Adventure Plus Family Fun Day Saturday 15th July

Adventure Plus Family Fun Day Saturday 15th July 2017 at Windmill Farm Centre, Clanfield, OX18 2SN

An opportunity to spend the day having fun with friends, family or even by yourself within our venue here at A+!

There will be a wide variety of games and activities to get involved with all to help raise money for the AdventureBase.

The activities on offer include: archery, a mobile climbing wall, bush craft, a tricky trail, arts and crafts and many more surprises on the day for you to look forward to.

More information and a flyer are available on our website:

Information about changes to learning disability community health services in Oxfordshire

Dear Family Member

I am writing to provide you with an update, following my letter last month about learning disability services in Oxfordshire.

I’m pleased to be able to confirm that we are on track to complete the transfer of community adult learning disability health services from Southern Health to Oxford Health by 1 July 2017.

Our focus over the next six weeks will be on delivering a seamless transfer of services, with the vast majority of staff moving from Southern Health to Oxford Health. This means that the professionals you currently know will continue to work with your family both during and after the move.

As part of the transition process, each person’s clinical records need to be safely and securely transferred to Oxford Health. If you or your family member has any concerns about this, please contact your local Southern Health team leader to discuss this further. Records will begin to be confidentially transferred in June, so please contact them soon if you have any queries about this process.

While the location of your local learning disability team will not change on 1 July, their contact telephone numbers and emails will change. From 1 July, the contact details for the teams will be:

Jubilee House 5510 John Smith Drive Oxford Business Park South Cowley Oxford OX4 2LH Telephone: 01865 336800 Email:

Team Location Telephone Email
North team
Samuelson House Tramway Road Banbury OX16 5AU 01865 903500

South team
Abbey House Abbey Close Abingdon OX14 3JD 01865 903100

City team
Knights Court Between Towns Road Cowley Oxford OX4 3LX 01865 904555

If you have any questions about the contents of this letter, please get in touch with my colleague, Chris Walkling. Chris is our commissioning manager and can be contacted on 01865 336830 or via email:

click here for an easy-read version of this letter FINAL Easy read letter – LD community services transfer – May17

Silver Robing: Inter-generational Friendships Competition

Local Oxfordshire online magazine, Silver Robin, is hosting a competition on their website in association with Old School at The Oxford Academy, which will conclude end of June 2017.

Continuing a mutual passion for intergenerational work, Silver Robin and Old School are holding the competition to promote long lasting friendships that bridge the generational gap. Partnerships, between an older and younger person, are being given the opportunity to collaborate and produce a creative written or visual art piece. The theme is Then and Now; a comparison of eras and a sharing of experiences. Entered pieces are to be judged by local authors and well known faces.

Founder of Silver Robin, Avril Lethbridge, is passionate about this project: “It is so important to reach out to all parts of the community and bring together young and old, as we aim to reduce the ever increasing loneliness among the elderly. This competition will help us to spread the word, while encouraging creativity via inter-generational collaboration and, hopefully, ignite some lasting friendships”.

Primary School (aged 5-11) Visual (Artwork and Photography)
Primary School (aged 5-11) Written (Poem or Short Story, fact or fiction)
Secondary School (aged 12-16) Visual (Artwork and Photography)
Secondary School (aged 12-16) Written (Poem or Short Story, fact or fiction)

Competition T&Cs: 
* Entrants must be a partnership of one Junior partner (aged 5-16, falling into either the Primary or Secondary categories), and one Senior partner aged 50 and over.

* Submissions must be the entrant’s original work and not breach Copyright laws.

* Entrants must enter their submissions by either post addressed for the attention of Hannah Jamieson: Then and Now Competition, The Oxford Academy, Sandy Lane West, Oxford. OX4 6JZ or via email to Submissions must be received by 12 noon on Monday 19.06.17.

* There is no limit to the number of submissions. Partnerships are welcome to enter as many submissions as they would like in either or both categories.

* Visual pieces can be any form of photography or artwork with no media restrictions.

* Written pieces can be poems, short stories, fact or fiction and have a 500 word count limit.

* The competition will be launched on Tuesday 02.05.17. Submissions close at 12noon on Monday 19.06.17

* Short listed submissions will be on display during The Lit Fest at The Oxford Academy during the week commencing 26.06.17.

* Shortlisted candidates will be invited to a celebration event during which the winners will be announced, to take place on Friday 30.06.17 (time TBC). * For further competition details email or call 01865 515598.

Category 1st Prize 2nd Prize 3rd Prize
Primary Visual £100 £50 £25
Primary Written £100 £50 £25
Secondary Visual £100 £50 £25
Secondary Written £100 £50 £25

Silver Robin
Silver Robin is a lively and light-hearted meeting place for oldies to share and discuss interests, views, experiences and connect with like-minded people. It was founded to help combat loneliness in elderly by offering them a space to find useful information, new ideas, have fun, and when necessary, have a good grumble. It is a space to publish articles, memories, personal anecdotes and favourite “bon mots”.

Old School at The Oxford Academy

Old School is a partnership programme at the Oxford Academy that brings together members of the local community and young people in the school. The initiative has been designed to benefit volunteers (senior partners) and students (junior partners) alike and external experts have been brought in to track their progress. Upon evaluation, the project has shown significant positive impact for both, the senior and the junior partners, simultaneously combatting loneliness, increasing self-esteem and much more.

Silver Robin media contact:

FairPlay – Social Justice Network

FairPlay is a network in Cutteslowe, Summertown, Waterways and Wolvercote which hopes to bring together all the voluntary organisations and groups, including the churches, who are working in their different ways for social justice issues. It aims to:

* keep in touch and exchange information

* encourage and support one another’s separate activities

* share resources

* arrange joint events and act together (e.g. campaigning) when appropriate.

Open Meetings (open to anyone interested in the network or in membership with one of its groups) are held at least twice a year to share news and ideas, discuss current issues, and plan ahead.A list of member organisations and a quarterly FairPlay news sheet can be received by email by anyone signing up for them. tel: 07552 187856

Training at OCVA

Training from OCVA

Emergency First Aid at Work Level 2:
A one day course accredits delegates with a First Aid at Work certificate; perfect for beginners and refreshers and includes practical demonstrations of CPR, first aid for wounds and using a defibrillator.
Tuesday 23rd May, 9.30am to 5pm, OCVA. £95

Volunteering and the Law:
This interactive session led by OCVA’s Volunteer Coordinator is designed to provide you with a clear understanding of responsibilities in protecting volunteers, including key areas to be aware of. 100% of delegates who attended the last session would recommend.
Wednesday 24th May, 1.30pm to 4.30pm, Thame Town Hall. £40 to £50

Report Writing and Minutes:
This half day course focusses on how to create a report, the key structures and elements to include and how to convey the correct message. Minute taking is also covered and concentrates on how to capture key points and notes to enable a smooth write-up of events.
Thursday 25th May, 1.30 to 4.30pm, Pioneer Room, Bicester. £40 to £50

Don’t Panic: The Financial Responsibilities of Treasurers and Trustees:
This half day course covers all the key aspects that trustees and treasurers are responsible for in their role for an organisation including record keeping, accounts and governance. The session is led by Rachel Eden (a qualified management accountant) who will guide delegates through safeguarding their organisation’s assets, ensuring they are used effectively.
Wednesday 7th June, 9.45am to 1pm, OCVA. £70 to £80

JOB VACANCY: Rose Hill Lottery Project Assistant

Job location (usual place of work): Oxford

Pay rate: £20,443 – £22,, pro-rata

Pay is pro rata?: Yes

Job title: Rose Hill Lottery Project Assistant

Applications close on date: 1 June 2017

Hours are: Part time

Contract is: Permanent

Job summary: GreenSquare Group is a pioneering housing, regeneration and social investment agency working throughout Oxfordshire, Wiltshire and Gloucestershire.

We are seeking a Project Assistant to join our innovative, award winning Rose Hill Regeneration project in Oxford. The successful candidate will support the work of Rose Hill Youth club staff, liaise with our partner organisations ensuring Lottery project outcomes are met. Working closely with the Project Lead/Community Worker you will support and promote the project throughout the area, inspiring residents of all ages to take part.

The successful candidate will have worked within Community Development previously and will have experience of working with children, young people and communities as well as experience of project management. Enthusiastic in your approach, you will be capable of demonstrating that you can relate well to a wide range of residents, partner agencies and other staff as well as having an understanding of and commitment to providing high quality customer care. An excellent communicator, you will be confident when dealing with people at all levels and you will be capable of planning and prioritizing your own workload. Excellent IT skills are essential for this role.

To apply, please contact: If you are interested in applying for this vacancy, please log on to our website –


Oxfordshire Adult Learning: Jamboree

Ever wanted to do an evening class but not sure if it’s for you?

Why not book onto our Jamboree Taster Day?

All sessions are two hours in duration and take place in the morning starting at 10:00am, or afternoon from 12:30pm.

Abingdon Saturday 15th July. Abingdon & Witney College, Wootton Road, OX14 1GG.

The cost of each session is only £5.00!

OAL Jamboree A5 flyer

To book your place today go to our website, or call 01235 555 585. From our homepage, select the part time/evening tile, click on: Jamboree Taster Day.

