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Below you can view all of the (fantastic!) entries we've received so far. Who will get your vote?  Or will you be next to enter the competition yourself?

001: BBOWT - The Berks, Bucks & Oxon Wildlife Trust

Vote for Oxford’s WILDEST bus! The Berks, Bucks & Oxon Wildlife Trust protects wildlife across Oxfordshire - from insects and reptiles, to birds and mammals, plants and fungi. We look after nearly 90 nature reserves including 30 in Oxfordshire, protecting and restoring havens for wildlife so that everyone has the chance to benefit from these special places. We are inspiring the next generation to care for wildlife through education programmes and events for all ages, protecting Oxfordshire’s wildlife both within and beyond our reserves now and for the future. Our wildlife is under more threat than ever before so we’re continually looking for more ways to help nature’s recovery. Proudly backed by over 1,800 volunteers, we simply couldn’t do the work that we do without our diverse and talented team. Please help spread awareness of the vital work we are doing by voting for the Berks, Bucks and Oxon Wildlife Trust. If you think everyone should have access to nature, please vote for us today, and help create Oxford’s WILDEST bus! This entry was submitted by Bianca Rush https://www.bbowt.org.uk

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002: OASIS - Oxfordshire Autistic Society Information & Support

For OASIS to win BRAND THE BUS would mean the absolute world. It’s a small charity run by a committee of parents, providing support for parents, carers and families of children on the autistic spectrum & related conditions, such as sensory processing disorder and global development delay.We would love the opportunity to raise as much awareness of autism as is possible, the more we raise awareness the more families we can potentially reach across the county. It would be amazing to reach parents and carers who are either new to their autism journey or further down the path, we’d love to show them they are not on their own, that there are others out there also on the autism journey. OASIS knows it can be such a lonely experience and we aim for families to make long term friendships through the services that we offer. OASIS have monthly coffee and chat session run in Oxford, Abingdon, Didcot, Wantage and Witney, 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 run annual clinics that we run for free for anyone 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 plan to launch a sensory library this year where by members can try some of the more expensive equipment without any of the expense. One of the main services OASIS provide 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 are 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 have been running for 20 years and will continue to provide support for many more to come. This entry was submitted by Maxine Seddon. http://oasisonline.org.uk

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003: Oxford Hub

Oxford Hub is the centre for social action in Oxford, helping residents make their city better for everyone! Through volunteering, placements, collaboration initiatives and other events, we provide residents with opportunities to make a difference in the community. We'd like to recognise and celebrate the hundreds of volunteers who bus around the city every week. The Hub facilitates people-powered social change - join us at www.oxfordhub.org This entry was submitted by Sara Fernandez. www.oxfordhub.org

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004: Old Fire Station

Arts at the Old Fire Station is a charity and arts centre, smack bang in the middle of Oxford. We put on great art for the public and support emerging artists, but we also include people facing tough times in everything we do. But not enough people know we exist, or realise that the way we work is totally unique. People with lived experience of homelessness can come to us to change their labels and be seen as more than just a set of problems - instead, they help us run the arts centre. They come to the OFS to get support from Crisis Skylight, then come to the Arts to be a volunteer, audience member, or even staff and trustees. We also run a bespoke training programme where people who have experienced homelessness can learn or refine transferable skills. The effects of all of this participation can be totally transformative. We deserve to 'Brand the Bus' because some people in Oxford still don't realise that we're not a nightclub anymore! The way we work is having a real impact on the local community. We help people feel like they actually belong in Oxford. Arts at the Old Fire Station makes Oxford a better place. Art is for everyone - everyone has potential. This entry was submitted by Justine Malone. https://oldfirestation.org.uk

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005: Maggies

We provide free support for people with cancer & their loved ones. Our centre has only been open in Oxford for 5 years so raising awareness really makes a difference. We’re here to support anyone living with cancer & their families & friends – but they will only use us if they know we’re here! We help people affected by any type of cancer, at any age & any stage. We are funded entirely by voluntary donations; we don’t receive any government or NHS funding. Letting people know we’re here can change lives, as one of our visitors said “Maggie’s turned what seemed to be overwhelming into something manageable.” Our purpose-built centre at the Churchill Hospital is a warm & welcoming place where people can access specialist, professional support free of charge on a drop-in basis. They can speak to people who understand what they are going through; seek financial advice & practical information. Our tree-house building is specially designed to feel more like a home than a hospital, with no reception desk, no signs on the wall, no name badges & a big kitchen table at the heart. There’s no need for an appointment either, people can just drop in between 9am & 5pm, Monday - Friday. 1 of our Cancer Support Specialists are always on hand to help with advice, support or to answer any questions. We also run a whole series of groups & activities. Including group sessions tailored to a particular type of cancer, or our ‘Where Now?’ group for adjusting to life after cancer. We run relaxation sessions, nutrition workshops & groups to help with the physical impact of cancer treatment. We also run tai chi & yoga to help build confidence & get people back into exercise. People going through cancer treatment may struggle with their finances; we have a full-time benefits advisor, who can help with benefits applications & other areas of financial support. For more complex emotional issues, our psychologist & counsellors see people on a 1-2-1 basis. This entry was submitted by Ruth Pearson. www.maggiescentres.org/oxford

