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).
This page covers:
Funding related to COVID-19
Further information about funding sources during the pandemic.
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):
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.
Key contact at OCVA: Laura Price
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.
Previous OCVA funds and the contribution of individual effort.
The Children & Young People’s Forum was initiated in early 2015 and is for all those who work with children and young people in Oxfordshire. The event is organised by Oxfordshire Youth and focusses on best practice and current issues.
Key contact: Oxfordshire Youth
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:
Representatives from the following voluntary, community and faith groups:
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.
Key contact at OCVA:
The Rural Oxfordshire Network began in April 2017 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. This event focusses on reducing rural isolation and promoting mental health wellbeing.
This project is not funded.
Key contact at OCVA: