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Cherwell Theatre Company – free online workshops

Free online workshops coming up for young people, which are linked to our Tell Your Story Festival project:

  1. Early years children and their families can join in with brilliant puppeteer and performer Emma Boor as she ‘Plays the World’ in this birds themed Zoom session from 11am-11.40am on 17th April.
  2. Ages 4-11 can join the weird and wacky world of ‘Madame Zucchini’ as she makes puppets from vegetables and helps participants bring them to life! The workshop is 2 hours in duration and runs from 10am-11am and 11.30am-12.30pm on 17th April.
  3. Ages 11+ might then want to join CTC’s first ever online choir, led by Daniel Pate (my brother, incidentally) from 1pm-2pm on 17th April. They will learn and perform a beautiful arrangement of the song ‘Driver’s Licence.
  4. Finally, the amazing Georgia Tillery-Randak leads a Mask Workshop for ages 11+ from 2.30pm-3.30pm. Participants will create their own masks and devise a silent performance together, again- all over Zoom!

If young people and their families would like to sign up to take part, they need only email cherwelltheatreworkshops@gmail.com. We will send you the form to sign up and the Zoom links to attend the workshop.

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Cherwell Theatre Company – Tell Your Story Festival

 

Cherwell Theatre Company are delighted to announce that their ‘Tell Your Story Festival’ will take place this Spring. 

 

The event, supported by Oxfordshire Community Foundation, Cherwell District Council and the Ragdoll Foundation, was originally set for Summer 2020 and would have seen young people taking over Banbury town centre with street theatre, comedy, music and an array of other art forms created in collaboration with professional artists. 

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the project has now been split in two with one week taking place from 12 –17 April online and the second week taking place from 31 May – 5 June with Covid secure outdoor performances. Each week, young people can join free open rehearsal sessions, collaborating with professionals to create and stage their original work, followed by weekend showcases.

“It is really important that we run a project like this after such a tough year” said Tristan Jackson- Pate, Artistic Director. “This festival creates a platform for young people to have a strong voice in their community and to tell their stories, the way they want to.”

A number of local schools and community organisations have enjoyed creative workshops led by professional artists from illustrators to choreographers over recent months, both online and in person. Participants have explored a variety of art forms and experimented creatively to tell their stories, which are also showcased at the festival.

“It’s exciting to offer a blended online and face to face event for the first time” said Mr Jackson-Pate. “We have developed online practices throughout Covid-19 that have emboldened us to connect with our community whatever the restrictions. We very much hope to be outside safely with Banbury residents in June but know that our young people can share their work in a variety of ways online if this is not possible”. 

During the events, as well as performances to watch there will also be free workshops and talks with industry professionals that the public can engage with. The full programme will be available soon at www.cherwelltheatrecompany.co.uk.

“We are still keen to welcome any young person with an interest in the arts to join us for these free half term opportunities. If you have a story to tell, be in through music, dance, poetry or filmmaking, we’d love you to explore it with us.”

If you’re aged 11+ and would like to take part, email cherwelltheatreworkshops@gmail.com to find out more.

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Cherwell Theatre Company – new interactive children’s theatre project “Pete Stays Home” 

Cherwell Theatre CoBanbury’s Cherwell Theatre Company (CTC) have provided creative online support to schools and young people in the Cherwell district throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. During this challenging time, it has become abundantly clear that the mental health and social development of many young children has been severely affected. CTC’s new interactive children’s theatre project “Pete Stays Home” seeks to address this.

Tristan Jackson-Pate, the company’s Artistic Director, has been balancing working from home with providing opportunities for young people and home schooling his two children. He discovered the picture book ‘Pete Stays Home’, by Banbury based author Karra McFarlane to read to his youngest child during story time. This book explores the theme of lockdown through the story of young bear, ‘Pete’ who has to hibernate in his cave to stay safe through the winter. He misses his Grandparents, his friends and going to school.

“We’re delighted, with support from Cherwell District Council and Sanctuary Housing, to adapt this wonderful book into an interactive, musical performance for children in local schools and community centres later this Spring” said Jackson-Pate.

CTC’s Outreach Coordinator, Sophie Beckinsale said: “This book is a brilliant way of getting children to express their feelings about lockdown without actually asking them to relive their own experiences. We are working alongside teachers, children and a fab creative team to develop this project, which is needed now, especially after a third lockdown.”

Year 1 children will receive 3 online workshops prior to the performance. The workshops will be developed and delivered with performing arts students from Banbury & Bicester College, featuring a section of the story each week and fun tasks for children to complete including creative writing, art and music activities, which they can share with the actors when the show pops up in playgrounds, once restrictions lift.