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006: 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 last year 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. https://pancreaticcanceraction.org

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007: Helen & Douglas House

Helen & Douglas House is a local charity and we care for terminally ill babies, children and teenagers at our hospice, in Oxford or in their own homes across Oxfordshire and the surrounding counties. Since we opened in 1982, as the world’s first children's hospice, we have helped many local families cope with the challenges of looking after a terminally ill child who will die prematurely. We are a home-from-home for local terminally ill children and their families and provide round-the-clock care in a warm, loving environment. It costs £3 million a year to care for local terminally ill children and we need your help. The majority of the money it takes to run the hospice and charity comes from supporters just like you, but we need to get the message out there to encourage more people to donate and support us. Every donation makes a big difference to the help we can offer terminally ill children and families facing the devastating loss of a child. If we were to win and be featured on the 'Brand the Bus' it would be a great opportunity for us to get our message out further, in and around Oxfordshire, as we have very limited funds spend on campaigns like this. By voting for us, you will be helping to raise awareness of your local charity and helping us to continue to create happy memories for our children and their families. Thank you for your support. This entry was submitted by Hannah Ford. www.helenanddouglas.org.uk

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008: Earthwatch

Nature in the UK is in trouble. Pollution, habitat destruction and climate change are making it harder and harder for plants and animals to thrive. Hedgehog numbers have decreased by a third since 2000, half of our bumblebee species are in decline, and there’s been a 71% reduction in house sparrows in the last 40 years. But, through Naturehood, you can make a difference. Naturehood connects communities with the nature on their doorstep, supporting them to work together to take positive action for local wildlife. Whether you’re an ecology expert or a nature novice, we offer a variety of fun ways to get involved and to meet your neighbours. So far we’ve helped communities identify their local bees, discover exciting wildlife in park ponds, and showed them that with a few simple steps wildlife can thrive in small urban gardens. What is more, by being part of Naturehood, you are helping our scientists to learn more about our wildlife and how best to support it. Please vote for Naturehood and help us bring more local communities together to protect our natural world. This entry was submitted by Katie Scott. https://earthwatch.org.uk/

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009: Headington Fairtrade Co-operative

If you care about people struggling with disadvantage and poverty, please consider voting for Headington Fairtrade. Our shop is a flagship for our communal efforts to make the world a fairer place by putting people and the environment at the centre of everything we do. We support local schools and welcome classes to visit us to learn about fairtrade. They find out how the things we buy are produced, about the people who grow the things we like to eat and drink, and the people who make traditional crafts. Students doing the Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme can volunteer with us. The shop is staffed by a large team of voluntary workers and a paid manager. The business is overseen by a management committee, most of whom work in the shop too. One of our members sits on the Oxford Fairtrade Coalition and this links Headington Fairtrade with the wider fairtrade community in Oxford. This includes Oxford Brookes which was the first Fair Trade University in the UK, Oxford City Council, church groups, entrepreneurs, representatives of the Fairtrade Foundation, Oxford University and other groups involved in ethical organisations. Six Oxford University Colleges have signed up to Fair Trade. We have a strong relationship with Fairtrade at St. Michaels in Oxford city centre. Some of our volunteers have made links with the wider community by doing pop-up stalls at churches, schools and fairs around the city. We hold open evenings for interested groups to shop with us in a convivial atmosphere. Abingdon and Witney College select products from us to sell in their fairtrade mini shop on campus. We are proud to help some of the most disadvantaged and poorest people on the planet through the principles of fairtrade. Profits made are re-invested in the business so that our suppliers have the security of regular orders in an overseas market. We hope that our message travels on our local Oxford Bus Company bus. This entry was submitted by Kate MacFarlane. www.headingtonfairtrade.org.uk

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010: Oxfordshire Association for the Blind

