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.
OCF has now opened the next round in our Delivering Impact grants programme, which will focus on community friendship. We are seeking to award grants that bring people from different backgrounds together. We will invest up to £10k.
As Kate Parrinder, our Marketing Communications Manager, starts a year of maternity leave, we welcome three new staff to our OCF marketing team.
The Oxford Homeless Movement partnership, which currently brings together 35 different organisations working with homeless people, is looking at solutions for groups of people that existing services find it difficult to engage with, such as women.
Earlier this week OCF had a fantastically well attended and lively discussion about narrowing the disadvantage gap for children in their early years.
Research into ‘Technology in the Charitable Sector’ has found that hundreds of hours are wasted making unsuccessful grant applications, and that funders and charities are open to change.
The Age Friendly Banbury partnership has just learnt it has not been successful in bidding for Phase 2 funding from the DCMS and Big Lottery Place Based Social Action programme. Nonetheless, partners remain determined to continue the positive steps started.
OCF’s Community Integration Grants funded projects that nurture mutual understanding, trust and friendship between people of different ethnicities, ages or socio-economic backgrounds. At an event on Tuesday, all the charities funded came together to celebrate their work, alongside the donors who enabled the grants.
The recent tragic deaths in Oxford have saddened everyone involved in the homeless sector and beyond. They come as the City Conversation partnership on rough sleeping becomes Oxford Homeless Movement, with a vision to ensure that nobody should have to sleep rough on our streets.
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.