Access Sport has been working in Oxford with High Sheriff RV and former High Sheriff TS since 2014. RV has committed to raise £100,000 for Access Sport with the support of our Ambassadors and fundraising team as a donation towards the next phase of our work. Access Sport will spend these funds on developing local community sports clubs in Oxford to be able to engage with thousands more of the most vulnerable and deprived local young people. Using our proven model of up-skilling local volunteers and providing volunteering pathways for local young people, we will work with fifteen community sports clubs over a minimum 2-year period to increase their impact in their local communities. In particular we will enable them to become more inclusive and welcoming towards local disabled young people and their families, to become more sustainable and better equipped to become long-term contributors to their local communities, and to reach more excluded community groups such as local ethnic groups and those living in poverty. We will employ a locally based staff member who will work directly with each of the fifteen clubs for a sustained period, providing training, support, marketing assistance and access to grants for the purchase of new equipment or training. We will also provide additional staff resource during the course of the three years both locally and from within our small team in London. We are also in the process of developing national movements in sports such as youth cycling and inclusive hockey and we will bring these projects into the community sport scene in Oxford including with the addition of additional funding that we envisage accessing from major funders of those projects.
23/04/2019 £12,000 Story Museum 4? To support the learning and participation team to work with the 'Maggie's Schools' to deliver Maggie's Day and Extreme Reading.
15/04/2019 £20,000 South Oxfordshire Food and Education Alliance 2? The step change in SOFEA’s Community Larder will be to grow the operation so that we can reach many more people in need from more locations, with a greater variety of food. With continued investment we can begin to increase the variety of stock we can offer our membership, to include chilled food. We will increase both the number of days the Community Larder operates and number of locations it operates from. By growing Community Larder we can further establish a sense of community among its membership in order to offer a support network for those facing one or more challenges brought on by the reality of food poverty.
26/03/2019 £25,322 ANJALI DANCE COMPANY LIMITED 1? This project will enable Anjali to maximise the benefits of new opportunities and existing resources to support the organisation's core work and to create a stronger, sustainable and more resilient charity going forward that is an international leader in its field.
20/02/2019 £6,341 BERINSFIELD INFORMATION AND VOLUNTEER CENTRE 1? This grant will help towards staff funding costs to allow the services to keep up and running. We are also starting a transport car scheme to enable those without transport or other resources to get to appointments. The isolation of our village means that there are few transport opportunities, and the local bus services have ceased on the village. We are easily assessable for those that need us.
20/02/2019 £3,000 TANDEM IN OXFORDSHIRE 1? From 1999 until 2017 we employed two part-time co-ordinators and supported up to 30 partnerships at any one time. However we found it increasingly difficult to raise sufficient funds each year, and so took time to restructure the organisation, working without an office and with fewer co-ordinator hours. We are now clear about how many co-ordinator hours we need to support up to 25 partnerships at any one time, and in order to ensure continuity and stability to the service we are looking to appoint a co-ordinator for 15 hours a week from the Spring of 2019. We are very confident that we have now got an efficient and cost-effective structure that maintains our high standards of safety and support for our partnerships. The co-ordinator will organise the day-to-day running of Tandem, evaluate and follow up referrals, recruit and train volunteers, support and monitor the partnerships, and report to the monthly management committee meeting. Our experience is that it is important to the service to have one person who can take time to build up relationships with both service users and volunteers, enabling the service to change shape where necessary to accommodate the varying needs.
20/02/2019 £8,750 ROOT & BRANCH WESTMILL 2? We will employ specialist tutors to offer courses on Wednesdays (a day we are normally not open for service) at our own venue and transport to those needing it in order to attend. Our manager already works in the office on Wednesdays and our landlord is happy for us to use the building with no increase on the rent, so little further expense is incurred from our general budget. Other options include extending the current day to offer provision during the afternoons for a further group of beneficiaries (as trialled during our recent ESF funding) E.g. running a course from 2 p.m. - 5 p.m. after the normal activity session is finished. Another use of funds that has proved successful during our short ESF grant period has been to arrange, administrate, accompany and/or provide funds for our beneficiaries to attend a course offered in the local community. If funds allow we would like to continue this as it creates introductions and possibilities for further community engagement between our beneficiaries and the group/ tutor or venue Additional information from email: "If successful in our application we intend to open on an additional day of the week to offer courses and classes with local specialist tutors in a range of subjects. These activities would utilise our well-equipped facilities which include a craft room, wood workshop, forge, garden and kitchen. We also have the wider use of the farm where the project is situated. Faringdon Town Council have also offered the use of several rooms above the library, where activity could occur if this alleviated any transport issues for participants. Stakeholder analysis has shown us that residents in and around Faringdon suffering from mental health difficulties are particularly isolated from supportive groups, with currently no service offering support of any kind in the town. We would be keen to take an opportunity to provide some course activity within the town centre for this reason. Courses will range from being one-off day workshops, to 6 or 8 week courses requiring beneficiaries to sign up in advance and commit to the whole course. Some courses will be accredited and support service users looking to build confidence towards employment and some will be non-accredited. We have a range of ideas, including some that we have trialled before and proved beneficial. These include Stained Glass, Metalwork levels 1 & 2, Jewellery making, Cabinet-making, Wood turning, Green woodwork, Cookery, Basic Skills/Literacy, IT skills, Horticultural qualifications, Employability skills, Creative Writing, GCSE Maths/English, Anger management, Mindfulness meditation, Art, Floristry, Walking/Nature-based activity. We intend to reduce loneliness and isolation within our community by allowing greater access to our service and facilities through these course based activities. This might mean that an existing beneficiary is able to come to the project twice a week, alleviating both their loneliness and helping to restore their well-being and create a positive impact on their mental health. It will also mean that we will be able to accept a greater number of beneficiaries to the project as we will be, in essence, creating a 4th day of activity. The courses will provide an opportunity to be part of a group, engage in teamwork, enjoy a sense of community and a safe space to learn and recover. It is anticipated that by participating in courses at Root and Branch, beneficiaries will gain greater confidence to access mainstream community activities, such as groups, training, college courses etc. How we will measure our success: We use the Mental Health Recovery Star every 6 months with all beneficiaries, which monitors well-being in 10 areas of life. The recovery star scores in the 10 different areas of a persons life are inputted into a database so that we are able to measure and monitor progress. The 10 areas are as follows: Managing Mental Health, Physical Health and Self Care, Living Skills, Social Networks, Work, Relationships, Addictive Behaviour, Responsibilities, Identity and Self Esteem and Trust and Hope. It is anticipated that a key measure of success for this grant activity would be improved scores, particularly but not exclusively, in the area of Social Networks. In addition to this we use a Progress Review sheet at the 6 monthly review meeting, which can also be updated between meetings. This records all new activity, achievements, soft and hard outcomes, both inside and outside of the project. For those participants working with our Employment and Development Coach, we have Coaching records akin to Learning Plans and separate, additional Progress Review paperwork to monitor how people are managing to achieve their goals. We will record all qualifications gained, courses completed and monitor how the grant activity has directly empowered people to engage in further community involvement in order to continue to relieve loneliness and isolation after the end of the grant period. Routine stakeholder analysis will contribute to our ability to capture successes during the grant period and make adjustments if needed."