Oxfordshire Association for the Blind (OAB) was founded in 1877 and is a life-enhancing charity supporting children and adults who are blind or partially sighted throughout Oxfordshire. Sight loss can be a devastating and challenging reality for an estimated 21,000 people in Oxfordshire and many experience a time of grieving. OAB is committed to promoting independence and opportunities for people with Visual Impairment, as well as helping them and their carers to access any support they may need. With help towards re-adjustment it is possible to continue life and enjoy pastimes and hobbies, new and old. Although Visual Impairment and blindness are serious, life changing conditions, with the right help and support, and a willingness to accept a challenge, the feelings of loss and its implications can be overcome. People with Visual Impairment can continue to enjoy an independent and fulfilling lifestyle. OAB advises on and provides services and equipment that enable Visually Impaired People (VIPs) to live independent lives. We have a small team of friendly and supportive staff, assisted by a number of dedicated volunteers. Despite being few in number we aim to support any of the 21,000 people in the County with visual impairment. The Trustees of the charity are unpaid volunteers who bring their professional job skills to aid the charity’s development. A volunteer reference group of Visually Impaired People and carers give their valuable time to advise OAB on relevant issues. A key reason for entering this competition is the reliance that VIPs have on public transport for travel to important appointments, work and leisure activities, being unable to drive themselves. It’s time to get the word out about OAB! This entry was submitted by Guy Lawfull. http://www.oxeyes.org.uk

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011: Bioregional (One Planet Oxfordshire)

Everyone in Oxfordshire is at risk from climate change. Thousands of beautiful and unique species are at risk of going extinct in the UK, and heatwaves, floods, and wildfires are increasing, threatening our livelihoods and food security. Oxfordshire County Council has declared a climate emergency, so the time for action... is now. In Oxfordshire, sustainability charity Bioregional has been pioneering a project that unites people from across all sectors: business, education, community groups, local government and more. We’re coming together to tackle the climate crisis and create a happier, healthier, and greener county. We believe that we’ll only get there if we stop using up more resources than the Earth can give us each year - if everyone lived like we do in the UK, we would need three planets. We need to live within the means of our one planet… and we call this One Planet Living! It encompasses many things, like moving to renewable energy, enjoying sustainable food, eradicating waste, using low-carbon transport, connecting with our communities, and more. Together with over 100 organisations across the county, we’ve created a vision of how we see Oxfordshire in the future and built a route-map for how to get there. We’ve set ourselves targets and created organisational-level action plans that feed into achieving our shared goals. Now we want as many people as possible to get involved, whether it’s taking action individually or helping to change the way things work in our organisations. If our project could reach more people via bus, tens of thousands would be given hope and inspiration for action. Us Oxfordshire citizens could collaborate in unexpected and ground-breaking ways. We could build a better, safer world for our loved ones and generations to come. So help us spread the word by joining our project, and vote for us to Brand the Bus! This entry was submitted by Hannah Scott. https://www.bioregional.com/

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012: Headway Oxfordshire

Headway Oxfordshire provides direct support to 450+ people who have suffered a brain injury. Based in Kennington, we operate across the whole county of Oxfordshire. There are three services that we provide: - Activity and Rehabilitation Centre - 1-1 Community Support - Carer and Professional Training and Events The Activity and Rehabilitation Centre offers service users a holistic rehabilitative package of Physiotherapy, Speech and Language workshops and other activities such as Arts, Music, Yoga, Creative Writing, Baking and Cooking, which increases confidence to gain skills to reintegrate back into community life. Our 1-1 Community Support provides isolated service users with vital help with home duties, transport to use facilities at our centre, and assistance to support people back into jobs. We support 1000+ carers and professionals through specialist training and events, to bring people who are experiencing similar journeys together and raise awareness of brain injury. Headway Oxfordshire has been described as “life-changing” and without Headway, they “wouldn’t have survived”. We would LOVE to win Brand the Bus competition! In 2018, there were 3,789 people in Oxfordshire who were admitted to hospital with a brain injury, and currently we cannot reach all of those people who are desperately needing our help. By winning Brand the Bus competition, we would have the opportunity to reach even more people to let them know about our services and how we can help support them to get the best out of their rehabilitation journey to recovery, as well as engage new ABI Support Workers and volunteers to join our friendly and supportive team. This entry was submitted by Sharelle Holdsworth https://headwayoxford.org.uk

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013: Oxfordshire Youth

Oxfordshire Youth's vision is for all young people to be empowered, feel respected and know that they are valued. We achieve this with, and through our local network of youth sector organisations Young people need access to safe spaces and trusting relationships, where they can be themselves, make friends, develop new skills and make positive changes to their lives and their communities. With a history spanning over 70 years, Oxfordshire Youth is the leading youth organisation for the youth sector in Oxfordshire. Young people are at the heart of what we do. Our Youth Committee VOICE, a network of young people from our member organisations, informs and guides our work. We believe that informal education, youth work & non-formal learning are essential to improving young people’s quality of life. We are committed to helping Young people fulfil their potential and provide a youth leadership programme to help them be more confident in reaching for their goals. Oxfordshire Youth deserves to 'Brand the Bus' as it reaches out to young people and youth organisations across the county, many of whom rely on the bus to get to school, work or just to be able to meet up with their friends. By being on the bus, they will know that we are there to support them. This entry was submitted by Colin O'Neill. https://oxfordshireyouth.org

