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Banbury Food for Charities 18 Apr 2016

Volunteers use their own vehicles to pick up and deliver the food. The grant would pay for petrol for a year, for insurance for a year, and for a dozen new fluorescent vests (needed when going to Aldi, Sainsbury and M&S)

Tea and Creativity Social Club 14 Nov 2016

In every community there are people who find themselves socially isolated either through illness or a lack of confidence to socialise. 13th Theatre company started the Tea and Creativity Social Club to break down the breaks of social isolation and to enable to people to feel that they are important and have a purpose in life. The grant will enable us to buy materials, pay for hall hire and publicity

Hire of grand piano for event 15 Jul 2016

Hire of grand piano for event

Emergency First Aid Training for volunteers 18 Apr 2016

The grant will go towards training thirty volunteers in the South Oxfordshire area by providing training from an accredited First Aid training facilitators.

Keep seniors active 18 Apr 2016

It will enable us to invite good-quality speakers and entertainers to come to the club and support our efforts to get the elderly out of their homes and become more active in older age.

Training & Development 18 Apr 2016

This grant will enable trustees, staff and volunteers to access a range of training & professional development opportunities to ensure that the quality of service of family support that we offer is maintained.

Bereavement Support Groups 18 Apr 2016

We need funding to cover the costs of training volunteers to facilitate Bereavement Support Groups. These costs cover the trainer's fee, room hire, stationery (papers, pens, folders etc), refreshments, administrative costs.

Response Giving 14 Nov 2016

One of our aims is to bring enjoyment to people coping with sever mental illness. Many are not able to access ordinary social activities because of the devastating effect severe mental illness has. Often their lives are totally transformed in a horrible way and they are unable to continue with their plans. This knowledge can be very depressing. "Response giving" aims to organise fun events and pleasurable activities in places they are familiar with and so they can relax and enjoy. One of these is our "fun BBQ" in the grounds of one of the homes. We have various activities - tombola, raffle, mystery lucky dip, "guess the name of grandma bear" as well as a delicious BBQ. All very inexpensive to our guests. All this costs money and we are always looking at ways to make it even happier. With your grant we could hire some live music for a simple sing along and we could hire and entertainer. We need a gazebo or two. All this would make huge difference to this project.


We wish to extend our current Saturday morning football sessions into a multi-sport session for ages 10 yrs +, run with our partners Youth Ambition. Offering an exciting range of active games DodgeBall/Tchoukball/QuickCricket, this session will encourage children/young people to engage in enjoyable, fun physical activity rather than being sedentary at home. Alongside the sports/games we will offer everyone – parents included - a healthy, freshly prepared tasty lunch, cooked/served by local people using surplus food from charities FareShare and Oxford Food Bank. Our experience shows that this is a winning combination and a great way to bring the community together.

Junior Club - "Friday Night Project" 01 Dec 2016

The grant will help us mantain and develop the Junior Club during 2017. There are currently 39 children registered with the club and the weekly attendance is between 20 - 25. The grant will mainly be spent on arts and crafts material, food for cooking sessions, volunteer expenses and trips away from Wood Farm/Lye Valley.The trips away from the local area, either within or out of Oxford, are important because a number the children who attend the club rarely move outside of their local area.

HS Event deposit 01 Aug 2016

HS Event deposit

Continue and grow ActivEyes project 14 Nov 2016

In 2015, Oxfordshire Association for the Blind set up a group called ActivEyes. Run predominantly by volunteers, it offers an exciting opportunity for anyone over the age of 18 with a visual impairment and living in Oxfordshire to take part in some challenging activities, with the aim of improving their health and mental well-being and building self-confidence. The core activities of the group are: Twice a month cycling event at Horspath running track. Undertaken with the support of tandem riders and trained volunteers. Due tot he popularity of this group we have purchased two tandem bikes and are keen to expand this service further. Once a month tennis with specially trained coaches in Abingdon Once a month sailing at Farmoor Reservoir Once a month social outing at the pub Occasional walks (usually ending with a pub trip) Games evenings with board games and group games Activities the group have also expressed an interest in include: Rock Climbing More cycling events Goalball Botcha Punting In just over year the group has gone from strength to strength, 15 of our current 53 members attend every social gathering, while others just attend for the acttvities they are interested in. Many of the members are now socialising together out side the ActivEyes group and it is wonderful to see this expansion of the group, to see them having so much fun, making new friends and support networks. We ant to ensure this group can both continue to operate and to grow.

Young Trustees Programme 08 Nov 2016

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.

Amount: £2,500
Funder: Oxfordshire Community Foundation
Recipient: Hub Ventures
Region: South Central
District: Oxford District (B)

Training sessions for champions 14 Nov 2016

The grant would help to develop our team of 25 Champions with learning disabilities. The Champion's work 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. The project supports and empowers people with learning disabilities (Champions) to better engage with and influence decision makers and hold them to account through meetings, consultations, lobbying and campaigning. The Champions serve on board (e..g. Thames Valley Police Independent Advisory Board) and attend consultations and meetings (e.g. local authority performance scrutiny) in their efforts to improve services. Funding from Oxfordshire County Council (OCC) and Comic relief supports the Champions to make a real difference in this day to day work to help marginalised people with learning disabilities to be less subject to discrimination from public attitudes, laws, policies and services. Champions also campaign for the rights of themselves and others with a learning disability; to make services more accessible, support more available, and their views taken more seriously by professionals and the general public. Through their participation in campaigns on topics such as hate crime, health checks, and benefits, Champions are able to influence policy and increase their confidence to speak up. Funding from the Co-op would support 40 x weekly two hour sessions of "People's Political Economy" where a paid session worker (Joel Lazarus, an Independent Social Research Foundation research fellow at the Department of Politics and International Studies, Warwick University) would help them to gain a greater understanding of and to develop their skills in the political, economic, lobbying, influencing and campaigning landscape.

Leg Press Machine 27 May 2016

Leg Press Machine

Amount: £2,000
Funder: Oxfordshire Community Foundation
Recipient: OXSRAD
Region: South Central
District: Oxford District (B)


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)

SAPLINGS project 03 Jun 2016

*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

Complex Families Volunteer Support Project 01 Dec 2016

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.

Drop In Play Out (DIPO) 03 Jun 2016

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.

Flat 73 21 Sep 2016

Performance of a play 'Flat 73' focussing on lonelinessFunding will go towards performance of Flat 73, a play by Gaye Poole about loneliness, (with music by OCP Artistic Director, Arne Richards), aimed at both theatre goers to raise their awareness of the issue and also taken out to communities. There will be 6 performances with Q&A sessions afterwards on the subject, recruitment of volunteers, and on theatre as a way of engaging with social issues. 3 performances will be at professional theatres and to reach the people who do not go to theatre, we will be touring to village halls in Eynsham, Barton, and Banbury.