20/02/2019 £4,625 BOOKFEAST 1? The grant will be spent in four ways: • To contribute to the ongoing cost of the part-time project manager who will continue to support the TeaBooks groups already running in the areas of highest need (Wantage, Didcot, Abingdon and Bicester). This role includes liaising with settings, training and supporting the volunteer group leaders, updating the handbook, organising networking sessions and running specific training as required (eg. how to make groups more dementia friendly), as well as researching new settings and recruiting new volunteers as required, prioritising new groups in areas of highest need as identified in the 2018 Analysis • To trial the use of tablet computers to help those with failing eyesight to access e-books and e-audio books, as the Oxfordshire County Council library stock of physical large print and audio books decreases every year. • To expand the social activities of the groups to include visits to local Oxfordshire literary festivals and other place of interest, including transport and tickets as necessary • To train the TeaBooks volunteer group leaders to signpost participants to other local activities and services as appropriate.
20/02/2019 £6,425 DAYBREAK OXFORD 4? The grant will help to fund the operational costs and activities that take place at the three Daybreak Dementia Day Clubs. The aim of the clubs is to give a person with dementia a day of companionship and enjoyment including a 2 course lunch and a programme of Cognitive Stimulation Therapies (CST) which are helping to maintain a person's mental, physical and emotional capabilities. An example of CST is music therapy, Singing for the Brain, art therapy and dance. These group activities are designed to give a person a sense of inclusion, feelings of companionship and a better sense of well being. Daybreak Clubs also do inter generational activities with visits from the local preschool to share singing and musical activities.
20/02/2019 £5,500 YELLOW SUBMARINE HOLIDAYS 4? This grant would be used to fund the Oxford Launchpad project - weekly evening sessions for 42 weeks per year (term time), and an additional 8 days of social activity spread across the school holidays (to help as many of our 18+ members as possible to maintain the social contacts they have made during term-time). By meeting Launchpad costs with grant-funding wherever possible, Yellow Submarine would be able to use voluntary income and volunteer hours to add considerable value to the project and meet more need - recruiting new members from the areas identified within OCF's Loneliness and Isolation Needs Analysis (2018) as experiencing higher levels of deprivation - OX1, OX3 and in particular OX4. Oxford Launchpad currently supports 32 young adults; 50% of these members live in OX1-4 postcodes, and we will target potential referrers in these areas (social care, charities, schools, colleges, carers' organisations, media) in order to support our members (and potential members) to get the most out of the opportunities available to them in the area. We will recruit both young adults already experiencing isolation, and those at risk of becoming isolated (e.g., those becoming too old for local youth clubs or specialised children's services).
20/02/2019 £5,000 LEYS COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT INITIATIVE 3? We would put the grant towards the salary of the Leys CDI Clockhouse Development Worker, and a proportion towards CDI core costs. The Development Worker is key to the running and the success of the Project. The guiding principle underlying all our work is consultation with, and involvement of, local older residents. The Clockhouse should be a welcoming space ‘owned’ by local over-50s and responding to their priorities. To identify those priorities we use community surveys, regular ‘welcome’ events, outreach visits to sheltered housing and social groups, and feedback from local over-50s. All this work requires a person who works alongside older residents encouraging them to engage in the Project, consults current and new users to give new ideas for activities, co-ordinates activities, publicises the project, and reaches out to new users. Many new users need support and encouragment to try the activities. Equally important is the need to provide transport for disabled Clockhouse users, many of whom find it difficult to get around. The Project currently has a volunteer driver, and aims to enlist more volunteer drivers; uses Aspire Community Transport, and taxis when unavoidable. All this work requires planning and co-ordination which only the Development Worker can provide.
20/02/2019 £4,880 CUTTESLOWE AND DISTRICT COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION 2? The grant will bring together the strengths, experience and resources of Cutteslowe Community Association and those of People in Action by providing a new and dynamic service for those aged 50+ who are experiencing loneliness and social isolation. It will provide two part-time paid coordinators to work with partner organisations and others ncluding Age UK Oxfordshire, beneficiaries and volunteers to establish and grow a new meeting and sharing point through the provision of a social cafe club for the over 50's experiencing social isolation and to also work with the very elderly and those needing a more structured approach with activities organised on their behalf. As well as providing a new social base for regular meetings and events the project will work alongside other new planned initiatives such as our Eat, Grow and Cook Project and our work with Good Food Oxford and the LEAP Project for older men and our developing Good Neighbour Scheme to develop new aspects of service which are beneficiary led. The grant will also be used to address the very real challenges posed in Cutteslowe by the lack of public transport by providing the means for those with mobility problems to engage fully with the project.
20/02/2019 £4,000 MILL ARTS CENTRE TRUST 3? The significant majority (68%) of our fixed overhead costs are made up of permanent staff salaries (£244,391) for which we are seeking support. In particular a significant proportion of this time is allocated to the development and running of audience engagement projects, as well as identifying new partnerships and groups to work with in order to extend our reach into those sections of the community that might otherwise not be culturally engaged.
20/02/2019 £4,000 OYAP TRUST 3? The grant will pay for a Facilitator and group convenor, who is highly skilled in facilitating intergenerational arts projects, who runs an intergenerational theatre company, has led our recent Autism Youth Action Team and does regular YAT work. She will undertake outreach work into schools, youth groups and older people’s settings, bringing them together regularly in our town centre venue. The need for this work is already identified through the Oxfordshire Needs Analysis report, but also through the Bicester Healthy New Towns initiative, whom we already partner with, which has ‘reducing social isolation’ as one of its key aims. Cherwell District Council have an intergenerational officer, and are providing match funding and partnership for this bid. Our work with our local schools also shows there is a need for young people to have more meaningful engagement with their communities, especially to address their own mental health needs. The grant will cover visiting practitioners, such as radio producers or graffiti artists, with specialisms to help the group deliver their plans and to increase skills and teamworking. Other costs include events, materials, catering, travel costs and publicity. Modest overheads are included to support OYAP’s coordination of the group.
