South Central Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust (SCAS) is calling for young people aged 14 and over and BME groups to complete our anonymous survey so they can tell us about their experience and/or knowledge of their local health services.

I would be grateful if you could pass on our request to your groups/students and other contacts; it’s easy, straightforward and above all an opportunity for us to improve our communications.

We ask respondents for more information about themselves and invite them to become a member of our Trust at the end. These are purely voluntary but will help us understand more about our diverse communities.

Across the SCAS region, whether a young or and/BME person has used our health services or is interested in a career in healthcare or having their voices listened to on the issues that matter most to them, becoming a member of the Trust is a great way to get involved and make a difference.

Membership is free and also means members across Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, Hampshire and Oxfordshire can get access to exclusive discounts from well-known brands that are normally only available to NHS staff.

Information is submitted anonymously via

Please don’t hesitate to call me on 01869 365126 for more information, or email

Thank you in advance for your cooperation.

Monica Moro ACIM | Membership, Engagement and Marketing Support Officer

South Central Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust | 7-8 Talisman Road | Bicester | OX26 6HR | Tel: 01869 365126 (Switchboard 01869 365000) | Mobile: 07788 418915 | | |Twitter – follow us @scas999

JOB VACANCY: BYHP – Employability Service Programme Coordinator

Job location (usual place of work): Grimsbury, Banbury

Pay rate: £22,000 – £24,000 PA subject to qualifications & experience

Pay is pro rata?: No

Job title: Employability Service Programme Coordinator

Applications close on date: Monday 27th February 2017

Hours are: Full time

Contract is: Fixed term

Job summary: As part of BYHP’s developing strategy in skills, training and employability, we are looking for a new member of staff to coordinate BYHP’s Employability Service Programme, Unlocking Potential and Job Club, as well as developing new elements to respond to the needs of new project deliverables.

The Employability Service is one of BYHP’s three core services and is well placed for growth and further development in the next three years following success in one major consortium project bid with another nearing conclusion.

The successful candidate will be a mix of qualified teacher, programme leader and business networker, someone who will be as at ease with a vulnerable young person as they are with a guest presenter or a potential local employer.

Whilst this is initially a one year fixed contract position, BYHP is working on projects which are anticipated will continue until the end of 2019 and subject to performance and ongoing funding we expect the role to be required until at least 2019.

The intention is that subject to a satisfactory review at the end of the first year, BYHP would hope to be able to extend the term and provide on-going support and training for the candidate to develop their career further within the organisation.

Employability is a core element of BYHP’s future strategy hence we are working on continuing the Service when these projects conclude.

For a job description and more information please visit:

To apply, please contact: Please email a CV with 2 referees and covering letter of application and motivation by midnight on Monday 27th February 2017 to

Rural Oxfordshire Network (RON) The launch event of the Rural Oxfordshire Network (RON)

Invitation: Rural Oxfordshire Network (RON)

You are invited to the launch event of the Rural Oxfordshire Network (RON).  This networking forum is for those living and working in rural Oxfordshire.  The event will focus on rural crime and community resilience.

The event will be chaired by Julian Cooper

Julian 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 W.O.D.C. 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, Oxfordshire Community Health Council as well as on the Executive of Community First Oxfordshire.  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 an organisation.

Register:  Please visit or email

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 – Kath Lowe (Superintendent Kath Lowe, Local Police Area Commander for Cherwell and West Oxfordshire).  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
12.00 – 12.30 – Facilitated discussion lead by OCVA.
12.30 – onwards – networking lunch (BYO)

Cost: £5.00 to cover expenses

South & Vale VCS Forum 2017: Registration is now open


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.

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,

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 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 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,


Training at OCVA: Developing a Fundraising Plan

Developing a Fundraising PlanThis course is fundamental for heritage organisations undertaking fundraising on a small or large scale. Throughout the day, learners will be introduced to a structured model that can be used to develop bespoke fundraising plans to meet any fundraising need. The course will offer practical guidance on how to create and implement the plan.; utilizing existing people and resources to maximise income.  Please note this training will be delivered in Bicester.

Trainer profile: Karon Phillips has 20 years voluntary sector management and fundraising experience. In 2010 she founded Citrus Consultancy; and since then she has worked with a wide range of social welfare organisations including national and small local voluntary organisations.

Tuesday 14th March 2017, 12.45pm to 4pm. Tesco Bicester. £60 to £70.

To book:

Training at OCVA: Developing a Consortium – An Introduction

Developing a Consortium: As funding becomes increasingly harder to access, it is becoming more important for small and medium sized organisations to work together to bid successfully for grants. This course will introduce you to the 10 stages of consortium development and show you what the outcomes should be.

What will I learn?

By the end of this session you will:

  • Scoping and planning before you start your consortium
  • The formation of a working group
  • Development of funding
  • Stakeholder engagement
  • Operational development and consortium documentation
  • Incorporation and establishment of an interim board
  • Membership recruitment and due diligence
  • Setting up of a central management hub
  • Bidding for and winning contracts
  • Service delivery

Trainer Details:
Following a career spanning 30 years as a teacher, musicians and academic, Gillian Warson decided to move into the voluntary sector. She brings a wealth of training experience having worked with learners from many backgrounds including students, offenders and those with learning difficulties. As Collaboration and Communications Officer at OCVA, Gillian has an in-depth knowledge of groups in Oxfordshire and works with networks across the sector.

Thursday 9th March 2017, 9.45am to 5pm. £70 to £80.

To book:

Training at OCVA: Don’t Panic: An Introduction to Budgeting

Don’t Panic: An Introduction to Budgeting:
Whether you are a new organisation, have recently grown, changed committee members or are in the process of deal with chance, this practical session will help you understand and improve your budgeting process. The session aims to build your understanding of the importance of budgeting, build the confidence and ability to create a budget and leave the workshop having started the work to ensure a sound budget for the coming financial year.

Delegates are encouraged to bring along their current budget and/or financial information to work on, however a model organisation will also be used as an example.

Trainer Profile:
Rachel Eden has trained staff, volunteers and partners since 2007. As a qualified management accountant, former chair of a school finance committee and a small business owner, she combines theoretical understanding with practical insight. Rachel aims to ensure that participants experience a real improvement in performance as a result of working with her as well as finding training stimulating and interesting.

Thursday 2nd March 2017, 9.45am to 1pm. OCVA. £70 to £80.

To book:

Training at OCVA: Volunteering and the Law: An essential session for those responsible for managing volunteers.

Volunteering and the Law: An essential session for those responsible for managing volunteers. 

This informative and engaging workshop will highlight the key areas to be aware of, and tips to make sure you are adhering to your responsibilities in protecting volunteer’s rights.

The aim of this session is to provide you with a clearer understanding of your responsibilities in protecting volunteers. This workshop will introduce you to volunteering and explain the intricacy of volunteer’s rights, agreements, expenses and other regulations.

Monday 27th February 2017, 9.45am to 1pm. OCVA. £40 to £50.

To book: