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Photo of Lauren at work at Yellow Submarine cafe in Witney

Over £7.5k gifted to community projects in West Oxfordshire

We've recently gifted grants totalling over £7.5k to support local communities, with funding going to:

Yellow Submarine (pictured) – £2,500 to help buy some new equipment for their café at Windrush Leisure Centre in Witney as many of their items were originally donated second hand.

Quest for Learning - £2,387 towards a ‘Numskills’ maths project for 12 children at Our Lady of Lourdes Primary School in Witney.

Home-start: £1,450 towards providing support for Cottsway families in the Chipping Norton area.

Chipping Norton Theatre - £1,100 towards providing over 100 creativity packs to create a Christmas Carol themed illuminated window pane including colouring sheets, templates and pencils for local children in Chipping Norton.

Witney Community Hospital - £200 to buy bird feeders to hang outside every window on the Wenrisc Ward at the hospital.

The projects have received the funding after applying for our Community Fund, a £25,000 scheme we run to support projects which benefit the community or support an individual customer, or their immediate family member, into employment or training.

Our customers are given the chance to vote for the projects they would like to support and have a say on the amount of funding that is given.

Sophie Williamson, Yellow Submarine’s café manager who runs the social-enterprise café based in the Windrush Leisure Centre, Witney said: “Our café provides traineeship programmes for young people with learning disabilities and autism. We’re extremely grateful for the financial support from Cottsway and will be using money provided to buy some much needed new equipment for the kitchen and new uniforms for our trainees.”

Gabrielle  Hadland, Health Care Assistant at Witney Community Hospital, said “We were keen to do something to help improve our patients’ well-being while they’re staying on the Wenrisc Ward. Now, with the help of Cottsway’s Community Fund, we can hang a bird feeder outside every window and patients and their visitors can watch the birds as they come in to feed. Many of our patients have to spend a long time away from their home and garden so the new bird feeders will provide a welcome distraction from the hospital environment.”

These five projects are the latest to receive funding from this year’s Community Funding. For more information about the fund, and how to apply, see: Community Fund

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