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014: ARCh Oxfordshire

ARCh knows the importance of reading for pleasure, we have over 250 volunteers in Oxfordshire who are sharing a love of reading with children each day. There are still too many children who are not yet inspired to read for enjoyment. A child who enjoys reading will find school life easier and succeed. With more ARCh trained reading helpers in Oxfordshire we can spread the love of reading to this generation who have so many distractions in their young lives. Seeing Assisted Reading for Children on an Oxford Bus will encourage and highlight this essential skill as well as pointing prospective volunteers to the charity. We need ‘ARCh – inspiring children to read for pleasure’ in big letters on the bus! With over 10 years experience of training and supporting volunteer reading helpers ARCh best placed to get Oxfordshire’s children enjoying reading. Our training courses run each term and we need more people to come forward. No special qualifications are required just a love of reading, patience, some spare time in the day and enjoyment of children’s company will do – we can supply the rest! Each reading helper is resourced with a box of books and games to use in their sessions in school with their 3 individual children. These resource boxes are tailored to suit the interests of the children and contain around 30 wonderful books and games which encourage the children to have fun while sharing an enjoyable half hour with a dedicated and interested adult twice a week. We believe we deserve to win ‘Brand the Bus’ as we are a local charity helping children at a point of their development where it makes a difference to their future lives, and the role they will play within our communities. This entry was submitted by Heidi Moss. https://archoxfordshire.org.uk/

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015: Refill Oxford

In the UK we use an incredible 7.7 billion plastic water bottles per year. Just over half of these are recycled.That means billions are landfilled, littered or incinerated. And, bottled water can cost up to 2000 times more than tap water and has a hefty carbon footprint too*. And yet we can drink from our taps for free! Thanks to Refill, Oxford now has a network of nearly 200 Refill Stations all around the city in cafes, restaurants, bars, pubs, community centres, bus stations, libraries, museums and even hairdressers where you can fill up your water bottle for free, rather than buying a new one. All these businesses display a blue Refill sticker on their door or window and are mapped on a free Refill app that you can download to your phone so you can easily find your nearest Refill Station. Have you got the bottle? Download the Refill app and join the #RefillRevolution today. Vote for us to brand the bus so we can get everyone refilling to reduce plastic waste and create a cleaner, greener Oxford. *All figures used in the Refill Oxford film and above are sourced from ONS data and the House of Commons Environmental Audit Committee Report, Turning Back the Tide (2017). This entry was submitted by Georgina Matthews. https://www.refilloxford.org

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016: The Porch

Imagine waking up on a cold concrete floor, imagine not having clean water to brush your teeth and your clothes are damp from the night before! Imagine looking for work when you haven’t had a shower, imagine not having enough money to buy a drink or a sandwich, this is daily life for many of our members. Homelessness isn’t a choice it can be due to many complex issues, physical disability, mental illness, a relationship breakdown, leaving care, family bereavement or simply the loss of a job or accommodation, many are unable to access healthcare, education or employment, making it even more difficult to integrate back into society and many becoming dependent on alcohol, drugs or offending. The Porch Day Centre supports the homeless and vulnerably housed in Oxford in a totally non-discriminatory way, we encourage our service users to tackle their issues and our focus is upon support and nurture, along with challenge to allow them to move forward towards a positive lifestyle, we empower them to develop their confidence, self-esteem and move away from street homelessness. We want to increase awareness of homelessness, and strengthen community partnerships within a user led framework. Each service user has a unique knowledge and skill set and their contribution is central in developing the services we deliver; they understand more than anyone what support they need. We really need your votes! to win this competition would be a very proud moment for our Charity Day Centre and its members, homelessness and poverty is rife in Oxford and our members use the oxford buses daily to travel around the city to access vital services, many members who are vulnerably housed use the buses instead of becoming isolated and may travel many miles to other towns. Please be part of our journey and VOTE for The Porch. This entry was submitted by Jacquie Collins. http://theporch.org.uk/

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017: OXSRAD

OXSRAD is a hidden Gem in Marston, Oxford. We have been supporting the disabled community for over 30 years. Our aim is to create a safe, welcoming environment that can be accessed by our disabled members to reduce loneliness and isolation in addition to supporting their personal disabilities. We offer an inclusive, integrated centre, which is the hub of Oxfordshire disability. We have over 500 disabled members and work with over 30 organisations, including specialist schools, health organisations and various local clubs, to ensure our disabled members are receiving the best service and facilities. We operate a fully equipped sports centre with trained staff and encourage those with severe physical, mental or behavioural disabilities to enjoy the benefits of exercise to the limit of their abilities. We offer a huge range of activities, including rehabilitation gym sessions, boccia, archery, youth gym, holiday club and sensory room sessions. Many of our members use OXSRAD to improve their fitness and activity levels and work at their own pace, according to their own abilities. Some members are profoundly disabled and may use the sensory room, with the help of our specially designed hoists, to enjoy brain stimulation and massage. Others simply use it as a social place to meet friends and likeminded people to share stories, have some fun together and reduce isolation and loneliness. OXSRAD is also an integrated centre, where able-bodied members are also welcome, this helps to raise important funds and increases awareness within the non-disabled community. To operate OXSRAD for the local community, we have to raise approx. £70,000 every year, additionally to what we generate internally, we receive no government funding. We would absolutely love to see the next branded bus be an OXSRAD bus! Our members would love it and our staff and supporters are so passionate about the centre and the people that use it, it would just be amazing for their hard work to be recognised. This entry was submitted by Sarah Buy. http://www.oxsrad.org

