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The 10 entries who receive the most votes from members of the public will be shortlisted. A final winner will then be selected by a panel of judges. We'll announce the winner and work with them to design their bus in early 2024.

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Entries 

 

Entry 01

Sobell House Hospice Charity

Submitted by: Beth Marsh

About Sobell House Hospice Charity
Every year Sobell House Hospice cares for over 4,000 patients and their families across Oxfordshire. We care for patients with life-limiting illnesses at home, in the local hospitals and here at the hospice. Our services are free to use, but we rely on fundraising and donations to keep them going.

Our care has been described as a ‘big, warm hug’ and we help people to feel like themselves again, not just a patient, by supporting them with their medical, social, emotional, practical and spiritual needs.

Our focus is on making every moment matter. By providing our patients with a better quality of life, we hope to give them more time making precious memories with loved ones, and enjoying daily life. We support people to live their final days as they choose to, and give them the gift of a peaceful and dignified death, surrounded by their loved ones.

Website: sobellhouse.org

What would branding a bus mean to your organisation?
The need for our services is growing and last year we saw a 10% increase in the number of patients we cared for. We expect the demand on our services to continue to grow, which is why it has never been a more important time for us to fundraise, so we can be here for everyone who needs us.

To help us raise more funds, both now and in the future, we are organising OxTrail, a high-profile, colourful, and community-focused art sculpture trail! In summer 2024, Oxfordshire will be home to a herd of life-sized and mini oxen. Each sculpture will be individually designed by artists, local schools, and community groups, making the herd truly unique. The vibrant, free, and family-friendly trail will encourage thousands to be tourists in their own city, and attract national and international visitors. Following the eight-week trail, the life-sized oxen will go under the hammer at a grand auction. The lucky new owners will then take their moo-gnificent ox to its forever home.

Through OxTrail, we aim to raise awareness of Sobell House and the crucial work we do in the Oxfordshire community, as well as raising vital funds through sponsorship, fundraising, donations, and the grand auction. Being able to promote this ox-citing event through a branded bus would be a fantastic opportunity, and a fabulous vibrant design is sure to make residents and visitors smile as they see Oxley, our hero ox, riding across the county! The promotion would help us to maximise the impact and fundraising of OxTrail in order to be able to support the growing number of people that need our care.

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Entry 02

SSNAP

Submitted by: Emily Byrne

About SSNAP
In the UK, 1 in 10 babies need specialist care at birth. SSNAP supports sick & premature babies and their families in the Newborn Care Unit at the John Radcliffe Hospital.

Imagine your newborn baby needing specialist care at birth. Instead of those very special days getting to know your baby as a family, you’re catapulted into an unfamiliar world of incubators, wires, medical tests and interventions.

While your baby has specialist treatment, we provide emotional and practical support to help you through the trauma & upheaval. We’re there to help families cope, and provide state-of-the-art medical equipment and nursing expertise that could save babies' lives.

Website: www.ssnap.org.uk

What would branding a bus mean to your organisation?
SSNAP does not receive any statutory funding. Everything that we receive to run the charity is through the generosity of fundraisers and individual donors.

We have a team of 200 amazing runners that take on the Oxford Half Marathon each year, these incredible people raise around a third of what our charity needs to bring in each year. With this in mind, for every penny SSNAP spends we pause and think "would our fundraisers approve of this purchase?" Of course we know they would want their money to be spent on ensuring our family care team cover the unit 365 days a year, they'd want us to purchase a much needed twin cot, or a state of the art piece of medical equipment. We do not spend money on advertising. Having SSNAP displayed on a bus is something we could only imagine, we would love to share SSNAP's name with people, spread the word of what we do and encourage more people to join our fundraising events.

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Entry 03

Alzheimer's Research UK

Submitted by: Jess Jenkins

About Alzheimer's Research UK
Almost one million people are living with dementia today. Tragically, not one of them will survive. If nothing changes, one in two of us will be directly affected by dementia - either by caring for someone with the condition, developing it ourselves, or both.

Alzheimer’s Research UK exists to change that.

As the UK’s leading dementia research charity, we are working to revolutionise the way we treat, diagnose and prevent dementia. And then, we will find a way to cure it.

To do this, we’re investing in the best research, powering the most forward-thinking scientists and joining forces with world-class organisations.

With your support, we promise we will not stop until dementia can no longer destroy lives, we will change people's endings.

We are Alzheimer’s Research UK. We exist for a cure.

Website: www.alzheimersresearchuk.org

What would branding a bus mean to your organisation?
Being able to brand a bus would be an amazing opportunity for Alzheimer’s Research UK. To have our powerful messaging of “Alzheimer’s Research UK – For A Cure” to be driven around Oxford in front of millions of people would be absolutely priceless.

There are currently no treatments available in the UK to slow, stop or prevent the devastation of dementia and by 2030, dementia will be the most expensive health condition in the UK, costing £30 billion a year. There are almost 1 million people living with dementia in the UK and by 2050, the number of people living with dementia is expected to increase to 1.6 million, which is more than any other health condition.

Research into the diseases that cause Dementia is hugely underfunded, for every four scientists working on cancer treatments there is only one working on Dementia. There is a lot of misunderstanding in the public about Dementia with only 6 in 10 people knowing that dementia causes death and not enough people knowing that they can easily reduce their risk of developing Dementia (by up to 40%) by making some simple changes to their lifestyles.

Our message is that Dementia is not an inevitable part of getting older, it is caused by diseases and diseases can be cured by scientific research.

It is a really exciting time in Dementia Research as, for the first time, there are treatments on the horizon and to raise awareness of Alzheimer’s Research UK via a branded bus would open so many doors. It would help us to raise money, educate and help future generations not have to go through the heartbreak and harm that dementia causes.

We exist for a cure.

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Entry number four

MyVision Oxfordshire

Submitted by: Margaret Hart

About MyVision Oxfordshire
There are 24,000 people living with sight loss in Oxfordshire.*

Only 17% of people diagnosed with sight loss in adulthood have been offered emotional support.**

Only 20% of visually impaired people aged over 75 have been offered practical advice on day-to-day tasks.**

31% of blind or visually impaired people are rarely or never optimistic about the future.**

It doesn’t have to be this way. MyVision Oxfordshire is the county charity providing sight loss-specific support, advice, and guidance so that local visually impaired people can regain their confidence and independence. Vote for us to support adults and children living with sight loss across Oxfordshire.

“MyVision has become a permanent part of my life and I am so thankful for all the staff and volunteers who maybe don't realise how life-changing the charity and its local groups can be”.

*RNIB Sight Loss Data Tool Version 5.0
**RNIB My Voice, 2015.

Website: www.myvision.org.uk

What would branding a bus mean to your organisation?
We are determined to reach more people across Oxfordshire. We are conscious that there are people across the county who may not be aware of our services. Many blind and visually impaired people do not use the internet, information is not always accessible, and so it’s harder for them to discover what support is out there. Branding a bus would mean we can reach these people and their loved ones, so that they know we exist and can discover what we offer and how they can benefit. We are keen to develop our community outreach across Oxfordshire, and this would be the perfect way to do so.

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Entry 05

Sue Ryder

Submitted by: Cherie Cook

About Sue Ryder
We are a palliative care charity based all over the country. Additionally, we run a bereavement service and have hospices around the UK.

Website: www.sueryder.org

What would branding a bus mean to your organisation?
To raise awareness of the charity and what we offer. The bereavement charity is fairly new and it would be great to see this advertised to spread awareness.

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Entry 06

HeartyEarth

Submitted by: Dr Saman Jamshidifard

About HeartyEarth
We are an umbrella name and group of non-entity community initiatives focused on #lovefoodhatewaste, #sharethelove, #aspire2inspire, and currently have 200 ambassadors across the 4 initiatives. 💚🌍

Website: www.facebook.com/heartyearth

What would branding a bus mean to your organisation?
It would mean exposure to entire Oxford rather than just West Oxford. We'd like all of Oxford to know about us and what we do but we're not an entity, have no financial dealings donations or bank accounts so this would be amazing to publicise us. Additionally, we'd love for all your drivers to be Community Ambassadors and wear the HeartyEarth badge 🥰

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Entry 07

Flexicare

Submitted by: Hannah Dunning

About Flexicare
For over 39 years Flexicare has been providing a specialised sitting service for families with a severely disabled child (or children) living in the Oxford, Abingdon and Wantage areas of Oxfordshire. Care is provided in a family's home by a small core of experienced staff and a team of trained volunteers.

