Community leaders from across Oxford have held a service uniting people from different faith traditions and none, led by OCF supporter Imam Monowar Hussain DL, whose named fund with the community foundation aims to build links across different groups.
It was with great sadness that we heard of the passing of The Duke of Marlborough yesterday, who was our patron and a great friend of Oxfordshire Community Foundation. The Duke had his home at Blenheim Palace in Woodstock, Oxfordshire, and was an esteemed ambassador for our community foundation. Our thoughts are with his wife, family and friends at this time.
Oxfordshire Community Foundation’s CEO Jayne Woodley has been shortlisted for the Employee of the Year Venus Award. The Venus Awards reward high-achieving Oxfordshire businesswomen for their professional contribution, and Jayne has been recognised in several categories.
Social enterprise Yellow Submarine use OCF grant to fund apprenticeships for learning disabled young people. Yellow Submarine applied for and was awarded a grant from the Oxfordshire Community Foundation that is directly helping to fund the apprenticeships.
Oxfordshire Community Foundation awarded One-Eighty a grant at the end of 2013 to help with Kick Start, a special project aiming to strengthen relationships between pupils who were not ready to learn, and their parents.
We are taking part in the UK government’s Community First scheme. This scheme matches every pound given with a further 50p. Both donations and match funding go to a capital endowment fund that will continue to grow over time, giving us a sustainable pot of money that we can use for those in the local area who need it most.
Meech International was one of 18 companies that volunteered a team of five competitors for ‘The Olympic Challenge’, a specially organised sports day on 17 July to raise charitable funds for the Oxfordshire High Sheriff’s Challenge.
Anne-Marie Cockburn chose to channel her love following the death of her daughter Martha on 20th July 2013, by publishing a book about the hours, days and months after this horrific event.
The High Sheriff is buying some extra bottles of water in preparation for his Olympic Challenge at the Iffley Road Sports Ground on Thursday 17th July. The weather forecast is “HOT!”, so we’re expecting that by the end of the event some participants may look more exhausted than Roger Bannister did on that famous day 60 years ago!
OCF grant recipient SpecialEffect have reached the finals of the BT-sponsored national Technology For Good Awards, in the accessibility section. SpecialEffect put fun and inclusion back into the lives of people with physical disabilities by helping them to play video games. In 2013 they received a £5,000 grant from OCF to purchase new games equipment.