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Aspire Oxford's Summer Newsletter
 
Hello and welcome to Aspire Oxford’s summer newsletter. We are nearly halfway through our 15th Anniversary year and as always we have plenty of news, updates and successes to share with you! We hope you enjoy reading about Aspire Oxford’s news as we work to transform lives across Oxfordshire. Thank you for being part of our journey.
Aspire launches project to reduce re-offending
At HMP Bullingdon, Oxfordshire’s largest prison, the rate of re-offending for people with less than 12 months’ sentence is 61%. This is a major issue facing our county and Aspire has launched an innovative new project to reduce re-offending in Oxfordshire.
 
The project, named Through the Gate, will see Aspire’s support workers engaging with ex-offenders before they leave prison and upon release. We will provide them with intensive support, training, work experience on our social enterprises and confidence building to support them into employment.  This ground-breaking project was given a major funding boost of over £50,000, including a £25,000 grant from Jean Paul Getty Junior Charitable Trust and generous support from the Police and Crime Commissioner’s Property Act Fund.  Former High Sheriff of Oxfordshire, Tom Birch Reynardson, also raised a phenomenal £20,000 by organising a highly successful lecture given by Jonathan Aitken at Said Business School. We would like to extend our sincere thanks to Tom Birch Reynardson and our grant making funders for their tremendous support.
Aspire supports record number of beneficaries
We’ve crunched the numbers and, for the first time ever, Aspire is proud to announce that we supported over 1,000 local people during 2015-16.
 
We’ve worked with people in need right across Oxfordshire. We supported Aspire trainees into and towards employment through work experience on our social enterprises and intensive support. We helped over 400 local people overcome addiction through our Get Connected outreach programme in market towns across Oxfordshire. We provided accessible support and guidance through our four job clubs, taking our expertise into Oxford City’s most disadvantaged communities. We helped over 100 people with poor mental wellbeing to build their confidence through sports with our Active Body Healthy Mind project. We combated isolation and loneliness in elderly people through our Community Transport service.

This milestone shows how much our social impact continues to grow and we are proud to be able to transform so many lives across Oxfordshire.
Aspire wins prestigious charity awards
Aspire continues to shine in awards season for our 15th Anniversary Year! We are over the moon to have won the Oxfordshire Business Awards Charity and Community Award for 2016! This prestigious award was given to Aspire for our tireless commitment to supporting highly disadvantaged people. Paul Roberts and Ian Adshead attended the sparkling awards ceremony on Friday 17th June.
 
Aspire also received the Lifetime Achievement Award at the OCVA awards in April 2016. This award was given to Aspire for our extraordinary contribution to our local community over the last 15 years. We’re delighted that our tireless work and commitment has been recognised by these fantastic awards – congratulations to the whole Aspire team!
Announcing new Land Securities partnership
Aspire is delighted to announce a new partnership between Land Securities, who are managing Oxford’s new Westgate development, Aspire and Oxford Homeless Pathways (OxHoP). This partnership was launched with a Community Away Day on Friday 17th June where 23 Land Securities staff enjoyed a day’s hard work at Hill End Outdoor Centre alongside Aspire trainees and OxHoP clients. Aspire and OxHoP are both very excited about this partnership with Land Securities, who are committed to supporting disadvantaged people into training and employment. We very much look forward to working with Land Securities as the Westgate development progresses.
Upcoming Events at Aspire Oxford
We have some fantastic events coming up at Aspire Oxford. On Sunday 9th October we have a team of runners taking part in the Oxford Half Marathon. If you have your own Oxford Half Marathon place but would like to join the Aspire team, we’d love to hear from you. 

Banbury Rotoract are kindly organising a Charity Quiz to raise funds for Aspire on Friday 15th July. The quiz will be held at The Reindeer Pub on Parsons Street, Banbury and will start at 7.30pm. Please help us to spread the word - we'd love to see lots of people there on the night.

The Oxford Big Sleepout 2016
Show your support for the growing number of homeless people in our city and take part in the Oxford Big Sleepout 2016. This is a unique chance to come together in support of the homeless pathway organisations who are facing major challenges and raise much-needed funds and awareness.

The provisional date for the Oxford Big Sleepout is Friday 28th October 2016. To register interest please email fundraising@aspireoxford.co.uk
Support Aspire in our 15th Anniversary
Here’s three ways you can support Aspire and help us transform local lives:
 
1: Become a Friend of Aspire – your annual Friends donation will be invaluable in helping us to plan for the future.
Become a Friend from just £25 today.
 
2: Need grounds or property maintenance? Invite us to quote and we can guarantee a highly professional job with social impact built in.
 
3: Share this newsletter with 15 new people to mark Aspire’s 15 years of changing lives.
Aspire launches new Job Fairs!
 
Building on the success of our previous Job Fairs, Aspire is delighted to be rolling out another three Job Fairs in East Oxford over the next year in partnership with JobCentre Plus and Oxford City Council. First up is Barton Job Fair on Tuesday 19th July. There will be a wide range of jobs on offer, so spread the word and we hope to see you there!
Spotlight on Aspire's Community Transport
Aspire has completed its first year running our Dial a Ride Community Transport bus for elderly people in Oxford City. This invaluable service is designed for vulnerable elderly people who can’t access public transport and has done wonders for combating isolation and loneliness. Aspire’s Oxford City Dial a Ride is the last remaining service of its kind in the whole of Oxfordshire. Our Community Transport service has completed 4,788 journeys, taking elderly people to social clubs and shopping trips to improve their wellbeing and quality of life. Over 90 people currently benefit from this service, including Elizabeth who says:
 
"It's good as it gets you out and seeing other people...I'm not ready to lie in my bed or sit in my chair for the rest of my life...it's a most wonderful service run by the most kind gentlemen."

 
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