“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.
Anne-Marie’s daughter Martha died from an accidental drug overdose, aged 15. Here she talks about how she has been working with Oxfordshire Community Foundation to bring about something positive in Martha’s memory, working with young people to help them make better life choices.
Richard Kennell from South Oxfordshire Food and Education Alliance talks at an OCF event about the support we have given them in making a success of their food redistribution warehouse, where disadvantaged young people are given work experience repurposing surplus food for the benefit of local charities.
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.
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.
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.