Website: www.flexicare.org

What would branding a bus mean to your organisation?
Flexicare needs volunteers and funds to continue to support the community this would be an opportunity to seek local support.

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Entry 08

Wild Oxfordshire

Submitted by: Alexandra Freeman

About Wild Oxfordshire
Wild Oxfordshire brings people, communities, organisations and businesses together to restore and protect Oxfordshire's natural assets for the benefit of all. They help protect urban green spaces and wildlife such as Oxford's centuries-old floodplain meadows, and helping residents build hedgehog highways and plant flowers to feed pollinating insects. They work with farmers and volunteers, for example, to help endangered curlews by fencing their nests in the spring to protect them from predators. They work with parish councils, such as Kidlington, to bring communities together around nature for the benefit of all.

Website: www.wildoxfordshire.org.uk

What would branding a bus mean to your organisation?
Not as many people know about Wild Oxfordshire as should! Imagine how beautiful an electric bus would look covered with images of the wonderful Oxfordshire scenery and wildlife like our swifts, curlews and yellow wagtails.

It's a charity that has much to offer people - donations are greatly welcomed, of course, but Wild Oxfordshire can also help everyone. Its website has advice for people who want to garden for nature, companies that want to support the environment, policy-makers who want to know how they can best plan for the future. There are events and walks where people can get out and get benefit from our green spaces. Branding the bus would help everyone learn more about, and get more out of, the wild spaces directly around them.

I think an electric Oxfordshire bus and Wild Oxfordshire are a perfect match.

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Entry 09

Richmond Fellowship

Submitted by: Maxime Bonnavion

About Richmond Fellowship
Richmond Fellowship is dedicated to mental health and well-being. With a mission to support individuals experiencing mental health challenges, Richmond Fellowship provides a range of services to promote recovery and social inclusion. With a person-centered approach, the organization focuses on empowering individuals to regain control over their lives.

The organization offers a diverse set of programs, including counseling, vocational training, and community integration initiatives. Through a team of skilled professionals and volunteers, Richmond Fellowship creates a supportive environment that fosters personal growth and resilience. By emphasizing the importance of holistic well-being, the organization contributes to breaking down the stigma associated with mental health.

Richmond Fellowship also actively engages in advocacy and community outreach to raise awareness and promote understanding of mental health issues. Through partnerships with local communities and stakeholders, the organization works towards building a society that values and supports the mental health of every individual.

Website: www.richmondfellowship.org.uk

What would branding a bus mean to your organisation?
Branding a bus in the name of Richmond Fellowship would allow for more people to be aware of mental health and how this plays a massive part in the lives of certain individuals. Creating more awareness around this subject would mean that more funding would be received, therefore helping support those in need. 

Mental health in adults is paramount for overall well-being and functioning. Mental health directly influences one's cognitive, emotional, and social capacities, impacting daily life and relationships. Addressing mental health concerns helps individuals cope with stress, navigate challenges, and maintain a positive outlook. Neglecting mental health can lead to a range of issues, from decreased productivity to strained relationships and more severe mental health disorders. Recognizing the significance of mental well-being in adults is crucial for fostering resilience, promoting healthy lifestyles, and ensuring a higher quality of life. Investing in mental health positively contributes to personal fulfilment and societal welfare. Moreover, if more people are exposed to this, this will allow individuals to recognise early signs of mental health decline and how to work with, or who to contact.
 
Mental health - especially within adults - is being recognised more and more, but having this charity branded on the bus would mean a lot more recognition and support could be provided. Increased acknowledgment of adult mental health holds immense benefits. Recognizing and addressing mental health concerns promotes healthier relationships, enhances productivity, and reduces the stigma surrounding mental well-being. Improved mental health support contributes to a more resilient and compassionate society, fostering understanding and empathy. By prioritizing mental health, adults can experience better overall quality of life, reduced stress, and increased fulfillment in personal and professional spheres.

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Entry 10

The Unicorn School

Submitted by: Tamora Burford

About The Unicorn School
For over 30 years The Unicorn School has supported students with various forms of neurodiversity, including dyslexia, dyspraxia, autism and associated learning differences.

Many of our students also struggle with anxiety and other mental health challenges. Mainstream education is not currently able to support this range of needs, and without the support that we provide, most of our students would be at risk of dropping out of education entirely.

“The Unicorn School has created a caring and nurturing environment. My son feels safe and inspired and wants to go to school!” Unicorn Parent.

Website: www.unicornoxford.co.uk

What would branding a bus mean to your organisation?
Last year we received over 350 enquiries for only 20 available places at our school. To help meet this demand, our vision is to grow the school – doubling in size over the next three years – so that we can support an extra 120 children and young people with learning differences across Oxfordshire.

As a small charity and school, this won’t be possible without support. A Unicorn branded bus would help us to achieve our vision. It will raise awareness of the life changing work we do supporting children and young people with specific learning differences, as well as their families.

With the support of the Oxford Bus Company, we can reach so many more people; letting them know about the support we offer, and equally asking for their support in helping us to grow.

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Entry 11

Aspire Oxfordshire

Submitted by: Shelby Stapleton

About Aspire Oxfordshire
Aspire Oxfordshire is an employment and housing charity working to empower people to rebuild their lives, futures and realise their potential, by providing person-centred employment, enterprise development, housing and social inclusion opportunities since 2001. This support is available to a wide range of local people including adults with experience - or at risk - of homelessness, people in recovery, young people out of education, training or employment for over 6 months, prison leavers and refugees.

Our aim is to provide impactful support to people experiencing difficulty grounded in evidence, sustainability, and prevention, through a ‘hand up, not a hand out’ approach that promotes self-confidence, resilience, personal responsibility and positive lifestyles, challenging prejudice and inequality in the process.

In 2022-23, Aspire responded to over 1,800 support referrals across Oxfordshire and the wider Thames Valley. More information about our impact can be found in the Aspire annual social impact reports.

Website: www.aspireoxfordshire.org

What would branding a bus mean to your organisation?
In today’s challenging and uncertain climate exacerbated by the enduring cost of living and housing crises and increasing inequality, Aspire’s work as an enterprising charity embedded in the community has never felt more vital.

In 2022-23, we supported:

  • 1800+ people into employment, housing and opportunities to develop new skills
  • 300+ people to navigate the threat of homelessness and access safe, secure housing
  • 100+ members of the community starting new jobs, building careers and earning money
  • 90+ individuals into new tenancies within Aspire’s housing projects

Our work includes the projects we’re undertaking backed by our latest appeal, Action Inspires Hope (www.aspireoxfordshire.org/Appeal/action-inspires-hope) to tackle two of Oxfordshire’s most pressing issues - a lack of accessible, affordable housing, and a shortage of workers in the county’s job market. These, in turn, are contributing to overcrowding, negative effects on people's ambitions, relationships, job prospects and mental health, the number of people renting privately, experiencing eviction and homelessness, and the hindrance of local business from hiring, growing and supporting the local economy.

This branding opportunity would help Aspire significantly, to boost community awareness of our social mission as a charity, the support services we offer, how we are available to help and how we can be contacted. This is crucial for individuals in need who don’t know where to turn for help, and for family, friends and peers who may be worried about someone and wondering which options are out there to help them. This improved awareness would also be incredibly valuable for individuals and organisations in the community with the capacity to provide support to Aspire through donations to our appeal, partnership working and volunteering with us.

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Entry 12

Maggie's Oxford

Submitted by: Ryan Thompson

About Maggie's Oxford
Maggie's is a warm and welcoming space available for people affected by cancer to use for cancer support. Our Oxford Maggie’s centre provides free practical, psychological, and emotional support to anyone with cancer or their families. Everyone is welcome in Maggie’s with no appointment needed.

Our beautiful treehouse building provides a calming space and a chance to just come in and receive one-to-one cancer support. Our professional cancer support specialists, clinical psychologists and benefits advisor offer their extensive knowledge in their specialist fields to ensure everyone gets the best free support available. There are groups and workshops which are specifically tailored to different types of cancer, and they are led by skilled trained NHS staff members who have developed the sessions towards the Maggie’s visitor’s needs.

