Food Services Database: survey

Oxford City Council is working with Good Food Oxford and Feeding The Gaps to conduct a survey aimed at creating a single database and map of services providing free or subsidised food for those in need. This will enable us to promote the services that you provide to your target groups.

We are also looking to gain a better understanding of the unmet needs of your organisation and its users; we hope that this knowledge will help us to better support and coordinate services across Oxford.

We are sending you this survey as an organisation which has an interest in this field. Please can you click on the link below to complete the survey and help us compile the database.

Thank you for your time.  Please let us know if you have any questions and feel free to circulate to other food service providers you may know.

You may now respond to this consultation

OCVA – changes to our membership renewal system

2017/18 Membership of OCVA

Please note the following changes to our renewal system: Members will be expected to renew their membership by 31st May 2017.  All current members who do not renew by this date will have their membership cancelled and will need to reapply to become a member.

For full details about how to renew your membership please go to

Hear the Volunteers: Volunteers’ Stories on the BBC

OCVA are the BBC have launched a new weekly radio programme on BBC Radio Oxford. Each Sunday morning volunteers and the people they support go on the air to talk about what they do, why they enjoy it and the difference it makes to the local community.

The programme is aired on the Sophie Law Breakfast Show at around 8:25am each Sunday morning. In case you miss it, or want to listen to any of them again, you can find the conversations from the last few weeks below.

These clips of the conversations are used with kind permission of BBC Radio Oxford.

To listen to some clips, got to

Hate Crime APP & GAME

Following the success of our book “Helping Victims of HATE CRIME”, and the many thousands of victims and potential victims it has helped in most police areas including London, Manchester, Wales and Northern Ireland, it is now time to reach out to the younger generation whose preferred mode of communication is their smart phones.
In this age of smart phones, social media and online messaging, the Hate Crime App would reach that important young section of society who may have missed out on the book.  To help do this, we have now added a Hate Crime GAME to the APP which teaches the younger generation about Hate Crime and the criminal justice process through play.
The App would be produced for you and localised for your area.  It will have your logo on the first page as the sponsor of the App.  Reporting Hate Crime in your area, will then be only a click away.   The APP has already been produced for a few police forces and it has been a success with impressive downloads recorded.
It will be produced for iphone ios and Android smart phones, and will be uploaded on itunes and Google to be downloaded free of charge by individuals in your area.
We can also produce the book or promotional cards with QRs of the Apps so people can scan on their smart phones and be directed to where they can download the Apps.
Please find attached a brief outline of the App.  If you wish to discuss the project further, or would like to find out the cost for this most popular 21st century communication medium, please do not hesitate to contact me.
Kind regards
Hamid Samiy
C5 Consultancy Ltd

203 Victory Business Centre

Somers Road North

Portsmouth PO1 1PJ

Tel: 023 9282 1416

Mob: 07976 727761


Tesco Bags of Help Funding Changes

The funding scheme is now open to any type of project as long as its completed within a 12month period. This can be equipment, building improvements, community events, training session, etc. The number of regions has now increased to allow more groups to access funding. Funding is now granted to 3 groups every 2 months as oppose to every month, and the maximum amount to apply for is now £4000.

 How does Bags of Help work?

Bags of Help is now is always open for applications from charities and community organisations funded by the 5p Bags purchased by customers.

Applications are assessed by Groundwork to ensure they are eligible. In areas where application numbers are high, Tesco colleagues will shortlist the projects to determine which go forward to the customer vote.

Three community projects in each local area will be voted on by customers in Tesco stores throughout the UK, with projects changing every other month. Following the vote, the project that received the most votes in its area will receive a grant of up to £4,000, second place receiving up to £2,000 and third place up to £1,000.

Who is eligible to apply?

Grants will be awarded to voluntary or community organisations (including registered charities/companies), schools, health bodies (e.g. Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs), NHS Hospital Trust, Foundation Trust), Parish/Town Councils, local authorities and social housing providers.

This list is not exhaustive and there will be many other types of organisations that will be funded.

Project Funded by Bags of Help

The types of projects funded will be very broad and will cover the direct costs needed to deliver the project, this could range from:

  • Purchasing items which will benefit local community groups such as sports kit, sewing machines, specialized medical equipment, art and crafts materials, spades, litter pickers, camping equipment.
  • Improvements to a building that benefits the local community such as a Scout or Guide hut, church or village hall, changing facilities for sports.
  • Developing an outdoor space play area, allotment, park, school grounds, woodland or wildlife area.
  • Running a community event or activity such as fun runs, village fete, clean-up day, tree planting, bird watch.
  • Supporting seasonal activities such as purchasing new Christmas lights, supporting a Christmas meal for the homeless or a Diwali celebration event for the community etc.
  • Training sessions for community groups and the community e.g. skills training, accredited qualifications,

Bags of Help can fund 100% of your project costs so you do not have to have any match funding. However, if you secured additional funding, there is no limit to what this amount can be and any funding awarded by Bags of Help can form part of your wider project costs.

OCCG: Oxfordshire’s health and care services – The Big Consultation – Phase 1

This is a reminder to have your say on the Oxfordshire health and care services – Big Consultation, Phase 1. We would like to ask you about proposals for:

• Changing the way we use our hospital beds and increasing care closer to home in Oxfordshire
• Planned care at the Horton General Hospital (planned care is a term for healthcare which has been planned in advance and which is not urgent or an emergency such as diagnostic tests, outpatient appointments and surgery).
• Acute stroke services in Oxfordshire.
• Critical care (Critical care helps people with life-threatening or very serious injuries and illnesses) at the Horton General Hospital.
• Maternity services including obstetrics, Special Care Baby Unit (SCBU) and the effect on emergency gynaecology surgery.
• Consideration of the Midwife Led Units in north Oxfordshire will be in Phase 2 but we would like some views from you to inform option development.

The full consultation document (including a glossary) is available here or visit the CCG

We would like your feedback. You can give this by completing this questionnaire, or visit our website for information about coming to a meeting or writing to us.

We are also holding the following consultation events which you are invited to attend:

• Thursday 2 March, 8pm – 10pm in Henley-on-Thames
• Monday 6 March, 8pm – 10pm in Wallingford
• Thursday 9 March, 6pm-8pm in Chipping Norton
• Tuesday 14 March, 3pm-5pm in Thame
• Thursday 16 March, 7pm – 9pm in Banbury
• Tuesday 21 March, 6pm – 8pm in Brackley
• Thursday 23 March, 6.30pm – 8.30pm in Abingdon

If you would like to attend, please call 01865 334638 or email