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Keep Oxford City Farming

Oxford City Farm’s charitable work is dependent on the generous support of people in our community and this week we are launching a regular giving campaign with our new look banner:

Banner of Keep Oxford City Farming campaign

The launch coincides with the start of Small Charities Week, run by Foundation for Social Improvement (FSI), which aims to celebrate and raise awareness of the essential work of the UK’s small charity sector.

We are committed to the Farm being a free-to-access community green space where people can come to learn how to grow food, care for animals and cook and eat together. Regular donations will allow us to expand our charitable work providing nourishing educational and supportive services to our community.

They will help support:

  • Our volunteering days, which provide opportunities for people to meet, make connections and have a share of the produce grown on the farm
  • Free skills workshops helping local people to learn new skills in growing food and small-scale building
  • Our work in schools providing learning opportunities inspiring healthy food choices and care for the environment, animals and each other
  • Our work with partner organisations to support vulnerable, isolated and marginalized people
  • Help us run events to bring whole community together to have a fun and enjoyable experience on the Farm
  • Move towards opening the Farm to the public

We will be launching the campaign this weekend at our stall at Flofest, Florence Park, Saturday 16th June (11am-4pm) – please come along and say hello!

The City Farm’s fundraising team say

We are absolutely committed to keeping the Farm a space that is accessible to the whole community. We have been successful in raising grants and crowd funding for some of our larger projects, but to meet the farm’s essential core running costs we are seeking regular donations from our supporters. Regular donations enable us to plan work into the future and also help us access money from other funders. Our charitable work is dependent on the generous support of our community. Even a small regular donation will make a huge difference to our work.

Set up a regular donation

Small Charities Week

Small Charity Week celebrates and raises awareness of the essential work of the UK’s small charity sector who make an invaluable contribution to the lives of millions of individuals, communities and causes across the UK and the rest of the world.

Small Charity Week is run by the Foundation for Social Improvement (FSI), who with the support of partner organisations ensure the work of small charities is recognised and celebrated.

For more information visit: http://smallcharityweek.com.

Are you interested in fundraising and have some energy and enthusiasm to help build Oxford City Farm?

We are looking for volunteers to join our Fundraising Team. Income generation is key to the continued development and success of the Farm. Our volunteer Fundraising Team has already played a significant part in generating vital funds for our initial development phase. We have set our fundraising priorities for 2018, which include developing our individual and corporate giving and applying to grant making trusts to support a CEO role for the Farm.

The main requirement is that you are excited about the Farm and have some energy, time and enthusiasm to give. You may or may not have previous fundraising experience. Our Fundraising Group meets once a month – usually in an evening 6.30-8.30pm in Florence Park – to plan, discuss and progress fundraising initiatives and applications. We estimate that the commitment is about 5-6 hours a week. This reflects the work needed to write detailed funding applications and to develop proposals for new funding initiatives. You will need to be able to use your initiative, work independently and have good communication skills.

If you would like to find out more please email info@oxfordcityfarm.org.uk and we will send you a volunteer role description.

We are recruiting!

Oxford City Farm (OCF) is at a very exciting stage of development. We now have a lease on the site and are looking for an events coordinator (paid role) and a volunteer coordinator (voluntary position). For other formal and informal volunteering opportunities, please contact us directly at info@oxfordcityfarm.org.uk.

Events coordinator

We are looking for an enthusiastic and committed Event Coordinator. They’ll be responsible for organising a community celebration event in Autumn 2017. The event will bring together all our supporters, members, and volunteers to celebrate opening the site for the public. The key tasks and responsibilities are:

  • Deliver a community event in Autumn 2017 to celebrate the opening of the Farm to the public
  • Develop an event plan in partnership with OCF trustees
  • Prepare event briefs and tasks for the OCF team
  • Recruit, co-ordinate and engage OCF members, volunteers and stakeholder to support and attend the event
  • Work with OCF volunteers to help promote and publicise the event and the farm
  • Ensure health and safety compliance at the event
  • Arrange an activity plan for the event
  • Organise an OCF stall for the event

There are 10 days available to arrange and deliver the event over a 4-5 month period. The rate is £93.75 per day (or £12.50 per hour) including VAT if appropriate.

For further details, and to apply for this role, please download an application pack and a work plan template. Please send completed copies to info@oxfordcityfarm.org.uk by 12:00 Monday 1st May.

Volunteer coordinator

As we get more enquiries about volunteering, a volunteer coordinator is needed to meet demand for information and to ensure a positive experience for volunteers. This is an ongoing unpaid voluntary role. The role is likely to require up to 1.5 days per week worked flexibly to suit your own and the Farm’s requirements. Attendance at site work parties and other volunteer days will also be necessary on occasion. Attendance at steering group meetings which happen every 2 months would also be beneficial.

Here is a full description of the role:

Volunteer coordinator role description

Interested? Great! Please fill out the following form and return to info@oxfordcityfarm.org.uk:

Volunteer application form

Vote for us in the OneFamily Foundation Community Awards

One Family Foundation Communities Award
Vote for us in the One Family Foundation Communities Award

Oxford City Farm is in the running for £25,000 from the OneFamily Foundation Community Awards. Winning this will be the key to getting the farm off the ground. We will use it to get water and electricity on site and to improve boundary fencing as well install our first polytunnel, an early focus for growing activities and shelter for volunteers and other users of the farm.
We are really excited about this opportunity to bring the farm to life. Please follow the link to vote for us and ask everyone you know to do the same.. with thanks in anticipation from everyone at Oxford City Farm.

https://foundation.onefamily.com/projects/oxdford-city-farm/