Oxford Gives Smashes Records
We loved coming together in beautiful Oxford to support four local non-profits doing extraordinary work supporting physical and mental health for children, development and learning for young people and making education fairer.
To share one of the special stories of the long-term impact that Oxford Gives has had, we heard a special talk from Richard Kennell, CEO of SOFEA on their growth since pitching in 2015. The crowd was touched by Richard’s moving description of how they have changed lives through providing training and jobs to marginalised and underemployed young people, growing from 2 to 43 staff and supplying food to 150 charities supporting families who need it: “What helps people is helping other people”.
Sarah from Blackbird Leys Adventure Playground started off the pitches, talking about their work supporting local families and children in their after-school cooking classes. We felt inspired about how these co-cooking classes are celebrating diversity, helping children make new friends and learn about other cultures.
The next pitch was Simon from Community Albums, on how they use music as a catalyst to enable and inspire young people to build confidence. Eyes watered when Simon shared some personal stories on the impact that they have had to support young people express themselves through music. Simon spoke to local news ahead of the event, watch the clip here.
Harry from Universify Education gave an eye-opening pitch about the lack of fairness in education admissions systems, and how their support classes are transforming the life chances of young people to make education fairer for all.
To close the pitches, the crowd heard about a new idea to improve mental health for children from Juli from At The Bus. Their double-decker bus would offer art as therapy to support mental health for children in schools.
Together, we smashed records raising over £27,000 for these four special non-profits. We look forward to bringing one of them back at a future event to hear about their long-term impact! See the photos from the night.