Website: www.maggies.org/our-centres/maggies-oxford

What would branding a bus mean to your organisation?
Winning would mean so much to Maggie’s Oxford. We see first-hand every day the importance of providing spaces where people going through the toughest of times of their lives, feel safe and able to fully express their emotions.

Branding a bus with information about Maggie’s would be incredibly valuable to people who do not know that free cancer support is available to them. It would increase the amount of people who would come into Maggie’s and seek support.

Located next to the Churchill Hospital in Headington, we currently receive around 50 visitors a day, 12,500 annually, but considering 50% of the population will at some point in their life be on a journey with cancer we know this could be much higher. By increasing brand awareness through this competition, we know that we can support so many more families and people in Oxfordshire, Berkshire and Buckinghamshire who feel like they have nowhere to turn.

To let someone know that Maggie’s services are there for them, people will feel listened to and respected which in turn will make them feel less stressed and anxious. As Maggie’s is not known to everyone, it is important to spread the word, and we’d love to have your help in doing that.

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Entry 13

Waste Innovation Station (WISH)

Submitted by: Emily Connally

About Waste Innovation Station
Waste Innovation Station is a climate action partnership like no other, with over 30 organisations building climate resilience through education, distributing surplus, re-wilding nature, helping people grow food, and waste reduction innovation. Headquarters (WISH) events since January 2022 have seen over 30,000 in footfall in Kidlington. Feedback from our visitors inspired a permanent WISH climate action museum: a space designed to provide accessible outreach and transparency around the Carbon Cost of our decisions and lifestyles (open Mondays-Fridays 9am - 5pm). WISH use quizzes and interactive displays to help visitors understand what easy, small steps we can all take together for big environmental wins. Exhibits also include repurposed items, our WISH-made creations crafted from waste plastics, textiles, musical equipment, tutorials and more. WISH hopes visitors are inspired to join them in innovating on site in the workshop, or even just by popping in to use the boardroom and communal working space.

Website: www.cherwellcollective.com/about-us/waste-innovation-station

What would branding a bus mean to your organisation?
WISH will be coming your way soon, with hubs planned for each of the Oxfordshire districts by the end of the next five years. It would be brilliant for a bus company that sets the pace in lowering emissions and sustainable travel to also support a local partnership helping individuals make more sustainable choices in daily life. The most common concern our community members express is not knowing what decisions are the 'right' choices when it comes to living greener, not sure what traders to trust or what news to believe. WISH helps people make that choice and to support people to make choices that still let them live their best life. We think there's a serious gap in practical support for individuals and businesses, and we offer that support. Having the branding on a bus might help other people find the support they need to live more sustainably in a way that is affordable and accessible, and where they can meet thousands of others doing the same thing.

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Entry 14

Be Free Young Carers

Submitted by: Charlotte Burke

About Be Free Young Carers
Be Free Young Carers is the only independent charity in Oxfordshire working exclusively with young carers. We support them by widening their life options and improving their emotional and social health, resilience and development because we passionately believe they can be free to fulfil their adult potential unhindered by their childhood responsibilities.

We have been operating for nearly 30 years throughout South Oxfordshire, the Vale of White Horse Districts and Oxford City.

We offer support and are dedicated to improving the lives of young carers. We are currently the only specialist charity supporting children aged 8 – 17 years old with a caring role in Oxfordshire.

We provide advice, offer befriending and peer support, enabling young carers to meet, socialise and have fun, increasing their self-confidence and improving their mental well-being. We work with local schools to educate and offer guidance from referrals to respite opportunities.

Website: befreeyc.org.uk

What would branding a bus mean to your organisation?
There are now estimated to be at least 1 million young carers in the UK, however only 20% of them have been identified.

That means there are 800,000 young carers currently receiving no support caring for their loved ones, equal to almost 3 children in every classroom with unknown caring responsibilities.

In Oxfordshire, there are estimated to be 12,000 young carers, our charity is currently supporting over 550 young carers. We cannot stress enough the lack of support there is out there for young carers. Even with all the policies, acts and organisations in place, more needs to be done. Awareness is key to informing, educating and increasing support, we believe young carers should have the right to be children and have a childhood as much as any other child.

We are a small, not-for-profit charity that receives no government funding. Compared to other small charities in Oxfordshire, our work runs solely on successful grant applications, funding and donations. Despite the financial challenges we face, we have continued to grow and in 2024, we set to expand into West Oxfordshire. This move that would be maximised to its full potential with the £40,000 advertising package award if we were successful in winning ‘Brand The Bus’. Not only would this create more opportunities for our present and new communities to know more about us, but in turn would generate more referrals for support and as a result more children will receive the help they desperately need.

Next year our charity will also be celebrating our 30th anniversary, a pivotal moment in our charity’s history. It would be fantastic to have the opportunity to be supported by Oxford Bus Company during a period in which our awareness and support for young carers in Oxfordshire will reach an historic milestone.

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Entry 15

Crisis Skylight Oxford

Submitted by: Emma Darlington

About Crisis Skylight Oxford
Crisis is the national charity for homeless people operating across local communities in England, Wales and Scotland. We are committed to ending homelessness; person by person, policy by policy, place by place. Locally, across the City and Oxfordshire, Crisis Skylight Oxford provides people with a permanent route out of homelessness. Incorporating a holistic model of change, we support people with health and well-being, financial security and personal and social networks, as well as helping to improve housing situations, supporting people to end their homelessness.

Website: www.crisis.org.uk

What would branding a bus mean to your organisation?
Due to the cost of living we are seeing twice the amount of people we once saw come through our doors. These are people who have never experienced or faced being homeless before and in particular we are seeing a rise in families needing our support. We want to help raise awareness around Oxfordshire to highlight the housing crisis as well as the cost of living impact. Crisis receives very little funding from the Government, and depends on the money raised from individuals, companies and charitable trusts. Even finding houses and landlords that are happy to house our members is becoming harder and harder each day as the Government have not increased benefits or provided more resources for people at risk of being homeless.

Everyone who comes to Crisis Oxford has a different set of circumstances and faces different challenges along their journey. What makes our service here so unique is that people who come to Crisis can work collaboratively and at their own pace with a dedicated progression coach to identify their needs, hopes and aspirations. They provide advice and guidance as well as empowering members, building their self-esteem and self-confidence to work towards personal goals, and find pathways into further education, volunteering and employment.

Our ‘housing led’ approach also aims to move members into their own homes as quickly as possible in order to minimise the amount of time spent in temporary accommodation and multiple transitions. A home is not just a physical space, it provides roots, identity, security, a sense of belonging and a place of emotional wellbeing. Which is why at our Oxford Skylight we are working hard and collaborating with others to makes changes to the way the system currently works.

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Entry 16

Style Acre

Submitted by: Lisa Hanton

About Style Acre
Style Acre supports over 270 adults with learning disabilities and autism across Oxfordshire to grow and develop in their own way and with the utmost dignity. We embrace individuality and deliver person-centered care of the highest standard, creating communities where people with learning disabilities and autism are valued as equals and given every opportunity to fulfil their potential.

Support ranges from 24-hour care for those with complex learning, health and/or physical disabilities, to a few hours support per week for those who live more independently. People Style Acre support are given the freedom and independence to live with peers within our communities in a supported environment through 35 supported living households. They can attend vibrant community hubs, Turnstyle in Wallingford, T2 in Didcot and SABRe in Banbury to develop life skills, make friends, have fun and to develop their independence. As well as earning money and developing new skills, people increase their self-confidence, communication skills and enjoy being a valued member of a team and their local community.

Website: styleacre.org.uk

What would branding a bus mean to your organisation?
To have a branded bus would allow us to showcase the work that we do and provide much needed awareness across the county. It would promote the impact we have on peoples lives and the opportunities we are able to give them to the wider community and also to potential supporters. We rely on funding for our work and garden project that provides volunteer and employment opportunities to the people we support, and engaging local organisations will have a huge impact. It will also promote the services we provide to families who may not know of Style Acre who are looking for support and help with their loved ones.

