The Oxford Big Tea Party – Friday 16th July 2017

Friday 16th June 1-3pm at Cutteslowe Community Centre, Oxford

The Oxford Big Tea Party will bring together eighty elderly people affected by loneliness for a special Afternoon Tea. This event will provide them with much-needed company and entertainment, supported by students and volunteers.

Why hold the Oxford Big Tea Party?

We want to raise funds and awareness about the critical role of community transport – such as the Oxford City service delivered daily by Aspire – to help combat isolation and reduce loneliness of elderly people who deserve a life of dignity and independence.

Oxford’s elderly people are facing a loneliness crisis. 92% of Aspire’s Community Transport passengers live alone and 58% would not leave their homes each week without our service. But local, vital transport services are now under threat of closure, leaving elderly people vulnerable to isolation. So this event is a call to action, to encourage all of us to come together on an urgent issue affecting some of the most vulnerable in our community.

The event will also help to launch Team Oxford, a movement to get everyone creating a better city: one that’s happier, healthier, more connected and more empowered.  A key driver for the event is to encourage and enable more volunteer drivers and befrienders, which aligns with Team Oxford’s ambition to make it easier for a wider range of people to make a difference for the city.

How you can help

We are asking you, as a business, club or association, to support our goal by sponsoring a table at the tea party for £500, or as an individual to sponsor a place for £50. As a sponsor we will also ask you if you would like to volunteer at the event.

Sponsorship opportunities & benefits

Sponsor a table: £500

Table sponsors will have their logo displayed at the event and on the Aspire website, with mentions on Aspire’s social media and in press releases. Table sponsors will also be publicly acknowledged by the event host and listed on a dedicated thank you flyer.

Sponsor a place: £50

Any individuals who sponsor a place will have their names listed on the Aspire website and on a dedicated thank you flyer to be placed on all tables.

How your sponsorship will change lives

All funds raised will be divided between Aspire and the Cutteslowe Community Association (CCA) and will be used by CCA to retain their lifeline bus service and by Aspire to reach more drivers and assistants and deliver subsidised training courses.

If you would like to sponsor a table/place, make a donation or volunteer, please contact Helen Mariner on or call 01865 204450.

Waving Hello Community Art Installation

Waving Hello Community Art Installation
Sunday 25 June
12noon – 4pm
Bonn Square, Oxford
Migration across the world is a key component of our past, present and future. It forms the tapestry of human life.
People move for a multitude of reasons ranging from the need to survive to the thirst for adventure.

Together, using images, music and words, we will share our ideas and experiences to show that there is far more that unites us than we ever imagined.
Waving Hello is a project challenging preconceived notions about refugees and asylum seekers and exploring our common humanity in a creative and interdisciplinary way. With the Ashmolean Museum as our inspiration the project has involved music, storytelling and poetry, and visual arts.  For our final event, we would like to include as many people as possible from across our community, particularly those of different faiths. 
A flotilla of tiny paper boats will ‘sail’ across Bonn Square on Sunday 25th June, 12pm – 4pm,  celebrating diversity, recognising the importance of trade and travel in the history of Western art and commemorating those who have perished crossing the Mediterranean in their bid to escape war and famine.
If you can fold a piece of paper, be part of this temporary art installation, the aim of which is to fill the upper area of Bonn Square with small origami paper boats flowing out from the Tirah Memorial. The boats represent the journeys people make to both come to the UK and UK nationals travelling to other countries to live and work. Boats will be made by groups who have participated in the project to date and also by members of the public, either made in advance or on the day. (A video giving instructions on how to make the paper boats can be found on YouTube  Waving Hello!)

Adventure Plus Family Fun Day Saturday 15th July

Adventure Plus Family Fun Day Saturday 15th July 2017 at Windmill Farm Centre, Clanfield, OX18 2SN

An opportunity to spend the day having fun with friends, family or even by yourself within our venue here at A+!

There will be a wide variety of games and activities to get involved with all to help raise money for the AdventureBase.

The activities on offer include: archery, a mobile climbing wall, bush craft, a tricky trail, arts and crafts and many more surprises on the day for you to look forward to.

