As a charity funder, OCF knows that charities rely on hard cash for projects and running costs to carry out their work. A new focus on volunteering aims to complement this and help charities access new volunteers.
Sponsored by Allen Associates, OCF is hosting a Q&A over breakfast with Andy Street, former Managing Director of John Lewis. The event at Saïd Business School on the morning of 14th February is the chance for members of OCF responsible business group Reciprocate and other interested companies to hear from the man at the helm of one of the UK’s most recognised retail brands.
A Syrian couple who fled their home to escape war have given their heartfelt thanks to the people of Oxford for making them feel so welcome in the city. The family has been supported by Asylum Welcome, one of the charities that received substantial funding from one of OCF’s donors.
A new Home Office grant opportunity is offering up to £50,000 to charities working on projects that counter extremism and build stronger communities.
Medical communications company Oxford Pharmagenesis – a member of OCF’s responsible business group Reciprocate – is to run a free session for local charities upskilling them in the effective use of social media. The seminar takes place on 21st February at Freeths in Oxford Business Park.
2016 has been another great year for OCF – full of celebrations, new relationships and truly inspiring people doing their best to help at a difficult time for the charitable sector. Have a look at our top ten highlights from 2016 below. Happy New Year to all of our friends and supporters – see you in 2017!
Please note that our office will be closed from midday on Friday 23rd December, opening again on Tuesday 3rd January. If you need to contact us urgently during this time, you can call Jayne on 07775 625942.
Full Circle is an intergenerational charity that has been working with schools in Oxfordshire for 15 years. Over the past 12 months, OCF has been proactively supporting the charity whilst it was struggling to make ends meet. We are delighted that they are now back on their feet and have exciting plans for the future.
The Charity Futures programme, led by Sir Stephen Bubb and funded by Woodford Investment Management, aims to improve the effectiveness of charities. OCF attended and presented at their event, which brought together representatives from the charity sector to understand challenges to its sustainability.
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.