Small local charities across the Thames Valley have received almost £5 million from four community foundations following a record-breaking year.
Banbury needs you – to help ensure the town is doing the best it can for older people. A special launch event takes place next Wednesday, June 20, open to everybody interested in helping Banbury become one of Britain’s first age-friendly towns.
Following a recent strategic review, OCF has identified that a priority objective is a step change in its community impact activities. To achieve this, we will initiate a new approach to collaborative partnerships to develop lasting solutions to key issues of social disadvantage in Oxfordshire.
Oxford Early Years is a bold new initiative bringing together parents, professionals, educators, local representatives and funders to work together and take action to tackle lack of social mobility. OCF is a member of the action group known as the Lab Team.
The fifth annual Business in Oxford conference on Wednesday was a celebration of collaboration and economic prosperity – whilst also acknowledging the challenges that are holding the county back.
Kate Fyson was elected to the OCF trustee board last week, and brings extensive experience in finance and high-level planning that will help us fulfil our ambitions over the coming years.
OCF is at the heart of a new Banbury partnership that has received seed funding from the Placed Based Social Action programme, initiated by the Big Lottery Fund and Department of Digital, Culture Media and Sport (DCMS).
Located in central Oxford, The Story Museum celebrates stories in all forms and explores their enduring power to teach and delight. Working closely with one of our fundholders, the museum has developed several innovative outreach programmes to engage local school children from areas of multiple disadvantage.
The Grant Thornton Vibrant Economy Index has named Oxford city as the top-ranking area in the UK in terms of community, trust and belonging. However, the city does less well on measures of equality and health.
On Monday donors to OCF’s Step Change Fund gathered to hear about the progress of our flagship grants programme, which in 2017/18 made £252,000 in investments that boost the operational management of Oxfordshire’s leading small charities.