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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).

Core Activities
Name Description
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 Mark Gray, Cabinet member for the voluntary sector at Oxfordshire County Council.The members of OSCA include (external links):


  • Open and two way dialogue to identify and problem solve issues affecting the delivery of public and voluntary sector services and opportunities for social action.
  • Constructive dialogue and challenge in assessing the potential for improved ways of working.
  • The sharing of information and knowledge to identify and promote appropriate collaborative working.
  • Trust in organisations to tackle issues or define appropriate solutions either alone or in partnership.

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.

ROBIN Robin OxfordThe 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


To establish a Refugee and Asylum Coordination group, of local not for profit, voluntary, community and faith organisations. The group will act as an effective communication and liaison link to the local authority and held shape their response on Refugees and Asylum Seekers. The group will act as a communication link to the not for profit, voluntary and community sector and coordinate voluntary, community and faith group activities.


The Coordination Group will:

  • Identify who is best placed to coordinate and lead of different activities related to the Oxfordshire response to refugees and asylum seekers.
  • Act as a focus for improving services for those refugee and asylum seekers who are currently in Oxfordshire.
  • Draw on resources available in the voluntary, community and faith sectors.
  • Identify gaps in services and how these gaps might be met.
  • Promote opportunities for not for profit, volunteering and donating to organisations that support refugees and asylum seekers.
  • Act as a conduit for information and advice to not for profit, voluntary, community and faith groups, who wish to help and support refugees and asylum seekers.
  • Work to provide consistent messages to the public; to dismiss myths regarding refugees and asylum seekers and to encourage public good will and donations.
  • To act as a link between local, regional and national not for profit and voluntary organisations.


Representatives from the following voluntary, community and faith groups:

  • Asylum Welcome
  • Refugee Resource
  • City of Sanctuary
  • Red Cross
  • OCVA
  • Oxford Council of Faiths
  • Representatives from the county and district councils

It was agreed that housing providers would be represented through existing county and district wide partnerships.


The administration of the group will be supported by Oxford City Council, who will facilitate and host the meetings. The City Council will act as a link between the Refugee and Asylum Seeker Coordination Group, the Refugee and Asylum Seeker ‘Wider Voluntary , Community and Faith Group and the county wide group which is developing the ‘Local Offer’ and the South East strategic Migration Partnership.

Project Funding: 
Oxford City Council administer the RASCG. OCVA provide Yammer for it, and produced the single point referral resource.
Key contact at OCVA: Gillian Warson

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OCVA contact for Networks and Forums: Gillian Warson, Collaboration and Communications Officer
Funding: Core