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

“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