20/02/2019 £3,450 SOUND RESOURCE 1? The main costs of this project will be running the sessions as follows: We will also commit time and resource to marketing and publicising the singing initiative: making contact with a range of key links in the local community such as the Horton discharge team; Radio Horton, local GP practices; Cherwell District Council; Oxfordshire County Council adult social care teams; Social prescribing staff; the Clinical Commissioning Group, local agencies and charities such as the Cornhill Centre, Housing 21, Sanctuary Housing, Age UK Oxfordshire and Carers Oxfordshire, BBC Oxford, Banbury Guardian, Banbury representatives of the new Age-Friendly Cultural Network such as Banbury Museum, the Old Mill etc. We will aim to set up intergenerational activities which bring the members of Singing for Well-being and other older people together with students from primary and secondary schools, and this will contribute to the 'Age of Creativity' festival in May, where the age-friendly cultural network in Banbury will be coming together and in which the key theme is 'intergenerational', on the basis that research about the U-shaped age curve of loneliness (Victor 2010) tells us that young people are at risk of loneliness and isolation as severely as older people
08/02/2019 £25,799 BLACKBIRD LEYS NEIGHBOURHOOD SUPPORT SCHEME LTD 5? Our idea is to offer social welfare advice to patients of the Leys Health Centre, our local GP surgery. We will provide our full range of benefits, debt and housing advice to patients, through referrals from the surgery. We will offer appointments at The Farmhouse, around 100 metres down the road from the Health Centre. The project will expand our client base, helping us to reach people at an earlier stage, before they would consider self-referring. The project takes a preventative approach - we aim to reduce the need for more expensive, crisis funding by preventing problems from reaching crisis in the first place. The project will also reduce pressure on local GPs. Research has shown that a high percentage of patients visit their GP as a result of problems caused by social and economic factors. The Leys Surgery employs a ‘Care Navigator’ who supports such patients to source help with non-medical issues. Through our project, the Care Navigator, GPs and other staff at the surgery can refer patients to us where there is a need for social welfare advice. Working with the Care Navigator, we will help free up GPs to focus entirely on medical matters. Further, the project will help us demonstrate the health benefits of welfare advice to funders. Using the Warwick-Edinburgh Mental Wellbeing Scale (WEMBS), we will take a baseline assessment of clients’ health and wellbeing when they first come to us for advice, and compare this with health and wellbeing at the end of the advice process. The WEMBS is widely used in the NHS to measure patients’ subjective feelings of wellbeing. By providing us with evidence of the health benefits of our advice, the project will enable us to access new streams of income from the health sector or health-related charitable trusts. The project will therefore enable us to make a step change on two fronts. Firstly, we will expand our client base, reaching clients at an earlier stage, before crisis. In doing so, we will develop connections with the GP surgery and raise awareness of our services in the community. Secondly, we will improve and develop our evaluation process to demonstrate the health outcomes of our advice. The evidence of the health benefits of our work will help us to expand our funding base, in order to increase the financial security of our organisation. We will recruit an additional part time (3 days per week) adviser/project worker who will: • offer social welfare advice appointments to patients who have been referred • promote and develop our service in the GP surgery • capture outcomes We expect to need 1.5 hours per week management time to supervise and evaluate the project. We already have a diverse funding base for our ongoing work. We have funding from Oxford City Council until 2021, along with ongoing grants from three local housing associations (Catalyst, Green Square and A2 Dominion). We are also currently funded by Thames Water and a number of charitable trusts. We are asking the project to fund an additional part-time worker, management costs and overheads for the duration of the project. Beyond the first year, if the pilot is successful we would hope to secure funding to continue the work. This is initially likely to be from one of a number of charitable trusts who support projects which improve health outcomes. In the longer term, we would hope to access funding directly from the health sector, possibly through a partnership with other local advice agencies. The advice sector is being encouraged by its membership body to work more collaboratively with the health sector for the benefit of the patient/client, but also as a way of accessing new funding streams as local authority funding dwindles. There are numerous examples across the country of advice agencies who have been successful in achieving this already. We have minimised the risk of low take-up of the project’s service by trialling referrals from the surgery on a smaller scale. We have already established a good relationship with the Practice Care Navigator at the surgery. We would reduce the risk of not being able to recruit a project worker by advertising widely, and ensuring pay scales are similar to those offered by other local organisations. We would recruit an adviser on a 1 year contract, initially. Should it not be possible to continue the project at the end of the year, we will still have useful evidence of the health outcomes of our work as a result of the project, which will help diversify funding for our core work.
18/01/2019 £3,750 FARM INSPIRATION TRUST 2? The Garden Programme Leader plans and leads gardening activities each day for groups of co-farmers (people with learning disabilities, often also with autism) throughout the year in our two gardens and two orchards. FarmAbility provides 40 co-farmer garden sessions each week, each lasting around 1.5 hours, which represents 2,000 garden sessions and 3,000 hours of gardening each year. Activities follow the growing seasons and include planning the gardens, planting seeds, potting up seedlings, watering, weeding, looking after plants, harvesting, tidying the garden, digging in manure, making compost, maintaining the paths and raised beds, pruning the orchard trees and soft fruit bushes. In order to provide more varied activities partly in the winter (pruning and maintaining fruit bushes), and partly in the summer (picking and weighing soft fruit for sale), we plan to extend the range of soft fruit we grow and hope to be able to sell the excess to the local Veg Box scheme run by Cultivate, with whom we already have a partnership. The funding we request will contribute to the annual salary of FarmAbility’s Garden Programme Leader who plans and delivers leads gardening activities with co-farmers and manages the gardens and orchards. We also need funding to buy seeds for our annual growing programme which provides vegetables for daily co-farmer lunches, and gardening material such as chicken wire to create a fruit cage enabling us to grow soft fruit to extend our range of fruit growing. We also want to buy some soft fruit bushes, for example thorn-free gooseberries, red currants and loganberries. Periodically we need to replace or buy new gardening equipment (gloves, trowels, shovels), although we source as much as we can second-hand or through donations.
17/01/2019 £42,833 OXFORD POVERTY ACTION 1? OCF Christmas Match Fund
20/12/2018 £3,500 Aspire 5? Aspire would like to launch a new physical activity engagement project in Oxfordshire, known as STRIVE: sport, training & recovery into volunteering, education and employment. This project will target the areas of greatest deprivation across the county and will use sports and physical activity as an essential stepping stone into further, sustainable engagement. it will have a particular focus on engaging young people NEET and offenders leaving custody, integrating with our successful Through the Prison Gate and Unlocking Potential in young people projects, insg physical activity and positive role modelling as tools to break their respective cycles of disadvantage. This project will also include the launch of Oxfordshire's first ever Gym Bus as a key aspect of project delivery. We are requesting £15,000 match funding to realise this ambition.
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.
26/11/2018 £5,000 Oxford Wood Recycling 1? The grant will be spent exclusively in resourcing the Employment and Development worker post for 4 months, directly supporting individuals to move closer to working.
26/11/2018 £6,000 Clear Sky Children's foundation 1? 8 children in Cowley to receive 18 sessions of therapy each as part of our wider project aims.
26/11/2018 £4,000 Barracks Lane Community Garden 2? We will spend the grant in the following ways: Regular horticultural assistance at each Tuesday session, working alongside the teacher and a volunteer, to guide the work in the garden to positive outcomes and help the students with vocabulary and learning Occasional trips out to local sites of garden and wildlife interest - the University Arboretum, The Oxford Botanic Garden, Whytham Woods, Kew Gardens. Occasional workshops with local artists: Drawing from Nature; Photography from Nature; Storytelling from Nature Cooking and food preparation workshops, using food grown and harvested in the garden, supplemented with bought-in food Wildlife workshops looking at the wildlife in the garden and how we can protect it Materials and tools for the horticultural and wildlife work - gardening gloves for each student, seeds and seedlings, bird food and materials for making bird feeders.
26/11/2018 £4,000 ARCH (Assisted Reading for Children in Oxfordshire) 1? This grant would cover costs to the charity of recruitment, training, resourcing, and support for one year 30 new volunteers who would support at least 90 children during the year
20/11/2018 £9,500 Oxford Sexual Abuse & Rape Crisis Centre 6? This funding will be used to support our counselling service, which is currently delivered by a team of 9 volunteer counsellors and a paid Counselling Coordinator. The funding will contribute towards the cost of recruiting, training and supporting volunteer counsellors within our service, who will provide more than 500 hours of counselling to survivors. We are requesting part funding towards a larger project. The work of the Counselling Coordinator includes 2 x volunteer recruitment cycles. We aim to recruit a minimum of 3 volunteer counsellors in each training cycle which forms part of our wider volunteering recruitment. Each counsellor will provide up to 3 sessions per week, of 50 minutes in length. Counselling will be based on a tried and tested empowerment model for working with survivors of sexual violence, using a trauma-informed approach. Counselling will be offered to survivors who have experienced sexual violence at any point in their lives. Assessments will be undertaken by our Counselling Coordinator who will then match women to a counsellor most able to meet their needs. Sessions are offered for up to 12 months per women (48 sessions max). OSARCC holds accreditation of the Rape Crisis England and Wales National Service Standards and is a member of the National Counselling Society. Our counselling is provided within industry standards, which outlines minimum commitments for clinical supervision and support.
