Learning for Wellbeing – Develop your confidence & self-esteem through event planning & teamwork

Learning for Wellbeing

* Do you lack confidence? Would you like to boost your self-esteem?

* Would you like to take part in a research project looking at the impact of learning on mental health?

Our FREE course could help to improve your mental health & wellbeing:

Develop your confidence & self-esteem through event planning & teamwork

Sometimes we become unsure of ourselves in a social setting. In a friendly and relaxed environment, this short course intends to look at your strengths and weaknesses as a fundamental resource, then combine them with others’ unique resources to plan, organize and deliver a small event. The process of organizing an event can be challenging but the sense of achieving this through team work is very rewarding indeed and helps to build confidence and self-esteem. Come along and join us.

Tuesday 18/04 – 30/05 (one introductory session plus 6 further sessions) 1.30 – 4.00pm

Oxford Adult Learning, Cowley, The Union,

Collins St, OX41EE

Oxfordshire Adult Learning (OAL) is delivering a programme of courses called Learning for Wellbeing aimed at people 19+ in Oxfordshire with mild to moderate mental health difficulties (such as low mood, low confidence, low self-esteem, stress, anxiety and depression). The courses are specifically designed to help participants better manage the mental health symptoms that they experience. All eligible participants on this project will have access to one to one discussions with a guidance worker, one FREE course and optional refresher sessions after the course has ended. You will also be asked to consent to share your data with the project and the external evaluators.

How can I find out more? Contact Julie Bennett, Project Manager on Julie.bennett@abingdon-witney.ac.uk or call 01235 216322 or mob 07771946132

Learning for Wellbeing – Lift your mood through running

Learning for Wellbeing

  • Do you experience low mood?
  • Would you like to see how exercise can lift the mood?
  • Would you like to take part in a research project looking at the impact of learning on mental health?

Our FREE course could help to improve your mental health & wellbeing:

Lift your mood through running

A short course for people with no or little running experience or for those who have not run for a long time.  This course will take place half in the classroom and half outdoors at a nearby parkIn a relaxed, friendly and supportive environment, we will share experiences and strategies within this area and others to help us better self-manage life’s challenges. We will gradually develop from walking to doing some sustained running outdoors and see how exercise and activity really can lift the mood and help us to relax. We will learn about running related matters such as how to warm up safely and how to stretch safely and how physical activity can enhance your health and wellbeing.

Friday 28/04 – 02/06  (6 sessions)  10.00am – 12.30pm

Oxford Adult Learning, Cowley, The Union,

Collins St, OX41EE

Oxfordshire Adult Learning (OAL) is delivering a programme of courses called Learning for Wellbeing aimed at people 19+ in Oxfordshire with mild to moderate mental health difficulties (such as low mood, low confidence, low self-esteem, stress, anxiety and depression). The courses are specifically designed to help participants better manage the mental health symptoms that they experience. All eligible participants on this project will have access to one to one discussions with a guidance worker, one FREE course and optional refresher sessions after the course has ended.  You will also be asked to consent to share your data with the project and the external evaluators.

How can I find out more?   Contact Julie Bennett, Project Manager on Julie.bennett@abingdon-witney.ac.uk or call 01235 216322 or mob 07771946132

City Funding Fair – Filling up fast

City Funding Fair

We are delighted to announce a City Funding Fair.  This will take place on Tuesday 28th March 2017 from 11.00am to 2.00pm at The Asian Cultural Centre, Manzil Way, Cowley Oxford, OX4 1GH.  This event is aimed at voluntary and community organisations and groups who work across, or deliver services in the City.

This free one day event is organised jointly by OCVA and Oxford City Council and will give you the opportunity to:

  • Meet funders and other support organisations
  • Carry out funding searches and
  • Receive funding advice.

Tea and Coffee will be provided

Please note the event is filling up fast, so don’t delay registering.
To register please go to https://ocva.org.uk/oxford-city-funding-fair-2017/

Come with an idea of the kind of your funding requirements. 

South & Vale VCS Forum 2017: Registration closes on 7th March

Invitation

We are delighted to announce this years’ South and Vale Voluntary and Community Sector Forum is taking place on Wednesday 15 March 2017 from 9.15am to 4.15pm at Cornerstone Arts Centre, 25 Station Road, Didcot, OX11 7NE. This event is aimed at voluntary and community organisations and groups who work across South Oxfordshire and Vale of White Horse.  Registration will close at midnight on Tuesday 7th March.