It would be a fantastic opportunity for the people we support with learning disabilities and autism to get involved, they could work alongside the branding company and help with the designs. Giving them a chance to express what Style Acre means to them and to learn new skills. The people we support would be so proud to be part of such a great opportunity to inform those in Oxfordshire of the work we do and the opportunities that we are able to give them.

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Entry 17

Oxfordshire Parent Carers Forum

Submitted by: Liz Knight

About Oxfordshire Parent Carers Forum
There are over 26,000 parent carers of children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) across Oxfordshire and we help make sure their voices are heard. We provide opportunities for parent carers in Oxfordshire to work with the Council and local health service to make services better, with the aim of improving outcomes for children and young people with SEND and their families.

We are a group of parents who know what it means to have a child with SEND. Our children have a wide range of needs, from mild to severe, including physical disabilities. Some have ‘hidden’ impairments, like mental health issues, ADHD and dyslexia, whilst others complex needs, or no firm diagnosis

We are members of NNPCF (National Network of Parent Carer Forms) which is supported by the organisation Contact. We are kindly hosted and supported by OxFSN (Oxfordshire Family Support Network).

Website: www.oxpcf.org.uk

What would branding a bus mean to your organisation?
We want to reach a diverse group of parent carers of children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) so they can help to shape vital services for children in Oxfordshire. Our commitment and drive are to ensure families in Oxfordshire have their voices heard.

Parent carers have told us:

“I had to give up my job as a medical professional that looks after children in need, to look after my child who has needs!”

“We are a shockingly awful story; I sent an email to the school last week saying the stress and trauma I have endured as a parent is beyond anything that is humanly acceptable”

Recently, we have:

  • Gathered feedback and published reports on children not in school and child and adolescent
  • mental health services
  • Helped improve services for alternative provision, respite care and foster carers
  • Run the Better Together conference to bring together parent carers and professionals to discuss service change
  • Hosted polls, online events and coffee mornings

We need more parent carers to work alongside us, with the Council and local health services, to improve services for children and young people with SEND. This includes attending meetings to share the views of parent carers, running coffee mornings and events, moderating our FaceBook group (Oxfordshire SEND room), writing reports on topics that are a priority for parent carers (see our website for recent reports), and working with professionals to embed parent carer views in their work.

Branding a bus would help us to reach the 26,000 parent carers of children with SEND in Oxfordshire to let them know about our work, so we can bring about much needed improvement and lasting change to services for children and young people with SEND in Oxfordshire.

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Entry 18

The Oxford Social

Submitted by: Jack Bishop

About The Oxford Social
This is a new men’s mental health community group in Oxford. The aim of our group is to use activities and community meet ups to get men talking about their issues in life.

Facebook: The Oxford Social

What would branding a bus mean to your organisation? 
Branding a bus would just take the group to another level as it would literally spread awareness all over Oxford.

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Entry 19

Oxford United in the Community

Submitted by: Matt Everett

About Oxford United in the Community
Oxfordshire. A Community United.

Oxford United in the Community (OUitC) is the official charity of Oxford United Football Club (OUFC).

We use the power of football across the City and County to inspire happier, healthier and better-connected communities. We run programmes aimed at all ages and backgrounds to inspire the people and communities of Oxfordshire to have positive aspirations for their futures and the health, wellbeing, self-confidence, opportunities and resources to achieve them.

We deliver much more to the community than just football activities. Whilst increasing provision of sports and physical activity has significant health benefits, our wide range of work across education, youth intervention, equality and inclusion has a far bigger impact than just that.

We work closely with other local and national charities to deliver our programmes, and are expanding our reach via grassroots club partnerships to cover the whole County via our ‘Hub and Spoke’ strategy.

Website: ouitc.org

What would branding a bus mean to your organisation?
Football brings together all parts of society, just like a busy bus!

At OUitC we are on a mission to expand our programmes and increase awareness of our work.

Whilst we have a wide reach through our association with OUFC, generating awareness of our programmes to the people that may need to access them can be more of a challenge.

For example, just like the Oxford Bus Company and Age UK Chatty Bus campaign, we run monthly Manor Club meetings to tackle loneliness and social exclusion, based around chats with current and former OUFC players and staff.

Government data shows almost one quarter (24%) of adults in Oxfordshire experienced feelings of loneliness in the last year, and many of those people may not be supporters of Oxford United, making it difficult to make them aware that these are programmes for all, not just fans of the club.

This is just one of our many programmes. Football is an International language, breaking down barriers and enabling inclusion across society. Our regular disability and refugee sessions demonstrate this, showing no matter what ability you are or language you speak, bring a football and during those sessions everyone is connected.

We believe we are strongly aligned to Oxford Bus Company’s values and it would be powerful to partner via Brand the Bus, and enhance the synergy for the benefit of the communities we both serve.

Branding a bus would give us the means to reach more people within the City who would be able to access our programmes, and show everybody that whilst we are the official charity of the County’s football club, our impact and work goes way beyond just playing the game.

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Oxford Mutual Aid

Submitted by: Frayer Lewis

About Oxford Mutual Aid
OMA is a grassroots organisation that tackles injustices that affect Oxfordshire’s residents, such as the cost of living crisis and the daily obstacles resulting from food poverty. Reasons such as job loss, illness, homelessness, debt and more have seen thousands supported by OMA over the years.

We provide food parcels on an emergency and regular basis, with the aim to meet cultural and dietary needs such as vegan and halal and include fresh veg, meat, baby formula, nappies and self care including cleaning products. This year alone we have sent out 9060 parcels to households in need.

We are committed to providing support to households you likely walk past every day. Our support is not means tested which eliminates barriers to people accessing food. Consequently, if you need us, we will be there, regardless of your circumstances.

Website: oxfordmutualaid.org

What would branding a bus mean to your organisation?
Branding the bus will allow OMA to survive. The majority of OMA’s work, including packing parcels and delivering goods, is done by volunteers. We only survive due to donations and volunteer commitment from within the community. To put it simply, we can not exist without more ongoing long term support.

Every day the branded buses will drive through communities of people that need our support. Areas of need include: ROSE HILL, JERICHO, BLACKBIRD LEYS, COWLEY, CUTTESLOWE, BARTON, DONNINGTON, HEADINGTON and more. A branded bus will mean that with every bus journey, we will get increased opportunities to receive the funds to continue to put nutritious food and self care items in homes of those suffering in areas across Oxfordshire.

We could help countless more people across Oxfordshire, not just one demographic or category of individuals, something that won't be possible without further ongoing donations. Our capacity for Emergency parcels could be increased by additional exposure which could lead to more funds and could support us to run an even bigger operation resulting in better parcels to more households faster. We are hoping to advertise for donations, resulting in more products that we cannot always have in stock: formula and nappies for babies, more protein and halal meat and reheatable meals for those who are not able to cook.

We hate to say no to any one who needs us. A branded bus would result in more yeses to more households and will help us keep OMA alive and serving its purpose. We can't survive without more financial input and we are working hard to continue to give out the essentials but a branded bus would help carry us more securely into the future.

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Entry 21

Berkshire, Buckinghamshire & Oxfordshire Wildlife Trust

Submitted by: Kate Titford

About Berkshire, Buckinghamshire & Oxfordshire Wildlife Trust
BBOWT has been a champion for local wildlife since 1959. More than 60 years on, with nature and climate in crisis, our vital work is more important than ever. We all need nature – for clean water, food, fresh air and our own wellbeing - but nature needs us too, urgently.

BBOWT has a bold vision of a wilder Oxfordshire with more nature everywhere – for everyone – in towns and rural areas. Our mission is to bring about nature’s recovery by inspiring and empowering local people and partners to help wildlife on our doorstep. To put nature into recovery, we need 30% of all land in our region properly managed for wildlife by 2030. And that’s good for our climate, too. By working together, we can create bigger, wilder, more connected landscapes across our three counties, so nature and people can thrive.

Website: www.bbowt.org.uk

What would branding a bus mean to your organisation?
Do you love wildlife, but worry it’s disappearing fast? Are you concerned about climate change and worried our children don’t have enough access to the outdoors?

This is the vital decade for nature, climate and people. We must raise our ambition and act quickly. If 1 in 4 people acts for nature, we can reach a tipping point for nature's recovery and create more nature everywhere – for everyone.

