Summertown United Reformed Church, Banbury Rd

Saturday 16th SEPTEMBER

10.00 am – 3.30 pm

Stalls: Asylum Welcome, Getting Heard, Prison Fellowship, The Porch, N. Oxford Under 5’s, Emmaus, Gatehouse, NOAAH,

Oxford City of Sanctuary, Aspire,

and many more!

Talks~ Cake stall~Music~Film

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Next Reciprocate Encounters Event

The next Reciprocate Encounters event is confirmed for September:

The Reciprocate Encounters programme continues with an HR and talent management workshop – The Fundamentals of Employing People, with speakers Sally White and Sarah Stevens from SYLO Associates.

SYLO Associates deliver a range of innovative Human Resources solutions from resourcing to coaching through to employee procedures, HR audits and training. Both Sarah and Sally bring with them over 20 years’ experience across both private and public sectors and a spectrum of industries.

Oxfordshire Youth – Volunteer Celebration Tea Party

Oxfordshire Youth warmly invites you to our Volunteer Celebration Tea Party at Hill End Centre on the 12th August between 2pm and 4.30pm. We are jointly hosting this tea party with the National Citizenship Service (NCS) participants to thank adult volunteers for their volunteer contribution towards helping young people to fulfil their potential.

At our Tea Party there will be a VIP opening address and testimonials given by NCS Students. NCS participants will also facilitate tea party games as well as serve guests with a delicious cream tea. There will be plenty of opportunities to meet like-minded people who share your passion for youth work in Oxfordshire.

So please reserve your FREE ticket and join us on the 12th August as we are all really looking forward to seeing you there.

Hill End Centre
Eynsham Road
Oxford, OX2 9NJ

Saturday, 12th August
14:00 to 16:30

Keeping Mentally Well and Getting Through Difficult Times

Feeling overwhelmed and a bit down?

Or do you have a family member, child or friend who is struggling with mental health (perhaps caused by a physicalillness)?
There is so much we can do to look after ourselves and lots of groups out there to help.

Come along to our special event on Saturday 8 July, 10am to 1pm and find out more.

We’ll have talks and information on what help your GP can provide, plus advice and tips on:
• helping children/teenagers deal with stressful times,
• showing how you can monitor your moods and find out triggers,
• how apps can help you understand what works and doesn’t work for you,
• explaining the benefits of being outdoors on physical and mental health,
• what local groups there are to support you and your family
• introducing the Oxfordshire Recovery College.

If you want to know more about self help and practical advice for you and  your children, this event is for you!

The event will be held at Manor Surgery, Osler Road, Headington, and is open to all. 

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Cherwell Theatre’s Play in a Week Workshop, July 31-Aug 4

Banbury’s Cherwell Theatre Company are delighted to announce an exciting opportunity for Oxfordshire’s young theatremakers this August. The company will present ‘The Boy Preference’ a contemporary play by Elinor Cook at The Mill Arts Centre on Friday August 4 at 7.30pm as part of their ‘Play in a Week’ Project.
“Thanks to generous support CTC is delighted to offer this fantastic opportunity of a week long theatre experience to young people of 12 years and upwards for just £50.00” said Artistic Director Tristan Pate. 
 2016’s summer production of ‘Remote’ by Stef Smith,  saw  young performers, aspiring designers and technicians rehearse and perform the play with a professional theatre director. The Theatre Company expect this year will be even more successful.
Young people will once again have the opportunity to develop their acting, movement and voice skills, as well as gaining experience in the technical disciplines of  theatre, such as stage management, design, costume, props, lighting and sound in this intensive course, which takes place from 10am-6pm Monday July 31 – Friday August 4 at Banbury United FC.
“We also have a number of bursary places available and accept applications from anyone interested in taking part. No experience is necessary, just imagination and enthusiasm!”
‘The Boy Preference’, directed by Nicki Stevenson, was first performed as part of the National Theatre Connections Festival in 2015. It is set in an affluent suburb, where the birth of a boy is welcomed with shouts of joy, but when a girl is born, the neighbours say nothing.
“The play begins with a boy, Joey, looking out of his bedroom window, only to see some strange glowing figures. Are they the “missing girls”? What makes boys different from girls? How do young people experience the adult world? These are just some of the questions explored in the play”  said Ms Stevenson “  It’s an exciting  piece of theatre for our young participants.”
Cherwell Theatre Company runs weekly sessions with young people in Banbury, and Ms Stevenson and Mr Pate are keen to welcome new members, even it is only for a week in the Summer, although they are welcome to stay with Company for the rest of the year.
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If you are aged 12+ and are interested in taking part, please email or visit the company’s website for further information at

Only a week to go until M.A.D week!

M.A.D. website

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instagram: @madweekoxon

OCVA are working in collaboration with Volunteer Link-up as part of an innovative partnership with Bartholomew School in Eynsham. The pilot project, which goes by the name of M.A.D. (Make a Difference) Week, involves 60 of the schools’ Year 12 students. The students will be spending the week beginning 10th July with a local charity, community group or social enterprise on placements which have been designed to be empowering. 10 organisations in West Oxfordshire are part of the pilot which aims to build lasting connections between students and members of their local community and a commitment from students to organisations that will extend beyond the week itself.

Students listen attentively as the 10 organisations pitch for their support in MAD Week

The students have played an active role in selecting the organisation they would like to volunteer for in July. All students attended an information event at school in which they heard from all 10 organisations as part of a mass speed dating activity. The students listened to a 5-minute pitch from each organisation and subsequently recorded their preferences. The students have now met with their chosen charity in an initial planning session in school. This was an opportunity for groups and students to get to know one another, identify strengths and areas for development and generate ideas for the week.

During MAD Week the students will be given responsibility for undertaking research, running events and engaging service users; enabling them to develop the core competencies and soft skills demanded in an increasingly competitive job market; whilst their energy and fresh perspective will help charities to reach a younger audience and encourage them to reflect on their current ways of working. We believe this to be the first week of its kind in Oxfordshire and are excited about the potential to develop this model in future years – working with other Oxfordshire schools and charities to make an even bigger difference in the county.

OCVA will be working with a team of 6 students for the week whose role is to capture the activity as it unfolds. The students will be developing their own website and Facebook page, appearing on BBC Radio Oxford, writing press releases and producing a short film to showcase the highlights from the week. Links to material produced by the student reporters will be made available from this page in the build up to and during MAD Week.  If you are a school or community group with questions about the organisation of MAD Week and plans for its development in Oxfordshire in the future, please contact Emily Shaw (Volunteer Centre Co-ordinator) on 01865 251946 /

M.A.D website

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facebook: M.A.D Week (@madweekoxon)
instagram: @madweekoxon

Invitation to Healthwatch Oxfordshire’s Voluntary Sector Forum 13 July 2017

Healthwatch Oxfordshire would like to invite you to our next voluntary sector forum in Abingdon on 13th July 2017.This morning forum will focus on health inequalities and we would particularly welcome voluntary sector groups working to redress health inequalities. The aim of the meeting will be to host a discussion on the role of the voluntary sector in tackling health inequalities. This is an opportunity for voluntary sector colleagues to highlight the role of the sector in addressing health inequalities in Oxfordshire.

There will be more details of the agenda for the session soon, but we plan to start at 10am (with coffee and registration from 9.30am) and finish by 12.30pm. The venue for the event is Preston Road Community Centre, Midget Close, Preston Rd, Abingdon OX14 5NR.

If you are interested in attending this free event, please reply to me at   or phone 01865 520520 and I will add you to our list of attendees.

Phosphoros Theatre’s Dear Home Office: Still Pending