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Community Conc ern May 2011

Oxfordshire Community and Voluntary Action

Donations are down.... Charity donations have dropped and more than a third of people in the UK are giving less to charity than they did before the recession, according to a recent survey by the charity the Pennies Foundation.

them to donate to charity. 35% of respondents said they were giving less because of the economic downturn and 4% said they had stopped giving completely, but 8% said they were giving more.

More than 1,500 nationally representative adults in the UK were asked about their giving habits and what would encourage

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Beating the winter bills notified, but there are still some funds remaining.

Local communities raised £27,000 to support struggling older people through the winter months. Comfortably-off pensioners in Oxfordshire were urged to donate some or all of their Winter Fuel Payment to their less well-off peers. Oxfordshire Community Foundation worked with Age UK Oxfordshire to identify those in fuel poverty and to target the money raised most effectively. The payment of between £125 and £400 is an annual tax-free state benefit paid each winter to all eligible older people to help them keep warm in winter. Grant applications were received from voluntary groups directly involved with supporting activities and wellbeing for the elderly. All successful applicants have now been

The scheme will make a difference to real people. The Burford Alms House Charity reported that £230 will be given to a couple in their 80s to help them pay their electricity bill. Another recipient said: ‘Please send a message to the very kind people who donated their money to help someone like me. Their generosity has taken away the worry from me on how I was going to pay my electricity bill.’ Jayne Woodley, Chief Executive of the Oxfordshire Community Foundation said: ‘I would really like to thank all our supporters who have so kindly donated their Winter Fuel Payment to our Surviving Winter Appeal. We are delighted that this has inspired, influenced and enabled so many people to think local, give local and really make a difference on their doorstep. We are definitely planning to run this appeal again next winter.’ Donations are still being accepted and the final figure this year is expected to reach close to £35,000. Visit for more details.

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No cuts for libraries this year Oxfordshire County Council has confirmed that there will be no changes to the library service in 2011/12. Watch this space and OCVA’s website for further developments. Cllr Judith Heathcoat, is still Cabinet Member responsible for libraries. Cllr Kieron Mallon is now the County Council Cabinet Member responsible for the voluntary sector.

Ministers giving time Government is leading by example with the announcement in the Giving White Paper that Ministers have pledged to undertake a One Day Challenge – a voluntary commitment to give one day of their time over the course of a year to a charity or community group of their choice. This pledge aims to inspire charitable organisations to develop volunteering opportunities tailored to people unable to volunteer regularly, and to inspire people to do what they can to support their communities. See page 3 for more on the White Paper.

In Community Concern In the News Improving our reach page 4 Partnership changes page 5 Bribery law page 6 Member spotlight back page Training

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In the News Volunteer centres working together Volunteer Link-Up West Oxfordshire, Cherwell Volunteer Bureau and Volunteer Centre Oxfordshire are working together for the first time to submit an application for joint quality accreditation from Volunteering England. The partnership highlights the fantastic work that Oxfordshire volunteers are doing. With the three volunteer services working closely together to achieve joint accreditation, it ensures volunteers receive the same standard of service across the county. It will also become easier to identify gaps in opportunities and improve the service for new

volunteers in Oxfordshire. If you need help to find volunteers contact: Volunteer Centre Oxfordshire contact Lindsay Watts on 01865 251946 or lindsay. or visit uk/volunteer_centre Volunteer Link-Up West Oxfordshire contact Pat Chirgwin on 01993 776277 or Cherwell Volunteer Bureau contact Moira Cross on 01295 266090 or cherwellcvs@

Improving our reach Learning new survival techniques has become number one priority in the voluntary sector, according to a new report by OSCA member, the Oxfordshire Equality and Human Rights Council (OEHRC). The Improving Reach End of Project Report found that the sector is being asked to re-invent itself under the Big Society theme. Working with 12 Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) frontline organisations, the project aimed to help them acquire the skills and resources it takes to become more efficient and effective. OCVA was on hand to give small frontline organisations advice on developing solid governance processes and they were directed to the Volunteer Centre Oxfordshire

for information on recruiting volunteers. The project relied on effective working relationships between the statutory and voluntary sectors. Patrick Tolani, OEHRC Director, said: ‘We have learnt from working with community organisations that change, particularly sustainable change, takes time and effort. In comparison to the genuine needs of the communities this project was serving, three years was not adequate to bring about sustainable change, but we hope that some of the important work that we were privileged to have done will lead to serving communities more effectively.’ Visit to read the full report.

