Training opportunity for lay (patient and public) representatives involved in health – HOW TO INCREASE YOUR IMPACT

The Thames Valley Patient Experience Operational Group warmly invite you

To attend this workshop

Increase your impact in public involvement

on Wednesday 15th March 2017 from 10 – 12.30 at the offices of the Academic Health Science Network

Magdalen Centre North, 1 Robert Robinson Avenue, Oxford Science Park OX4 4GA

Free networking lunch from 12 – 12.30.

Who will be attending? 

Patient & Public Involvement Contributors from the following organisations:

Collaboration for Leadership in Applied Health Research and Care

Biomedical Research Centre and Unit

Oxford University Hospitals Foundation Trust

Oxford Academic Health Science Network

Clinical Research Network

Oxford Institute of Nursing Midwifery and Allied Health Research 

Please respond to the person who sent you this invite a.s.a.p. but at the latest by 19th Feb.

The workshop will cover the following topics:

  • what are the differences between being involved in health research or service provision or commissioning
  • how to make working with professionals as effective as possible
  • learning from real examples
  • how to challenge constructively

More details will be available nearer the time to all who sign up.

The facilitators of the workshop will be Sian Rees and Douglas Findlay.

OPA Play & Activity Days 2017

We are pleased to be able to confirm the dates and locations of our 2017 Playday events.
As with all our events Entrance and Activities will be FREE to ensure an inclusion for ALL.

Saturday 17th June

Carterton / RAF Brize Norton

Alvescot Road Recreation Ground

Saturday 24th June

Didcot / Vauxhall Barracks

Edmonds Park

Saturday 15th July

Abingdon

Southern Town Park

Wednesday 26th July

Banbury

Peoples Park

Thursday 27th July

The Leys

Frys Hill Park

Wednesday 2nd August

Bicester

Garth Park

Thursday 3rd August

Witney

King Georges Field

Tuesday 22nd August

Banbury

Princess Diana Park

OxForward Open Day – Thursday 2nd February

We are opening our doors to members of the public and local organisations to come and learn about our exciting Wellbeing and Employment Support Service – OxForward.

 OxForward is the voluntary Wellbeing and Employment Support service for adults living in Oxfordshire, including individuals who have a disability.

The programme is tailored to you and your personal needs, so that you can reach your potential, improve your wellbeing and live an independent life.

Whether you want to join a sports team, make new friends, become a volunteer or find a job, we can help.

Alternatively, if you are a local organisation in Oxford who can offer a service to support our service users, we would like to hear from you also.

We would be delighted if you could join us on the 2nd February from 1pm-4pm.

At the Kennedy Scott OxForward office: Clarendon Business Centres, Windsor House, Heritage Gate, East Point Business Park, Sandy Lane West, Oxford, OX4 6LB

 Paul Davidson Contract Manager Kennedy Scott Ltd

The Fat Controller Thursday, 26th January 2017 6.30PM – 7.30PM

For millions of people the battle of the bulge is not just a post-Christmas problem  – it’s diabesity  – a ticking time bomb of obesity-related type-2 diabetes that damages our health and stretches NHS resources. The good news is that scientists are on the case and exploring new ways to help people lose weight and prevent diabetes.  Join ‘fat controller’ Ashley Grossman, emeritus professor of endocrinology, as he discusses potential ground-breaking medical techniques to lose weight effortlessly and what it may mean for the future of the human race. Ashley will be chatting to science broadcaster (and his daughter) Emily Grossman.

Book now for 25% off your ticket price – and maybe your waistline too!

VENUE Martin Wood Lecture Theatre 20 Parks Road , Oxford , OX1 3PU

Training for Patient/Lay representatives involved with OUH

The Thames Valley Patient Experience Operational Group warmly invite you to a workshop to increase your impact in public involvement

When: Wednesday 15th March 2017 from 10 – 12.30

Where: at the offices of the Academic Health Science Network Magdalen Centre North, 1 Robert Robinson Avenue, Oxford Science Park OX4 4GA

Free networking lunch from 12 – 12.30.

Who will be attending?
Patient & Public Involvement Contributors from the following organisations:Collaboration for Leadership in Applied Health Research and Care Biomedical Research Centre and Unit Oxford University Hospitals Foundation Trust Oxford Academic Health Science Network Clinical Research Network Oxford Institute of Nursing Midwifery and Allied Health Research

Please respond to the person who sent you this invite a.s.a.p. but at the latest by 19th Feb.

The workshop will cover the following topics:

* what are the differences between being involved in health research or service provision or commissioning
* how to make working with professionals as effective as possible
* learning from real examples
* how to challenge constructively

More details will be available nearer the time to all who sign up.  Please see:
training-for-lay-and-patient-representatives

The facilitators of the workshop will be Sian Rees and Douglas Findlay.

OCVA Charity and Volunteer Awards 2017 – launch and information evening

Date: Thursday 26th January 2017
Time: 5.45pm arrival for tea, coffee and networking for a 6pm start. The workshop will finish by 7.15pm.
Cost: FREE
Venue: Wesley Memorial Church
New Inn Hall Street
Oxford
OX1 2DH

This informal session led by Lord-Lieutenant Tim Stevenson OBE will provide guidance in writing a nomination for the annual OCVA Charity and Volunteer Awards which are presented to honour the work done by groups and individuals.

