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Oxfordshire All In has been mapping and co-ordinating the various grassroots volunteering efforts around Oxfordshire, providing both groups and individuals with resources to support them during the COVID-19 crisis. Their base is the charity organisation KEEN  Oxford.

In the current situation, the charity has redeployed its expertise and infrastructure to support an effective voluntary sector and public sector response to Coronavirus.

Through Mapping – Supporting – Coordinating – Simplifying – Oxfordshire All In’s mission is simple: to help support a joined up approach to Covid-19 across the county that is effective, efficient, resilient, and which reaches the most isolated and vulnerable.

Map form Oxfordshire All In website

The map allows anyone to search their area to find out what support is being offered to help people cope with the epidemic. This includes both the armies of street champions that are emerging offering to collect provisions or care for pets when people have to self-isolate, and the established charities and community groups that have adapted their existing services to support the most vulnerable.

They are building a sophisticated tool for individuals, volunteer groups, community organisations and public bodies alike in the Oxfordshire response to Covid-19.

The website is aimed at individuals wanting to get involved with a volunteer effort in their area, and at people who might be vulnerable and are looking for support from their community. The partnership is working with the networks created to also reach people who may not have internet access.

Resources for community groups are included (and this list continues to grow based on feedback) around governance, safeguarding, hygiene, shopping and medication.

Collaborative Decision Making

The website and tools were developed rapidly in response to the COVID-19 crisis and are improving every day. Oxfordshire All In is becoming the go-to place for anyone wanting to coordinate their volunteer response or find the help they need.

OCF has been working closely with the team at Oxfordshire All In and other county partners to identify our community’s needs, as well as encouraging charities and voluntary groups to connect, share best practice and avoid duplication of effort. The platform’s data collection and mapping channels are supporting better collaborative decision-making between organisations in the sector.

OCF is a key partner and supporter of Oxfordshire All In. KEEN received a grant of £7,650 from our Coronavirus: Community Resilience Fund in early April which covered immediate staff salaries and subscriptions for their digital platforms.

Rupert da Silva, Director KEEN Oxford presented at the OCF webinar on 22 April on the ‘How, Why and What of Oxfordshire All In’.

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Rupert da Silva
Director KEEN and Oxfordshire All In

The support from OCF was critical to cover our direct costs, without it we wouldn’t have been able to do this. The grant is a lot for us given our size.

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