On the web Think local, give local A new website has been launched to encourage people to think local and give local. The site lists local charities to donate to that have been independently vetted by community foundations around the UK. Charities can also keep their donors up to date with where their money has gone. With the involvement of community foundations any donations made, even those to small unregistered groups, can now benefit from Gift Aid. Visit for details.

Youth unemployment Charities offering volunteering placements to young people will be able to list their opportunities on a new website that forms part of the Government’s strategy for tackling youth unemployment. What’s Your Destination will include links to a range of opportunities for young people, such as jobs, work experience, higher education and volunteering. The site is still under construction until August, but visit www. for a flavour of what’s to come

Breaking the law Charities are being warned that their websites are breaking equality laws because they are not accessible to blind and partially sighted people. The main problems are issues such as the inability to resize text and not labelling photographs so screen readers cannot read the information. Visit http://bit. ly/RNIBguide for RNIB’s guide on disability legislation compliance.

Getting you online

Patrick Tolani (2nd right) and workshop participants 

Family Arena has been approved as a local UK online centre as part of the Government’s scheme to help more people learn computer and internet skills. Visit for details on the national scheme. Telephone 01865 402108 or 07958 596340, email or visit for details of local help.

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Celebrating volunteers Volunteers’ week runs from 1-7 June. Why not shout about the amazing people who help out your organisation? Contact Sarah Beer or Jackie Balchin, OCVA Communications Team on 01865 258915, for help with getting your stories in the local media.

Nominate an Olympic Torchbearer The 2012 Olympic Torch will pass through Oxford next year on its 70 day journey to London. The Olympic Committee is giving you the chance to nominate someone truly inspirational to be one of the 8,000 Torchbearers to carry the flame 300m (0.2 miles), in whichever way your nominee is able to. Nominations close on Wednesday 29 June 2011 and you will have to prepare 150 words about the person. Full details are available at http://bit. ly/torch-bearer.

Accessible Oxford Oxford City Council has produced a new Accessible Oxford Guide detailing information for disabled visitors to the city, including details on transport, shopping and attractions. Visit decC/Accessibility_in_Oxford_occw. htm to view the guide or telephone 01865 249811

Boring reports Charities are producing dull annual reports, according to a recent report by accounting firm Deloitte. It suggests that most reports are a ‘box ticking’ exercise rather than an illustration of what the organisation has achieved and the challenges it has faced. Contact OCVA’s Communications team on telephone 01865 258915 if you would like any tips on improving your annual report.

Ed Vaizey, Minister for Communication, Culture and the Creative Industries recently launched a new online radio station StudyVox FM. StudyVox FM is the first online radio station to launch social networking radio, enabling businesses, organisations, charities, communities and individuals to network their own shows. Voluntary and community groups and charities are invited to host their own online radio show as a one-off or in a regular slot, either live from the studio in East Hendred, Oxfordshire, or prerecorded. StudyVox charge a reduced fee of £200 per hour.

Some of the fee goes towards The StudyVox Foundation, whose patron is Kylie Minogue. Kevin Martin, StudyVox FM’s Creative Director, said: ‘We’re moving beyond the two dimensional confines of Facebook and Twitter. For the first time, StudyVox FM enables everyone to share live and fully interactive online radio, blending the online experience with phone-ins, text and email. It gives everyone a chance to have their voices heard and shared in real time.’ Visit or contact Sara Thornton on or telephone 01235 820812 for further details.

Philanthropic donations A new national body, The Philanthropy Review, is looking to lobby the Government to introduce lifetime legacies and reform payroll giving. The body is due to publish a charter in June outlining measures to improve philanthropy in the UK. The Government launched a Giving White Paper in May which seeks ‘to renew Britain’s culture of philanthropy by working with charities and businesses to support new ways for people to contribute which fit into busy modern lives.’ The White Paper sets out three core

strands of activity to make giving as easy and compelling as possible, and give better support to those that provide and manage opportunities to give – be they charities, community groups or others. One measure under trial is whether Government websites should be used to support charitable organisations. If you would like to comment on this, email by Thursday 1 July. Visit resource-library/giving-white-paper to download a copy of the White Paper.