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018: Cyclox

We would like to see less vehicle congestion in Oxford and faster moving buses. We would like to see better air quality. We would like to see a courteous and harmonious relationship between cyclists and bus drivers. Branding a bus will support all of these. Increased cycling will improve mental health, air quality, happiness, physical health and reduce climate change and obesity. The poor air quality around schools from people driving their children short distances to school is harming the health and development of children in Oxford. We would also like to see more segregated cycling routes, like on the Marston Ferry Road, which consequentially has the number one school in the UK for children cycling to school. All of this is supported by increased cycling and improved infrastructure. Surely a common agenda with the Oxford Bus Company:-) Branding a bus will: a) Show that Oxford Bus Company cares about cyclists b) Support Oxford being a cycling city c) Encourage more drivers to see the option to cycle, use the park and ride or take the bus. We need a new normal of active travel and public transport. Why Cyclox? Cyclox is the voice of cycling in Oxford. We lead on encouraging people to cycle, promoting responsible cycling & celebrating active travel. We campaign & lobby the Oxfordshire County Council (& Oxford City Council) for greater provision for safe cycling infrastructure. The group comprises experts in their field & is a resource to coalesce groups with similar aims. Cyclox is the voice of cycling in Oxford. Why brand the bus Behaviour change needs critical mass & leadership. OBC & Cyclox can collaborate by branding a bus to support this ambition to encourage modal shift from driving to public transport & active travel. Branding a bus is the perfect medium since frustrated car drivers will see buses & hopefully be receptive to switching. This entry was submitted by Jake Backus. http://www.cyclox.org

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019: My Life My Choice

My Life My Choice is a local charity run by and for people with learning disabilities. We help people to raise their self-esteem, confidence and quality of life through lots of different projects including training, campaigning and self-help groups. Our newest project is Gig Buddies, which pairs up a volunteer with someone who is lonely or struggling to get out so that they can go out and have fun together. We also run monthly group socials to bring together individuals who are lonely to make friends and get out of the house. Our volunteers come from every walk of life and, because we receive referrals from Restore and Age UK Oxfordshire, the project can help people with learning disabilities, people with mental illness and older adults. My Life My Choice Gig Buddies started in September 2018 and has already had a huge impact helping people’s mental health, improving their confidence and creating some really inspiring friendships. Winning the ‘Brand the Bus’ competition would mean the world to this project as it would help us to reach and recruit more volunteers as well as reaching more potentially lonely people around Oxfordshire who we can help. Please vote for us so we can help people connect, get out and about, and make friends! This entry was submitted by Imogen Downing. http://www.mylifemychoice.org.uk/

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020: Hft

Hft began supporting adults with learning disabilities in Oxfordshire in 1982. Today we support around 200 individuals across the county, from living independently in their own home, to day opportunities - from a few hours a week to 24 hours a day. Hft pioneered the idea that people with learning disabilities have the right to choices about how they live and support to lead the best life possible. We continue to explore and develop ways to deliver this support for people, every day. The challenges people with learning disabilities face are complex and lifelong. We can’t make them go away, but we can offer people the kind of help, support and encouragement that gives them a chance to find more enjoyment and satisfaction in life. We do this by listening to people, working hard to understand their needs and then providing the kind of personalised services that make a real difference. We focus on the specific needs of the individual, being creative about the kind of personal care and support we offer. We encourage them to become active members of their local communities. Our support can range from finding someone a job, from helping them make friends, to supporting someone with complex health and support needs so that they can enjoy new levels of comfort or independence. We adapt and change with the needs of the individual and often support people throughout their lifetime. If you also believe that everyone with a learning disability has the right to lead the best life possible, please vote for us today. This entry was submitted by Tamar Couzens. www.hft.org.uk