20/11/2018 £9,935 Home-Start Oxford 4? Empowering Mums in Complex Needs Families
20/11/2018 £5,000 Fegans 4? Fegans parenting is staffed by women and given the huge numbers of mums affected by domestic violence and maternal mental health issues we would like to run a female only parenting programme to encourage healthy relationships, build self-esteem and improve outcomes for women and their children. The 18-week programme is: 6 weeks intensive one to one in the home looking at key issues and then 6 weeks in a group looking at parenting techniques and supports. The final 6 weeks offers volunteer opportunities in the community such as foodbank. ‘Mums Supporting Mums’ would give opportunities to learn and improve parenting techniques and to help break behavioural patterns. We know many women are isolated because of their circumstances so the opportunity to meet with others would help them to become part of the community and build social networks. The programme coordinator will identify 3 volunteers who will each work with 3 women and their families. Volunteers will be trained and supervised by Fegans safeguarding processes. 9 families are looked after during18-week cycle. We have seen lives changed and families transformed through the programme. So many of Fegans staff are mothers who we have worked with in the past and we have seen around 1/3 of participants return to volunteer in subsequent courses. Delegates can identify with the struggles our volunteers have overcome and it gives them the confidence to look at making their own changes. Beyond the immediate operation plan our goal is to enable sufferers to become supporters.
20/11/2018 £5,225 Aspire 5? We are going to launch Oxfordshire's first ever "Gym Bus" to take sports and physical activity sessions to highly disadvantaged women across the county to provide them with essential early intervention support and help them take their first steps towards positive life changes such as work experience, training, employment, volunteering and secure housing. The bus will travel to areas of deprivation across Oxfordshire such as Rose Hill and Blackbird Leys in Oxford city, Berinsfield and Banbury and will target community centres, recovery hubs and children's centres. Former Aspire clients who have benefited from our Active Body Healthy Mind programme will run sports sessions such as boxercise, kettlebells, yoga and football and will encourage clients to engage with Aspire about longer term support, too. We will also offer clients the chance to gain sporting qualifications and run their own sports session out in the community, thereby expanding the project's impact. In total it's expected that the Gym Bus will reach 200 women in the first year. The bus has been generously donated by Oxford Bus Company and the gym equipment has been donated by W Lucy Properties. We would like to ask for funding to cover the refurbishment costs of the bus, the costs of running sports sessions and the cost of 10 sporting qualifications.
19/11/2018 £7,500 Aspire 5? Aspire would like to launch a new physical activity engagement project in Oxfordshire, known as STRIVE: sport, training & recovery into volunteering, education and employment. This project will target the areas of greatest deprivation across the county and will use sports and physical activity as an essential stepping stone into further, sustainable engagement.
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 3? 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.
15/10/2018 £6,131 Thrive Teams 4? We will run a mentoring programme for 10 young people in South Abingdon so that by the end of it they are equipped with the skills, and have developed character, so that they can confidently take social action opportunities in their community. We have already identified six young people who would benefit from this input who are aged 15-17. The programme will consist of weekly one-to-one mentoring with either a Thrive South Abingdon youth worker or a trained volunteer. They will help the young people develop the skills and attitudes required for them to become productive members of society. Mentors will encourage the young people to set achievable goals such as re-engagement with education, considering their training pathway to improve their prospects for the future, and planning towards gaining employment. These goals will be set within a context of encouraging the young people to engage with social action. Our carefully chosen volunteer mentors will also provide young people with positive role models who are themselves engaging in social action. These mentors will encourage the young people to development their character, helping them to avoid crime and anti-social behaviour that some in their community have modelled.
30/09/2018 £50,000 Ark T Centre 3? 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 3? 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 7? 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 4? 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.
25/09/2018 £3,000 The Oxford Foundation 1? Grant to The Oxford Foundation
25/09/2018 £2,500 NOMAD 1? Grant to NOMAD
17/09/2018 £5,000 The Wychwoods Day Centre Ltd 1? Grant to The Wychwoods Day Centre Ltd
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 4? 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
26/06/2018 £3,801 OCVA 3? MAD Week aims to get 40 Year 12 students (16-17) volunteering through work experience with 10 voluntary groups. OCVA and South and Vale District Councils are currently negotiating with schools, aiming to work with 2 schools (one per authority) with some students facing disadvantage. We have begun discussions with Larkmead School and Didcot Sixth Form. Through our partnership with council officers, we are confident that the schools we work with will be well-equipped to deliver, and well-positioned to benefit from, the week. We will link with local charities to offer increased capacity, using OCVA’s expertise to identify these. We will work closely to support their development of a week-long programme for 2+ students. Students will attend our volunteer fair to pique their interest. Students will actively shape their placements, selecting their match and communicating their skills via a CV and two initial meetings. During the week, students will use their strengths to work on areas of need within their organisations. Placements will include social media, marketing, and event management. Students and organisations will reflect with an awards event. Impact will be collated in a report to compare our implementation this project in South and Vale with our former project in West.
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 7? 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 4? 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
08/05/2018 £5,000 NOMAD 1? Youth & Family Activities
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 4? Build a resilient youth sector that provides high quality services for young people across Oxfordshire.
27/02/2018 £4,000 Didcot TRAIN Youth Project 3? Deliver a mentoring programme which provides an opportunity for children and young people to engage in workshops, exploring some of the key individual and societal issues which affect their lives and contribute to adverse childhood experiences.
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 5? 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 4? 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 4? 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 4? 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 5? 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 3? Core Costs for the Centre
30/11/2017 £5,000 Refugee Support Network 7? 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 6? 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 2? 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) 2? 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 7? 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 4? 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 2? 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 3? 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 4? 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 2? 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 3? 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 7? 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 4? 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, 16? 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 4? 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 3? 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 3? 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.
30/04/2017 £5,000 Youth Challenge Oxfordshire 1? Youth Challenge Oxfordshire is a new charity with set-up costs, administrative costs and staff training to ensure a safe and sustainable future for the youth groups' EXIT7 programme eg all leaders will be expected to attend general safeguarding courses, be DBS checked and attend an induction half day with the Project Director. There is one part time employee plus administrative costs such as telephone, web-site and printing. The funds needed to support the EXIT7 programme itself will be spent in providing such things as transport to fund raising venues, some providers of sessions that make a charge, a weekend team building course at Youlbury Camp for each group, promotional material such as leaflets, banners and T shirts and the cost of the meeting rooms where there is a charge. The young people will be expected to and helped to fund raise as much as possible to support their trip to Kenya but we are keen to ensure all can go, so funds will be needed should this target not be realistic for some. Some young people will need help to pay for the required innoculations, Visas(for those over 16), and passport.
30/04/2017 £4,200 Didcot TRAIN Youth Project 3? The money will be spent on sending young people on the Oxfordshire youth young leaders course resulting in ILM level 2 in Leadership and Team Skills a core element of the project
30/04/2017 £4,585 The Pump House Project 2? This project is about young people volunteering their time to create a series of creative journalistic showcases that feature the charitable, social and philanthropic work that is happening in their town. TPHP is offering young people the chance to become the new ‘media’ for Faringdon and the surrounding villages. The grant will be spent on providing a 4 block programme of skills workshops in film editing, journalism, creative writing and photography - the participants are then challenged to take their new skills out into the community. Tasked with documenting and investigating the on-going work of charities and the lives of the people they work with, carers and the people they care for, local services, clubs and businesses, events and hobbies, fundraising and fund-raisers, local activities and issues and anything else philanthropic. Through film, photography and written media the young volunteers will decide what to document and how. Working together or as individuals, but with an emphasis on new experiences and new connections to create their creative content. Critically their films, articles, blogs and photographs will be shared with the community at screenings, exhibitions and on social media.