Partnership Upda te All change for partnerships Kate Hill, Strategic Partnerships Manager at OCVA, explains the changes taking place in the county’s partnerships. Local Strategic Partnerships and Thematic Partnerships are well established in Oxfordshire and had reached a point where they were generally working well as a means of taking forward work across the various sectors. Despite this however, the future of partnership working in Oxfordshire is very uncertain at the moment. We are now working to a new agenda under a new Government with big plans for Big Society and a comprehensive spending review. Other areas are taking a varied approach to revising their partnership structures. It is important we build on the strong relationships we have already developed and do what is right for Oxfordshire. We have achieved a great deal in Oxfordshire to reach a position where most of the partnerships that operate under the umbrella of the Oxfordshire Partnership now have recognised the importance and value of having representatives from the voluntary sector included. Most have now adopted the fair and transparent election process to select them. Partnerships have focused on the key priorities, and the partnerships that are in place reflect this. The Local Area Agreement has been abolished and the targets that each partnership had to meet under that agreement with central Government no longer apply. The Sustainable Communities Strategy, which is the vision for Oxfordshire in 2030 and how we will get there, still exists, but some of the commitments made in that strategy are no longer possible since the cuts started to bite. This is being revised at the moment and new priorities being agreed.

A new statutory partnership will be established called the Health and Wellbeing Board. This is different from the Health and Wellbeing Partnership that has been around for about three years now because it will take responsibility for children’s services as well as those for adults. It is likely that the Health and Wellbeing Partnership and the Children’s Trust will continue as working groups under the new board. Membership of this board is not agreed yet but it is not clear whether there will be voluntary sector representation. The Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) is going to be very significant. This is a body made up of representatives from enterprise, employment and job creation. Members are drawn from the statutory and private sectors, but not the voluntary sector. The LEP’s overarching aim is to be the catalyst for realising Oxfordshire’s economic and commercial potential. It will act as an informed, independent advocate for the drivers of innovation and growth. Visit for more information. The Learning and Skills Partnership is about to change by merging with another partnership focusing on learning of 14–19 year olds, but will retain the focus of learning across all ages and the value of informal learning as well as working with schools and colleges to ensure that local businesses have a supply of the skilled employees they need. The Oxfordshire Stronger Communities Alliance (OSCA) which is the partnership of the voluntary sector support organisations and statutory partners such as the local authorities, PCT, police etc, is looking at its future now that its funding has come to an end and the partnership is likely to change. We will work to ensure that the good practice that has been achieved so far in recognising the role of the voluntary sector and including representatives in the work that is carried out on behalf of the county, is continued. Email or telephone 01865 258914.

Responding on your behalf OCVA welcomed the opportunity to respond to the recent Community Right to Buy and Community Right to Challenge papers last month. Visit to read the responses.

Health and Wellbeing update At the last meeting of the Health & Wellbeing Partnership Board in March we discussed the plans for NHS Commissioning through an Oxfordshire GP Consortium. Since then, GPs in Oxfordshire have elected Stephen Richards as the Oxfordshire GP Consortium Lead and seven other GPs to represent the different areas of the county. These are: Oxford City – Peter Von Eichstorff and Joe Mc Manners West Oxon – Joe Santos South Oxon – Andrew Burnett South West – Gavin Bartholemew North East – John Galuszka North Oxon – Mary Keenan The Oxfordshire GP Consortium has now set up a website www. with more information. The overall plans for NHS reorganisation remain controversial and the coalition Government has decided to take a break in the passage of the Health and Social Care Bill.

Patrick Taylor, voluntary sector representative uk or telephone 01865 310830 ext 23 Visit voluntarysectorpartnerships_ partnerships for details of sector representatives on other bodies.

Charity La w The Bribery Act 2010 is expected to come into force in June 2011. It will consolidate and replace existing English law on bribery and introduce a new strict liability corporate criminal offence of failing to prevent bribery. Liz Brownsell, Charities Team Solicitor, explains... The new law will increase the regulation of international operations for UK organisations. Charities and other voluntary and community organisations are not exempt from the requirements and it is expected that the Serious Fraud Office will enforce the legislation vigorously. Organisations should consider whether they need to update procedures and auditing policies to take account of the Act’s provisions.

prevent bribery, unless it can be shown that it had in place ‘adequate procedures’ to prevent bribery. This new offence has a wide scope, as ‘associated with’ may not just mean employees or subsidiaries, but also volunteers or partner organisations.

There are four main offences under the Act:

The definition of a ‘bribe’ is not limited to the payment or receipt of cash. It means a ‘financial or other advantage’ which has a very wide meaning. Also, anyone with a ‘close connection’ with the UK could face prosecution in this country for their acts abroad.