Our Nature Recovery Fund is aiming to raise £3m in three years to tackle these problems locally head on. The branded bus would help us bring this urgent appeal to a bigger audience and help us reach our target - before it’s too late.

BBOWT is in a unique position in our region. We know what the problems are and how to fix them. We have the experience, the specialist staff and an army of volunteers - we just need more green power in our engine and the people of Oxfordshire can be just that.

The potential for positive change right here in Oxfordshire is huge – more floodplains to store flood water and provide homes for wildlife, more nature-filled corridors across the county and more people acting for nature.

With a BBOWT-branded electric bus driving around Oxford, we could encourage more people to join us on this vital journey to a wilder future for all.

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Entry 22

The Story Museum

Submitted by: Megan Cradock

About The Story Museum
Along Pembroke Street a pair of bright blue doors hide entrances to different worlds within. Beyond them, you can step through the wardrobe into Narnia, or tumble down the rabbit hole to Wonderland.

We are a most unusual museum, collecting stories in all their forms: fairytales, books, comics, films, games, and everything in between! Based in Oxford, our museum shares great stories in great ways, bringing them to life in experiential galleries, interactive activities, and multi-sensory experiences, to promote literacy, imagination, confidence, and wellbeing.

The Story Museum’s mission is to enrich lives, especially young lives, through stories. We are passionate about the lifelong benefits of growing up rich in stories, and believe these should be available to all children, especially the 28.4% of young people in Oxford who live in poverty with fewer opportunities to access arts activities. We offer bursary places and funded opportunities to increase our accessibility.

Website: https://www.storymuseum.org.uk/

What would branding a bus mean to your organisation?
Branding a bus would help raise awareness of Oxford’s best kept secret for families and it would ensure a broader range of people can hear about and access our funded, accessible programmes.

From 2022-2023, 15% of children aged 24 to 30 months were below the expected level in communication skills, a rise from 11% in 2018. The pandemic has severely impacted the development of education, literacy and communication skills, but even before Covid, Oxfordshire ranked joint fifth lowest nationally for the performance of disadvantaged pupils in KS2 SATs. Our work in the community, partnering with schools and family centres, addresses this need, increasing literacy, confidence, and wellbeing in children from 0 to 18.

We offer bursary places for clubs, year-long, fully-funded school partnerships, and Pay What You Can Sundays to increase accessibility in the local community and in disadvantaged schools, and we hold a ‘Week of Welcome’ in partnership with Asylum Welcome. This ‘Brand the Bus’ opportunity would allow us to further increase our reach and continue to support those who need it. Stories are for everyone, and here at our museum we try to ensure that everyone can encounter and learn from them in their own way.

“We read books to find out who we are.” – Ursula Le Guin

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Entry 23

Read Easy Oxford

Submitted by: Lara Bonney

About Read Easy Oxford
Over 7% of the working age population in the UK can barely read or cannot read at all. This has a significant impact on their daily lives from shopping to reading letters from their children’s school or the doctor.

Read Easy Oxford provide one-to-one coaching to help adults in Oxford and surrounding areas learn to read. We have helped over 50 adults learn to read. The benefits of learning to read are numerous. They include improved confidence, employment prospects, and enabling parents to help with their children’s learning.

We are an affiliate organisation of Read Easy UK. Our organisation is totally volunteer run, by local Oxford residents for people in Oxford and surrounding areas.

Website: readeasy.org.uk/groups/oxford-east

What would branding a bus mean to your organisation?
We need to connect with more adults in Oxfordshire who would benefit from our service. A bus branded with ReadEasy Oxford would help raise our profile to a wider audience, and help us to connect with more readers.

More widely adult literacy is still a taboo subject, with many adults scared to seek help from services like ReadEasy due to stigma. We hope that by raising the profile of ReadEasy Oxford we can raise the profile of adult literacy more widely. This would build upon recent publicity for adult literacy from the BBC Jay Blades documentary.

One of our readers Alice recently finished the programme and had this to say:

“I wanted to be like other people. I found it frustrating not being able to help my children with their school work. Now I enjoy reading. More than anything I want to know I have achieved something in life and to show my kids that you can do anything if you put your mind to it.”

'Brand The Bus!' could help us reach more adults just like Alice. Please vote for us and help to raise awareness of our organisation. Thank you.

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Entry 24

NSPCC Oxfordshire

Submitted by: Emily Evans

About NSPCC Oxfordshire
As part of our fight for every childhood, we work directly with children and families in Oxfordshire. We give support to thousands of adults and young people in need through our Helpline service and Childline.

We work with schools up and down the country through our Speak Out Stay Safe programme, helping children to keep themselves safe.

And our projects such as Together for Childhood help children who’ve experienced abuse, support parents, and work to transform the way communities come together to prevent child cruelty.

Website: www.nspcc.org.uk

What would branding a bus mean to your organisation?
The bus branding would give an important presence for NSPCC in Oxfordshire, meaning that children may see the branding and know NSPCC are here to support them when they have no where else to turn. They should know that they are not alone. NSPCC are always available to those children in need.

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Entry 25

Lowland Rescue Oxfordshire

Submitted by: Jack Talbot

About Lowland Rescue Oxfordshire
Lowland Rescue is a 100% not for profit volunteer organisation.

We support Thames Valley Police in the search of high risk missing people. We also support Oxfordshire Fire and Rescue in flood and water rescue. On top of this we support Oxfordshire County Council with resilience to residence in times of snow/floods/crisis.

We have just celebrated our 15th birthday, and in our time have been deployed to over 800 incidents, equating to well over 20000 hours searching for missing people.

Our charity provides this service to our stakeholders completely free of charge - which means we have to fundraiser for all equipment, vehicles and running costs.

We come under the UK Search and Rescue, which incorporates the RNLI, Coast Guard, Mountain Rescue, Cave Rescue and RAF search and rescue. Although, everyone would have heard of all of these bar Lowland Rescue.

We are based out of Slade Fire Station, although operate anywhere, primarily within Oxfordshire. Some of the time we will get tasked by neighbouring counties in particular Bucks and Berks with whom we form Thames Valley Search and Rescue.

Website: www.lowlandrescueoxfordshire.org.uk

What would branding a bus mean to your organisation?
This would help us to publicise our important work within the community. When we showcase on a public event - only 2 in 10 people know that we exist. We have volunteers on call in Oxfordshire 24/7, 365 days a year. We are trained to a high level of search skills, and have teams who are also highly trained as Drone Operators, K9 Air and Ground scenting handlers, water rescue and have one of the few cadaver search dogs, trained highly to detect deceased bodies. To showcase what we can offer - which in turn will allow us to broadcast our knowledge, expertise and experience to the wider public.

Our teams are highly dedicated, however as search and rescue rarely gets searched or indeed noticed - until the unfortunate event that a family member goes missing, it’s very hard to get our presence known across the county.

How will the opportunity to have our branding driven around Oxfordshire support us?

Short term - this will allow us greater understanding and awareness of who we are and what we do

Medium term - allows us to advertise our charity in order to gain more volunteers which in turn generates more assets available to us to search for someone’s lost love ones

Long term - helps us give more, be more and do more for our stakeholders, the police, fire service, and local councils.

It is the hope that a partnership with Oxford Bus Company will be the boost our charity needs in order to assist the residents of Oxfordshire to the next level. Allowing us to be the best we can be.

Thank you for your consideration.

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Oxford Hospitals Charity

Submitted by: Sarah Vaccari

About Oxford Hospitals Charity
The Oxford Children’s Hospital cares for thousands of poorly children from across Oxfordshire and beyond.

From tiny babies to teens – these youngsters have to cope with some of the toughest ordeals life has to offer – including cancer, meningitis, neurological conditions and major surgery.

You will know some of these brave children.

They live in your streets, your community and go to your local schools – they may even live in your home - and with your help we can make their time in hospital that bit easier.

Oxford Hospitals Charity funds specialist medical equipment that’s at the forefront of technology, giving these children the best possible chances.

We create welcoming and positive hospital environments so they can still play and be kids, despite all they are coping with - making life in hospital as good as it can be.

And with your help – your vote - we can do even more.

Website: www.hospitalcharity.co.uk

What would branding a bus mean to your organisation?
Oxford Hospitals Charity does a huge amount to support the local hospitals that care for you, your family and your loved ones.