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021: Home-Start Oxfordshire

Being a parent is hard for everyone, for some it can be overwhelming. For over 30 years Oxfordshire’s three Home-Start schemes have been providing a vital befriending service to some of the most vulnerable families in Oxfordshire. Like Oxford Bus Company, Home-Start is reaching families across the county and helping them on their journeys. The families we support struggle for all sorts of reasons – they may be dealing with illness, disability, mental health issues, domestic abuse, addiction, debt, trauma or poverty. Many are socially isolated. Our unique service, recruits and trains volunteers who visit families at home every week, giving non-judgemental, confidential support. We also run groups so families can access support in a nurturing environment. Home-Start is there for parents when they need us most. We provide support to ensure children develop the vital foundations they need to flourish. The work we do is crucial. In the last year alone, 168 Home-Start volunteers have been supporting 609 Oxfordshire families, improving the lives of 943 children. But we desperately need to do more - the branded bus would be a perfect vehicle for us to raise awareness about our vital work and recruit more volunteers so we can reach the many families asking for our help. Thank you for getting on-board and voting for us! This entry was submitted by Zena Forster. www.home-startoxford.org.uk

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022: Oxford Together On Climate Change

Please vote to brand the bus with Oxford Together on Climate Change. We’re a coalition of Oxford groups that take practical action on the climate emergency. We don’t just want to preach to the converted. We want to include everyone in the shift to sustainable living - and that’s where the buses come in. If we win, all Oxford residents will see the seven simple actions below. We hope that these messages will reach people outside the green bubble, so that taking action on climate change becomes normal for all of us. In the film, we asked seven Oxford residents at Rose Hill Community Centre how they’re already changing the way they live. Here are some practical things they do: walk, cycle or use the bus; eat more local food and less meat; plant trees; save energy in the home with better insulation; support renewable energy and switch to a green energy tariff; repair, re-use and re-cycle - and buy less stuff; talk to family and friends about climate change. Most people worry about the changing climate, yet feel their actions won’t make a difference. But if we all act together, we can still save our lovely world for present and future generations. Please vote to get this urgent message on the bus! This entry was submitted by Eleanor Watts. https://change4climate.uk

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023: Modern Art Oxford

Modern Art Oxford’s Art Tour Bus will be a citywide celebration of the important role that creative experiences play in every child’s development. The bus will be designed in collaboration with local children, based on what they enjoy about being creative in, and around the city. Created using the ideas from our youngest visitors and their families, the bus will introduce new audiences to all the free art activities happening across the county every single day, and promote their future proofing. Modern Art Oxford values that all children are naturally imaginative, curious, sociable and generous, a recognition that underpins our ambitious programme of creative learning activities. We support education efforts by helping children and young people understand and appreciate our rapidly changing world and to develop skills and creative thinking, which will last into adulthood. Austerity budgeting within local councils has brought cuts to social services, where in Oxfordshire, 44 children centres have been closed, along with their important early childhood programmes. More and more, creative learning opportunities in free and accessible spaces like Modern Art Oxford are incredibly important and offer unique opportunities for lifelong learning. Oxford Bus Company buses provide an accessible, low cost and environmentally conscious way in which people can experience this exciting county. Because of this, we think a fun and accessible Art Tour Bus is the perfect way that people can start their own creative journey across the city. Please consider voting for the Art Tour Bus to celebrate the future of boundless creativity in Oxfordshire. This entry was submitted by Andrée Latham. www.modernartoxford.org.uk

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024: Morsbags

On one level, Morsbags are reusable, recycled, strong, washable, handmade, free, local bags… but they are SO much more. They have helped community groups thrive, they have helped with healing, mental health issues, confidence, happiness, job seeking, decluttering and friendships for the many 1000’s of volunteers who have joined in via the simple act of making and giving away a labelled morsbag. It’s all non-profit. There is no advertising and never has been - it’s all been ‘pay it forward’ and ‘random acts of kindness’. The label on a morsbag leads the recipients to the website where they hopefully download the free pattern and make morsbags themselves; and so the cycle continues. There are over 2000 ‘pods’ (groups) and individuals making morsbags in 45 countries who have potentially replaced over 180 million plastic bags and saved many 100’s of tons of textile waste from landfill. Just imagine what we could achieve (for people, for the planet, for the whales) if we were to be seen on the side of a bus! This entry was submitted by Claire Morsman. www.morsbags.com

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025: Losing Grace Film

I am French. I am married to a wonderful wife and have two great daughters. As a man, who has been battered by women, I can only underline that, out there, so many women (and some men) have horrible lives dominated by domestic violence. That is horrid. I am known as a discreet messenger and altruist, aiming to point out what we can do to uplift people needing hope or heroes who sacrifice all to be an even bigger part of the solution. An estimated 21,084 referrals to all refugees in England were declined in 2017/18, averaging in over 400 referrals being declined each week. And that is for victims who do something about it. I could go on, but here is the question: Would you agree for anyone you love as a daughter, mother, grandmother, sister, even in some cases a son, father, grandfather or brother to be under domestic violence? Any truly civilised society cannot pretend to be one if domestic violence is not taking off. There are quite a few other charities that receive funding and gifts, but the one I know, Losing Grace Film, has not got such support per se. I met with one of the founders of Losing Grace Film and was humbled by the strength of the women championing such a cause. Their short film about domestic abuse is 12 minutes long, and like all great short films, subtlety is key. The emotions are heightened and what is true and what is not, teeters on the edge. They want to bring this world of fear to the audiences, to put them inside the grey area of reality - how things may appear and how things may feel when one is in these situations. How do we know when someone is ever telling the truth? Therefore, be a holistic force to protect domestic violence victims like never before. This film can change how we prevent domestic violence in the UK. Are you in? I am, bien sûr, so? Your call folks: do the magic now, vote here for them! This entry was submitted by Pascal Gillon. https://losinggracefilm.com