The session will include:

  • What are the OCVA Charity and Volunteer Awards
  • Which awards can be won
  • The process of writing a nomination
  • Guidance on what the judges are looking for
  • What it means to win an award
  • The benefits of winning an award

There will be an opportunity to hear from a charity which won an award in 2016 and the effect this has had for the organisation. There will be an opportunity for a Q&A session and you will be given a nomination form to make notes on for reference through the talk.  More details
 https://ocva.org.uk/launch-of-ocva-charity-and-volunteer-awards-nominations/

Christians Against Poverty – information workshops and advice

Hello,

I attach information about the forthcoming Oxford-based CAP Money budgeting courses, designed to help people get a handle on their personal finances. The course has run for seven years now, with many tens of thousands attending across the country. It is free and open to anyone. Each of the three sessions lasts two hours.The next opportunities for Oxford residents to participate begin two weeks from now.

We recommend the course as debt prevention to anyone struggling with personal money management, though all kinds of people attend from the curious to the heavily indebted. Delegates don’t need to share personal information, no financial knowledge is required, and this is not just for people with a church connection. Where delegates require assistance, it’s fine if a support person accompanies them.

I am attaching a pdf with details. These handbills can be printed and displayed, or just used as information. The best way to register is to visit the website www.capmoneycourse.org and to search by postcode.

We would like to encourage maximum publicity and hope to have 12 delegates at each of the courses.

cap-money-course-oxford-jan-2017  cap-money-leaflet

 

P.S. For immediate debt help, phone 0800 328 0006 to arrange a home visit from a member of staff from the Oxford CAP team. Anyone already accessing debt counselling from CAP will be offered a tailored version of CAP Money at some point in the process.

John Livingstone Community Links Co-ordinator Christians Against Poverty

capuk.org

facebook.com/capuk

twitter.com/capuk

New Year – New Singing and Drama Classes

If you are thinking of trying something new this new year, then Open Stage Arts’ singing and drama classes start this week, at our new location of Rose Hill Community Centre. This is a lovely facility, with it’s own café, parking and a very sociable feel.
If you wanted to give the class a go you can try one for free in January. Classes take place on Wednesday mornings (10.30am–12.30pm) and Thursday evenings (7–9pm). Just drop me a line if you would like to book on.
In the meantime you might be interested to read about what we have been up to in our first year of classes, as detailed in the attached newsletter.
Claire Waite Brown
07768 518967
Find Open Stage Arts on Facebook and Twitter

Celebrating volunteers: Ticket offer for Robinson Crusoe and the Pirate Queen

As a great day out for your clients, volunteers and staff, why not consider the Pantomime?

To celebrate volunteers in Oxfordshire, we’re able to offer a by 10 get 1 free ticket deal to this year’s Pantomime at The Theatre Chipping Norton, Robinson Crusoe and the Pirate Queen.

You may also benefit from seeing some of our own volunteer ushers and talking to them, or dropping a flyer or two with me to leave for our volunteers to see the opportunities on offer to them.

We’ve plenty of good seats still available on the following performances:

Sunday 27th November, 6pm
Friday 9th December, 7.30pm (Child-free event, adults only)
Wednesday 14th December, 2pm
Thursday 15th December 2pm
Thursday 15th December 6pm (option of a stage-tour after the performance)
Friday 16th December 4pm
Friday 16th December 7.30pm

It would be great for us to welcome Volunteer organisations into the Theatre and to give you a shout-out in the show.

To book, call 01608 642350 or visit chippingnortontheatre.com.

Also, suiting to many clients or volunteers who may benefit, we offer a Relaxed Performance, suiting to anyone who may benefit from having the show toned-down in energy, volume, etc. A great scheme that is very popular with care homes within the local area. We also do relaxed film screenings throughout the year, but this is an event especially targeted at audiences who perhaps may struggle with normal versions of the Pantomime.

Thank you, and looking forward to seeing many of you soon!

Max Biddlestone Deputy House Manager The Theatre Chipping Norton foh@chippingnortontheatre.com

Invitation to Healthwatch Oxfordshire’s Voluntary Sector Forum 2017:

Healthwatch Oxfordshire would like to invite anyone who is part of a community or voluntary group or charity in Oxfordshire to our Voluntary Sector Forum, to be held on 7th February 2017 in Rose Hill Community Centre in Oxford. The focus of the event will be on the transformation in health and social care services that are coming in Oxfordshire. We will hear from Oxfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group’s Chief Executive, David Smith and Chair, Joe McManners. There will be an opportunity to respond to the proposals under consideration.

The event will commence with registration and coffee at 9.30am for a 10am start and we plan to finish at 1pm with a networking lunch that will last for an hour.

To book your free place, please click on the link below and register your details. We will be in touch closer to the time with an agenda for the day.

https://oxfordshire.healthwatchcrm.co.uk/civicrm/event/info?reset=1&id=19

We look forward to seeing you on the 7th of February.