Active bribery: this is where a person offers, promises to give or gives a bribe to another person in order to induce that person to perform a function that is expected to be performed in good faith in an improper way, or to reward them for doing so. For example, bribing a police officer to induce him or her to not report a crime.

Government guidance makes it clear that the offence of failing to prevent bribery applies to any organisation which ‘carries on a business’ in the UK, regardless of whether it pursues primarily charitable or educational aims or purely public functions: ‘it will be caught if it engages in commercial activities irrespective of the purpose for which profits are made’.

Offences under the Act

Passive bribery: this is where a person requests, agrees to receive or accepts a bribe as an inducement or reward for performing a function improperly. Bribing a foreign public official: this covers any circumstance in which a person bribes a foreign official, regardless of whether they intended that public official to perform his or her function in an improper way. An offence is committed if the person making the bribe will derive some business benefit from it. This includes so-called ‘facilitation payments (i.e. payments to local officials in order that they perform functions which they are expected to do anyway). Failure by a commercial organisation to prevent bribery: if a person ‘associated with’ a UK commercial organisation (or a foreign organisation with operations in the UK) has committed the offence of bribery, the commercial organisation will be guilty of the offence of failing to

What should organisations be doing? The only defence for organisations is to demonstrate that they had in place ‘adequate procedures’ to prevent bribery being committed. Organisations should therefore undertake a review to ensure they cover all of the requirements under the Act. To help organisations understand what is required of them, the Ministry of Justice has issued guidance as to the sorts of procedures that can be put into place to prevent persons associated with them from bribing: www.justice. The Guidance is not definitive and every organisation will need to assess the risks to its particular business and put in place procedures appropriate for the size and nature of its business.

‘The definition of a ‘bribe’ is not limited to the payment or receipt of cash. It means a ‘financial or other advantage’ which has a very wide meaning.’ What are the consequences of breaching the Act? The Act increases the maximum sentence for individuals from seven years to ten years imprisonment, with the prospect of an additional unlimited fine. Commercial organisations that are found to have failed to prevent bribery could face an unlimited fine, which is likely to be substantial. In addition to potential criminal prosecutions, organisations should consider the potential reputational damage.

For further information, please contact Alison Talbot or Liz Brownsell (pictured above) at Blake Lapthorn on telephone 01865 254241 or 



Celebrating 30 years of survival in the kinds of freedoms and equalities that young women are expecting. It really worries me that there is such a huge sexualisation of young people, pornography and offensive language, and that young women don’t have much to look up to. There is a lack of platform for them to discuss what impact this has on them. Our message to the students is that they have choices in their roles.’ Hannah Clare, Coordinator at Oxford Sexual Abuse and Rape Crisis Centre

‘We have managed to survive through the goodwill and commitment of volunteers for the last 30 years and now is the time to thank them for making a huge difference to the lives of Survivors,’ says Hannah Clare, Coordinator at Oxford Sexual Abuse and Rape Crisis Centre (OSARCC). A series of events are planned for this anniversary year not only to celebrate but to highlight the fact that there is always a need for the kind of service provided by OSARCC. It is only in the last two years that the organisation has become a charity, and a joint initiative by the Government Equalities Office and Ministry of Justice providing three consecutive one year grants, has enabled permanent paid staff for the first time. OSARCC ‘s work spans across many areas, but is primarily to support survivors of sexual violence. Awareness raising, dispelling the myths around sexual violence and outreach work, all motivate the group to make a change and to speak up, especially when it is so hard for Survivors to speak out.

Most of OSARCC ‘s funding comes from the Government, but there is also a small contribution from local statutory sources, but for a county as large as Oxfordshire it is not enough. ‘My hope is to get more local money and for local statutory bodies to recognise the impact of our work on their own doorstep. We struggle for our core costs. I do worry that we will grow, make a positive move forward and then lose programmes of work with funding cuts,’ continues Hannah. ‘GPs refer patients to us, but we never receive any money for this. No one is taking responsibility as our service has done it by itself up to this point. It will be interesting to watch how the NHS develops over the coming months. Current PCT equality strands are mainly about recognising disabilities and BME communities, but gender is also an equality issue. ‘70-80% of people who regularly contact mental health services have experienced sexual violence, so we cross over in this area along with drugs, alcohol and self harm. We are serving these areas and relieve the burden of the statutory sector. ‘Recent directives from Government