30/04/2017 £4,170 Banbury Community Church 1? We would like to encourage our Youth Action Team to develop community action projects that have an impact on the estate. With the support of staff and volunteers, young people will devise a programme of activities that will contribute to the life of the community. These will include regular "Acts of Kindness" planned to take place during school holidays, providing young people with opportunities to volunteer in a variety of ways - eg. litter picking, gardening, cake baking, tea party for elderly residents etc. Young people will be actively involved in the selection and planning of these activities by taking part in weekly term time sessions which will focus on building confidence, skills and a sense of team, as well as having fun together! We will work in partnership with other voluntary and statutory organisations, and use these links to break down barriers and ensure young people have opportunities to work alongside people they may not usually come into contact with, broadening their outlook and aspirations. We will link in some of these activities with the Arts Award, encouraging young people to further develop their skills and work towards a recognised qualification.
30/04/2017 £3,780 Real Time Video Ltd 1? BunkFest Young Persons Media Project will provide up to 40 young people with the chance to contribute to a major local event. Wallingford BunkFest is a free-access community festival providing a unique, family friendly celebration with something for everyone. It’s a volunteer run, not-for-profit organisation working for the benefit of the local community. The festival, which has been going for 16 years, is keen to encourage more young people to get involved as volunteers. This year BunkFest and Real Time are collaborating to set up opportunities for young people to get involved in running the festivals community radio station and in helping to run the festival itself. Young people will staff the FM radio station, conduct interviews with the public, be presenters, producers, on-site audio editors, producing live news bulletins from the event and from across the county. They can also help set up the festival itself, work behind the scenes with artist liaison, as stage tech, runners, stewards and collecting donations and fundraising. The young people will also plan, record and edit short videos to be shown on the main stage screen, plus helping to run a range of activities for the public.
30/04/2017 £10,000 Asylum Welcome 5? Continuing support for Asylum Welcome
31/03/2017 £34,700 Getting Heard 3? Establishment of a consultancy service to generate income to fund Getting Heard's charitable activities
31/03/2017 £24,000 RAW 4? Pathway Workshop is a charity providing meaningful training, volunteering and employment opportunities for people affected by a range of disabilities, learning impairments and other disadvantages presenting a barrier to employment.
28/02/2017 £5,000 Thrive Leys 4? Young people in the Leys estate face more obstacles than opportunities, which we quantify in terms of: • Child poverty – 34% of children are growing up in poverty; • Family breakdown – 47% of families have a lone parent; • Poor education – 63% of young people leave school without 5 GCSEs A*-C including English and Maths. The resilience of the young people will be built up with the following activities: • Providing them with an adult they can trust; • Helping them to map out a sense of their future; • Developing in them the life skills that they need to get there.
28/02/2017 £18,158 Donnington Doorstep Family Centre 6? Develop a new strand of our targeted family support work and expand our reach: • with isolated women, in particular mothers and young girls, in the Asian community • in order to achieve reduced isolation, improved parenting and family life skills, better engagement with statutory services and other voluntary sector organisations. • which would mean higher reporting of anti-social behaviour in isolated communities, a lower incidence of undisclosed domestic and sexual abuse, and a reduction in vulnerability to extremist messages. We focus on building whole family resilience, which we believe is a highly effective way of combatting the power of negative messages that erode shared values. We think it is very important not to establish this as a separate initiative, but instead we want to weave it into the specialist services already available in our centre, so that our target group becomes better integrated into their locality, and better able to form cross-cultural friendships and protective networks. This work would consist of: - 1-to-1 support from a dedicated family support worker - This would be made available informally by the worker's presence at a regular time each week at our drop-in family stay and play sessions, enabling contact with women who are wary of individual appointments or who would experience resistance from their family networks to accessing support (3 hours/week over 1 year) - Once relationships are established, support would then be delivered by bespoke casework, delivered at the Centre or in the community as appropriate (7 hours/week over 1 year) - Part way into the project delivery we would seek to design and deliver 2 x 10-week parenting programmes for this initiative, adapting our usual content to include input from relevant community and statutory partners to include content around building resilience into family networks. We would intend the participants to be a mix of men and women from the target demographic for this work, and parents from other backgrounds, in order to truly foster a sense of civic participation at the local level. - We also wish to establish a new group for girls from the Asian community, to build resilience, reduce isolation, and facilitate their involvement in either our general youth provision, or referral into our CSE service where needed. (3 hours/week over 20 weeks of the year).We will use the grant to expand our family support work by 10 hours per week, and ensure the availability of a family support specialist in one of our weekly stay and play sessions. We will in addition run 2 parenting programmes with the explicit intention of involving parents from isolated communities, and establish a group for young Asian girls to build resilience and ensure their access to necessary specialist services.
28/02/2017 £70,000 Employment Action Group (Berinsfield) Ltd 1? The funding will be used towards the costs of running The Berin Centre in Berinsfield. This replaces the former Children's Centre previously funded by OCC who have now withdrawn their funding. The centre will support families and children in Berinsfield and surrounding villages.In addition the charity will continue to give support to those seeking work or changing careers and provide training courses. The charity aims to run a cafe to encourage all members of the community to use it as a meeting place and reduce some of the isolation that comes with living in a rural location. The grant will be used towards the general running costs of running the Family Service including staff costs and associated training, building running costs ,resources and service delivery costs. A breakdown of the estimated 3 year budget is outlined in our attached business plan
28/02/2017 £39,875 Centre for African Entrepreneurship 3? Profit with Purpose• A job creation project in the Eastern Cape of South Africa, set up using CIC principles, with clear social objectives and a ‘business to consumer’ financial model.
31/01/2017 £4,959 Oxfordshire Lowland Search and Rescue 1? We will spend the grant on 2 x Lowland Rescue standard First Responder medical bags including AED's. We have requested additional funds to enable us to keep the AED's and oxygen tanks serviced, and to replace miscellaneous items used from the kits over 3 years.
31/01/2017 £3,600 Banbury & District Community Bus Project 1? Our charity will tackle this issue by driving our fabulous double decker facility to those families living in rural villages. The grant will cover: (1) the Early Years provision - 3 groups in 3 rural villages for 12 weeks each - one session a week - 36 sessions in total). This will help to stimulate the children’s learning, self-expression, communication and importantly interaction with others. (2) Improve community cohesion, helping parents find common interests, make new connections, and signpost them to relevant services to support a healthy family life and become more aware of their rights and entitlements.
31/01/2017 £5,000 Oxford City Farm 3? This grant will help us achieve our phase 1 site development targets including: improving the boundary fencing and gates, installing a secure store, connecting water and electricity and constructing an accessible toilet. Phase 1 is all about setting down the essential strong roots that will enable OCF to thrive. With all of the above in place we will be able to grow more food on site and involve more people in our work. With a safe and secure site we could start working with more schools and collaboratively with other support organisations who have expressed an interest in our project.
