Christmas can be particularly difficult time for people who weren’t brought up alongside their biological families. This year, a group of volunteers is organising a Christmas dinner for 18-30 year olds who have recently left care, creating festive memories for them that they may never have experienced before.
Carers Oxfordshire held its fourth annual Caring Matters Conference on 25th November at The Kassam Stadium, Oxford, and addressed key issues in caring in 2016. The conference offered carers and professionals essential information and advice around the caring role.
Homes for Oxford is preparing a community-led bid to purchase the Irving Building, a Victorian school building in East Oxford which they propose converting into affordable housing and a community space.
The two-yearly Beacon Awards celebrate and promote excellence in philanthropy. But Beacon is more than an awards ceremony. It is a fellowship network of inspirational and diverse philanthropists, with whom we can connect and from whom we can learn.
This week saw the launch of 17 Vital Signs reports, which measure social trends and issues, and bring in the view of local communities. Similarly, OCF’s Oxfordshire Uncovered research is already starting conversations about the need for strategic charitable investment.
Using her charitable fund with the community foundation, our donor has recently given £25,000 to local charities Asylum Welcome and Oxford City of Sanctuary, which provide a warm welcome to people from all over the world seeking refuge in our city.
Oxfordshire Community Foundation (OCF) will bring together decision-makers and trustees from local funding organisations on 13th October 2016. Hosted by Lord Lieutenant Tim Stevenson, the event will be the chance for charity funders to explore issues in common.
OCF is supporting Homes for Oxford in the search for a site for innovative affordable housing. The alliance of community housing projects put in a bid to develop the Wolvercote paper mill site, which was unsuccessful, but the group plans to build on the learning and investment for future projects.
Charities and community groups in Oxfordshire have received a helping hand this month after The Midcounties Co-operative enabled groups to access grants totalling £17,030 via their fund with Oxfordshire Community Foundation. New applications will be sought in August.
“An impressive story well told”: OCF celebrates 21 years of community investment at Broughton Castle
Guests at the event were treated to a warm welcome from the Fiennes family in the stunning surroundings of the castle, as well as an exclusive preview of the new Oxfordshire Uncovered report, and a virtuoso keynote speech by philosopher A.C. Grayling.