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So where do we go from here…?!

One of our mentors, Grant Phillips, shares some practical thoughts on how to approach the coming months…. If there’s one certainty in life right now it’s that the future appears full of uncertainty. Photo by Mark Fletcher-Brown  on Unsplash Just before the summer break as we emerged from lockdown, our attention has been focused on […]

15 Minute Desk Relief Practice

At the start of lockdown there was a lot of information about mental health and the necessity to look after ourselves. The coming months are likely to be tough but that advice is still relevant and important. We asked a practitioner of yoga and myofascial health and training based in Oxford, Stephanie Ross-Russell, to devise […]

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Our mentors: Jeremy Swainson

In each issue, we introduce you to one of our mentors by telling you about their experience and giving you their answers to 3 questions, to include their own ‘top time-saving tip’. Jeremy Swainson Initially with Oxfam, for the past 25 years, Jeremy has been an owner and senior executive of a range of consultancy […]

Funding for Oxfordshire charities

If you’ve recently been unsuccessful with a grant application, “what do funders want?” is a question you might well be asking! Although funders will give feedback – and if they don’t you should ask for it – the truth is that often feedback is quite general. If a funder has a lot of applications, yours […]

Want do funders want?

Martin Wilkinson explains what the panel of the Step Change Fund looks for in funding applications. Each fund has its own criteria but Martin’s comments about resilience are worth paying close attention to, as they’re common to most funding applications. Step Change was set up in 2014 as a semi-autonomous fund sitting within Oxfordshire Community […]

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Our Mentors : John May

In each issue, we introduce you to one of our mentors by telling you about their experience and giving you their answers to 3 questions, to include their own ‘top time-saving tip’. John May John is currently the Secretary General of The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award; Chair of Trustees of Oxfordshire Scouts; National Trustee […]

The impact of mentoring

Celebrating 150 projects at our Charity Mentors breakfast in July, we hear from 3 previous mentees on why they engaged a Charity Mentor, how the experience went and what advice they would give to a future mentee. Find out if there were any surprises…John May interviews previous mentees: Jill Edge, Manager at The Sunshine Centre, […]

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Our Mentors: Annette Mountford

In each issue, we will introduce you to one of our Mentors by telling you a bit about their experience and giving you their answers to 3 questions, to include their own ‘top time-saving tip’. Annette Mountford Annette was originally a health visitor. Her work in mainly deprived areas led her to recognise the huge […]