31/01/2017 £5,000 NOMAD 2? Continuing support for NOMAD Detached Youth and Community
31/01/2017 £31,625 Archway Foundation 5? Befriending Service Increasing CapacityThrough a variety of carefully organised activities, we support and befriend those experiencing loneliness and isolation; • providing a sense of belonging for those who feel unwanted, excluded and forgotten • offering the opportunity to make friends and meet people in a supportive environment • helping people to regain social confidence and contribute to society Direct benefit: Those in receipt of our service benefiting from a reduction in loneliness, improved social confidence, wider network of social contacts. Indirect Beneficiaries: Families are often relieved to know there is someone providing support and companionship to their loved one. Given the known links between loneliness and mental and physical ill health, our services helps to improve health and well-being of individuals with a knock on effect of reduced demand on health & social care services. We rely heavily on volunteer input and volunteering reduces loneliness, improves connectedness with local community develops skills and improves confidence. To recruit a Volunteer Recruitment & Training Co-ordinator to be responsible for volunteer recruitment and taking volunteers through the whole recruitment, interviewing, vetting and induction process (reviewing and improving office systems in the process) and increasing our capacity to match volunteers with those waiting for a befriender. The Co-ordinator will work with other staff responsible for managing referrals (typically from health and social services) of those in need of befriending and ensure that the matching of volunteers and referrals is optimised and greatly accelerated. To reduce the befriending waiting list by responding in a timelier manner to those in need of the befriending service and to those expressing an interest in volunteering. This requires an additional resource – a Volunteer Recruitment & Training Co-ordinator. Having one person responsible for volunteer recruitment and processing through to readiness for matching will also enable review and streamlining of our current systems, thereby improving efficiency in the longer term. To reduce the administrative load on existing staff who have stepped in to respond to increased demand on the service but whose workloads are becoming unmanageable and unsustainable.
31/01/2017 £5,000 Chipping Norton Lido 2? Purchase and installation of a Handimove mobile pool lift. Staff training in (a) hoist operation and (b) assisting people with disabilities and additional needs
31/01/2017 £30,000 Refugee Resource 6? Refugee Resource provides a unique therapeutic service for refugees, asylum seekers and vulnerable migrants in Oxfordshire. We provide a place of safety and welcome for up to 250 clients each year, some of whom require specialist counselling to heal from trauma, and others who participate in our range of therapeutic services aimed at helping people to move from a position of being isolated and traumatised to inclusion within the wider community. Refugee Resource is the only service in Oxfordshire to cater effectively for the holistic care and long-term therapeutic needs of these vulnerable groups. To help meet these needs we provide the following services: • Counselling • Mentoring and coaching • Employment advice and support, including bursary fund • A women’s project • A men’s service • Advice and advocacy service- Engaging young people is a challenge: the often chaotic nature of their lives makes it hard for them to remember appointments during the day, and if these are outside of school during school hours it can be disruptive to their education. - Refugee Resource is currently unable to provide individual therapeutic support to children under 12. - Demand for our counselling services outstrips our capacity to meet this need: currently we have a waiting list of around 4-6 months. Over a third of those waiting (7 young people) are aged under 19. - We have limited training capacity. - Closure of The Children’s Society in Oxford has left a gap in the provision of specialist counselling support for refugee and migrant young people in schools. - A school-based counselling service would strengthen our capacity to deliver effective therapy for young people, that is accessible and in a familiar and supported environment. This leads to better engagement with counselling and with education. It would build new working partnerships between Refugee Resource and schools. - Training and consultation support offers a sustainable way to support schools strengthen their own understanding and capacity to support young refugee and migrants and their families. This facilitates integration within the school and the wider community. - Employing the expertise of an experienced child psychotherapist would enhance capacity of counselling team to support the specific needs of children and young people, including those aged under 12. - Broadening our remit to working with children may help us to access more diverse funding streams and increase unrestricted funding through public support.
31/01/2017 £2,500 Flexicare (Oxford and Abingdon) The grant would be used for one member of staffs training costs, their time and travel expenses. The course provider we have identified is the provider of choice of Helen and Douglas House and was chosen following an extensive tendering exercise by them. Helen and Douglas House are now in their second year of using DFH Ergonomics Ltd and are very pleased with them. There is a training course at the end of February and another in July. If successful with this application, we would send our staff member on the next available course.
31/01/2017 £2,890 Chipping Norton Literary Festival 1? We will deliver six author-led workshops to young people with emotional and behavioural difficulties and those who have been excluded from mainstream schools, encouraging them to enjoy reading and writing. The authors will provide bespoke workshops designed to engage hard to reach and vulnerable young people.
31/01/2017 £5,503 Centre for African Entrepreneurship 3? UGANDA-DRC ENTREPRENEURS STUDY/WORKSHOP TOUR To leave a practical legacy of knowledge, information, contacts and potential access to future resources, to encourage and enable local entrepreneurs to set up and successfully run economically viable small businesses in Western Uganda and DRC.
31/01/2017 £10,000 BeFree Young Carers 3? Expansion of service request by High Sheriff to make a donation to their project to re-brand and expand their services county wide.
31/12/2016 £15,000 Ark T Centre 3? Salary costs to develop preventative responses to the needs of Oxford’s most vulnerable
30/11/2016 £4,671 Oxford Deaf and Hard of Hearing Centre 3? The grant will be spent on funding places for 15 children and young people from Oxfordshire to attend a five-day Residential Summer Camp. The Camp will be run by PGL Adventures in conjunction with Deaf Direct. We will provide fully-trained staff who all have an appropriate standard of British Sign Language to help profoundly Deaf children and young people with activities such as climbing and sailing. We will also provide peer mentoring, where older children support younger children to boost confidence and give advice on how they have coped with their hearing loss to achieve what they want to. The skills children learn at Camp will enable them to go back to school feeling more confident, showing them not to be ashamed or embarrassed about their hearing loss because there are other children who are "just like them" and that it's ok to have a hearing loss. For example, after a previous Camp for children in Worcestershire, one participant now interacts much better with her hearing friends at school and is no longer afraid of wearing her hearing aids, helping her to hear her teacher properly. This has had a great impact on her overall social and mental wellbeing. In order to be inclusive and to ensure no child or young person misses out, the cost of the Camp will be completely free, including travel to the activity centre where Camp will be run.
30/11/2016 £3,225 ARCH (Assisted Reading for Children in Oxfordshire) 1? We would recruit, train, resource and support for one year 14 new volunteers who would work with at least 42 children in Oxford schools in their first year, imparting a love of reading to enhance their lives at school and beyond, breaking the deprivation cycle. (Even more children will be reached if volunteers continue into second and subsequent years with ARCh)
30/11/2016 £4,880 Children Heard and Seen 1? The project will provide weekly groups for children and young people with a parent in prison We will use a range of community resources to provide activities and encourage peer support in order to reduce the stigma of parental imprisonment; and explore their feelings/emotions attached to this intensely traumatic experience. We aim to empower children to consider their aspirations and goals We will also recruit Volunteer Mentors from the local community, provide them with training and support so they can then provide, 1:1 mentoring support to children and young people, and co-facilitate the groups, whilst they gain valuable work experience.
30/11/2016 £5,000 Getting Heard 3? In 2016/17 we budgeted for our community advocacy service. The majority of these costs (60.4%) relate to salary costs for our Programme Coordinator and support staff. Our Programme Coordinator is responsible for identifying and training volunteer advocates, receiving referrals from clients or referring 3rd parties, matching clients with volunteer advocates, supervising volunteer advocates and ensuring their on-going training needs are met, as well as service promotion. Our other costs relate to running our office including rent (17.6%), staff/volunteer expenses (10.7%), training (7.5%), service promotion (2%) and governance/professional fees including accountancy services (1.7%).