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026: Yellow Submarine

We are Yellow Submarine and we believe that people with disabilities deserve to live life to the full. We support young people and adults with learning disabilities and autism across Oxfordshire (based in Oxford and Witney), providing workplace training in one of our two social enterprise cafes, sheltered work experience, social clubs, holiday activity days, holidays in the UK and abroad, and all with a strong ethic of being a part of the community. We aim to reduce isolation, give our members the space to become more confident and more independent. This year, Yellow Submarine is celebrating its 10th year as a charity! Our video provides a lovely glimpse at the Yellow Submarine family, and how much it means to all involved, by families, volunteers and staff. It is indeed a very special year for us. Many of our members rely on public transport, and it is a huge part of them achieving independence, also many of them have a keen interest in busses and enjoy the experience of riding on them, and become excited when they see a bus come driving past! It would mean the world to our members to see a Yellow Submarine bus driving around Oxfordshire, cementing themselves and Yellow Submarine as a valued and included part of the community. This entry was submitted by Jack Barnett. www.yellowsubmarine.org.uk

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027: TrustonTap

Better quality home care for a better quality of life. TrustonTap is a local enterprise, started in Oxford and now spreading across the region, that supports brilliant carers to offer their services directly to older people and their families. By using smart technology, we are able to keep costs to a minimum and ensure that the wonderful carers are given the rewards and recognition that they deserve for the responsibility they take on. At the heart of our venture is a team of trustworthy carers who have been selected for their professionalism, their reliability and their compassion. They work directly with those needing care and exercise their professional skills to take responsibility for delivering what is needed. They establish close relationships and this helps ensure improved consistency of care. Trusted care and support at home for a better quality of life. The increasing cost of care (frequently over £23/ hour in Oxford) and poor rewards for carers (c.£8.50/ hour) are too often overlooked in Oxford and across the region but we believe it is possible to change this and deliver better quality care for a significantly reduced cost. We have brought down the cost of community care by c.30% (saving each person £2000/ year) and increased the hourly pay for carers by c.50%. We set up TrustonTap to change the way we care for older and vulnerable people and are delighted to have helped hundreds of people with our service. By matching people with the most suitable trustworthy carers, we are helping them to live comfortable, fulfilling lives in their own homes, with all the care and support they need. Being featured on ‘Brand the Bus!’ would give our enterprise much-needed publicity and would raise the awareness in the city for the crisis that exists in care in our community. We need to champion the cause of professional carers who are under-recognised and under-rewarded and ensure that the needs of older and vulnerable people are given a higher priority. This entry was submitted by William Cotton. www.trustontap.com

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028: One-Eighty

One-Eighty supports vulnerable young people, aged 4-18, to successfully engage in education and promote healthier lifestyle choices through psychology-focused strategies. We exist for those who fall through the net and struggle to find support that’s tailored to their specific needs. Many of the young people have experienced trauma, or are struggling with mental health difficulties, preventing them from engaging with school - sometimes meaning they don’t attend for months at a time. We create unique interventions that are tailored to each individual’s needs, meeting the young person where they are at and enabling sustainable changes, whilst working holistically alongside other professionals, schools, and families. We also offer wider group projects including the Summer Project, for those who are at risk of losing momentum in their learning over the summer holidays, and Make Me Smile, a wider primary school project to engage young people with caring for their mental health in the same way they would their physical health. One-Eighty’s vision is for every child to enjoy a positive and flourishing relationship with education. Our work is unique - we exist to support some of the most vulnerable young people with complex needs who struggle to find help that is specific and tailored to them - something which the Local Authority doesn't have the capacity to achieve. ‘Brand the Bus!’ would be invaluable for One-Eighty, making people aware of our services across Oxfordshire from young people to the commissioning bodies. You will help to spread the importance of our work in supporting children’s mental health, re-engaging young people in education and helping them to have the future they deserve! This entry was submitted by Angharad Rees. https://one-eighty.org.uk/

