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01: Pancreatic Cancer Action

I have lived in Oxford all my life and in 2011 my world collapsed when my mother Janet Priest was diagnosed with this horrific disease (pancreatic cancer), within just 7 weeks of this diagnosis she died. I then found this charity whilst looking for support and can never thank them enough for not only their support, giving me the strength to turn my grief into helping others but also for believing in me enough to make me area representative for Oxfordshire. Within the last few years I have supported over 20 other families in Oxford whose loved ones have sadly been diagnosed and lost their lives to pancreatic cancer. Together with the help of PCA we continuously fundraise and push for more awareness throughout Oxfordshire, we even held our 1st Oxford “Striding for Survival ” event and this has now been confirmed as an annual event. To have Pancreatic Cancer Action emblazoned all over one of your buses would just be fantastic for more awareness and help us to change the horrific statistics that survival of pancreatic cancer has. This entry was submitted by Kelley Spacey.

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02: Be Free Young Carers

We are a small but mighty charity. The only charity in Oxfordshire that specifically supports local young carers by offering them respite activities, bespoke befriending service, 121 emotional support, and training to help them deal with first aid and nutritional advice. There are approx. 12,000 young carers in Oxfordshire, doing an adult role. Our job is to raise awareness of them within schools and the local community. We are here for them every step of the way, offering them and their families support. By being on a bus we will show young carers that their is an organisation that supports them, it will also raise our profile and help with our fundraising efforts. It will show young carers that Oxfordshire sees them and cares, this is hugely important when their work is unseen by the community. This entry was submitted by Sabiene North.

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03: Helen & Douglas House children's hospice

You don’t think it could ever happen to you. You couldn’t imagine how you’d cope if it did. Because how could anybody ever be prepared for the devastating news that their child will die? For the families we care for, the loss of a child isn’t just a nightmare – it’s a reality. When their world is falling apart, we’re here to support them through this heart-breaking time. We help local terminally ill children to live their short lives to the full, creating happy memories in their final days, weeks, months or years with their families. As a charity, we need to raise over £3.6 million each year just to pay for care. If we won the 'Brand the Bus!' competition and were on a bus side for a year, this would raise awareness of our charity and raise vital funds. And, most importantly, it would make a real difference to lives of local families with terminally ill children. This entry was submitted by Janet Carruzzo.

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04: ARCh (Assisted Reading for Children)

ARCh is an award winning Oxfordshire charity, established in 2008. Since that time we have helped thousands of children develop a life enhancing love of reading. Books transport children to different worlds and ARCh has an amazing impact on a child. After a year’s ARCh support, children improve in reading confidence, in attitude to reading and increase in confidence/self-esteem. ARCh volunteering is open to all - no particular qualifications are needed, just good communication skills, a love of books and enjoyment of children’s company. Each reader is resourced with a box of books and games to use in their sessions in school with their individual children. Resources are tailored to suit the interests of the children, to encourage the children to have fun while sharing an enjoyable half hour with a dedicated and interested adult. We ensure that every ARCh volunteer enjoys their role and gains as much from their experience as the children do! Volunteers and children frequently tell us that their ARCh time is the highlight of their week! ARCh Reader Sandra says “ I always leave school with a smile on my face. ARCh is a very rewarding charity to work with and the ARCh back-up team supports volunteers so well.” Full training, ongoing support and travel expenses provided for volunteers. There are so many benefits for children and volunteers alike, it is a win/win experience and can be life-changing for both parties. We are calling on the local community (residents, students, businesses) to get involved in inspiring local children to develop a love of reading which will enhance their lives at schools and beyond. As a small local charity we do not have a budget for advertising. Being featured on an Oxford bus would highlight the need for all to enjoy happy reading – now needed more than ever before. We would be so proud to see ARCh emblazoned on an Oxford Bus Company bus! Please vote to help us help more Oxford children on their reading journey! This entry was submitted by Elaine Adams.
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05: The Archway Foundation

The Archway Foundation is a local charity, founded in Oxford in 1982, and supports people from all backgrounds who are affected by loneliness. Loneliness might seem like something intangible, but it’s something that almost all of us will experience in our lives, and for some, it will have a significant impact on their physical and mental health. Until joining as a volunteer for Archway three years ago, I had never considered the impact that a cup of tea and a chat could have, but stories from service users (we call them Friends) and a waiting list to access support shows that the listening ear and thoughtful care Archway gives has an impact. I was really keen to apply for the 'Brand the Bus!' competition this year because, during the pandemic, a lot of people will have experienced loneliness or at least have missed out on the human interaction that we thrive on. As we come out of a long period of restrictions and lockdowns, now is a good time to reconsider what we think about loneliness and the effect it has within our community. Recruiting more volunteers and extending provision are ideal outcomes of winning the 'Brand the Bus!' competition. But thinking of the bigger picture; it would be nice to think that seeing the bus could prompt people to make contact with someone they haven’t spoken to for a while or make someone realise that they are being hurt by loneliness and seek the support they need. Ultimately, if it just helps the people of Oxfordshire to reach out more to support their families, friends and communities, then that’s a message worth putting on a bus. This entry was submitted by Holly Pharoah.
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06: PACT (Parents and Children Together)

