From meals for people without a home to online mental health support, our Community Resilience Fund has meant we can step up and help our communities respond better to and recover stronger from COVID-19. The work isn’t over yet… but here’s story since March 2020.
Meet Paul Roberts, Chief Exec at Aspire, who explains how OCF’s grants have helped the charity with their ‘Through the Prison gate’ project. Ex-offender Terry also tells us what he has got out of the programme.
Family Centre Donnington Doorstep has received various grants from OCF; here Director Beth Knighton talks about the impact they have had on isolated communities, with a volunteer and centre user also having their say.
Archway’s Chief Executive Sheila Furlong explains how OCF’s Step Change Fund has helped the charity alleviate loneliness for more people by boosting their volunteer training.
Sarah Giles from FarmAbility talks about how OCF’s grants have helped them provide meaningful occupations to people with learning disabilities, and some of the charity’s co-farmers talk about what it means to them.
“OCF is the glue helping the community to flourish”, according to Charity Commission chief Helen Stephenson. OCF was privileged to welcome Helen to Oxford, where she had the chance to meet some of the charities OCF has funded, and collect feedback from the ground on the Commission’s role.
SOFEA (South Oxfordshire Food & Education Alliance) founder Richard Kennell talks to Charity Mentors’ Roz Warren about what keeps him awake at night, and how he manages to keep SOFEA financially sustainable. In only 5 years, they have helped 200 young people back into full-time education or progress to full-time employment and grown SOFEA to reach a turnover of £1 million.
In May 2019, Thrive Teams hosted part of a visit from HRH The Duke of Sussex. His visit to Barton Neighbourhood Centre shone a spotlight on the potential of young people living in hard-to-reach places, and on the work of Thrive’s youth teams, who live in the community, daily investing in these young lives.
OCF gave arts charity the Ark T Centre a grant from our Youth Social Action Fund to enable this one-day empowerment festival celebrating the creativity of disabled young people in Oxfordshire. The result is moving and inspiring.
The Oxford Christmas Dinner is an event on Christmas day for young adults who have recently left the care system and don’t have family to spend the day with. A group of volunteers put on a special day for them last year and OCF supported the event by providing funding for presents.
Through our Fund for Sankalpa OCF has supported Good Food Oxford’s core costs, enabling this new charity to expand its network and develop a community impact modelling tool. This has helped them to support good food businesses, reach people suffering from food poverty, and reduce food waste.
Charity Joss Searchlight received £4,800 from OCF’s Youth Social Action Fund for their project Reach Out to Cancer Kids (ROCK). Part of the project was to produce a drama film featuring ‘normal’ children alongside children affected by childhood cancer as key presenters to campaign for better inclusion.
OCF has provided funding to support the Oxford Mela, an annual celebration of music, food and dance that brings together the different ethnic communities in Oxford. It is also a chance for local support charities to reach communities that would not usually come into contact with their services, making people aware of provision such as food banks or mental health support.
Oxfordshire Community and Voluntary Action used a grant we made from our #iwill youth social action funding to run a week of local charity volunteering projects for students from Bartholomew School near Witney. This video documents what they did and what they got out of it, and was put together by the students.
Watch our new movie featuring the inspiring Aaron.
Aaron grew up facing more obstacles than opportunities.
But young people like Aaron have just as much potential as anyone else – and we believe they should be given every opportunity to fulfil it.
Starring Aaron Templer with Richard Colbrook
Video Production by Matthew Judge
Music by Tim Smith
Posted by Thrive on Wednesday, 24 May 2017
Thrive supports young people in two of the most deprived parts of Oxford, Blackbird Leys and Barton, by mentoring them to raise their aspirations and avoid dropping out of school or getting involved in crime. OCF has supported their Young Leaders Programme, which rewards individuals for being resilient and inspiring others.
Fran talks about homelessness prevention in Oxfordshire – 1 of 2 videos.
Fran talks about homelessness prevention in Oxfordshire – 2 of 2 videos.
Richard Venables High Sheriff of Oxfordshire 2018/19 – explains the role, history and nomination process behind this oldest royal appointment. OCF manages the Charitable Fund for each High Sheriff of Oxfordshire.
Jane Cranston at the Launch of Oxford Homeless Movement