OCF was very sorry to hear that Colin Alexander passed away last week. Colin was a trustee of OCF for many years, and more recently was instrumental in creating and running the Step Change Fund.
At a packed event at the Town Hall this week, local food network Good Food Oxford hosted a celebration of their Bronze Award, which recognises the charity’s work to promote healthy, sustainable and local food and to tackle some of today’s greatest social challenges.
“We need even pavements and better transport”: Age Friendly Banbury survey results reveal priorities
61% raised concerns about accessibility in the town centre, whilst whilst 57% gave public transport a negative score. Community support and health services and civic participation were also major themes.
Funding of £5,000 has been awarded as part of OCF’s first ever incremental grants round administered through online matching platform The Good Exchange.
We are helping to allocate funds generated from the VAT on sanitary products to charitable projects that improve the lives of disadvantaged women and girls.
OCF’s accounts show that the organisation continues to thrive, with over £1 million in voluntary income and £1.2 million made in grants during the financial year 2017-18.
The Age Friendly Banbury partnership is collecting feedback from local people about what it is like to grow old in the town. The consultation results will be used to create a proposal for some tangible initiatives to make Banbury more age friendly, with significant funding on the table.
The Government’s long awaited Civil Society Strategy was published last week. Community foundations inputted into the consultation, and the strategy sets out a positive relationship between charities, government and businesses.
With the opening of our Education and Skills grants round this week, OCF is continuing to adopt a more intelligent and granular approach to grant-making. The round’s priorities are informed by needs and trends data provided by OCSI’s Local Insight tool.
OCF’s much-loved trustee Jane Wates OBE steps down from the Board, having supported the community foundation consistently for the large part of our history. We are delighted that Jane has agreed to become a patron of OCF.