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WEA Taster Sessions and Courses

1. WEA, Post-War British Film and Society Taster Session
This free short course provides an introduction to British society and cinema in the period just after the Second World War. Post-War British Film and Society Taster

On 06/05/2020 at The Venue@Cowley, Oxford OX4 3RQ
For info and to enrol online: Enrol here or phone WEA on 03003033464
For more details contact: : Inigo Pradera, ipradera@wea.org.uk or 07747790154

2. WEA, Post-War British Film and Society Course
This course will explore film and society in post-war Britain from the 1940s through to the early 1960s. Post-War British Film and Society Course

From 03/06/2020, 4 sessions 7pm – 9:15pm at The Venue@Cowley, Oxford. OX4 3RQ
For info and to enrol online: Enrol here or phone WEA on 03003033464
For more details contact: : Inigo Pradera, ipradera@wea.org.uk or 07747790154

3. WEA, Britain’s Untold History: Events that deserve to be better known   Taster Session
This free taster session will explore aspects of British history that are often overlooked, particularly those that challenged the establishment or dominant views. Britain’s Untold History Taster

On 14/05/20, 7pm – 9pm at The Venue@Cowley, Oxford. OX4 3RQ
For info and to enrol online or phone WEA on 03003033464
For more details contact: : Inigo Pradera, ipradera@wea.org.uk or 07747790154

4. WEA, Britain’s Untold History: Events that deserve to be better known   Course
This course is a chance to explore events in British history that the establishment preferred to forget, ranging from the Great Cheese Riot of 1766 to the women peace activists of World War One to people who challenged attitudes to sexuality in Victorian Britain. Britain’s Untold History Course

From 04/06/20, 6 sessions; 7pm – 9pm at The Venue@Cowley, Oxford. OX4 3RQ
For info and to enrol online: Enrol here or phone WEA on 03003033464
For more details contact: : Inigo Pradera, ipradera@wea.org.uk or 07747790154

5.  WEA, Introduction to the Art of Italian Renaissance   Taster Session
This taster session touches on the works of Titian, Da Vinci, Michelangelo, Botticelli and many more to explain how this time literally changed the art world forever. The Art of the Italian Renaissance Taster

On 22/05/20, 10am – 12pm at The Venue@Cowley, Oxford. OX4 3RQ
For info and to enrol online: Enrol here or phone WEA on 03003033464
For more details contact: : Inigo Pradera, ipradera@wea.org.uk or 07747790154

6.  WEA, Introduction to the Art of Italian Renaissance   Course
This course will explain how this time literally changed the art world forever focusing on the work of Titian, Da Vinci, Michelangelo, Botticelli and many more. The Art of the Italian Renaissance Course

From 05/06/20, 5 sessions; 10am – 12pm at The Venue@Cowley, Oxford. OX4 3RQ
For info and to enrol online: Enrol here or phone WEA on 03003033464
For more details contact: : Inigo Pradera, ipradera@wea.org.uk or 07747790154

7. WEA Day School, Carbon: Its Relevance to Climate Change
This course will explore some features of carbon chemistry that make this possible and why human activity is affecting the environmental balance. Day School_Carbon, Its Relevance to Climate Change

On 06/06/20, 10am – 4pm at The Venue@Cowley, Oxford. OX4 3RQ
For info and to enrol online: Enrol here or phone WEA on 03003033464
For more details contact: : Inigo Pradera, ipradera@wea.org.uk or 07747790154

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Meeting rooms and hall to hire in Botley

Dean Court Community Centre has 3 meeting rooms, a fully equipped kitchen and one main hall available to hire. Rooms to suit groups from 2 to 100 people. Projector and audio equipment can also be hired.

Opened in 2014 the Centre is modern, light and airy.

Easy access on the outskirts of Oxford with ample parking and bike racks.

On two main bus routes; S1 and 4C, both serve Oxford train station. A short walk from main Botley shops.

Prices from £4/hour

See www.deancourtcc.org for full information

Contact Ellen Harker on deancourtcc@gmail.com or phone 01865 236160 to discuss your venue needs or to arrange a visit.

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OXSRAD – rooms available to hire

 At OXSRAD (Court Place Farm, Marsh Lane, Marston, Oxford, OX3 0NQ) there are two spaces available for groups to hire regularly or as a one-off. Slots available currently are:

  • Main Hall – £28 / hour

Availability:  Mondays – 12:00 – 3:00 p.m. Wednesdays – 3:00 – 5:00 p.m. Thursdays – 11:00 – 3:30 p.m Fridays – 12:00 – 3:00 p.m. Saturdays – 3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

  • Studio – £15 / hour

Availability:  Mondays – 8:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m and 12:00 – 3:00 p.m. Tuesdays – 4:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. Wednesdays – 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. Thursdays – 8:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. Fridays – 8:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. Saturdays – 9:00 – 10:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m

Further details and pictures of the rooms are available on the website – www.oxsrad.org For more information please contact the Centre manager – Sax on 01865 741336.  
Sometimes, additional programmes run in the school holidays which would limit availability during these periods. 
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Cherwell Theatre Company – new interactive play for young people

Performers Krage Brown and Jess Lloyd-Jones (photo credit Steven Stockley).