30/11/2016 £2,500 Thames Valley Partnership 4? New Leaf is currently supporting 8 individuals in Oxfordshire (Oxford central 5, Bicester/Ban/North Oxon 1, South Oxon 2) to make more positive life choices and to improve interpersonal skills, employability and aspirations. With the additional support of a dedicated Regional Coordinator post (2 days per week) for Oxfordshire who will work to build relationships, recruit volunteers and provide greater guidance to mentors; it is hoped that New Leaf could recruit and train 15 new volunteer mentors and support up to 68 ex-offenders within a 12 month period.
30/11/2016 £22,500 South Oxfordshire Food and Education Alliance 2? Increasing capacity to service additional organisations to generate income and become more sustainable (new van, new chiller, more storage)
30/11/2016 £2,500 Bookfeast 1? To keep Lunchboox Clubs running in Oxfordshire primary schools, who target the clubs at their reluctant readers & providing the myriad benefits of reading for pleasure, a by product of which is increased literacy levels. From September 2016, 14 clubs are running, with a further three to start in January. We are currently forging new contacts in the Banbury area, one of deprivation where we have an enquiry for a new Club and additionally plan to open one more Club to make a total of 19. We provide 21 Club sessions per academic year with 10 (different) children attending each term.
30/11/2016 £4,986 Home-Start Oxford 4? This grant will contribute to the salaries of the Family Co-ordinator, who supports and supervises the volunteers for this complex work. They assess referrals and match volunteers, provide supervision and reviews with families. The Administrator helps process referrals and monitoring. The grant will fund volunteer expenses for weekly visits lasting 2-4 hours. We will draw on a pool of around 9 experienced volunteers, and support 6-7 families at any one time; 10 over the course of the year. The grant would also pay for 2 day mental health awareness training for 16 volunteers, delivered by Restore.
30/11/2016 £5,000 Oxford Against Cutting 3? We will run two Rose Community events, create a film and deliver 10 training events to professional groups. All events will be facilitated by members of FGM communities. The first Rose Community event, in March 2017, will be a workshop to explore creative expression following trauma. This event will be run as part of Oxford International Women's Festival and supported by the Oxford Rose Clinic. At the second Rose Community event, in June/July 2017, older people will take part in creating a short film "Grandparents Speak Up". We will provide African food and a creche at the Rose Community events.
30/11/2016 £4,963 The Pathway Workshop 4? We will offer training places comprising a six month tailored programme of training to four individuals with learning impairment. During their training clients will be supported to acquire skills in : - Carpentry and woodwork - Personal care and presentation - Following complex instructions and routines - Making decisions and choices - Relating to others, responding appropriately to others - Keeping safe and problem-solving
31/10/2016 £2,500 Hub Ventures 7? Student placement as 'visiting trustees'We want to place 20 students as 'visiting trustees' in local charity boards. The grant will go towards running a pilot programme between July 2016 and October 2017, providing 20 students with individual placements. The pilot will include student and host organisation recruitment, training for visiting trustees and ongoing support. Each Young Trustee will be required to complete a governance-based project that will have a lasting impact after they have left. The programme will end with a celebration event to promote the programme more widely, highlight individual student experiences on the scheme and bring student and community groups together.
31/10/2016 £5,000 AESOP 5? Improvement and maintenance programmes in Abingdon and Banbury following on from successful pilot programme. The aim is to start the programmes in January. Thanks to £500 from VWHDC and also Abingdon Health and Wellbeing Centre confirming their venue will be provided in kind, we are able to run taster sessions before Christmas. These will be for new recruits as well as graduates of the Improvement Programme. A similar arrangement is being worked on for Banbury. Delivery and moving to financial sustainability: this will run from January 2017 to September 2019. During this time, each group will be supported to become self-managing, financially sustainable and part of a growing national family of Dance to Health groups. In 2018/19 they will be encouraged and supported to secure a £10,000 Awards for All grant.
31/10/2016 £15,000 Full Circle Continuing Support and another commitment for some on-going core cost funding.
31/10/2016 £5,000 Full Circle Continuing support for intergenerational work particularly in Banbury and with Oxford Spires Academy
31/10/2016 £13,020 Aspire 5? Transfer of funds from Said Business School lecture
31/10/2016 £30,000 Oxford Sexual Abuse & Rape Crisis Centre 6? Services Manager – Capacity buildingAs the number of reported cases of sexual violence continues to rise, and the profile of sexual violence increases (as seen in the child abuse inquiry and heightened media coverage), it is vital for OSARCC to grow in order to meet increasing need – demonstrated by an already existing 6-9 month waiting list for access into our face-to-face services. A lack of management resource is preventing us from being able to grow (both in terms of diversifying income generation, and strategic planning) in order to meet increasing need. Without this growth, we will struggle to meet the needs of local survivors. In order to achieve this increase in capacity and subsequent growth of OSARCC, there is a need to invest in management support. Our proposal is to create a Services Manager position, taking responsibility for generating funding and maintaining our existing provision, whilst freeing up the existing Director to focus on longer-term planning and the launch of new services for younger women. Currently all of this work is undertaken by the Director, resulting in a lack of capacity to fully exploit all funding and growth opportunities, and planning to safeguard the organisation’s future. This new split role will address this constraint.
31/08/2016 £5,000 Oxford Concert Party 1? Performance of a play 'Flat 73' focussing on loneliness
31/08/2016 £4,500 West Oxford Community Association We will use the grant to help fund adaptations to existing spaces to create a kitchenette and more storage for use by a wide range of existing and potential centre users, for example: • 'Anonymous' peer support groups • West Oxford Pantomime Association • West Oxford Parent and Toddler Group • Oi Sum Chinese Community Group • West Oxford Table Tennis Club • 'Food for Thought' Health and Social Care Support Users Group • Low Carbon West Oxford • West Oxford Fun Day • West Oxford Film Club (in development) • Numerous other health, social activities
31/08/2016 £4,872 ARCH (Assisted Reading for Children in Oxfordshire) 1? Average cost to the charity of recruitment, training, resourcing and support for the first year of a volunteer is £768. We ask schools to contribute £420 towards this leaving a shortfall of £348. We would use this grant to cover this shortfall which would enable us to recruit 14 new reading helper volunteers.
31/08/2016 £5,000 Village Hall - Shutford 1? Phase 1 of the project is to build a shell of a new village hall. Money has been raised for this from villagers and building will begin early September but we need funding for Phase 2 . This phase is to fit out the internals of the hall.
31/08/2016 £27,272 Action for Carers Oxfordshire 2? Carers Oxfordshire
31/08/2016 £2,500 Multiple Sclerosis Therapy Centre Oxfordshire 1? We will re-instate our existing condemned tank with a new epoxy lined deluge tank.
31/08/2016 £4,779 Oxford Coasters 3? Provide weekly access to the climbing wall for the Climb up! group. A maximum of 10 participants per week can engage in a 2 hour climbing session followed by a peer support coffee group.
31/08/2016 £3,000 Sound Resource 1? Singing at Ark-TA grant of £4,860 would establish Singing at Ark T as an ongoing resource for the communities of Cowley, Rose Hill, Littlemore and Blackbird Leys. Modeled on Barton Sings, our singing project generously funded by OCF in 2015 - two mentees visited Barton Sings as part of our mentoring programme and then developed placements at the Ark T as a pilot, which was extended under supervision of a Mentor. The grant would support 40 x 2 hour, weekly sessions, including an important refreshment break, which transforms social bonding effects of singing into friendships, support and encourages group community participation.