This free one day event is organised jointly by South Oxfordshire and Vale of White Horse District Councils and OCVA (Oxfordshire Community and Voluntary Action).  The aim of the forum is to bring people together from across the districts to learn from each other about best practice and to find out what is happening in the sector.  You can hear updates from the Leaders at South Oxfordshire and Vale of White Horse District Councils and there will be senior OCVA and Oxfordshire County Council representatives. Our key note speakers include a business and voluntary sector specialist who will talk to us about working better together to save money, and a charity director who will give some useful tips for how to get the best out of your volunteers. You will have the opportunity to participate in a facilitated information session to talk with us and with other delegates about the issues that are affecting your organisation and to share some ideas and good practice.

During the facilitated information session you will have time to meet other delegates and there will be other networking opportunities throughout the day during the scheduled breaks and during registration.  Over the lunch period we are running a funding and information fair so you can speak with a range of large and small local and national funders to find out about funding opportunities and tips for applying, and learn more about the sector.  A free lunch and refreshments are provided throughout the event.

Part of the day will be dedicated to a series of training sessions following up on some of the mornings’ themes, volunteering and working together.  Delegates are invited to participate in two training sessions of their choice that will challenge thinking and provide practical information and techniques to some key areas of your work and help strengthen your organisation.

Although this is a free event we do need you to reserve your place to secure your two training sessions.  To register please visit the following link which will provide details of the full programme,

https://ocva.org.uk/?s=south+and+vale+forum.

You can register up to three people from your organisation, as space at the event is limited and we want to encourage as many organisations as possible to attend.

There are good public transport links to Cornerstone Arts Centre either by bus or train. If you are driving to the event please refer to https://www.cornerstone-arts.org/directions-and-maps for details on where you can secure long term parking. Please allow enough time for your journey and to find parking and get to the venue.

If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact us using the subject heading ‘South and Vale VCS Forum’ and email training@ocva.org.uk or call 01865 251946.

We hope you will be able to join us for what should be an informative, thought provoking and interesting day.

On behalf of OCVA, South Oxfordshire District Council and Vale of White Horse District Council,

OCVA

Invitation: Rural Oxfordshire Network (RON) – 5th April 2017

You are invited toInvitation: Rural Oxfordshire Network (RON) the launch event of the Rural Oxfordshire Network (RON).  This new networking forum is for those living and working in rural Oxfordshire. The event is organised by OCVA and partners including Community First Oxfordshire, the Diocese of Oxford, Volunteer Link Up and the Oxfordshire Association of Local Councils.  It will focus on rural crime and community resilience.

The event will be chaired by Julian Cooper

Julian is a trustee of Community First Oxfordshire and has served on Oxfordshire County Council (2001-2005), West Oxfordshire District Council (1986-2006 then 2010 till the present day) and Woodstock Town Council (since 1984). He has been Chairman of West Oxfordshire Planning Committee, Vice-Chairman of the County Council Planning Committee and Mayor of Woodstock, three times.  He is currently the English Vice Chairman of the Local Authority World Heritage Forum and has served on the South East Regional Planning Conference and Oxfordshire Community Health Council.  He is also Chairman of Woodstock Youth Club.  Julian works as a life assurance salesman.

When: Wednesday 5th April – 9.45 – 12.30

Where: Cassington Village Hall, The Green, Cassington OX29 4AX

Cost: £5.00 to cover expenses

Who should attend?
Anyone who is interested in rural affairs whether they are residents, land-owners or run or work for a rural business or organisation.

Register:
Please visit https://ocva.org.uk/rural-oxfordshire-network-ron/ or email Gillian.warson@ocva.org.uk

Timetable
9.30 – coffee
10.00 – 10.05 – Introduction and welcomes from OCVA
10.05 – 10.30 – Key-note speech: Julian Cooper
10.30 – 11.30 – Superintendent Kath Lowe (Local Police Area Commander for Cherwell and West Oxfordshire) & Michelle Miller (Community Relations Officer and Crime Reduction Adviser): A presentation around rural crime and community resilience.
11.30 – 11.45 – Break
11.45 – 12.00 – Where next for the Rural Oxfordshire Network including input from OCVA and Community First Oxfordshire
12.00 – 12.30 – Facilitated discussion lead by OCVA.
12.30 – onwards – networking lunch (BYO)

Cost: £5.00 to cover expenses

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.