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Increasingly today provision is coming from this sector where once it might have come from the public sector. Our networks cover a wide range of issues to ensure good communications. Forums are a way of networking and sharing information, and consortia are sometimes required in bidding for public funds.
Please note that some groups have their own contacts or web links.
Events related to these networks are currently advertised in Pulse (our news blog and weekly email service), and in the relevant online group.
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|OSCA||Oxfordshire Stronger Communities Alliance is a partnership that represents the interests of the voluntary and community sector in Oxfordshire. It works to ensure that the voluntary and community sector has the support it needs, and is recognised for its contribution to life in the county. It is part of the Oxfordshire Compact. It brings together voluntary sector support providers, faith groups, and representatives of local councils, the NHS, military and police. It is chaired by the Rt Revd Colin Fletcher, Bishop of Dorchester and Councillor Hilary Hibbert-Biles, Cabinet member for the voluntary sector at Oxfordshire County Council.The members of OSCA include (external links):
Project Funding: GrantScape managed the Oxfordshire Stronger Communities Fund on behalf of OSCA and Oxfordshire County Council. This was a £250,000 one-off county-wide community benefit fund through which 20 grants were awarded in 2010.
|OSCA on Yammer (or Email OCVA if you are not an OSCA attendee.)|
|Volunteer Centre Oxfordshire||Volunteer Centre Oxfordshire provides those with low or no computer skills with one-to-one support to find volunteering opportunities.
Volunteering can help everyone involved.
Geographic areas covered by Volunteer Centre Oxfordshire are:
We place volunteers, promote volunteering, train and network volunteer coordinators, advertise opportunities and more.
Those who stand to benefit most from volunteering opportunities are quite often the ones who need the most help. Whilst many people can (and do) source opportunities online, a significant number require assistance to find something that could be beneficial for them. Without help those requiring assistance would be left behind and civil society would miss out on the fantastic contribution these individuals can make.
Nobody likes labels but examples of people groups we have helped include:
Oxfordshire Volunteering Strategy
In mid-2015 we helped establish a multi-agency think tank to develop plans for targeted work across the county to improve volunteering. Participants include the District Councils, County Council, Age UK, OCVA and others. We are meeting monthly to analyse the local non-profits who depend on volunteers to deliver their services, and looking at ways to support them in volunteer recruitment.
Project Funding: This service is supported with public funding from Oxfordshire County Council and Oxford City Council.
|Please visit vcoxfordshire.org for full details of this service.|
|ChiCO: Children’s Centres Oxfordshire||ChiCO is a Network set up by OCVA with Oxfordshire County Council.||Yammer Group|
|ROBIN||The Responsible Oxfordshire Business Involvement Network is Oxfordshire’s CSR network. It brings together voluntary, community, charity and social enterprise groups with local businesses keen to engage in corporate social responsibility (CSR); with an unusual emphasis on sharing rather than one-way dialogue. It was a spin-out from OCVA and now runs independently.
Project Funding: Previous OCVA funds and the contribution of individual effort.
Key contact: Grant Hayward, Collaborent
|Website (which links to ROBIN on LinkedIN where most of the online networking takes place for ROBIN)|
|CYPF||The Children & Young People’s Forum was initiated in early 2015.
Project Funding: There is no funding.
Key contact: Gillian Warson
OCVA contact for Networks and Forums: Gillian Warson, Collaboration and Communications Officer
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