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Ferry Leisure Centre VIY Project 08 May 2017

The grant will be used to mobilise and support 20-25 young people aged 14-24 (the majority being unemployed and/or disengaged from mainstream learning or education) in helping to refurbish Ferry Leisure Centre in Oxford, as a combined volunteering and employability skills development opportunity. The project will take place over two months (April/May 2017) and will cover urgent repair and improvement works to specific areas of the centre (identified by charity Fusion Lifestyle, who manage/operate the centre). In undertaking the works, the young people will mentored on-the-job by a team of 5/6 local professional tradespeople, and will work towards achieving an Entry Level 3 City & Guilds vocational employability skills qualification. Young people will also be supported in developing broader employability skills such as teamwork, communication skills and time-keeping. Over the course of the project, each young person will typically commit/complete at least 20 volunteering/guided learning hours on site. Ultimately, young people completing the project will be connected with further training and employment opportunities beyond the project, via the project partners (e.g. local Wickes store, local vocational skills college) and local sector-relevant employers.

Autism Youth Action Team Oxfordshire 08 May 2017

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.

Amount: £5,000
Funder: Oxfordshire Community Foundation
Recipient: OYAP Trust

Equality & Inclusion Programme 08 May 2017

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.

Amount: £4,998
Funder: Oxfordshire Community Foundation
Recipient: Oxford Hub

Irrigation System 30 Jun 2017

The Botley Meadow allotment site's irrigation system is currently supplied via mains drinking water. Not only is this an expensive solution (~40% of our annual expenditure), but an unnecessary use of water intended for human consumption. Replacing this with an irrigation system sourced from a local stream will allow the association to reduce its environmental impact and continue to offer local residents affordable access to green space without the requirement to further increase rental costs. The grant will be used to purchase building materials, a pump and plumbing attachments to extract water from a local stream and fill a water tank (which has already been acquired). This tank will be positioned to provide an replacement source of water for all members of the allotment site to irrigate plants and foliage.

OxHoP - Edith Kempson House outreach development project 05 Oct 2017

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.

Amount: £30,000
Funder: Oxfordshire Community Foundation
Recipient: Homeless Oxfordshire

Bee Saviour Behaviour Project 02 May 2017

Funding will contribute towards the costs of the Bee Saviour Behaviour project.

Amount: £1,059
Funder: Oxfordshire Community Foundation
Recipient: Populate Co-operative

Grant to Banbury Cross Explorer Scout Unit 04 Jul 2017

Purchasing new camping equipment will mean we can give more young people the opportunity to do more outdoor activities.

To continue existing work 30 Jun 2017

The major expenditure for which the grant is required :- subsidised coach outings ie. canal cruise, steam railway trips, visit a City Cathedral, Museum - subsidised speakers (non-political) covering public and support services, education, travel, history, entertainers, films. Members pay a weekly subscription which has been supplemented in the past by a grant. These non-profit social activities are very popular and keep everyone fit and active both in mind and body

Parasol Ukulele Project 30 Jun 2017

We will use funding to purchase 30 Ukuleles and a cargo bicycle We already have funding in place/agreed to cover the cost of running 60 sessions by April 2019. This will allow us to transport equipment and teacher in a low cost, sustainable and environmentally friendly way. Our Music Teacher used to work as a bike mechanic so will be responsible for maintaining and servicing the bike - we plan for this to take place during teenage other activity sessions so that young people can learn about bike maintenance. The Ukuleles will be used to run music sessions for up to 15 young people and give us a stock of 15 Ukuleles to lend to young people on a short term basis once a young person has demonstrated commitment to the project. Alongside sessions for these young people we will also run family sessions (Whole Family Approach) targeting parents and siblings in order to help families engage positively. This would be especially important when working young people on the Autistic spectrum (ASD) We will link with other professionals (Social workers, NEET officers, Ocupational Therapists) in order to allow them supported contact with hard to reach young people where appropriate. We have chosen these instruments as they are very easy to maintain and fix in case of damage. In the initial stages of the project we have identified 3 target groups of young people who are experiencing or are at risk of social exclusion and/or are vulnerable to bullying or exploitation. These groups are Young carers, ASD young people and disabled/disadvantaged young people attending Inclusive Parasol activities. Young people will be initially recruited for the project through Cheney School, Parasol, Woodfarm primary, Bayards Hill Primary and the Carers Trust. We are confident that other organisations will access the provision in future and are particularly keen to extend the offer to younger children and older people (especially those suffering from dementia). We hope to be able to involve young people who have taken part in the project in helping to run future projects as volunteers. We plan to run at least 60 sessions over the course of 22 months and would expect to run sessions for many years to come by levering in continuation funding.

