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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.

Grant to Abingdon Eagles Basketball Club 14 Dec 2018

Funding will be used to purchase a new electronic scoreboard

Access Sport Oxford High Sheriff Programme Phase 3 17 Jul 2018

Grant to Access Sport CIO

Amount: £65,000
Funder: Oxfordshire Community Foundation
Recipient: Access Sport CIO
Region: London
District: Tower Hamlets London Boro

SHARED KITCHEN 25 Sep 2018

Grant to African Families in the UK (AFiUK) CIC

Amount: £22,500
Funder: Oxfordshire Community Foundation
Recipient: Alef Trust CIC
Region: North West
District: Wirral District

Donation to Hospice 12 Jun 2018

Contribution to hospice running costs

Volunteer Recruitment 26 Nov 2018

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

Out and about 10 Aug 2018

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

Diversifying Income:The future Resilience of Ark T 10 Oct 2018

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.

Amount: £50,000
Funder: Oxfordshire Community Foundation
Recipient: Ark T Centre
Region: South Central
District: Oxford District

Self-care retreats and HerSpace for teenage girls 20 Nov 2018

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.

Amount: £5,000
Funder: Oxfordshire Community Foundation
Recipient: Ark T Centre
Region: South Central
District: Oxford District

STRIVE: stepping stones to employment 19 Nov 2018

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.

Amount: £7,500
Funder: Oxfordshire Community Foundation
Recipient: Aspire
Region: South Central
District: Oxford District

Aspire's Gym Bus: overcoming disadvantage through sports & physical activity 20 Nov 2018

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.

Amount: £5,225
Funder: Oxfordshire Community Foundation
Recipient: Aspire
Region: South Central
District: Oxford District

STRIVE: stepping stones to employment 20 Dec 2018

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.

Amount: £3,500
Funder: Oxfordshire Community Foundation
Recipient: Aspire
Region: South Central
District: Oxford District

Match Funding re Employee Fundraising 02 May 2018

Match Funding re Employee Fundraising

Balsam Family Project 16 Nov 2018

Community Family Friends or CFFs. This is our third core service element as described above. CFFs are assigned to individual families for in-home mentor support visits at the end of their initial 10 week course.

Grant to Banbury Cross Explorer Scout Unit 14 Dec 2018

Funding will be used to support the salary costs of  a sales supervisor; the group would like to expand their opening/trading  opportunities and have found that by opening on a Saturday this allows for engagement with a wider demographic from across the town.  The group estimate that by opening on a Saturday they will have on average an further 30 - 50 visitors who will have access to information about sustainability, resourcefulness and waste reduction (especially plastics)

First Steps Second Steps Community Garden Programme 26 Nov 2018

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.