We are incredibly proud of the difference we make, day in day out to our Oxfordshire hospitals – helping patients, young and old, get the best possible treatment and care.

We don’t replace core NHS funding, but help our hospitals go further – providing specialist medical equipment that stretched NHS budgets don’t allow, creating more comfortable and welcoming spaces for the most vulnerable and funding innovative research and technology that drives forward advances in care to give patients the best possible chances.

But despite the very real impact we have, we are not as well known as we’d like to be.

This competition could change all that.

Branding the bus would take our message out of the hospitals and into the high street – allowing us to inspire more people, raise more funds and quite literally go the extra mile.

We would love to work with some of our youngest patients to share their stories about being in hospital and highlight their unique bravery. We’d be so proud to have our charity featured on a bus, and know that this would raise more vital funds to help our local hospitals.

The Oxfordshire community helped us raise £15 million to build the Oxford Children’s Hospital, and we continue to do so much for patients here and across the John Radcliffe, Churchill, NOC and Horton General.

If you or a loved one has spent time in our hospitals you will know how important our work is.

Please help Oxford Hospitals Charity go the extra mile for your local hospitals and vote for us in the Brand the Bus competition.

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Entry 27

Oxfordshire Family Support Network

Submitted by: Jackie Comrie

About Oxford Hospitals Charity
Oxfordshire Family Support Network is a unique organisation based in Oxfordshire.

We provide independent information, advice and support by families for families of people with learning disabilities.
Set up by family carers who wanted to use their experience to help others in the same situation we strive to improve the lives of people with learning disabilities and their families.

Website: www.oxfsn.org.uk

What would branding a bus mean to your organisation?
It would help to provide great awareness of the support and information that families and carers in the Oxfordshire have access to through the charity in a way that social media is unable to do, as it will be seen by people who may not have access to this.

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Entry 28

Yellow Submarine

Submitted by: Ella O'Brien

About Yellow Submarine
Yellow Submarine is an Oxfordshire charity that believes people with learning disabilities and autism deserve to live life to the full!

We offer a variety of services to those with mild to moderate needs from the age of 11 onwards, including social clubs, activity days, residential holidays and a traineeship. These projects increase confidence and independence in our members as well as provide respite for families and carers.

Website: www.yellowsubmarine.org.uk

What would branding a bus mean to your organisation?
It would be incredible to raise awareness of our charity and what we do with more people in Oxford and highlight that people with learning disabilities deserve to live life to the full. In 2024 we will be celebrating our 15th Birthday and having a bus branded after us would be a brilliant way to celebrate and show how much we have grown within the community since we began in 2009.

Many of our members also enjoy bus spotting in Oxford so this would be extremely exciting for them too!

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Entry 29

Clear Sky Children's Charity

Submitted by: Anna Hodgson

About Clear Sky Children's Charity
Clear Sky supports children who are suffering from emotional or behavioural problems, as a result of trauma. Using the power of play, our therapeutic team work with the children referred to us, through child-led, playful and safe sessions to help them to resolve those issues which are causing them distress, in order to improve their mental health.

Website: clear-sky.org.uk

What would branding a bus mean to your organisation?
We used to operate out of a Play Bus when we first started delivering sessions to children in 2009. We now deliver services to schools all across Oxfordshire.

To brand a bus would mean that we can let more people across Oxfordshire know that there is help available for families and children who have experienced trauma, or who are suffering from emotional or behavioural issues. We have a host of free resources for parents and expectant parents on our website and we run parenting support groups and training for professionals in other regions.

Branding a bus would elevate the importance of our work to potential supporters too which would be amazing as we rely heavily on our generous donors to provide our service.

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Entry 30

Crossroads Care

Submitted by: Lizzy Clarkson

About Crossroads Care
Crossroads Care supports those people who care for others, unpaid carers. When you care for someone else sometimes your own needs get sidelined. That's where we come in. We support unpaid carers of any age in varying ways. We organise group outings for young carers to go trampolining, or those of any age to watch Oxford United. Doing this together means they can meet other people in the same or similar boat. We can also arrange for care workers to provide care in people's homes so they can take a break. Some of our 24x7 carers just want to potter in the garden or go out for a walk. Crossroads also raises awareness of the needs of carers. Thousands of unpaid carers just do not identify as such so don't know what help is there for them.

Website: www.crossroadscare.org

What would branding a bus mean to your organisation?
There are thousands of unpaid carers in Oxfordshire of all ages who do not know what help is available to them and how Crossroads can support them. This would help raise awareness and find those hidden carers who need us the most.

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Entry 31

OXSRAD

Submitted by: Emily Lane

About OXSRAD
OXSRAD is a unique and fully inclusive sports and recreation centre for all ages, open to disabled and non-disabled users. It aims to improve the physical health and mental wellbeing of all its users through fitness, recreation, rehabilitation and therapeutic activities.

Everyone is welcome at OXSRAD where a well-equipped gym with adapted equipment sits alongside a sports hall, sensory room, spinning studio, dance studio and café. OXSRAD is a friendly community that prides itself in being welcoming to everyone of all abilities.

OXSRAD is a rare entity. Although very much embedded in the local community, many OXSRAD users travel from afar to take advantage of this unique environment. Our disabled users frequently tell us about the importance of OXSRAD, “without it I wouldn’t be able to move my body,” one told us. OXSRAD’s uniqueness also stems from its community. Our social shed on Wednesday sees people from all walks of life come together. Our community stands out as an inclusive, welcoming, and supportive environment in which everyone can thrive.

Website: www.oxsrad.org

What would branding a bus mean to your organisation?
OXSRAD is a special place. However, OXSRAD is small and relies on donations and awareness to keep its work going. This competition provides us with an awesome opportunity not only to share OXSRAD’s work with more people, but also to raise awareness of its need for support.

Disabled people in our society are often ignored, with facilities not providing nor caring for their needs. At OXSRAD, we care deeply for them, and want to see them enjoy sport and fitness. There is nothing like OXSRAD in Oxfordshire or further afield. We have seen this by the immense travel some of our clients put in to visit our centre. OXSRAD is a one-of-a-kind centre that provides opportunities to those in our society that are normally ignored. Brand the bus would help us share our unique service.

In addition, Brand the bus would help us share our mission to provide sport for all. Consistent radio will help us to reach more people in Oxfordshire. It would enable us to upgrade, improve and continue serving our growing OXSRAD community. We’re an independent charity that wants to expand our reach, and this would help us to do that.

Unlike council run sports and leisure centres, OXSRAD receives ZERO local government funding. Brand the bus would provide profile-raising exposure that we simply cannot afford to do ourselves but which we desperately need.

Brand the bus would help us raise critical funds for OXSRAD’s life-enhancing work. Without increased awareness and urgent voluntary funding our unique community is at risk.

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Entry 32

Common Sense Media UK

Submitted by: Michaela Carmichael 

About Common Sense Media UK
Common Sense Media helps children thrive in the digital world.

Most technology wasn't built with children in mind but is shaping their lives. Our mission is to improve the lives of children with trustworthy information, education, and an independent voice.

Our free online digital citizenship, literacy, and well-being education resources are used by 22,000+ UK teachers, now with new AI Literacy and Digital Well-being lessons. Learners receive lifelong training to think critically, participate responsibly and take ownership of their digital lives.

We share our independent research on the role of media and technology's impact on children. We advocate holding multi-national platforms accountable and advise policymakers to make a coordinated response to creating rules that influence children’s digital lives.

We empower families to make informed choices through our 45,000+ independent media ratings and reviews of Films, TV shows, YouTube Channels, Games, Apps, Privacy, Books, and AI platforms on our website and app.

Website: commonsensemedia.org.uk

What would branding a bus mean to your organisation?
A branded bus would allow us to showcase and provide awareness of our resources across the county.

Established in the UK in 2019, all our resources are free to teachers and families to benefit the most vulnerable in our community, the children, to thrive online. Even if a child hasn't got a device, they still have access; to their parents', friends or at school.

