Pete Wallis from SAFE! talks about his experience of setting up and chairing a charity for 10 years. Now Vice Chair at SAFE!, Pete came to Charity Mentors when the small Oxfordshire charity was at a turning point; growing quickly having just won a £1mn contract over 3 years to deliver services across the Thames Valley.

To find out more about SAFE! Support for Young People Affected by Crime, go to http://www.safeproject.org.uk/

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CEO of Home-Start Oxford, Katharine Barber, came to Charity Mentors because she wanted to reflect the perspectives of their various stakeholders in their strategy. Katharine tells us here, how the strategy review developed.

Home-Start Oxford operates in Oxford, the centre and west of the county – one of three Home-Starts in Oxfordshire and part of the national network of 180 charities that support families with at least one child under the age of 5. It is a delivery partner in the Growing Minds school readiness project, funded by Oxfordshire Community Foundation.

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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 a short ‘at your desk’ workout to help us unwind. No special equipment needed, just enjoy!

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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 Foundation. The fund has granted over £1.1 million to over 30 Oxfordshire charities, many of which have also had a Charity Mentor. You can find out more about the Step Change Fund here.

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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, John Hulett, Chair of the Red Kite Family Centre and Susie Besant, Chief Executive Officer, One-Eighty.

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Ruth and Richard Kennell set up SOFEA (South Oxfordshire Food & Education Alliance) in 2014 to help disadvantaged young people aged 14-24. In only 5 years, they have helped 200 young people back into full-time education or progress to full-time employment and grown SOFEA to reach a turnover of £1 million. Charity Mentors’ Roz Warren talks to Richard to see what keeps him awake at night, and how he manages to keep SOFEA financially sustainable. To find out more about SOFEA, go to https://www.sofea.uk.com/

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CEO of HENRY, Kim Roberts was one of our first mentees. Here, Kim talks to Roz Warren about how strategy helped secure the future of HENRY, at a very critical time.
HENRY is a preventative health charity. It works with parents to help them give their children a healthy start in life and reduce the rates of childhood obesity.

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Marion Stevenson and Roz Warren have been working together for five years since Marion first set up Charity Mentors in 2013, and appointed Roz as the Coordinator. Starting with a few mentoring projects in the first year to delivering over 40 projects in 2018, find out what they think makes their relationship work at Charity Mentors.

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