SAVE THE DATE: Emerging Communities – Building Bridges, Forging Links

SAVE THE DATE – Invitation: Emerging Communities: Building Bridges, Forging Links

You are invited to attend an event to consider the opportunities and challenges of large-scale housing developments on new and established communities.  This networking and information event will be of interest to:

  • Those living and working in a new community
  • Those living in an established community and seeking to link with a new community
  • Those seeking to set up a voluntary organisation in a new community
  • Those seeking to broaden the scope of an established group to include a new community

The event is organised by OCVA and partners including Community First Oxfordshire. 

When: Tuesday 4th July 2017 from 10.00 am – 12.30 pm.

Where: Bodicote House, Banbury OX15 4AA

Cost: Free

Who should attend?

Anyone who is interested in developing community links.   Pre-booking is essential.

Register:  Booking will open within 7 days.  To register your interest, please email or phone 01865 251946

Refreshments: tea/coffee/pastries will be provided

Parking: Cricket Club Car Park – Bodicote  OX15 4BN (primary parking area) Bodicote House – OX15 4AA (for access to a small number of Disabled bay spaces and small first come first serve visitor car park directly next to venue)

(Attendees may find it quicker/easier if they are coming from Oxford direction to use the Oxford to Banbury Road (through Kidlington, Deddington, Adderbury) rather than M40. As Bodicote is located on the opposite side of Banbury to the M40 Junction).


Timetable (subject to change and confirmation)

9.30 – coffee

10.00 – 10.10 – Introduction and welcomes from OCVA

10.10 – 10.30 – A place in space: challenges and opportunities in ‘community building’: Tom McCulloch, Community First Oxfordshire

10.30 – 10.50 – Creating a thriving community – the experience of Great Western Park, Didcot: Mark Bodeker, Community Minister

11.50 – 11.05 – Break

11.05 – 11.25 – Building and planning for the community (speaker TBC)

11.25 – 12.00 – Round Table discussions led by OCVA

12.00 – 12.30 – Plenary led by OCVA

JOB VACANCY: YoungDementia UK – Support Worker

Job location (usual place of work): Home based, Oxfordshire

Pay rate: £9.70/hour

Pay is pro rata?: No

Job title: Support Worker

Applications close on date: Monday 19 June noon

Hours are: Part time

Contract is: Permanent

Job summary: YoungDementia UK, an award-winning charity supports Oxfordshire’s working-age people with dementia and their families to live well.

Job type – part-time/permanent/flexible hours
Location – Banbury/Thame/West and Central Oxfordshire

Developing a strong, long-term relationship with the younger person with dementia and knowing them well is the key to success in this role. You will offer individually -tailored, active support sessions each week to several people, with positive content as diverse as their needs and wishes – practical, leisure, emotional, physical, creative, social and so on – adapting according to the progression of the dementia.

You will need to be non-judgemental, calm, flexible, empathic and reliable – and that is just the start – this can be a challenging, deeply satisfying role.

You will be building self-esteem, being a reassuring presence through sad and difficult times, creating joyful moments – all whilst being alongside the person and their unique experience of dementia. There is also the possibility of hosting groups for people with young onset dementia with different activities.

Our experience tells us that around 6 support sessions x 3 hours per week work well so 9 hours/week is a starting point. We would like the majority of support roles to achieve this, with flexibility.

Induction, on-going training and supervision are provided.

YoungDementia UK team work from home bases, utilising an e-office and you will need to have your own access to the internet and be reasonably confident and competent with e-communication – support is provided.

For application pack –

To apply, please contact:


JOB VACANCY: Young Dementia – Support Co-ordinator

Job location (usual place of work): Home based, Oxfordshire

Pay rate: £25,498, £15,299 pro rata

Pay is pro rata?: Yes

Job title: Support Co-ordinator

Applications close on date: 19 June 2017 noon

Hours are: Part time

Contract is: Permanent

Job summary: This is an exciting coordinating role which is essential to meet the demand for individually-tailored support sessions for people of working age with dementia in Oxfordshire. You will also support and develop informal group sessions, and create opportunities for socialising including contributing to our monthly evening Supper Club.

Working with the existing Support Co-ordinator (Central/South), you will ensure that the support relationship with the person and their family works well from start to finish, and reflects the values and positive approach of YDUK. You will share the supervision of our specialist support workers and carefully co-ordinate their work. As part of your co-ordinator role, you will also contribute to the development of support of individual people with young onset dementia from diagnosis onwards with a flexible and creative approach.

Do you have excellent planning, prioritising and co-ordination skills – do you have an understanding of dementia and how it affects people; can you supervise a small team who are doing a challenging job with people who have a progressive condition? Are you calm, adaptable, empathic yourself? If so, we look forward to meeting you. Induction, on-going training and supervision offered.
YDUK team work from home bases, utilising an e-office and you will need to be reasonably confident and competent with e-communication.

For application pack –

To apply, please contact:

Time: May 17, 2017 at 9:28 am
IP Address:
Contact Form URL:
Sent by an unverified visitor to your site.