More information and a flyer are available on our website:

Conference: The Lives of Young Carers in England

The event is a conference to better understand the impacts of caring on young people and the implications for health and education. There is an estimated 13,000 young carers in Oxfordshire (OCCG 2014); specialist support for young carers is limited to the OCC statutory service and our charitable organisation.
We are very fortunate to have as our main speaker Professor Jo Aldridge of Loughborough University. Professor Aldridge is the author of the recent 2017 Department of Education report – The Lives of Young Carers in England and will be presenting the findings at the event
John Tabor
01235 838 554
07747 602 918

Back by popular demand – OPA South Abingdon Play & Activity Day

South Abingdon Play & Activity Day

We will be back at Southern Town Park for our 3rd annual South Abingdon Play & Activity Day

11am until 3pm on Saturday 15th July.

FREE Entrance & FREE Activities

Lots of activities including
Bright Sparks Science,
Go Kart Party, Drumming,
Body Zorbing,
Fire Play,
Muzo Akademy / School of Rock,
Bouldering Wall
Orinoco Scrapstore,
White Horse Leisure Centre,
Giant Bubbles
and much much more! 

See you there!  
Oxfordshire Play Association  01865 779474

OxFSN Housing and Support Event: 7th June – Didcot Civic Centre

Housing and Support run by  OxFSN at the Didcot Civic Centre on the 7th June from 10 am – 3.30pm. 
We are trying to reach as many family carers as possible who may be interested in attending the event – despite it evolving out of the Embolden project which focuses on the older family carer, most of the topics covered that day will be of interest to all Family Carers so we would like to make sure as many people as possible know about it.
For those of you who use social media if we could ask you to promote it that way it would be appreciated.  However we are very conscious of the fact that many families are not big internet users and often hard to reach, so it those families we would really like to notify in any way possible.
I attach a copy of the flyer for the day.  Please forward to as many people as possible.
Housing & Support event flyer1
Even though the event is FREE – booking is essential.  This can be done by contacting Kathy Liddell on 07786 731634 or emailing her on
Tea/coffee will be served through out the event but we are asking everyone to bring their own packed lunch.
If anyone has any questions please do not hesitate to get in contact.
Kathy Liddell
Project Administrator – em.bold.en Project
(funded by Comic Relief) email: mobile:  + 44 7786 731634

Project Soup – 6th May 2017

We are part of a community project called Project Soup who looks to help local projects in Oxfordshire with micro-funding from a one-off event. Our next event is happening on 6 May 2017, 7pm at the East Oxford Community Centre.

We will be making a hot, hearty meal of soup and bread entirely from surplus food kindly donated by the Foodbank. We ask for a donation from people coming on the night which will then go to a project at the end of the evening to help them to fund their ideas.

We have set up the venue, arranged the food and everything but we are still looking for 4 community groups to come to present their projects on the evening.

For more information visit

OPA Playdays are back!!

OPA Playdays are back

Our first Play & Activity day of 2017 will take place in Carterton on Saturday 17th June as part of the Armed Forces Day celebrations.

As usual with our events we will be offering both FREE Entrance and FREE Activities to ensure an inclusion for all.

See you there Martin Gillett


Oxford University Hospitals Quality Conversation Event

You are invited to the Oxford University Hospitals Quality Conversation Event
·      Date: Wednesday 24th May, 2017
·      Sign-in: 16:30 – 17:00
o   Refreshments, including tea and coffee, sandwiches and fruit will be served during this time.
·      Event timing: 17:00 – 19:00
·      Location: Tingewick Hall, Academic Centre, John Radcliffe, Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.
Event purpose: We are pleased to invite you to a public and staff engagement event regarding the Trust’s quality priorities. This event will include a review of the progress on last year’s priorities, from some of our quality priority leads, and an introduction to our goals for improvement this year, following the Quality Conversation engagement event we held in January 2017.
We are inviting Governors, community group members, staff and Foundation Trust members. Members of the Trust Board will be in attendance.
Please register your attendance here.
Support to attend: The venue has disabled access and facilities. However, if you need support to attend e.g. large print documents, interpreting or hearing support, please contact us:
Telephone: 01865 740 892 / 01865 221 578. 
Refreshments: light refreshments will be provided, including some items suitable for dairy free, gluten free, vegan and vegetarian diets.
Please inform us of any other dietary requirements by emailing, by 17th May 2017.
Expenses for members of the public: we will reimburse travel expenses, carer replacement costs, and support worker costs if someone needs to attend with you. You can claim these expenses by completing a form at the event – please retain receipts as these must be attached to the form. We ask that attendees use public transport unless it is necessary to drive or come by taxi.
If you register for this event and then realise you can no longer attend, please let us know by cancelling your ticket or contacting us by email or phone:
01865 740 892 / 01865 221 578. 
Kind regards,
The Patient Experience and Involvement Team
Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust