A lack of affordable housing is one of Oxfordshire’s key issues, leading in part, to the problems of homelessness locally. A gift of property, used for social good, can have much more impact as a charity donation.
A campaign was launched by OCF in December 2018, offering to match any public donations to Oxford Poverty Action Trust (OxPAT) pound for pound until January. OxPAT is a local charity with a 20-year history of giving funding to the key charities helping homeless people in Oxford.
Lady Jay of Ewelme CBE has been sworn in as the 2019/20 High Sheriff of Oxfordshire. During her year, Sylvia hopes to raise awareness of issues to do with crime and punishment, and of work done by many voluntary, charitable and statutory bodies in our community to prevent criminal behaviour.
The Tim Stockdale Foundation has been set up under OCF’s umbrella, in memory of British showjumping star Tim Stockdale, who died in November. Now his family would like to use funds raised to help enable greater participation in sports.
The Westgate Fund has been instrumental in Oxfordshire Community Foundation raising an unprecedented amount to help homeless people in Oxford over the 2018–19 Christmas period.
OCF’s festive appeal to help homeless people in the city has received a brilliant public response, with £38,000 raised for Oxford Poverty Action Trust (OxPAT), to be matched pound for pound by OCF.
We wish all of our supporters and partners a very Happy New Year! Before we launch into 2019, we thought we’d do a quick round-up of the top ten highlights of last year…
Wishing you a very merry Christmas and a happy New Year! Thank you so much for all your support in 2018 – without our hardworking volunteers, generous donors, expert grant applicants, and community-minded businesses and partners, we couldn’t do any of it.
Make a bigger gift to tackle homelessness in Oxford this Christmas: double your money with our Christmas Match Fund
The city of Oxford has one of the most severe rough sleeping and homelessness problems in the UK. We know that on any one night, there are around 100 people sleeping rough in the city.
OCF’s annual #GivingTuesday event was held last night at new social enterprise hub Makespace Oxford, where around 80 donors and supporters heard from beneficiaries of our work.