“I am delighted that via our fund with OCF we can join together with other donors to support causes we are all passionate about. It means we can do more good by working as a collective.”

Tracy-Norris-Evans
Tracy Norris-EvansRWK Goodman

“Oxfordshire Community Foundation was our seed funding and absolutely key to our development as an organisation. I feel indebted to OCF for believing in the model and supporting us – particularly in the early days.”

Sarah BurrowsCEO, Children Heard and Seen

“OCF has been a key partner in delivering efficient, effective and independent rounds of community funding. Their evidence-based approach and broad reach into the community sector has helped us deliver support across Oxfordshire.”

Robin RogersProgramme Director (Partnerships and Delivery), Oxfordshire County Council

Nervous is the word used most by children from the villages when asked how they feel about moving to secondary school in September. “I just need people to be kind to me.” The Didcot Powerhouse Fund enabled a community support project for around 100 children and their families.

Abingdon DAMASCUS Youth ProjectRita Atkinson, Chair

“Rose Hill Junior Youth Club provides meals to children who would otherwise go hungry, alongside weekly food packages, activities for families, pastoral and practical care. I love how all team members have a great rapport with all the children and seeing how each child is cared for, protected, loved and provided for, taking into account and working with all their abilities (or disabilities), genders, socio-economic backgrounds, religions and cultures.”

Rose Hill Junior Youth ClubChaplain to Rose Hill

“This grant has made a difference by enabling us to regularly open our beautiful green community space for volunteers and visitors. For many, these outdoor opportunities for connection have been the only social space they have felt safe to enter and as such it has been a real life line for their well-being.”

Oxford City FarmLucie Mayer, volunteer

“I can’t thank you enough for what you have done for me and my daughter. Watching her health decline over lockdown, her anxiety and depression increasing to the point where she was cutting herself, was the most painful thing I have ever experienced. Taking part in BOOST has changed our lives.”

IkkaidoParent of child who attended Ikkaido course

“The Step Change Fund has transformed how we can work, enabling closer working relationships with other agencies, saving travel and administrative time, releasing funds to support staff training, and allowing us to increase the number of people we can support.”

 

Bridewell Organic GardensRuth Madder, CEO

“We love OCF – the application form is easy to use and the money is distributed quickly. Throughout the pandemic you have been our rock, providing useful webinars and funding when we needed it the most. Thank you.”

 

Be Free Young CarersSabiene North, CEO

“The relationship with Nick worked really really well, and straight away he understood what we were trying to do and the third sector more generally. His support was really personalised, and it was really positive to have a face associated with the grant.”

Sheila Furlong
Sheila FurlongArchway Foundation