Age Friendly Banbury has been sending out regular updates, to all its partners and supporters, to keep everyone interested informed about local events, initiatives and news. The latest version of this update received a new look.
Households across Oxfordshire will be asked to take part in Census 2021 this spring. Census Day is Sunday 21 March 2021. By taking part and encouraging others to take part, you can help inform decisions on services that shape our community, such as healthcare, education and transport. The census is a unique survey that happens every 10 years, giving us the most detailed information we have about our society.
OCF is delighted to welcome Olwen Lintern-Smyth as Project Manager for our new initiative Getting Oxfordshire Online. Our new collaborative initiative aims to get more people online by refurbishing devices, unlocking more data and connectivity, and upskilling beneficiaries.
OCF hosted a webinar this week, focusing on the opportunities to tackle homelessness, following the national ‘everyone in’ policy at the start of lockdown. The webinar, timed in the week of World Homeless Day, also looked at how the partners in Oxfordshire Homeless Movement are responding locally.
OCF has awarded grants, totalling over £58,000 and supporting nearly 32,000 people, as part of a funding round to support COVID-19 response and recovery. These grants, funded from our Community Resilience Fund, aimed to give smaller organisations vital funding as they continue to respond to the pandemic, or enter the recovery phase.
Age friendly partners are holding an event at Banbury market on Thursday 1st October, 9am to 2pm, to celebrate International Day of Older Persons. They will be handing out free goodie bags for older residents, including lots of useful local information and the Age Friendly Banbury pin. On the same day, the Age Friendly Business Pledge is also launching.
How can we ensure that no school-age child in Oxfordshire falls further behind due to lack of digital resources? Oxfordshire Community Foundation (OCF) commissioned Oxford University’s Student Consultancy to measure the size of the digital exclusion problem, and consider solutions.
Having made online statistical mapping tool Local Insights freely available in April, we have now updated the data sets and area reports. The latest data is showing the economic impacts of COVID-19 locally.
Age Friendly Banbury partners encourage return to the town centre as the team gathered in the Market Square on Monday this week.
ACT is a small charity in Oxford providing housing and support for people at the margins of society: homeless people, ex-offenders, and people struggling with mental health. Their outreach work centres on food, in particular weekly communal meals.