‘Equality strands are mainly about recognising disabilities and BME communities, but gender is also an equality issue’ suggest all Survivors of sexual abuse are vulnerable adults, so as the only specialist service in Oxfordshire we are working with a very vulnerable part of population.’ Throughout this 30th anniversary year, OSARCC will be hosting a number of activities including a party to thank volunteers and contributors. But there are two major activities which people are being encouraged to get involved with. ‘Women in the county who used to volunteer for OSARCC in the past may be able to help us with recalling how the organisation used to look for our oral history book. Records haven’t always survived and Oxford is a transient city with people from all over the world settling for a few years then moving on. We would be really proud to capture that local history.’ The organisation also needs help with the creation of a commemorative quilt made by volunteers and women who have used the service, which will be taken around the county in the summer to highlight women’s issues and raise awareness of OSARCC. Patches need to be 9.5 inches square with a quarter inch border and should be sent by 30 June to PO Box 20, Oxford, OX2 6GB. Visit for further information about by OSARCC’s work.

‘People send us anonymous donations in the post, so we know someone out there has been touched by the work we do,’ explains Hannah. ‘We are a feminist organisation in that we believe gender inequality causes and is a consequence of sexual violence. The sexual violence cause seems to be the heart of women’s activism now. ‘One of the things I notice on my secondary school visits is that there seems to be a reverse play of strong female roles 

Patches made by Survivors and volunteers for the 30th anniversary quilt

Funding & Financ e Positive Images Programme The British Red Cross is offering grants of up to £1,000 to support activities that promote positive attitudes towards vulnerable migrants. The grants range from £50 to £1,000 and are available to schools, colleges, universities, youth groups and student groups working with young people aged 12 to 25. Deadline: Friday 17 June. Visit positiveimages for full details. OCVYS Short Breaks The aim of this funding programme is to support voluntary and statutory organisations to set up small projects or activities to support disabled children, young people and their families. Short breaks enable parents and carers to do day to day activities, have time for themselves and the rest of the family and are therefore less likely to need access to crisis support. It gives disabled children and young people an opportunity to take part in fun and challenging activities, while learning new skills and socialising with their peers. This is a rolling funding programme and applications will be assessed on a monthly basis to allow greater flexibility for groups and families. Applicants will be notified of the decision by the end of the month after the application has been submitted. The maximum funding that can be awarded is £5,000. Email for full criteria, instructions and an application form. Funding for Environmental Projects The European Commission has announced that the 2011 call for proposals under the Life+ Programme will open soon. This programme is the EU’s main fund for supporting environmental projects, under the following headings: Nature and biodiversity; Environment policy and governance; and Information and communication. Deadline: Monday 18 July. For more information visit http:// lifeplus.htm

What a bargain In the last issue of Community Concern we highlighted Oxford City Council’s offer to OCVA members for reduced prices on cleaning materials that we expect to be available later in the summer. Now Oxfordshire County Council is looking at ways in which they can support voluntary and community groups as well by allowing OCVA members access to the contracts they have negotiated with companies that supply goods and services in Oxfordshire. We would like to hear from you about the goods and services that you buy to enable you to deliver services and what you would be interested in buying from a new supplier but at a reduced price by joining in with these Improving Financial Confidence grants Improving Financial Confidence is aimed at helping people become more confident in and more aware of how to take control of their finances. Many people are unable to access or use basic financial services and products such as a bank account, credit card or affordable loan, often referred to as financial exclusion. This can make it difficult for people to manage their money, cope with financial pressures and plan for the future. Financial capability means the confidence and skills needed to choose, access and use financial products and services suitable to an individual’s needs. Big Lottery Fund UK has £30million of grants between £500,000 - £1million to help people overcome these issues by increasing their financial capability. Improving Financial Confidence is targeted at certain groups of social housing residents, as they are among the most likely to be financially excluded. They need to live in target local authority areas, including Oxford. Visit or telephone 0845 4102030 for details.

County Council contracts. These could be printing, office furniture, property management (electrical contractors, roofing repairs etc), toner, stationery supplies, building supplies, agency staff. If there are other big areas not mentioned above that are important to your organisation please get in touch. If you think that you would be interested in accessing these discounted suppliers in the future please contact Kate Hill on email or telephone 01865 258914 and indicate the areas of most interest to you so that we can pass this on to the Council.

Consultation Support services for mental health carers NHS Oxfordshire is considering the current needs of mental health carers in the context of services already provided through general Carers Support Services and the new services under the Keeping People Well programme – and would like to hear your views. Which support services do you think mental health carers use and find most useful? Are there any services missing? Do mental health carers need support services specifically tailored to their needs? Answer the short survey at http:// You can also invite NHS staff to come and visit your local community or carers’ group any time before Friday 10 June 2011 to discuss your views. Contact talking. with your meeting date and time Email or telephone 01865 334644 for a paper copy of the survey.

Informa tion & da tes Training Asperger Employment Saturday 11 June 2011, 11am–4.45pm Venue: Headington School, Headington Road, Oxford Cost: Professionals £50 plus vat; Family/ ASC £40 plus vat Only 15% of adults with autism are in full-time employment. Yet many people on the autism spectrum are very capable, well-qualified, loyal, reliable and want to work. The advent of the Autism Act, 2009 and the National Autism Strategy with its statutory guidance holds new hope – more opportunities for support into sustained employment. This event hosted by Autism Oxford will offer personal and professional perspectives, giving invaluable insights into employment challenges, rewards and strategies. Visit www.autismoxford. html for full details. NCVO Barclays Leadership Development Programme 2011/12 Are you a Chair of Trustees, Chief Executive or leader within a small to medium sized voluntary sector organisation? Let your leadership be inspired by the NCVO Barclays Leadership Programme. Give yourself the opportunity to reflect on and develop your own leadership style and become a more effective leader. Email or visit for details. Events All About Osteoporosis Tuesday 12 July, 6.30-9pm Venue: Nuffield Orthopaedic Hospital, Windmill Rd, Headington, Oxford (you will be directed to the lecture theatre from the main hospital entrance) Free event, no need to book (car park is pay & display) National Osteoporosis Society

in partnership with the Nuffield Orthopaedic Centre is hosting the event for anyone who would like to know more about who is at risk, treatments, lifestyle, preventing falls and fractures and exercise. University of Oxford videoconferencing open day Wednesday 15 June, 10am-6pm Venue: Media Production Unit, 6 Worcester Street, Oxford OX1 2BX The Media Production Unit at the University is open for viewing its videoconferencing facilities. Videoconferencing provides a cheap and time saving alternative to travelling long distance for business meetings. The suite can accommodate up to 30 people for larger conferences and there is also a smaller room for more

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Email or telephone OCVA on 01865 251946 to book for the following or for details. Human Resources Action Learning Group: An Introductory Session Wednesday 8 June, 9.30am–12.30pm Venue: OCVA, Floyd’s Row, Oxford A half day free introductory session to a new HR Action Learning Group to support small to medium sized charities which only have limited or no Human Resources function, is taking place at OCVA. Managing and being responsible for HR priorities and issues can be stressful and isolating. The new local peer development group offers the opportunity to talk about operational and implementation issues in a confidential environment facilitated by an experienced HR person. This introductory session is free; thereafter £20 per session. Building a Broader Income Base Thursday 9 June, 9.30am-5pm Venue: Blessed Dominic Barberi Church

personal meetings. The University is offering 50 free hours of fully serviced videoconferencing when booked in person on the day. Street party to celebrate giving Tuesday 21 June, 11am-6pm (drop in) Venue: 3 Woodin’s Way, Oxford OX1 1HD As the champion of local giving in the county, Oxfordshire Community Foundation (OCF) will be hosting a Street Party. OCF is inviting everyone to join them in showing appreciation and saying thank you to those who give so generously to help others. It is set to be a great opportunity to meet fellow voluntary sector groups. If you would like a stand at the event or further information visit or telephone 01865 798666.

Hall, Cowley Road, Oxford Cost: £50 (£40 for OCVA members) Trainer: Alan Lawrie Increasingly organisations have to cope with short term funding which challenges their stability and makes long term planning hard. This full day workshop course looks at how organisations can develop a broader income base. Topics to be covered include: Understanding funding trends; Public sector commissioning; Exploring social enterprise; Personal budgets; Managing fixed term projects. Social Media: An introduction to the digital landscape Wednesday 29 June, 9.30am-12.30pm Venue: Morrell Close, Oxford Cost: £25 (£20 for OCVA members) This half day workshop will give attendees and insight into who is using the web and mobiles; what social media is; how to create multimedia; digital trends and insights; plus an opportunity to try things out practically for themselves on laptops.

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