Regrettably, we hear too often in the news about the extreme, sad and severe negative impacts of online experiences too late to intervene or help young people. Online safety is not an issue of deprivation or wealth. It has the potential to affect every child in the UK. We need to change this. We don't want to and can't wait for another child influenced by Social Media's algorithms and rabbit holes. Nor should we wait for any child to:

  • Engage with others who aren't who they say they are
  • Believe everything they read or see online
  • Feel excluded or lonely by implicit bias
  • Comment online in a way they'd never do face-to-face
  • Post what they may regret in the future
  • Miss opportunities to expand their learning
  • Not understand the necessity of privacy to protect them
  • Cheat or plagiarise, or not fact check AI halucinations and more

Promoting the resources across the county will let teachers, families and children know that helpful resources are available now online 24/7. We want all
teachers to have the very best researched, iterative, engaging curriculum to inspire healthy habits, device care, practical strategies and critical thinking amongst their learners from nursery to year 13. Teachers have access to; professional development, family workshops, lesson plans, student quizzes, worksheets, and send-home family resources. We want all families to be empowered through ratings, reviews and advice to make age-appropriate informed decisions for all their children, and
children to think critically, participate responsibly and take ownership of their digital lives at home, school and when they enter employment.

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Entry 33

Marie Curie

Submitted by: Lorna McGowan

About Marie Curie
Marie Curie is the UK’s leading end of life charity, here to support people through all aspects of dying, death and bereavement – and to fight for a society where everyone gets to have the best experience possible at the end of their life.

Marie Curie Nurses and Healthcare Assistants work night and day, in people’s homes and in our hospices, offering specialist care and support to people with any terminal illness, wherever they feel most comfortable. Our Support Line officers are here to help them, as well as their family and friends, and our Bereavement Service supports loved ones left behind. Marie Curie’s researchers push to discover more about what makes a good end of life, and our policy experts and campaigners fight for a society where everyone gets to have the best possible quality of life while living with an illness they’re likely to die from.

Website: www.mariecurie.org.uk

What would branding a bus mean to your organisation?
Branding a bus would be an amazing opportunity for Marie Curie. It would mean a huge increase in sharing awareness of our local services so we are able to reach more people who need us. It will give us the opportunity to share the support we can provide and how to reach out to us when in need of our help. Sharing our message of “With you to the end” will mean more people will receive that vital care and support they need. With someone in the UK dying every 5 minutes without the end-of-life care and support they need, sharing what Marie Curie does is incredibly important. Here at Marie Curie, we believe everyone deserves the best possible end of life and we are working tirelessly to be there for people when we are needed the most.

In 2022/23 our Hospice Care at Home service saw 122 patients across Oxfordshire, which works out as 655 visits. Additionally, our Support Line received 85 support line enquiries from Oxfordshire residents, with 6,601 users of the Information and Support webpages and three clients received a total of 44 peer support sessions.

Having the opportunity to advertise these services, could also result in an increase in fundraising. With around 50% of our Hospice Care at Home and Hospice services being funded by charitable donations and all our other services being 100% funded by charitable donations, fundraising is vital to allow us to continue supporting more people. An hour of nursing care costs £23, with a support line call or chat costing £17.

By branding a bus in Oxfordshire, we will have the chance to care more people, their family and their friends and be with them until the end.

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Entry 34

Oxfordshire Mind

Submitted by: Ian Nutt

About Oxfordshire Mind
For over 55 years, Oxfordshire Mind has been a stalwart source of mental health support, reaching tens of thousands of people annually. From providing shelter for the most vulnerable in society to aiding struggling schoolchildren and offering crisis refuge through our Safe Haven, our services address diverse needs. Operating at the heart of Oxfordshire's communities, we collaborate with people of all ages and backgrounds, prioritizing solutions and timely support to anyone who needs our help.

In a poignant testament from a service user in September: "Without the amazing staff and volunteers at Oxfordshire Mind, I wouldn't still be here. It really is my lifeline." This heartfelt acknowledgment encapsulates the life-changing impact we bring, affirming our role as a crucial lifeline for those navigating the complexities of mental health challenges.

Website: www.oxfordshiremind.org.uk

What would branding a bus mean to your organisation?
Introducing an Oxfordshire Mind branded bus would be a pivotal shift in our local communications, helping us to bridge the gap and directly engage individuals with our vital services. For 50 years, Oxfordshire Mind has quietly delivered comprehensive non-clinical mental health support and recovery projects, despite a relatively modest public profile. In the face of an ongoing mental health crisis in England, compounded by government prioritisation issues and funding shortages, our visibility becomes essential, especially with suicide ranking as the leading cause of death among men under 50.

Launching a dynamic community support initiative in 2024, we are rallying individuals to join us in fundraising, advocacy, volunteering, and social media engagement at a local level, fostering active participation in addressing our local mental health crisis. With over 5,000 followers and 100 volunteers, we aim to harness this momentum and encourage more people to contribute.

Our commitment extends to impactful partnerships with over 25 local businesses annually, leveraging influence in political, voluntary, and philanthropic networks across Oxford and the County. The branded bus would amplify our reach into the public domain, ensuring our messages resonate with those unaware of the extensive services we provide and where to access them.

In the non-profit landscape, funding significant communication efforts remains a challenge. An Oxfordshire Mind branded bus would not only serve as a powerful visibility tool but also open an unprecedented opportunity, transcending our previous aspirations, as we endeavour to create a lasting impact on mental health awareness and support in our community.

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Entry 35

Sunshine Cat Rescue

Submitted by: Sharon Carbonero

About Sunshine Cat Rescue
SCR is run entirely by volunteers, covering West Oxfordshire, totally dependent upon its own fundraising to maintain the Charity. The Charity aims to reduce the suffering of cats/kittens needing care and attention by providing shelter until new homes are found, whilst trying to reduce the number of cats/kittens needing help.

All cats/kittens which SCR cares for are neutered prior to being re-homed or, if very young, they are re-homed on condition that the new owner arranges for the kitten to be neutered at the appropriate age. Feral cats which the charity becomes involved with are trapped and neutered before being released back to where they were found. Neutering is the most effective way of reducing the number of unwanted cats/kittens roaming the area, thereby helping to provide a safer environment for the general public who are less at risk of coming into contact with potentially aggressive feral and disease-ridden animals

Website: www.sunshinecatrescue.org.uk

What would branding a bus mean to your organisation?
It would mean that Sunshine Cat Rescue would have more visibility and this hopefully would then bring in more donations, volunteers and ideas for events. We constantly try to educate the public on the importance of neutering pets and this could be another means of communicating this message.

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Entry 36

Roald Dahl's Marvellous Children's Charity

Submitted by: Cinta Esmel

About Roald Dahl's Marvellous Children's Charity
Roald Dahl’s Marvellous Children’s Charity provides Nurse Specialists and support for seriously ill children. Currently, over 120 Roald Dahl Nurses support over 33,000 children and their families across the UK.

The charity supports children affected by complex, lifelong illnesses that are under-resourced including epilepsy, rare diseases, sickle cell, and neuromuscular conditions. Such conditions can place immense strain on families who can feel lost in the healthcare system and struggling to cope.

Website: www.roalddahlcharity.org

What would branding a bus mean to your organisation?
In Oxfordshire, we have two dedicated Roald Dahl Nurses, but the need is far greater.

Your support in branding a bus would do more than just raise awareness of our charity; it would be a pivotal step towards increasing the number of Roald Dahl Nurses in Oxfordshire. This expansion is vital to ensure that more seriously ill children in the county receive the essential care and support they deserve.

We invite you to join us in this meaningful cause. Your help could make a world of difference for these children and their families. Please consider voting Roald Dahl's Marvellous Children's Charity. Together, we can ensure that seriously ill children in Oxfordshire are not alone and have the support of a Roald Dahl Nurse.

Thank you for your vote and for helping us make a lasting difference.

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SERV OBN

Submitted by: Meg Dixon

About SERV OBN
Out of hours transport of urgent blood and blood related products provided free for the NHS. Including transport of breast milk for premature babies.

Website: www.serv-obn.org.uk

What would branding a bus mean to your organisation?
It would provide awareness of what we do and also much needed support of funds to keep our much needed service fully functional.