A new interactive “game theatre” play for young people is soon to be created in Banbury. Cherwell Theatre Company (CTC) have received funding from Arts Council England to develop ‘Sam and Zoe Vs Evermore’ a new ‘Dungeons and Dragons’ inspired play in co-production with new theatre collective ‘Butterfingers’, comprised of CTC alumni and Associates. The research and development process will take place from March 2-19 and is led by Artistic Director Tristan Jackson-Pate:

“Sam and Zoe Vs Evermore is inspired in part by the young people we work with, who are passionate about Dungeons and Dragons (“DnD”) but experience social anxiety. In our play Sam is depressed and Zoe can’t seem to reach him, so she designs an interactive adventure to play with an audience, in a last ditch attempt to save their relationship.”

So called “geek culture” has been making headlines with the success of Stranger Things, Game of Thrones and research showing engagement with RPGs can improve players’ empathy, frustration tolerance & problem solving skills. 

“We were inspired by a US charity, Game to Grow who have pioneered therapeutic DnD experiences for young people with anxiety, ADHD & Aspergers” said Jackson-Pate “They’ve seen amazing results from participants who won’t attend therapy but increase their confidence, social interaction and sense of well-being through playing these wonderfully imaginative games. We’ve partnered with the charity CALM (Campaign Against Living Miserably) for this project, to promote honest conversations around mental health and explore communication in relationships, though with a light, comedic touch.”

Young people will work with professional actors and directors throughout the process, exploring approaches to give audiences agency through playing supporting characters, helping create practical effects, even influencing the narrative through collective voting and decision making in the show. 

Actor Jess Lloyd-Jones, who was last seen in CTC’s Myth in 2019 joins Krage Brown as a returning actor/writer for this production:

“Self care is so important but changing negative habits which affect our mental health can be easier said than done” said Lloyd-Jones “talking about it is the first step, and I’m excited to explore this through the fantasy world of DnD with CTC’s young people!”

Though students of Banbury College and young people from CTC’s youth groups will take part, Jackson-Pate would like to welcome new participants aged 14+ to help explore the concept: “We’re especially interested in hearing from those with a passion for fantasy gaming” said Jackson-Pate “We’ll be working until 8pm each evening at Banbury College, throughout the process, so if you’re interested in taking part in the afternoons or evenings, please drop us a line to cherwelltheatreco@gmail.com“.

The company will share extracts of their work at Banbury and Oxford City Colleges and Oxford Brookes University in the week commencing 16th March, dates TBC. To find out more about the project and the company’s work, or to get involved, please visit www.cherwelltheatrecompany.co.uk.

OPA – PLAY & ACTIVITY DAYS 2020

We are delighted to confirm the dates and venues for this years OPA Play & Activity Days:

As is usual with this project ALL these events will offer both FREE Entrance and FREE Activities to ensure an Inclusion for  ALL   

See You There!!

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Oxfordshire Breastfeeding Support – Language Line Interpretation 

Thanks to a generous award from the National Lottery Community Fund we are now able to offer the Language Line interpretation service at our drop-in breastfeeding support sessions in Oxford city (5 locations) and Didcot. This is part of our drive to serve all families in Oxfordshire, including those who face barriers to accessing traditional services.

We can now access interpretation in over 200 languages, via telephone.  BSL (sign language) interpretation via mobile phone or tablet is also available. If the language you need is not on the list, it may still be available – in this case, it would be helpful if families could contact us in advance of their visit, so we can find out. 

Unfortunately, our Jericho venue doesn’t have mobile phone reception.  We can still access telephone interpretation there via landline (thanks to the support of the Health Visiting team) but we won’t be able to offer BSL interpretation at that venue.

We hope that Language Line will enable more families to find breastfeeding help and a supportive community at OBS.  Please tell your non-English speaking families about this new service, and pass on the message to other organisations who may be working with these families – we need your help to spread the word!

If you’re not familiar with the services our charity provides, you can find out more from our website. OBS serves all families, with many different kinds of feeding journeys. You are welcome to sign up to our OBS Professionals mailing list to receive news and updates from our project.

You can read about what to expect at a drop-in session and find stories from some of our service users here and find us on Facebook.  We also offer a private, women-only Facebook group for 24/7 breastfeeding support from other mothers (currently 1600+ members from across Oxfordshire), closely moderated by our specialist team.

If there is anything that we can do to support the families you work with, we would be delighted to hear from you.  Professional and voluntary supporters are always welcome to accompany families to our sessions, and to contact us about any families who would benefit from our service but are not able to access it.  If you have any ideas about how we might work together to reach more families, we’d love to talk.

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Creative Dementia Arts Network Event 10/03/20

Interested in engaging people with dementia through the Creative Arts?

Come to the Creative Dementia Arts Network (CDAN) Special Friends and Supporters Event at St Hugh’s College Oxford on Tuesday 10 March 2020.

Full programme: Advert for Creative Dementia Arts Network Special Event

Creative Dementia Arts Network positively welcome people living with dementia and their carers to the event

So whether you are professionally or personally interested in the transformational impact of the creative arts on the lives of people living with dementia, this inspirational and informative day, is a “must” for you. Do book now on Eventbrite at our Early Bird rate to be sure of a place.

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/creative-dementia-arts-network-special-event-tickets-86279495293

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Institute of Fundraising – Corporate Fundraising Training Seminar

There is a training seminar coming up on Friday 7 February on corporate fundraising. It is being held in Banbury and is only £15 a ticket for non-members or £10 for members. 

More details andthe event booking page on Eventbrite – https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/brave-corporate-partnerships-tickets-88858105987

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Desks available

Oxfordshire Community Foundation is having a re-organisation of desks etc. and have two desks that they wish to dispose of (see photos below) – preferably to a charity. 

They are 180cm length x 120cm width x 70cm height in good condition.

Contact: ocf@oxfordshire.org

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Karcher Accumulator Challenge raising funds for Katharine House Hospice

The Karcher Accumulator Challenge is an amazing project for community groups, schools colleges, businesses to participate in. It raises money for Katharine House Hospice through entrepreneurial projects.  More info on this link:  https://www.kaercher.com/uk/the-kaercher-accumulator-challenge.html

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Office and Desk Space Available at Ethical Property’s Old Music Hall

Ethical Property provide office space exclusively for charities, non-profits, social enterprises and ethical businesses. 

We have a small number of fixed desks available within a shared office at Ethical Property’s Oxford centre, The Old Music Hall on Cowley Road.  Tenancy agreements are very flexible and monthly costs include rent, utilities, WiFi, business rates and on-site staff.  Costs start from

We also have a couple of upcoming vacancies for office space within shared units – Get in touch to find out more. 

Are you interested in a workspace with a supportive community of like-minded individuals? Take a look at our website and get in touch via our enquiry form or call us on 01865 207 810

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Grove Day Centre for the Elderly – Trustees needed

Trustees (Voluntary)

School Lane, Grove, Oxon, OX12 7LB

Tel:  01235 770074

YOUR CENTRE NEEDS YOU!   In order to keep the doors of this important service open

GDCE Notice A5 Trustees

To join our long-standing team.  Ideally, you will have an interest in elderly care, be IT literate and someone community minded, who wants to get involved.  Meeting six times a year (evenings) and carrying out the behind the scenes decision making and management of the charity, we are looking for at least three new Trustees with energy, abilities and commitment, to help us.  Our Treasurer also needs to have backup, so someone with accounts experience would be very useful too.

Please respond to Christine Divall (Manager) on 01235 770074 (Tue & Thurs 09.00-15.30 only) or call in to the Centre for further information.  Alternatively email your C.V. or interest to the Treasurer, Eric Hollinrake at grovedaycentre@hotmail.co.uk

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Free office space for non- profits in Watchfield, Oxfordshire

We’re looking for charities / social enterprises/ non-profit organisations in Oxfordshire who need office space and we are willing to provide it for free.

We’ve recently purchased a large office in Watchfield (6 miles east of Swindon) and have some unused space available that we’re willing to offer for free to a nonprofit charity, social enterprise or similar that is aligned with our ethical/green ethos. There’s 700 square feet free and we’re on the south west corner of Oxfordshire, not far from Swindon.

More details and how to register your interest: https://www.montala.com/freespace

 
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Office Space Available in Oxford 

Central Oxford: Office Space Available

Environmental charity has office space to sublet in central oxford / off Cornmarket.

Up to 10 desk spaces in shared office.

Potentially flexible arrangements possible.

Contact officespace@globalcanopy.org

We’d love to share with organisations who have similar values to our own.

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OPA – South Abingdon ‘Saturdads’

 

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The Lost Words for every Primary, Infant and Special School in Oxfordshire

A team of three Oxfordshire residents (Rowena Rouse, Angela Wilson and Andy Egan) have come together to launch a crowdfunding campaign on 14th February to raise enough funds to provide a copy of The Lost Words by Robert Macfarlane and Jackie Morris to every primary, infant and special school in Oxfordshire. Our target is to raise £4,000 in 28 days.

