Local community organisation’s Coronavirus response

Updated 21 April 2020 

In response to the current rapidly changing situation, we’re seeing some incredible work being done to support vulnerable residents across the district and wish to thank you for your ongoing efforts.

The links on this page are to help share some of services and grants available to support local voluntary organisations and the wider community. We are already working with Oxfordshire All In, a county wide website listing all community response groups to COVID-19 in Oxfordshire. The links below are just a small selection of what is available in our district. Please also refer to other sections of the council’s website for help for individuals in need during this crisis, and staying safe.

If you have information about local services or groups, contact the Community Support team on communitysupport@southandvale.gov.uk

Local support and advice

Citizens Advice South & Vale 

Providing free, confidential and impartial advice and campaign on big issues affecting people's lives. 

  • Tel: 03444 111 444

Dementia Oxfordshire Support Line

Available and a single point of contact for any dementia related concerns, anyone may call the Team of Dementia Advisers who are available for just a listening ear along with local advice and practical support.

  • Tel: 01865 410210 Monday – Friday 9-6 pm

Help Age Oxfordshire

Age UK Oxfordshire has launched a new, free of charge telephone support service offering advice and assistance to older people concerned during this time.

  • Tel: 01865 411 288 to leave your name and contact number. A member of their team will then ring you back as soon as they are able during normal working hours.

Oxfordshire Association for the Blind (OAB) 

OAB offers advice, information and support for anyone with a visual impairment. They are not running any face to face services but will be providing telephone and email support for anyone who has a visual impairment.

Oxfordshire Sexual Abuse and Rape Centre

A free and confidential service to survivors who are dealing with the effects of sexual violence, and to anyone who is supporting them.

Riverside Counselling Service

 Riverside Counselling Service is offering online/telephone counselling and a telephone drop in service in response to Covid-19.  

South Oxfordshire Food and Education Academy (SOFEA)
SOFEA is expanding its Community Larder network to provide free groceries to as many people as possible.


Funding for organisations involved with COVID-19 response

South and Vale COVID response councillor grants

Every Councillor has up to £2,000 to make discretionary grant payments to community groups and other appropriate organisations that are directly responding to the Coronavirus pandemic in their ward. Please contact your district councillor directly or email grants@southandvale.gov.uk

Community Resilience grants from Oxfordshire Community Foundation

The aim of the grants are to not only give immediate relief to respond better, they are also our way of ensuring the local voluntary sector recovers stronger.. https://oxfordshire.org/resilience-fund-overview/

Sovereign Housing COVID response grants

Sovereign currently have funding available on the Good Exchange, including one grant scheme focusing on the response to COVID-19. https://app.thegoodexchange.com/funders/10874/sovereign-housing-association   

Other grants for organisations

A summary of other national grant schemes available for not-for-profit organisations during the current crisis can be found here This link will take you to an external website...

Last reviewed: 28 - 04 - 2020

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