Many of us have fond memories that start with getting on a bus: pointing out of the bus window on a day out with your grandparents. Laughing together on your first independent journey as a teenager into town shopping with your mates. Heading home from the library with a heavy bag of books, excited to start college. People watching on a new commute route to their first job. PACT has been supporting children and families in our community since 1911. We have been there for thousands of people on their journeys from surviving trauma to thriving with wonderful memories like these. Last year, with our adoption services rated as outstanding by Ofsted, we found permanent and loving families for 84 children. We are a warm, welcoming and professional organisation privileged to help people to grow their families. We are also proud of the on-going post-adoption support we can offer to families from the first day their children come home. Oxfordshire based adopters Emily and Ben said, “Our daughter came to live with us in November 2020; like a tiny firework she exploded in to our home on Bonfire Night. She is a confident, empathetic and beautiful girl, inside and out. She is funny, smart, brave, and incredibly friendly. Her favourite things at the moment are reading books, going to soft play, searching for the Gruffalo, and eating as much gingerbread as humanly possible. PACT have been on hand at every stage to help with any query we had. Even now that the Adoption Order has been granted we are still able to contact them for help and support, which is tremendously reassuring for the future.” Our Alana House team are skilled and experienced in working alongside women with a variety of complex needs and supported approximately 200 women in the community across the Thames Valley last year. Amira said, ‘”I am so happy with the support given to me by Alana House, they are an amazing and incredibly thoughtful service. They are like family and I am proud to be a service user. When I am with Alana House, I feel free.” 113 children and parents who have survived domestic abuse were supported through our Bounce Back for Kids project. Our passionate and knowledgeable team walk beside families to life beyond trauma. By taking over the branding of an Oxford Bus Company bus, we can reach and support even more children and families in our community – those who need it the most. This entry was submitted by Sam Ward.

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07: Children's Air Ambulance

Children’s Air Ambulance is a national service, changing the face of paediatric and neonatal care through the high-speed transfer of critically ill babies and children and flying them from one hospital to another for specialist care. Our vision is clear; to ensure children grow into adults, for adults to live longer and for families to stay together, as bereavement through trauma becomes rare. With two helicopters based out of Oxford and Doncaster airports, our clinically designed aircraft provides a flying intensive care unit for babies and children. We work with 10 NHS paediatric retrieval teams right across the UK, enabling them to bring their specialist equipment on board to safely transfer patients. If a child is too sick to fly, then Children’s Air Ambulance can fly a specialist team directly to them. All transfers of critically ill babies and children carry an inherent risk – the longer a child is out of the hospital, the greater that risk. With our ability to fly approximately four times faster than a land ambulance, we can minimise travel times and risks. We receive no government funding and rely entirely on voluntary donations to raise the £3,500 needed for every mission. Your support will help to keep hope alive for these patients and their families. This entry was submitted by Abby Davies.

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08: Yellow Submarine

Yellow Submarine is an award-winning Oxfordshire charity that believes people with learning disabilities and autism deserve to live life to the full. They tackle the problem that many people with learning disabilities leave school with limited life skills which results in poor life chances. This often leads to isolation and being marginalised. Yellow Submarine works with young people in the community setting from the age 11 onwards and supports them into adulthood. The projects and activities run by the charity help build members social skills, confidence, independence and ultimately their employability. These activities also provide respite for families and carers. Young members of Yellow Submarine can enjoy school holiday programmes, youth clubs and residential holidays. The aim of these activities are to help teenagers socialise independently, gain skills and transition into adulthood. Adults are provided training opportunities, residential holidays and social clubs. These projects help members gain independence and in short members are able to ‘do more’ and ‘need less’ from the state or other charities. The same staff team assist young people on their journey through childhood and into adulthood, this allows staff to build trust with members and gain a real insight to how create a person-centred plan to support each person as an individual. This is what makes Yellow Submarine unique in the world of charities, as well as the staff’s willingness to go the extra mile! The success of Yellow Submarine achieving their goals is greatly helped by their award-winning ‘Life Changing Cafés’ run in Oxford and Witney which also act as work experience centres for trainees, young adults with learning disabilities. Customers enter the cafes because of the quality of the coffee, food and service. It just ‘so happens’ that customers leave with a different perception of ‘disability’. Winning the ‘Brand the Bus’ competition would mean Yellow Submarine’s message ‘people with learning disabilities and autism deserve to live life to the full’ will be shared across Oxfordshire, raising awareness of the charity and showing the community the importance of supporting people with ‘disabilities’ as #WeCan! This entry was submitted by Ella O'Brien.

