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Results

Replacement of old, inefficient double oven and hob 24 May 2018

Running a lunch club once a month and coffee mornings in the Hall to reduce the feelings of isolation.

Healthy mind & healthy body 24 May 2018

Grant to Good Neighbour Chinese Community

Match Funding re Employee Fundraising 12 Jun 2018

10k run to raise funds for Prospect Hospice match funded by Beard Charitable Trust

Eid Celebration 15 Jun 2018

Grant to East Oxford united football club

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.

Making a Difference through Advice 12 Feb 2019

We would spend the money on Volunteer expenses, training and Police Check costs.

Oxford Summer Mela 2019 12 Feb 2019

Improve community cohesion, reduce isolation and provide opportunities to learn and adjust to new ideas & activities Maximise opportunities and occasions for people of different linguistic and cultural backgrounds to mix, learn and respect each other

Roller Derby is for Everyone 21 Feb 2019

Roller derby, though still in its infancy, is one of the fastest-growing sport celebrating both athleticism and inclusivity. First played over 80 years ago, the sport has experienced a global revival since 2001, with the UK now boasting more than 200 teams. Oxford Wheels of Gory (OWG) is a group of local men and women, passionate about the sport and currently fielding an all-women bouting squad. Played by two teams of 14 skaters, five players from each side take to the track at any one time. Though the basic aim is for one designated player to score points by passing the opposition, the game requires strength, strategy and, above all, teamwork. It is a full tilt, full contact, female driven open and inclusive physical sport that attracts women (and men) from all walks of life. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OId6gTd2LCM Roller Derby is an incredibly open and inclusive sport which is welcoming in particular to LGBT+ and non-binary/intersex community who are typically isolated from other community sports (https://www.sbs.com.au/topics/sexuality/agenda/article/2016/09/16/how-roller-derby-has-proven-itself-be-most-inclusive-sport-around). In addition this the sport of roller derby is almost unique in that it is entirely open and accessible to every body type. (https://www.treblemaker909.com/where-do-you-fit/). OWG is open to all genders and welcomes all roles, both on and off skates. Whoever you are, and wherever you came from you are welcome and valued in OWG However the main barrier to greater participation is that it is still quite an expensive sport to play for the most part, as the equipment can cost a fair amount. In Oxford it is particularly difficult to retain new members in our league because of the cost of buying equipment for those on limited or fixed incomes is prohibitive (£200 in most cases for basic kit) in a region recently named the most expensive place to live in Britain, but which also has one of the most deprived areas of the UK. OWG is a local roller derby league and we are trying to grow our number and introduce this transformative sport to as many new members as possible, and plan to run 2 rookie courses this year (rookie courses are a crash 6-8 week course where new skaters are taught the fundamentals of both roller skating and the sport of roller derby). We are currently incredibly limited by the amount of equipment we own. We offer this course for £30 per person (for 6-8 sessions), but provide all skating and protective kit for free. Therefore we can only house 10 new members at a time (depending on their requirements and foot size). In addition to this these new skaters must, through necessity, purchase their own kit within 3 months of finishing the course because the items they had borrowed are needed for a new cohort of fresh prospective skaters. This leads to a big drop off in members who want to skate, but their finances simply won’t allow it. We plan to use this grant to run the two courses in the Oxford area in 2019, to provide a greater range, newer and safer kit to potential new members, allow for a longer lend of kit for new members to spread the cost of buying their own. These funds will also allow us to offer 4 subsidised spaces on the course for interested parties on low or fixed income. We have wanted to expand our rookie course for years, but the league itself cannot afford to increase our kit reserves as we are entirely self-funding through subs and member payments. Our project proposal ‘Roller Derby is for Everyone’ plans to use the funds for a series of things: Buy some new skates in the most popular sizes (5 and 6 UK) for our new rookies to borrow on a short to mid-term basis, reducing the up front cost for all. 6 pairs @ £100 each - £600 Purchase additional safety equipment (helmets, elbow pads, knee pads and wrist guards) 5 Elbow pads @ £10 - £50 5 Knee pads @ £20 - £100 5 Wrist guards @ £12 - £60 2 Helmets @ £40 - £80 Hall hire for an additional portion of our practise space to allow us to accommodate more new skaters on the course safely 12 extended sessions at £40 (for an additional 1/3 of hall space) - £480 Publicise the courses wider through leaflets, posters and an online sponsored social media campaign to attract interested members from as wide a cross section as possible: 2 sponsored social ads @ £25 - £50 500 flyers @ £50 - £50 TOTAL PROJECT COST: £1,470 In kind the league will: Offer 4 reduced income spaces (£10 rather than £30 for 6-8 weeks) on the upcoming rookie courses Staff all coaching, recruitment and publicity roles with existing league member volunteers. The ability to not only attract through advertising a larger cohort of interested parties from a wider range of backgrounds to our next rookie intake events this year, but also be able to provide better and safer kit for a longer amount of time will allow more members of the Oxford community to take part in this amazing sport, and spread the cost of getting their own kit over a longer period of time, and allow us to grow as a league and offer more spaces and support to incoming new rookies. Overall we hope to offer 17 places for each course, including the four fixed income subsidised spots, a total of 34 individuals over the course of the project. However this additional equipment will allow us to offer more spaces in the coming years, effectively doubling the number of potential new recruits over the next 5 years to reap the many benefits of Roller Derby.

