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Grant to Jacari 09 May 2018

Part-fund the salary of Jacari Oxford’s one full-time member of staff, the coordinator.

Amount: £2,147
Funder: Oxfordshire Community Foundation
Recipient: Jacari

DGNS Running Costs 24 May 2018

DGNS fills an ever growing gap between what relatives, friends and professional carers provide and what our clients really need.

Schools Plus - engaging male volunteers 26 Jun 2018

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.

Amount: £4,995
Funder: Oxfordshire Community Foundation
Recipient: Oxford Hub

Match Funding re Employee Fundraising 02 May 2018

Match Funding re Employee Fundraising

Match Funding re Employee Fundraising 02 May 2018

Match Funding re Employee Fundraising

Amount: £12,232
Funder: Oxfordshire Community Foundation
Recipient: SATRO

Match Funding re Employee Fundraising 02 May 2018

Match Funding re Employee Fundraising

Amount: £13,228
Funder: Oxfordshire Community Foundation
Recipient: Brighter Futures
Amount: £22,500
Funder: Oxfordshire Community Foundation
Recipient: Alef Trust CIC

Out and about 10 Aug 2018

Reduce the cost of transport and therefore enable participation on three garden visits.

Ricochet Young Leaders - Promoting Community Cohesion 10 Aug 2018

By providing a bursary we will be able to offer support to children from less privileged families who are very much in need of social interaction in a place they feel safe and gives them an incredible feeling of achievement. To start ‘rebound’ classes for general fitness.

Collaborative cooking 25 Sep 2018

Grant to Maymessy Community Interest Company

'Growing Up Together' An Integenerational Community Project 25 Sep 2018

Grant to Red Kite Family Centre

Amount: £2,100
Funder: Oxfordshire Community Foundation
Recipient: Red Kite Family Centre

Cutteslowe Seniors 16 Nov 2018

Grant to Cutteslowe Seniors

Amount: £250
Funder: Oxfordshire Community Foundation
Recipient: Cutteslowe Seniors

Equipping Young People in South Abingdon 15 Oct 2018

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.

Amount: £6,131
Funder: Oxfordshire Community Foundation
Recipient: Thrive Leys

Youth bike mechanic training programme 26 Nov 2018

1) Employ a mechanic trainer on a Tuesday to work with young people 2) Establish delivery of City and Guilds or equivalent qualification in bike mechanics 3) Cover costs of recruitment and induction of young people 4) Cover costs of tutor for mentoring young people on the social enterprise 5) Cover costs of the Build-a-bike courses (covered by Councillor Priority Fund and Bags for Life) 6) Collection of donated bikes (covered by Councillor Priority Fund) 7) Volunteering costs for Tuesdays to ensure mechanic is well supported (covered by Councillor Priority Fund) 8) Cover overheads for Tuesday sessions (part funded by the Councillor Priority Fund) 9) Tablet for teaching social enterprise

Amount: £4,500
Funder: Oxfordshire Community Foundation
Recipient: Windrush Bike Project

Girls' Talk 20 Nov 2018

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.

Specialist Youth Worker 12 Oct 2018

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.

Empowering Mums in Complex Needs Families 20 Nov 2018

Empowering Mums in Complex Needs Families

Amount: £9,935
Funder: Oxfordshire Community Foundation
Recipient: Home-Start Oxford

Family room sensory resources & 2019 Family Triathlon 16 Nov 2018

This application is for 2 much needed areas of our work, the first is to enhance our offer to families who have children with additional needs. There are a growing number of families who have children with additional needs in South Oxford and Oxford city. The family room offers monthly open access drop-in sessions for these families to come for moral support from volunteers who themselves have children with additional needs, advice on their child’s condition from visiting professionals, introduction to BSL and a safe place to bring their child to play if they aren’t at school. The grant money will be spent on indoor sensory resources and a black-out den. The den will provide a quiet space for children to explore their senses through lights and textures. The bubble wall, accessory kit and bean bags will be used with the den. The second part of our application is for help towards costs of putting on our second family triathlon event in 2019 which we hope will be bigger and raise more funds than the triathlon held on 1st July 2018. We are seeking funding to cover costs for Insurance, First aider and park fees plus 10 hours of administration time for the project co-ordinator as this support is in addition to her usual role. On 1st July 2018, our first community family triathlon was very successful with over 130 parents and children taking part, raising over £6000 before costs of putting on the event. Running the event entails costs such as insurance, first-aiders, park hire & publicity. This year our costs totalled over £870. Funds raised go towards Tuesday sessions in South Oxford Family Room. These professionally run sessions provide weekly support for breastfeeding and wellbeing for mums with newborn and young children and their families. Tuesday sessions are free, inclusive, and take place a stone's throw from the city centre.

The Mindfulness Community [launch] 19 Nov 2018

Grant to The Mindfulness Initiative