CTC are planning to provide a number of free outdoor public performances too, with details TBC in line with government guidance. To find out more, please visit www.cherwelltheatrecompany.co.uk.

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Oxfordshire Homeless Movement 

We are looking for an experienced volunteer fundraiser to help us research and identify the sources of funding to enable us to start our programme to help those who have no recourse to public funds.

Oxfordshire Homeless Movement (OHM) is seeking support to change the lives of some of the most disadvantaged homeless people in the region. Specifically, we need funds to run the programme, and suitable properties to house people who will be destitute without support.

If you have experience of researching and building cases to grant making organisations, a passion to help end homelessness and some time to help us over the next six weeks, we would love to hear from you.

Full details: Fundraising Volunteer | Oxfordshire Homeless Movement

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Banburyshire Advice Centre 

ANDREW WILLIS BCAv HAS BEEN MADE A FELLOW! Banburyshire Advice Centre is pleased to announce our Chairman; Andrew Willis BCAv has received the following prestigious accolade.

Andrew Willis has been made a Fellow Paralegal and can now use the post nominals F.NALP. The board of Paralegals (NALP) met on 2nd December 2020 and was satisfied he met the requirements to become a Fellow of the organisation in recognition of his legal expertise over the years helping the general public.

Full details: Press Release Andy Willis FELLOW

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One-Eighty – Trustees needed 

One-Eighty are currently looking for new Trustees to join our Board. Full details can be found here:  Advert – Trustee Recruitment – 2020.12.15

Details can also be found by following the link to our website – https://one-eighty.org.uk/career-opportunities.

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FREE PRINTER CARTRIDGES: for HP Officejet 6700 printer

  • HP 932 XL black – two of  these
  • HP 933 xl Pack of four: cyan, magenta yellow & black – one pack

The cartridges cost over £100 and are available because the printer they were bought for has failed.  Now offered free to an OCVA-registered charity.

Contact:   jake.piper10@gmail.com

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Peace House, Oxford – office space for hire

Room Hire – a new home for your small business/charity in Oxford city centre

Ready to move your business into a first home? Thinking of downsizing because of the pandemic? Wanting to expand your coaching or therapy practice? We’ve a great space available at an excellent price. Modernised and retaining original Edwardian features, our White Room has become available for hire on an ongoing or flexible basis. It’s a 24m2 (6×4 metres), light, open, 1st floor room that features:

  • Superfast Broadband
  • Central Heating
  • Whiteboards
  • Shelving
  • Shared facilities (COVID mitigation – ask to see our risk assessment)
  • Social distancing capacity of 4 people

 

The building also features:

  • Parking space (extra fees apply)
  • Larger meeting/presentation room on site (extra fees apply)

Centrally sited, it’s 10 minutes’ walk to train or coach station and only 2 minute’s walk from Westgate shopping/restaurants/bars. The building aims to be a professional and relaxed space, combining the friendliness of a home with the functionality of an office. Office available fully furnished option (extra fees apply) or unfurnished for you to make your own. Rent £622 per month (£7,464 per year) excluding Council Tax (no VAT applies)

Contact Padmakumara or John via office@for.org.uk or 01865 250 781. Arrange a viewing now and find the home for your business or charity that you’ve always dreamt of.

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Banburyshire Advice Centre – Information Sheets

Banburyshire Advice Centre has recently produced the following information sheets in response to the Covid situation:

  • Redundancy
  • Cv Writing
  • Interview
  • Job hunting
  • Speculative Job letters
  • Psychometric Testing

If you know of any clients who require one please contact on this email: helpdeskbancp@yahoo.com

We can send out the information sheets by email or by post if we have the clients details.

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Action on Hearing Loss

Action on Hearing Loss have produced communication tips on communicating with people who have hearing loss. There may be some people who are helping people especially with the older population who have higher chance of hearing loss.

General comms tips

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Citizens Advice NOSN – Gambling Support Service

Citizens Advice North Oxfordshire and South Northamptonshire rolls out gambling support service that aims to tackle problems early.

Citizens Advice North Oxfordshire and South Northamptonshire is set to roll out a new project that will help its advisers spot the signs of gambling-related harm early. The Gambling Support Service, which takes a public health approach to the problem, will be 1 of 10 across the country funded by a £1.5 million, 2-year partnership with GambleAware. A dedicated trainer will teach advisers to identify anyone at risk of gambling-related harm and support them with the knock-on effects it can have, such as debt, work and housing problems.

Full details here: Press Release Citizens Advice Gambling Support Service

More information, contact: Chris Webster, Gambling Support Service Project Leader (Thames Valley and Northants), Citizens Advice North Oxfordshire & South Northants.        Mobile: 07918 750299  Website: www.canosn/promoting-responsible-gambling

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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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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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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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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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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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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

 

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