Amount: £1,250
Funder: Oxfordshire Community Foundation
Recipient: The Parasol Project

Bloxham Senior Citizens 30 Jun 2017

The grant will be spent on the hire of Bowling Club Hall at £20 per session and refreshments at approximately £10 per session 2nd and 4th Wednesday each month. Many elderly people in the area are very lonely and this gives them a chance to meet up, make friends and feel part of the community. They look forward to the gatherings.

The Irving Bid 08 Jun 2017

Donation to costs incurred regarding governance etc.

Getting out and active 01 Aug 2017

We are the largest and most progressive seniors group in the rural area between Banbury, Oxford, Bicester and Chipping Norton. We want to be able to subsidise trips to the theatre at Milton Keynes, a trip to Birmingham to visit the Frankfurt Christmas Market and provide a Christmas dinner for a minimum of 90 members to include entertainment. Because our members, all over 60 years young, most in their late 70's or 80's, live in an isolated, rural location, and most of them do not have access to a car, we will enable them to experience something that otherwise they almost certainly would not. I have secured 45 seats at The MK Theatre for the annual pantomime at a cost of £20 for each seat in the stalls and the coach cost is £450. A similar charge will be made for the coach hire to Birmingham and a two-course Christmas dinner will work out at £15 per head. The total cost of these three activities is over £3,000 but we have been fund-raising by means of raffles and jumble sales to help with the cost of these and other activities throughout the year. You will see by our annual accounts that our outlay is significant and with our own fund-raising and the occasional grant the club can keep a cushion of one year's expenses which is considered to be good financial practice.

Amount: £500
Funder: Oxfordshire Community Foundation
Recipient: The Valentine Club

To develop support network for BME African entrepreneurs 27 Jul 2017

• A proposed support network for African entrepreneurs based in Wales

Amount: £2,000
Funder: Oxfordshire Community Foundation
Recipient: Cultural Concerns

Core funding 04 Sep 2017

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.

Amount: £5,000
Funder: Oxfordshire Community Foundation
Recipient: Chiltern Centre

Kidlington Good Neighbour Scheme 01 Aug 2017

To cover insurance costs for all our volunteers. To cover office technology costs including computer, printer and consumables, broadband and telephone costs . To cover general stationery requirements essential to operating a organised and efficient service to all our elderly and disabled clients. To organise a new improved web site for the Kidlington Good Neighbour Scheme which will be easy to negotiate and supply greatly improved information to potential clients who they or their families/friends may access to view what services we provide. Additionally to attract additional new volunteers who are an essential part of the service we offer.

Bringing People Together: inclusion & diversity 04 Sep 2017

This grant would enable us to design and deliver training, outreach activities and community events to reach more people, particularly the more vulnerable, to benefit from the range of services, activities and community connectivity provided by Talking Shop. Sharing food will be a focal point in our participatory approach, modelling inclusion and cohesion in the events. Staff/volunteer training (delivery- TS volunteers with external consultant) including: Inclusion and unconscious bias; inclusive leadership; Resilience, wellbeing, mindfulness. Mental Health First Aid training for managers and shift leaders (delivery- Restore) with support to cascade learning. Evening workshops building on this learning: 4 facilitated by Restore, discussing issues arising from diversity of needs among volunteers; 4 facilitated by our team with external consultant, defining sustainable culture of inclusion, writing content for practical implementation of TS Mission/Values. Outreach visits to local groups by volunteers, taster events and community workshops in our space (eg. weekly drop-ins for young families, board games for older residents and those who live alone, peer to peer learning (cooking, gardening etc) ). A calendar of community activities proposed and promoted by local volunteers (suggestions - Arts Week, Big Lunch, Black History week, International Women’s Day, Mental Health Awareness Week), then becoming annual events.

