OCF warns of epidemic of loneliness in Oxfordshire as lockdowns reduce support services for the most vulnerable

Our new report suggests that loneliness is driven by feelings of disconnection from civic life rather than distance from people, with urban residents most likely to feel lonely. It says charities are reporting increased demand for support.

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Requests for COVID-19 funding soar in response to lockdown 3 – can you help OCF support the community?

OCF’s latest grants round, opened last week in response to lockdown 3, has been overwhelmed with applications, indicating a great continued frontline need. We are therefore appealing for donations to help support this response.

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OCF welcomes new Project Manager – Getting Oxfordshire Online

OCF is delighted to welcome Olwen Lintern-Smyth as Project Manager for our new initiative Getting Oxfordshire Online. Our new collaborative initiative aims to get more people online by refurbishing devices, unlocking more data and connectivity, and upskilling beneficiaries. 

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Anglian Water COVID grants available now through community foundations

Hundreds of local causes continue to benefit from Anglian Water’s community funding as Anglian Water unlocks second half of £1 million funding pot to help communities battle second wave, with funding available to Oxfordshire charities.

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OCF reopens Community Resilience Fund in response to lockdown 3

A new round of grants of up to £5,000 to support COVID-19 response and recovery is now open for applications. Priority will be given to projects that are responding to the latest lockdown. Applications will be assessed and funds allocated on a rolling, weekly basis.

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Taking stock of 2020: playing to our strengths as well as adapting when needed

Our annual impact report argues that COVID-19 is creating a whole new world – and we must make sure it is one that we want to live in. This is why our work on the priorities identified long before the pandemic has never been more needed.

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OCF celebrates philanthropy on Giving Tuesday

Around 60 donors and supporters gathered on Zoom for our first ever online Giving Tuesday event. They heard from philanthropists who have chosen to support OCF, such as Will and Fran Perrin, about the importance of giving locally, and discovered more about our COVID response and strategic programmes.

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Help close the education gap on Giving Tuesday with our match fund

Every pound donated up to £30,000 will be doubled to help disadvantaged communities improve children’s school readiness with our match-funding initiative on The Good Exchange. The match starts on Giving Tuesday and runs for the next 10 months.

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