Press releases

Westgate Fund celebrates £14k in grants made to local charities

One year on from the opening of the new Westgate shopping centre in 2017, Oxfordshire Community Foundation is celebrating grants given to five different local charities from the charitable fund established by John Lewis and Partners. Download the press release


Community foundations across the UK launch Tampon Tax Community Fund

Oxfordshire Community Foundation is helping to allocate funds generated from the VAT on sanitary products to charitable projects that improve the lives of disadvantaged women and girls. Along with 45 other community foundations across the UK, OCF will be working with community groups and charities who deliver projects supporting women and girls to build skills and confidence, improve their health and wellbeing, and build social networks. Download the press release

Press appearances

Banbury Guardian, 11 June 2018
How can we make Banbury a better place for older people?
Older people are being asked for their views and suggestions on how to make Banbury a better place to grow older in as part of a council project. Cherwell District Council is working with a wide range of partners to carry out an online consultation – aimed at anyone aged 50 or over – to find out what changes they would like to see to make Banbury friendlier, safer and healthier. Oxfordshire Community Foundation and Age UK (Oxon) secured £5,000 from the Big Lottery Fund to consult on people’s priorities for an ‘Age Friendly Banbury’ initiative. Read the article


Oxford City Council, 22 March 2018
Roadmap agreed for City Conversation on rough sleeping
Oxford City Council and its City Conversation partners have agreed the next steps towards the development of a Rough Sleeping Charter and a citywide partnership to tackle rough sleeping in Oxford. Oxfordshire Community Foundation will act as convenor for the City Conversation during this process, and Jane Cranston, High Sheriff of Oxfordshire, has agreed to chair the interim steering group. Read the article


Oxford Mail, 1 December 2017
John Lewis creates new fund to back community groups
WESTGATE Centre department store John Lewis has linked up with Oxfordshire Community Foundation to support charities and community groups with a new £125,000 fund. The chain’s branch manager, Julie Blake, announced the launch of the fund at brewery enterprise Tap Social Movement in Botley. Read the article


Co-operative News, 12 October 2017
Oxford to explore impact of community-led housing
The city council has commissioned research to look at housing set up by the community, including co-ops. The council is supporting research by Community First Oxfordshire, Oxfordshire Community Land Trust and the Oxfordshire Community Foundation to explore options on how community housing could be delivered sustainably within Oxford. Read the article


Oxford Mail, 4 September 2017
‘Tremendous’ display of talent at Ark T Centre’s Roar festival in Oxford
YOUNGSTERS tapped into their creative talents as part of an art project tackling prejudice. The event was supported by several organisations including Oxfordshire Community Foundation and Artswork. Read the article


Oxford Times, 16 May 2017
Reciprocate open letter to work experience pupils
SOME of the county’s biggest businesses have given young people tips as they get their first taste of the world of work. As many school pupils take on work experience placements in the coming weeks, responsible business group Reciprocate has published an open letter to them. Read the article


Swindon Business News, 9 April 2017
More growth at Beard Construction as it builds for the future
Annual profits at Swindon-based regional construction group Beard leapt by 41% last year as it continued to win major, high-profile projects. Last year Beard also launched The Beard Charitable Foundation with a £250,000 donation from the Beard family to support staff community initiatives and construction education projects in the South of England. Held and managed by Oxfordshire Community Foundation, a charitable organisation that connects donors with local causes, The Beard Foundation Board hopes to award £20,000 in grants annually. Read the article


Bicester Advertiser (and other Newsquest publications), 28 Mar 2017
Step Change Fund
SMALL charities wanting to expand can now bid for funding from Oxfordshire Community Foundation (OCF), which is offering up to £75,000 to good causes across the county. Applications are being taken for OCF’s Step Change Fund, which provides funding for infrastructure, expansion and related costs such as strategic planning, computer hardware or staff training. Read the article


BBC Oxford News, 21 June 2016
Oxfordshire Uncovered


BBC Radio Oxford, 21 June 2016
Oxfordshire Uncovered
Jayne Woodley talks to Charles Nove from BBC Radio Oxford about the launch of Oxfordshire Uncovered and some of the issues Oxfordshire faces highlighted in the publication. Listen to the broadcast


Philanthropy Impact Magazine, April 2016
Social investment: just one string to the philanthropic bow
Jayne Woodley writes, I am enthusiastic about the concept of social investment and its potential for charitable causes to engage with new supporters who are looking to achieve not only a social return but also a financial return. However, I remain yet to be convinced that social investment will radically displace philanthropy. Read the article


Oxford Times, 3 December 2015
Head of Oxfordshire charity condemns Black Friday shoppers

Jayne Woodley, chief executive of Oxfordshire Community Foundation, a charity which connects donors with local causes, said she found the “frenzied behaviour of Black Friday shoppers appalling”. Read the article


Oxford Mail, 14 November 2015
Doing good voted better than paying to look good

A packed audience at the Oxford Union voted against the idea that spending money on looking good was more important than doing good. The 380-strong audience listened to a mixture of arguments from six high-profile speakers before casting their vote. Read the article


That’s Oxford TV, 13 Nov 2015
Is looking good better than doing good?

On Tuesday Oxfordshire Community Foundation held a debate at the Oxford union as to whether it is better to look good or be good. Alex Wolfe went to hear both sides. Watch the report


Oxford Times, 23 May 2015
Matches being made in charities heaven

“We connect people and bring them together, a bit like a dating agency matching donors with groups in need of funding,” said OCF chief executive Jayne Woodley. “Everyone has different causes they feel passionate about and want to support. It’s our job to put the pieces of the jigsaw together.” Read the article


Oxford Mail, 7 March 2015
Honouring those who help keep communities thriving

OCF’s Chair Anna Moon received a prestigious High Sheriff’s Award in recognition of her dedicated 19-year voluntary service at the community foundation. Read the article


B4 Magazine, August 2014
A bright future for Oxfordshire: an image of charitable community investment that lasts forever

OCF CEO Jayne Woodley writes about the need for charitable investment in Oxfordshire, and how the unique community foundation model is helping make a long-term difference. Read the article (page 101)


Oxford Mail, August 2014
Sports clubs need to be equipped

Sports clubs have been targeted for improving first aid access by the widow of a footballer who died on the pitch. Nikki Rouse Thompson set up the Legacy for a Legend named fund with OCF to provide public defibrillators and first aid training. Read the article


Oxford Times, April 2014 
Joining forces could strengthen Oxfordshire charities

The Charity Commission says there are more than 3,000 registered charities in the county, but many of them are trying to do the same thing. Jayne Woodley talks about how small groups could collaborate together to achieve similar aims, and how the Future-Building Fund is helping. Read the article

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