Amount: £6,250
Funder: Oxfordshire Community Foundation
Recipient: Sandford Talking Shop

Schools and Youth Club Gardening Sessions at Stonehill Community Garden 01 Aug 2017

We would like to engage with more users and encourage more groups to use the site. This funding will enable us to: Offer 20 x 2 hour sessions at Stonehill Community Garden Deliver sessions on learning about sowing seeds and vegetable production Groups already identified: DAMASCUS youth group, Kingfisher School, Styleacre Groups wishing to visit: Thameside School, Radley Brownies, Caldecott School Further groups will be identified by the outreach and marketing work included in this bid. The sessions will be delivered in October, November, February and March; dictated by groups’ availability. Outcomes: Supporting those who need exercise, social interaction, access to fresh healthy food to meet their needs 20 group visits to the garden, min. of 5 per group 5 of which will be new groups yet to visit the garden Introduce 100 or more users in the area to the garden and growing food 25 or more new visitors to the garden Herb & other edible plant production (providing a small income for the garden) Promotion of the garden to a wider audience Investigation into future funding 2 further funding applications submitted to enable us to reach more potential users

Gatehouse Activites 04 Sep 2017

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.

Amount: £5,000
Funder: Oxfordshire Community Foundation
Recipient: Gatehouse

Match Funding re Employee Fundraising 31 Jul 2017

Donor Advised: match funding employee fundraising.

Amount: £1,500
Funder: Oxfordshire Community Foundation
Recipient: Prospect Hospice Ltd

Bridging Donnington Over 50s IT Project 06 Oct 2017

Bridging Donnington Over 50s group is a weekly local community project run by Donnington Tenants and Residents Association (DTRA). We support around 50 of Donnington’s most vulnerable older residents to get out their homes to socialise at the Donnington Community Centre. The project was started six years ago to improve the lives of the many older people living alone in Donnington who need company. It was a Comic Relief funded project with Age UK. Three of our group members are over 90 years old. Weekly meetings include two hours of IT mentoring and support to older residents by IT peer-mentors, so that highly vulnerable people without IT skills or knowledge can go online, work on documents, email, facebook, skype with family or friends, or share photos. Two IT volunteer mentors are on hand each week to help with IT issues, including for those who bring their own computers or smart phones. Five years ago we received donated recycled laptops from Oxford City Council but they have all stopped working, hence this application. Having some equipment would enable us to draw in local people who don't have their own equipment. Participants also importantly benefit from ‘tea and chat’ with others, which is at the heart of the weekly sessions, as a way to interact and improve wellbeing. We partner with Age UK volunteers to help with mobility issues. We also partner with Donnington Community Association who have installed and maintain wifi at the community centre for the project. The area of Donnington is sometimes called ‘Oxford’s forgotten estate’ because it resides between well-off Iffley Fields and the more deprived Rose Hill. Donnington is a community in a process of change, housing people from many countries, including newcomers and long-stay residents and tenants, many of which are vulnerable older people. The estate includes a number of vulnerable housing for older people which we identified during our ‘Better Donnington’ consultation survey in 2014 to identify local needs; this improved our outreach to include people from different cultures in the Over 50’s group. The community consultation and survey was funded by a Big Society grant. When we replace our equipment we expect the same numbers to join us as did during the project funded by Comic Relief. That is half a dozen people every Tuesday, with some turnover as people leave having mastered what they want to do with their devices and new people join. Each person came to the IT sessions for 4 weeks or more. So during over a year, 40 to 70 people will benefit. In the short term, we can record when a participant masters a computer or Internet function, step by step. This can be as simple as making a video call to a grandchild or as complicated as editing a book. Each week the volunteers will make a list of tasks achieved, initialled by the participants. The next level is a list of things that the participants have been able to achieve making use of the technology they have mastered. This will be collected as a series of stories, either written or recorded interviews every few weeks. Finally, twice a year will survey all the people who have participated in the IT sessions, asking them to reflect on what worked and what didn't. This will be an online survey to reach those who have left together with a paper version handed out during Tuesday morning.