As you probably know this award winning book (Children’s Book of the Year 2018) was inspired by the removal of words like acorn, bluebell, conker, kingfisher and otter from the Oxford Junior Dictionary. The Lost Words book combines a series of acrostic spells related to each lost word – intended to be read aloud – with beautiful accompanying illustrations.

We would be very grateful if you could help to promote the crowdfunder with your supporters and through social media. Our Faceboook page and Twitter account are live.

As part of the offer to schools we will also be providing a range of support materials and information to help teachers bring the book to life with their pupils and provide them with more opportunities to feel a close connection to the natural world. This will include a list of local organisations that provide environmental learning opportunities for schools.If this might be relevant for you then please contact us.

Andy Egan    lostwordsoxon@gmail.com

M: 07729802663

Facebook: @lostwordsoxon

Twitter: @LOxfordshire

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OPA Play Training


Please contact us for any of your Play Training requirements, we can offer bespoke Training designed to the individual needs of your workplace / setting in addition to accredited Training.

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The King’s Centre

Looking to hire a conference or meeting room at The King’s Centre: http://www.kingscentre.co.uk/

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Workshop/office space/classrooms available in Witney

The Windrush Bike Project has approximately 700 sq feet of flexible space for rent in central Witney (Corn Street). This could be a workshop, offices or classrooms. If you are looking for good value office space, and want to share a building with a like minded organisation please get in touch.

For more details contact: : kath@windrushbikeproject.uk

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My World – looking for rented premises

Looking for Rented Premises for Adults on the Autistic Spectrum

Premises needed around Wheatley, Thame, Chinnor area for My World, a not for profit organisation supporting Autistic Adults daily Monday to Friday, 9-5pm with life skills, activities, social interactions, education and training and so much more
Their current home is being redeveloped in January hence the need for this ad

Somewhere with parking and outside space would be perfect for this eclectic group of people

If you can help and for more details contact: : Ann Bratt 07952232984

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Hill End Outdoor Education Centre – work experience

We have a course available to adults who are looking for some work experience based at Hill End Outdoor Education Centre. It runs for one day a week for up to twelve weeks. It is based around maintaining the site.
Full details are on http://hill-end.org/cando/
As long as the adult is a UK resident, living in Oxfordshhire and is not in work the course is free.
Please refer to the web page or contact me directly if you would like further details or you know of someone who may be interested. Email: kim.base@hill-end.org

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Wolvercote Young People’s Club – daytime tenant needed

Our long-term daytime tenant is leaving and this fabulous space in St Peter’s Road, Wolvercote, OX2 8AU is now available for a sub-tenancy between the hours of 8.00 – 4.30 weekdays. (The county council is our landlord.)

The building would suit a charity, sports club or not-for-profit running day time activities or classes for your clients. You would get a fully serviced building with lovely grounds, including a sports ‘cage’, car parking, equipped kitchen, small office (two workstations), sports hall, meeting room, which could provide further office space, and chill-out areas. See photos and further details of the space and rooms on our website: www.wolvercoteypc.org.uk

Our preference is to negotiate terms with an organisation wanting full daytime occupancy but we would consider long-term hire of individual spaces within the building.
Interested? Write to hello@wolvercoteypc.org.uk and we will be in touch.

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Long-term Office Space to-let in Oxford

580 sq ft Independent Office Space for 8 desks in North Hinksey, just 10 minutes’ walk from Oxford railway station. £1,460pcm including two parking spaces, cleaning, gas, electricity, space maintenance. Shared amenities included. Broadband/phones not included.

You will be sharing the building with the One Eighty charity, OCVA’s Charity of the Year 2017/18.

Interested? Call 01865 236 869 to speak to Angus, Rebekah or Nina at the One Eighty charity or email Angus at angus.fookes@one-eighty.org.uk

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Rooms for hire in Berinsfield


The Berin Centre has rooms available for small meetings, 1:1 consultations and larger rooms suitable for training. Ample free parking right outside the door and a friendly welcome.

For more details contact: Linda – managereag@outlook.com

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OCVA Rooms for Hire

Central Oxford venue hire: 3 rooms available for hire for meetings, interviews, training, one to one sessions, group activities, exhibitions and more. Hire can be for an hour, a day, a week or longer. Discounts available for OCVA members and charitable organisations. Wi-fi is available plus a projector, parking for the planner, disabled parking and use of a kitchen if required. For information, hire rates and online booking: https://ocva.org.uk/services/hire/. For further enquiries: 01865 251946
For more details contact: admin@ocva.org.uk