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COVID-19 Support Fund – Successful Groups!

May 17, 2021

OCVA and CFO administered the Supporting Communities Through Covid-19 fund, part of Oxfordshire’s Contain Outbreak Management Fund (COMF), on behalf of Oxfordshire County Council.

In total, we received 111 applications amounting to £1,582,329 in total funds requested and had £256,500 to distribute. The high number of applications clearly shows the tremendous amount of work taking place across Oxfordshire to support our communities and the funding required to do this.

Of the 111 applications, we were able – and delighted! – to award funds to 26 applicants (see table below).

Of course, the majority of organisations who developed very good projects and applications were unsuccessful namely because of the limited pot of funds available, however we are very conscious that we offer support beyond funding.

With this in mind, we have employed a Community Development Programme Officer to support community groups and organisations which applied for the funds (successful and unsuccessful applications). The Community Development Programme Officer will proactively offer a range of ongoing support to help funded and unfunded projects to achieve their aims sustainably, allowing communities to emerge stronger, with durable solutions to the challenges they face.

SCTCovid-19 Awarded Groups/OrgsProject Summary
ArchwayTo continue befriending Mental Health and Disability clients
Asylum WelcomeContinuation of coordinating our COVID-19 response
Barton Community AssociationTo help us to continue and expand our Community Larder to include essentials packages, and also allow us to recruit a dedicated Larder coordinator to oversee the day-to-day running of the Larder
Benson Volunteer CentreOngoing costs of providing support to local community
Berinsfield Information & Volunteer Centre (BIVC)Ongoing running costs of the charity to support the local community
Chalgrove First StepsTo continue to provide support for those who are self-isolating and to gradually re-open safely and continue to develop online services
Chinnor Rugby FootballPackaging to provide meals for vulnerable residents.
Citizens Advice NorthOxfordshire Connect! Empowering digitally marginalised Oxfordshire residents to get online by developing volunteer Digital Champions
Citizens Advice South and Vale To fund two part-time advisers who will provide advice on debt, benefits, employment and housing and support available in wake of Covid-19 impacts
FISH Volunteer CentreContinue our working in the community - transport to vaccination centres, PPE for drivers etc
Great Western ParkPurchase software that we use to manage, distribute and collect data in order to deliver community services and pay for printing materials.
Home StartSafe Connections: Inclusion Coordinator to reach disadvantaged, disproportionally affected families with under 5’s in Oxfordshire to reduce the spread and impact of COVID-19
Kennington StrollersTraining for volunteer walk supporters as needed, promotion and publicity for the walks in the locality to reach the people who may most benefit from gentle exercise
Leys CDISupporting Young People in Blackbird Leys through Covid and beyond with a Weekly Girls Group, Weekly Boys Group and Weekly Friday night open to all group
Oxfordshire Association for the BlindBeing There for You - befriending/telephone support
Oxfordshire CrossroadsTo deliver a digital inclusion project for Carers and people with care needs to support them to live well at home
Refugee ResourceBespoke Citizens Advice Service to address the multiple, complex needs of highly vulnerable refugees, asylum seekers and vulnerable migrants
Rose Hill Junior Youth ClubTo support and enhance our work at the Rose Hill Food Bank
RVS BanburyWeekly Welcome - a service whereby individual trusted volunteers are partnered with local communities in Banbury and surrounding areas
SOFEAGetting Oxfordshire Online – reducing digital inequality. To set up a third hub to receive donations of devices, wipe them securely and reconfigure them, before distributing them to those in need
Syrian SistersTogether we can better (Syrian Sisters wellbeing project) to run series of activities and services which support the mental and physical wellbeing of the refugee and migrant women
The GatehouseHome delivery of food and other essential items to vulnerably-housed guests, and one to one support provided through our Casework Team.
The Maple TreeOnline session for parents with new babies for support and learning and befriending scheme with parents
Thomas Gifford TrustCharlbury Community Support - to help residents with shopping, prescription collection etc
Volunteer Driver ServiceIT equipment and software because of increased demand for services
Volunteer Link UpEnhance the Good Neighbours scheme network support


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