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029: Shine Oxford

Aged 20-49? Ever had a cancer diagnosis? Shine Oxford welcomes you! We don’t have funds for a fancy video, so instead we let our members describe us in their own words. Many of our goals are the same as Oxford Bus Company’s, so we feel we’d be a great choice for the next branded bus! “Continued Success”: Like OBC, we’re always looking to develop. Our main priority is getting local people to know we exist, and how better to do that than with a Shine Oxford bus? “Customer Focused”: Our network is run by three volunteers who’ve had cancer. Who can understand the needs of a young adult with cancer better than someone who’s had it too? 58% of young adults with cancer feel isolated as they watch their peers get on with ‘normal’ life, but being around others who have had cancer makes a huge difference. We believe that we have a duty to make sure nobody feels alone, and it’s our responsibility to get our name out to as many people in Oxfordshire as we can. “Embracing Diversity”: We have members from all backgrounds; everyone’s welcome. Our group discussions are confidential and judgment-free, so members feel safe to open up more than they do with other people. “Socially Responsible”: All our activities are easily accessible by public transport, reducing our impact on the environment. We offer travel bursaries and free activities to those experiencing financial hardship as we know how expensive cancer is, so nobody misses out. “Working as a Team”: We work with Shine networks across the UK to put together national events, so our members can meet young adults beyond our own group. Shine runs conferences, residential weekends, workshops and much more. These events have a lifelong impact, as members explain in our video. We also have a large online presence where people in distress can seek help 24/7, knowing there’s always someone from the Shine community there for them. Anyone can be diagnosed with cancer at any time. Vote for us, and help us to help others! This entry was submitted by Fran Woodcock. www.shinecancersupport.org

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030: Restore

Imagine what it’s like to have anxiety about leaving your house. Think of how sensory stimulation can completely overwhelm someone who has PTSD. And consider what it’s like to have depression and feel completely isolated. It is reassuring for people struggling with mental ill-health to feel accepted and enabled. After seeing the Restore logo on a bus our members would feel a sense of comfort, knowing that they are supported by our charity, local companies, and their community. That gentle reminder might make a difference in their decision to walk out of the door, to cope with sensory stimulations, and to feel a part of something greater. Mental wellbeing is a journey, let’s make that journey together. Each year Restore supports around 900 members to take control of their recovery, develop skills, and lead meaningful lives. We offer recovery groups, training, and employment coaching to make this possible. Mental ill-health can be very isolating, but 70% of our members (our service users) said that they feel part of society thanks to Restore. Between 2011 and 2018, the number of patients referred to Oxford mental health services increased by 10% for adults (Oxford Health NHS FT). This, coupled with government cuts, means that our priority as a charity is to secure funding to ensure we can continue to deliver our vital services. Why the bus? Visibility is key to our goal. You can spread our message across Oxfordshire to let people know what we do, and how they can get the support they need. We have six sites across the county but not everyone can drive to them. Imagine how uplifting it would be for our members who rely on public transport to see a bus bearing the name of the charity helping them in their recovery. Mental health is a vital part of our wellbeing. Show that you care by helping us to raise awareness, end stigma, and represent the real people who use our services each year. Vote for Restore to win the ‘Brand the Bus!’ competition. This entry was submitted by Claire Spence-Parsons. www.restore.org.uk

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031: Oxfordshire Scouts

In Oxfordshire, we currently have 14,000 young people involved in Scouting, but our waiting lists are always growing. We believe that branding an Oxford bus will help grow our adult volunteers, who are vital for the running of Scouting. Increasing the numbers of our adult volunteers will allow us to expand sections and groups to ensure the waiting lists are reduced. Scouting offers amazing opportunities that young people don't get in their school lives, such as camping, climbing, team building and leadership development. Scouting values allow young people to grow and develop into considerate, cooperative and compassionate individuals, learning from and inputting into their environment and communities. We have had many parents feed back to us that Scouting gives their children more confidence, responsibility, a broader set of friends, a chance to pursue things they might not get to do otherwise, adventure and an extended family. We believe that this supports our stressed importance on increasing our adult volunteers, so more young people can gain these valuable experiences and skills. In Oxfordshire, we pride ourselves on our inclusivity, providing opportunities to young people from different religions, those who need additional support for things such as autism or a physical disability and from communities in more deprived areas. Scouting really does offer a plethora of opportunities to young people that they can take through their lives, into careers, families and beyond. "Being an adult in scouting is a fantastic place to be - watching the young people develop through the sections and beyond gives you a great sense of achievement. Knowing that you have provided young people with skills for life which means that they can expand their life opportunities in terms of career choices is just wonderful". - Hannah, Cub Scout Leader. Scouting is most definitely for all! This entry was submitted by Hannah Venn. https://oxonscouting.org.uk

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'Brand the Bus!' Vote for your favourite

Once you've checked out all of the great competition entries in the Gallery, you're ready to cast your vote.  Remember you only get one vote, so choose carefully who you think most deserves to win! Voting closes at midnight on Friday 29th November 2019.