As the fallout of the pandemic becomes apparent, we have made three large grants from our Community Resilience Fund that aim to help local communities recover stronger.
Oxfordshire Community Foundation (OCF) is pleased to announce the appointment of Adrian Sell as CEO. Adrian was appointed Interim CEO on 1st July, taking on the challenge of leading OCF with a focus on using its Resilience Fund to help the voluntary sector in Oxfordshire respond better and recover stronger from the pandemic.
The Westgate Fund was established in 2017 with a £125,000 donation from John Lewis, and is held and managed by Oxfordshire Community Foundation (OCF). Since then it has funded 18 different community initiatives across Oxford.
In August, we invited small charities and community groups to apply for up to £2,000 of grant funding to support grassroots responses to the pandemic. The scale of applications received shows that the immediate crisis is far from over, and that communities urgently need more financial support.
Following positive and constructive feedback from our survey, OCF’s webinars series will continue over the coming months, taking a deep dive into issues affecting our communities in the fall-out of COVID-19. We talk to subject-matter experts, charities on the frontline and funders about how we can bring people together to tackle isolation, homelessness, educational disadvantage and digital exclusion, whilst facing up to the economic fallout of the crisis.
Could you take three minutes to complete our survey and help shape future webinars?
OCF has lost one of its most influential and important supporters in Jane Wates OBE, who passed away last week. Jane dedicated her life to philanthropy, showing lifelong compassion for others and a dedication to sharing her time to make the world a better place.
Following the lockdown of educational and childcare services in March, think tanks and educators alike have predicted the widening of the attainment gap for disadvantaged children. Growing Minds has quickly responded, adapting the project to offer the best support to our families during lockdown, and planning for a more challenging future.
It is with huge sadness that we hear of the death of OCF’s treasured Patron Jane Wates OBE earlier this week. Jane has been a fundamental part of OCF’s success over 25 years.
Oxford City Council has secured 124 rooms of interim housing for the next year, meaning that there need be no return to the streets for former rough sleepers currently housed in hotels and student blocks.