Oxfordshire Community Foundation (OCF) is seeking a Chair with the enthusiasm and ability to enable the foundation to succeed in reaching the next stage of its development.
As of 23rd March 2021, we have given out £1,011,669 in grants to hundreds of grassroots charities and community groups across the county. This also marks one year since the start of the first lockdown in March 2020. We will be here for the local community to support recovery over the long term, whatever happens.
On 12th March 2020, local charity Oxford Hub launched Oxford Together, a volunteering programme to enable neighbourhood support during the COVID-19 pandemic. A year on, the project is still active and investing in creating a legacy that will keep people connected over the long term.
The project will help people experiencing homelessness who are not eligible for any public funds due to their immigration status – which effectively leaves them destitute. Oxfordshire Homeless Movement is raising funds to support these people to lead productive lives in Oxfordshire.
All of Oxfordshire’s councils have agreed to work towards a housing-led approach to preventing and ending homelessness, following the publication of a crucial feasibility study by Crisis. The study brought in significant contributions from partners in Oxfordshire Homeless Movement, of which OCF is a founding member.
Donations to our Community Resilience Fund reached new heights in January, as a result of our appeal to fund urgent projects responding to the third lockdown. We are so grateful for the generosity of our supporters, which means we are able to meet the immediate priorities, and are now looking to the next few months to understand ongoing community needs.
Thanks to the generosity of the community, Oxfordshire Homeless Movement (OHM) was able to raise funds that will now be used to help those at the sharp end of homelessness. OCF hosts OHM’s project management and fundraising.
Oxford University study reveals extent of challenges faced by under-fives and their families in lockdown
A report commissioned by Oxfordshire Community Foundation (OCF) makes recommendations for how best to support parents of young families that are struggling in lockdown.
OCF warns of epidemic of loneliness in Oxfordshire as lockdowns reduce support services for the most vulnerable
Our new report suggests that loneliness is driven by feelings of disconnection from civic life rather than distance from people, with urban residents most likely to feel lonely. It says charities are reporting increased demand for support.
Requests for COVID-19 funding soar in response to lockdown 3 – can you help OCF support the community?
OCF’s latest grants round, opened last week in response to lockdown 3, has been overwhelmed with applications, indicating a great continued frontline need. We are therefore appealing for donations to help support this response.