Promoting the Cornhill Companions 21 Feb 2019

We would like to increase the take up of our services and achieve a greater impact in terms of how many individual people we are able to befriend and provide help to. We have an aim to increase our number of clients to 100 or more in the Banbury area. To do so, we would like to produce more publicity leaflets and distribute them more widely. Our quotes for reprinting locally are around £400.00. We would also like to advertise more widely e.g. in putting adverts in the local press, radio stations. We held stalls at events such as Banbury Show during 2018 and would like to continue to do so as an effective way of meeting potential new volunteers and the costs associated with these advertisements and events are approx. £150 per annum. We have recently completed a website to further promote our services and this has a small cost attached to running it each year, approx. £80.00. You will appreciate that our group has a number of admin tasks to complete in relation to the services we provide and in recruiting new volunteers, such as DBS checks, application forms. Training is very important too in making sure that all of our volunteers are well versed in issues such as data protection, dementia awareness and health and safety. During the last four months we have taken on a part time staff member (for no more than 3 hours per week) to help with admin and organising training. We would like to continue this arrangement, especially as it means that our volunteers' time is spent almost entirely on visiting people. To continue our training programme and with the work of a part time staff member, we would like to use approx. £600 of any grant funding that we may receive from you. During 2018 we held a tea party, inviting and treating all of our clients to afternoon tea. It was a very enjoyable event. We provided transport for those who needed it. We would like to repeat this event, or something similar, during 2019 because many of our clients said that it was a great opportunity for them to go out to a social event and chat to and make friends with other clients - we felt this was one day when we knew for certain that none of our clients was at home with no one to talk to. The cost of holding another tea party including transport is approximately £250.00. Addressing the need in our area seems to us to be a simple equation i.e. the greater the number of clients we are able to 'match up' with a volunteer who visits clients regularly and/or takes them out shopping or to a social event, the fewer the number of people in our area who are completely isolated and alone. Many of our clients to date have become known to us through word of mouth and we feel it is important for us to increase publicity and general awareness of what we can offer so that potential clients (and their neighbours and associates) can seek help from our group. We have publicised our services to social services and other voluntary groups and support services and we have taken on a number of referrals from them. Those organisations have said to us that there are many more people that they could refer to us but they are mindful of how many volunteers we have and our current capacity. We would like to increase our volunteer base as much as we can during 2019 so that we can meet the need. In addition, we are aware that there are neighbourhoods in Banbury - some with a high incidence of older people as residents - where we have few clients as yet, e.g. Bretch Hill and parts of Grimsbury - both areas with a higher than average level of deprivation. We would like to publicise our services in those areas - and seek both volunteers and clients - so that we can try and meet any needs there are in those neighbourhoods. You will know that there is a significant Polish population in Banbury and some ethnic minority groups such as the Asian and Chinese communities - we would like to publicise our services to those groups in addition to the areas that we are already working in.

Amount: £750
Funder: Oxfordshire Community Foundation
Recipient: Cornhill Companions

Support for KEEN 11 Feb 2019

Young Enterprise support for KEEN Team Programme 2018/19

Amount: £770
Funder: Oxfordshire Community Foundation
Recipient: Young Enterprise

Young People's Visit 2019 28 Mar 2019

Supporting donation from employee fundraising.

Grant to Canada Tenants and Residents Association 01 Apr 2017

Neighbourhoods Fund: Bermondsey & Rotherhithe grant from the Housing & Modernisation department

Grant to Dickens Estate Tenants and Residents Association 01 Apr 2017

Neighbourhoods Fund: Bermondsey & Rotherhithe grant from the Housing & Modernisation department

Grant to Rainbow Arts & Crafts 01 Apr 2017

Neighbourhoods Fund: Bermondsey & Rotherhithe grant from the Housing & Modernisation department

Amount: £662
Funder: London Borough of Southwark
Recipient: Rainbow Arts & Crafts

Grant to Youth United CIC 01 Apr 2017

Neighbourhoods Fund: Bermondsey & Rotherhithe grant from the Housing & Modernisation department

Amount: £525
Funder: London Borough of Southwark
Recipient: Youth United CIC

Grant to Burgess Food Project 01 Apr 2017

Neighbourhoods Fund: Peckham & Nunhead grant from the Housing & Modernisation department

Amount: £934
Funder: London Borough of Southwark
Recipient: Burgess Food Project

Grant to Southwark Explorers' Club 01 Apr 2018

Neighbourhoods Fund: Borough Bankside & Walworth grant from the Housing & Modernisation department

Grant to Tenant Management Organisation Styles House, gardening sub committee 01 Apr 2018

Neighbourhoods Fund: Borough Bankside & Walworth grant from the Housing & Modernisation department

Grant to Burgess Park Food Project 01 Apr 2018

Neighbourhoods Fund: Peckham & Nunhead grant from the Housing & Modernisation department

Replacement Trees 14 Nov 2016

We have relatively modest ongoing costs, so have survived largely on our initial sponsorship. But we now have a fairly substantial repair and maintenance task for the coming year. This includes: we have lost five of our original plantings. Our overall planting was some seventy trees, so the attrition rate is not severe, but does need to be addressed. We need to replace the lost trees. We need to improve the fertility, drainage and weed control around each tree. This programme was suggested by a team from the RHS who were visiting the village. We need to improve the grass cutting and weed control and general environment of the overall site. For a single tree the cost would be minimal. But for seventy trees that small amount becomes quite a substantial figure.