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09: Maggie's

At Maggie’s we’re here with you if you or someone you care about has cancer. Our building is just opposite the main entrance to the Churchill Hospital, and we operate as a drop-in centre from 9 am to 5 pm, Monday to Friday. We offer free advice and information for people with cancer and their families and friends and offer support over the phone and through our online and in person groups. With many people facing a delay in their diagnosis or treatment our support is needed now more than ever. Local people need to know about Maggie’s and that we are here with them if they should ever need us, having a bus branded in our name would help us reach more people with cancer and their families and friends. One of our visitors described being diagnosed with cancer like being dropped into a city they didn’t know without a map and we gave him the directions he needed. Thank you for your vote and thank you to the Oxford Bus Company for this opportunity. This entry was submitted by Pip Dingle.

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10: Kelly Jackson Memorial Fund

We believe we deserve to Brand the Bus because we are a local independent charity of which Kelly was a very popular member within the Oxford community. She was well-loved, sadly missed and as a charity, our mission statement is to continue with her amazing charity work she cared so much for. In doing this, we will continue to support other families as well as our main goal, which is to purchase a fully adapted and accessible caravan in Weymouth. This entry was submitted by Dana Jackson.
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11: OASIS (Oxfordshire Autistic Society Information and Support)

OASIS is a small charity run by a committee of parents, providing support for families of children on the autistic spectrum & related conditions, such as sensory processing disorder and global development delay. OASIS knows it can sometimes be a lonely and challenging experience raising a child with autism and we aim to support families through the services that we offer. OASIS runs monthly coffee and chat sessions in Oxford, Abingdon, Didcot and Wantage. These are very informal drop ins, it’s a place to eat cake, drink coffee and just off load without feeling any kind of judgement. Our members have also said this is one of the best places for first-hand experience and they get some great advice. OASIS also runs annual clinics that run for free for anyone to attend to gain outside professional support for their individual circumstances. The book lending library is vast and available to members for borrowing at any time, this is kept up to date with new material. OASIS also plans to launch a sensory library whereby members can try some of the most expensive equipment without any of the expenses. One of the main services OASIS provides is playdays during all school holidays, as parents of ASD children we completely understand that the school holidays can be isolating and stressful. This provision is for the whole family unit, it includes parents and siblings so everyone gets involved. OASIS aims to provide a wide range of activities that are both suitable and safe for everyone. OASIS is currently the only organisation that provides this type of support across the whole county. So for OASIS to win "Brand the Bus!" would just be totally amazing to our current families we support and the ones we would potentially reach as a result. OASIS has been running for 29 years and will continue to provide support for many more to come. This entry was submitted by Maxine Seddon.
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12: Heart Heroes

At Heart Heroes we: Support children with heart diseases aged 0 – 16. Organise events and provide socialising opportunities for children to attend. We aim to introduce families with similar experiences so that they can support each other. With our Heart Heroes Oxfordshire hub being 6 months old and accessed by many local families, we feel this would be totally amazing and a great way for our local families to be even more supported in their community! This entry was submitted by Kelly Cornish.

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13: Borneo Nature Foundation

Borneo’s lowland rainforests are being lost at an alarming rate, putting significant pressure on the island’s unique biodiversity. Borneo is home to the critically endangered Bornean orangutan, rare gibbons, beautiful but elusive clouded leopards, and countless other iconic and threatened species - many of which have yet to be described. Borneo Nature Foundation (BNF) comprises Yayasan Borneo Nature Indonesia and its sister organisation, BNF International. BNF is a not-for-profit conservation and research organisation, working to protect globally-important areas of tropical rainforest, and to safeguard the wildlife, environment and indigenous cultures of Borneo. Throughout the foundation's programmes, it supports and empowers community-led initiatives to conserve forest and biodiversity, including anti-logging patrols, fire-fighting teams, environmental education and the replanting and restoration of damaged forests; all built on a strong foundation of rigorous scientific research. BNF makes major contributions to action plans and strategies for conservation, equally benefitting wildlife and the communities that live alongside it. This entry was submitted by Olivia Pilmore-Bedford.
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14: My Life My Choice

My Life My Choice is a self-advocacy organisation led by 15 Trustees with learning disabilities. We have been running since 1998. At My Life My Choice, we want to make sure that there is independent support for people with learning disabilities in Oxfordshire to have their say, claim their rights and take control of their own lives. We deliver a diverse range of innovative and user led projects that enhance and empower the lives of adults with learning disabilities in Oxfordshire. These established projects include the Power Up training & consultancy & research team, Champions who speak up and campaign, Travel Buddy scheme, 12 local self-help groups, and Gig Buddies. We tackle social isolation by providing our members with fun activities for them to take part in. Through our Gig Buddies project, we are able to match volunteer buddies with our members so that they are able to go out and have fun! Anyone can be a Gig Buddies volunteer, so by having our logo on the bus we will be able to create new friendships for our members and reach volunteers all over Oxfordshire. This entry was submitted by Melissa Badinca.

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