31/08/2016 £5,000 The Porch Steppin' Stone Centre 3? The grant will be used to help fund the Kitchen Manager’s salary. The Kitchen Manager will work with 6 beneficiaries who have been assessed by our project workers and who have signed up to the project to develop catering skills to give them a realistic opportunity to find work or engage in a positive volunteering role. Training options are: café food preparation, preserve/chutney making, or kitchen cleaning/hygiene. Placements will be 6 weeks long. Participants will also be supported with finding work through our weekly job club (CV preparation, job interview skills and recruitment agency referrals).
31/08/2016 £5,000 VIP+ 1? The grant will be split into two main streams. 1 To fund spaces on mainstream activities and projects in the community. We will work with partners such as The Parasol Project, Cornerstone Arts Centre in Didcot, The Mill in Banbury and Oxfordshire Youth Arts Partnership (OYAP) and The Earths Trust. We work with partners across the county to address the need of vulnerable young people in all areas of Oxfordshire. 2. Bespoke arts activities at The Hospital School which are designed in consultation with resident CYP. These activities allow us to be sensitive to the complex needs of these CYP.
31/08/2016 £3,952 Oxford Baby Cafe Group 4? -We will train local mothers who have used Baby Cafe services to become volunteer Peer Supporters. They will be able to offer evidence-based infant feeding information and skilled support to other mothers in the community. -We will offer one off education sessions to women and their supporters towards the end of their pregnancies. These will give detailed evidence based information on lactation, breastfeeding and responsive parenting. Those attending such sessions previously (before our March 2016 funding cuts) reported less feeding difficulites and a better start than their peers who hadn't attended.
31/07/2016 £5,873 Story Museum 4? Extreme Reading project at the Story Museum in conjunction with the Evans family in memory of Maggie Evans.
30/06/2016 £40,000 BeFree Young Carers 3? South and Vale Young Carers Project will Better address the gap in specialist provision for Young Carers(YC) across Oxfordshire; Extend the age range of YC we support to age 25 and broaden our geographical reach across Oxfordshire.
31/05/2016 £4,950 Oxford Parent Infant Project (OXPIP) 5? *Clinical Parent-Infant Psychotherapist support and consultation for the community midwifery led Saplings Group 2 hour weekly group running in Florence Park Children's Centre *Offer 1:1 parent-infant psychotherapy to women who would like to access individual support
31/05/2016 £5,000 Donnington Doorstep Family Centre 6? DROP-IN PLAY-OUT (DIPO) Targeted Support DIPO offers play-focused activities for 7-18 year olds targeted at those at risk of social exclusion, anti-social behaviour or offending. We are open 3 evenings a week. We also offer volunteering, work experience and alternative time-table opportunities during the school day. This service has developed over 11 years including building our ‘Youth Space’ area. Many of the children and young people (C&YP) who use our centre have lives that are affected by poverty, crime, substance misuse or domestic or sexual abuse. Others experience disadvantage linked to disability. It is these Disadvantaged C&YP (DC&YP) our service focuses resources on - really making a difference to their lives. The grant will pay for staff to support our drop-in play activities. Trained and experienced key workers will provide 121 support involving befriending, listening, guiding, empowering and providing opportunities for wider awareness, information and choices. We will provide support with CV writing, sexual health (condom card scheme) and protective behaviours with a particular focus on healthy relationships, sexual exploitation and on-line safety - with input from our STEP OUT (CSE - child sexual exploitation) Project. STEP OUT has 2 specialist CSE workers delivering training, preventative work and 121 support to girls, boys and carers affected by CSE. DIPO Key worker responsibilities may include home visiting, attending court dates, case conferences, TAC meetings and inter-agency working with schools, police, YOS, social care and health professionals.
30/04/2016 £5,000 Aspire 5? to help disadvantaged and vulnerable people back into work
30/04/2016 £5,200 Story Museum 4? Maggie's Day at the Story Museum
31/03/2016 £20,000 Asylum Welcome 5? Funding to help the first families to arrive from the camps in Syria. They will be actively supporting the rehoming of 20 families, with homes being found in Oxford City, Abingdon and Witney.
31/03/2016 £20,000 One-Eighty 4? Stage II
29/02/2016 £3,492 Oxford Concert Party 1? The grant will go towards the fees of the project leaders and produce a book and a CD for all members of the project.
29/02/2016 £5,000 Oxford Against Cutting 3? This is a new project to attend 10 community groups at one of their regular meetings to provide training on FGM and build links to the Rose Community. We are aiming to talk to groups who identify themselves as Somali, Sudanese, Gambian, Tanzanian, Nigerian and Kenyan as well as the group of parents who meet at the Oxford Academy for their children to attend Arabic lessons, and the African group BKLUWO. It may be appropriate to run separate groups for men and women and arrange a creche. Each session will be adapted for the specific group to ensure maximum engagement.
29/02/2016 £5,000 Story Museum 4? Extreme reading adventures - payment for intern at Story Museum
31/01/2016 £5,000 Oxfordshire Family Mediation Oxfordshire Family Mediation (OFM) works with families affected by separation and/or divorce
30/11/2015 £4,400 Jacari Coordinator and two teaching officers in EAL teaching
30/11/2015 £5,000 Children Heard and Seen 1? Promote reduction of isolation and disadvantage and access to local services
30/11/2015 £3,000 Making Changes 1? This grant will assist in the payment of facilitators and observers.
30/11/2015 £5,000 AESOP 5? The grant will be spent on delivery of Advance people's physical and mental health, wellbeing and safety
30/11/2015 £3,000 One-Eighty 4? One-Eighty
30/11/2015 £13,200 Anjali Dance Company 1? Connect people with the arts, culture and heritage
30/11/2015 £10,000 Full Circle Ongoing Costs
30/11/2015 £27,000 Farm Ability 2? FarmAbility runs an outdoor, practical and learning programme on a working farm delivering health and quality of life outcomes, for adults (+16) with autism and learning disabilities
30/11/2015 £4,200 Falcon Rowing and Canoeing Club (Kayak section) 1? Advance people's physical and mental health, wellbeing and safety
31/10/2015 £10,000 Henley YMCA 2? Henley YMCA
31/10/2015 £3,000 The Listening Centre (TLC) 1? The Listening Centre (TLC)
30/09/2015 £15,000 South Oxfordshire Food and Education Alliance 2? Improve life skills, education, employability and enterprise
31/08/2015 £4,000 Sound Resource 1? 35 weeks, weekly sessions of inclusive, participatory group singing for two hours including refreshment break.
31/08/2015 £25,000 Donnington Doorstep Family Centre 6? Re-opening six days a week.
31/08/2015 £23,041 Young Dementia UK 6? We support younger people with dementia (aged 35-65) and their families to enable them to live well.
31/08/2015 £50,000 Oxfordshire Youth ‘The Community Link-Up Project’ which set up or stabilised 20 youth clubs in disadvantaged and rural areas;
31/07/2015 £10,093 StartUp 4? Reducing re-offending by supporting ex-offenders into self-employment.
31/07/2015 £10,000 South Oxfordshire Food and Education Alliance 2? Provision of fresh, in date, nutritious food to vulnerable groups.
31/07/2015 £23,600 Yellow Submarine 4? Capacity building of organisation
30/06/2015 £5,000 Story Museum 4? Maggie's Day at the Story Museum
30/06/2015 £3,000 Cherwell Theatre Company 2? Initial costs to stage the production.
31/05/2015 £10,000 Leys Youth Programme Join up our school-based mentoring and our estate-based mentoring and activity clubs.
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