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Entry 38

Purple Advisory Care

Submitted by: Kate Squires

About Purple Advisory Care
Purple Advisory Care are a small team based in West Oxfordshire. We pride ourselves on offering a person and family centred service, that is inclusive for all. We work hard to nurture growth in all our young people and adults, and build positive and trustful relationships with them, and their families

Website: livewell.oxfordshire.gov.uk/Services/6806

What would branding a bus mean to your organisation?
Absolutely everything! This would allow us to spread the word further about the support we can offer to more wonderful SEND families, young people, children and the specialist professionals they already interact with. Our clients are generally the ones who are struggling to access their provision or any kind of support service. The families and professionals we support have often exhausted the options they know about. We thrive on seeing our clients and the people around them flourish, and we’d love to give that to more SEND families.

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Entry 39

Oxfordshire Youth

Submitted by: Emmy O'Shaughnessy

About Oxfordshire Youth
Oxfordshire Youth, celebrating its 75th year, is a pioneering youth development charity dedicated to empowering young people aged 8-25 across Oxfordshire. With a focus on mental health interventions, crime prevention, and supported housing, we reach over 26,000 youth annually. As the backbone of the county's youth work sector, we support grassroots organizations, train youth workers, and champion the Youth Voice Network. Oxford is the second most unequal city in the UK, with many youth at risk of homelessness. Our mission is to break barriers, transform lives, and combat inequality by providing consistent, preventative, and proactive support, fostering positive choices, skills development, and community engagement. Join us in ensuring that every young person in Oxfordshire thrives despite their starting point in life.

Website: www.oxfordshireyouth.org

What would branding a bus mean to your organisation?
Branding a bus would be a transformative opportunity for Oxfordshire Youth, amplifying our impact and visibility throughout the community. The bus serves as a dynamic, mobile billboard, enabling us to showcase our mission, values, and vital services to a broad audience. This rolling canvas becomes a powerful tool for raising awareness about youth issues, homelessness, and inequality in Oxfordshire.

The bus, adorned with our branding, becomes a symbol of hope and support, traveling through Oxfordshire's diverse neighbourhoods, reaching areas that may be otherwise challenging to access. It serves as a moving testament to our 75 years of commitment to empowering young people and creating positive change. The visibility generated by the branded bus would undoubtedly attract attention, fostering community engagement and encouraging individuals to learn more about our initiatives.

Moreover, the bus becomes a tangible representation of community support. Seeing our branding on a public vehicle sends a strong message that Oxfordshire Youth is endorsed and valued by the local community. This endorsement can inspire trust and encourage individuals, businesses, and other organizations to join forces with us in our mission.

In practical terms, the bus branding provides a unique advertising platform, offering exposure to a wide audience across Oxfordshire. This increased visibility can attract potential donors, volunteers, and collaborators, bolstering our capacity to fundraise and expand our reach. As the bus travels its routes, it serves as a constant reminder of the critical work we do, sparking conversations and fostering a sense of shared responsibility for the well-being of our youth.

In summary, branding a bus is not just about aesthetics; it's about leveraging a mobile, high-impact platform to broadcast our message, inspire community engagement, and generate the support necessary to continue our essential work in transforming the lives of young people in Oxfordshire.

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Entry 40

Helen & Douglas House

Submitted by: Janet Carruzzo

About Helen & Douglas House
Helen & Douglas House is a local charity who cares for 430 terminally ill children and their families at its hospice in Oxford and at home across in Oxfordshire,

Since we opened in 1982, as the world’s first children's hospice, Helen & Douglas House has helped 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 families to visit at the hospice and we also provide support 24 hours a day 365 days a year at home. Our hospice is often filled with laughter as well as sometimes tears but more than anything it is a peaceful place where families can come and create happy memories and receive specialist care in their last days, weeks, months or years together.

We need to raise over £4.7m a year and 90% of this is raised through voluntary donations and fundraising events.

Website: www.helenanddouglas.org.uk/

What would branding a bus mean to your organisation?
As a local charity, we need to get the message out to encourage more people to donate money and fundraise for us. Without this we cannot offer local families facing the devastating loss of a child the vital care they need. We don't have big budgets for advertising on buses so this would be such a wonderful gift for us which would otherwise we unobtainable. Many of the fundraising events we hold or take part in are in Oxfordshire including our Bubble Rush, Fire Walk, Abseil and Oxford Half Marathon so winning 'Brand a Bus' would enable us to promote places in these events to raise more money to help more local families.

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Entry 41

The Mulberry Bush Organisation

Submitted by: Hilary Lloyd

About The Mulberry Bush Organisation
The Mulberry Bush, established as a school in Standlake in 1948, is celebrating 75 years of making a difference to people who are born into challenging life circumstances facing trauma, abuse and neglect as children. They find themselves with severe social, emotional and mental health issues with poor life chances. We aim to enhance the quality of care, education, and health provision for these people across the UK and abroad, interrupting the generational pattern.
At our school, we provide a form of integrated therapeutic care, treatment, and education, offering 52-week and 38-week placements for each child in a residential family care setting.
Through Outreach and Consultancy, we provide a range of specialist services aimed at breaking the cycle for increasing numbers of people that need our help.
The Mulberry Bush is making a profound and lasting impact on the lives of people who have been troubled and traumatised as children.

Website: www.mulberrybush.org.uk

What would branding a bus mean to your organisation?
Despite the charity being 75 years old and providing essential services to 1,000s of people, nationally and internationally, The Mulberry Bush is not well known outside of our sector. 
Through the branding of a bus the wider community would become more aware of the vital services of the Charity and therefore reach people who need our help. 
There can be a stigma around those who’ve suffered trauma, abuse and neglect and this is wrong. Sadly, it is more common than people would like to think it is. The opportunity to show that, through our work, there can be a light at the end of the tunnel, would be invaluable. 
Our Outreach team uses our expertise to train and support education, social care, and health professionals whilst our Consultancy works with leadership teams of services. This enhances their therapeutic approach and understanding, improving their quality of service for troubled and traumatised people. 
Then there is the fundraising. The Mulberry Bush receives very little central government funding. Local authorities pay fees which cover the basic cost of care and education at the school. However, these don’t cover improvements to buildings or outside spaces, and we rely on donations to not only provide an enhanced environment, education and experiences for the children within our care but also to expand our research opportunities which allows us to continually enhance therapeutic interventions and contribute to the broader understanding of child development and trauma-informed care. 
An increased awareness of The Mulberry Bush through a branded bus would enhance our ability to provide a range of specialist services aimed at breaking the cycle for these, children, people, their families, and communities and influence the quality of care, education, and health provision for these people across the UK and abroad, improving their lives and interrupting the generational pattern. 

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Entry 42

Rainbow Trust Children's Charity

Submitted by: Ellen Armour

 

About Rainbow Trust Children's Charity
With there being are an estimated 86,625* children in England with life-limiting or life-threatening conditions, thousands of families have to face the very real possibility that their child may die and struggle to cope on a day-to-day basis. Rainbow Trust Children’s Charity supports these families with a seriously ill child. Family Support Workers provide emotional and practical support to the whole family, whenever and for as long as they need it. Support is hugely varied and depends on the needs of the family. It can include listening to a family’s fears, keeping a seriously ill child company during hospital stays, driving families to medical appointments, organising fun activities to help sick children and their brothers and sisters, and support through bereavement and grief.

*Make Every Child Count study, University of York, 2020

Website: www.rainbowtrust.org.uk

What would branding a bus mean to your organisation?
Rainbow Trust Children’s Charity has been running for nearly 40 years. During these 40 years, we have seen the impact and necessity of the emotional and practical services we provide, leading to an increase in the number of care teams we have and areas we cover. We now have a new team covering the Oxfordshire area and with so many families needing support, a branded bus would be a great way for families with a seriously ill child to hear about our services and get the help they may desperately need. Often parents with a seriously ill child are drained, exhausted and are struggling to cope both practically and emotionally. They may also have other children who can feel overlooked and confused about what is happening to their sibling. A branded bus would help us to reach these parents, siblings and families, showing them that they do not have to cope alone. Rainbow Trust provides whatever support a family needs, helping them to cope with their scary situation and focus on spending quality family time together.

Not only would a branded bus mean that Rainbow Trust could reach more families who need support, it would also be an amazing, fun way to promote and encourage people to take part in our Rainbow Week and get baking! As part of Rainbow Trust’s Rainbow Week, we are holding our annual Great Rainbow Bake in May. At Rainbow Trust, our aim is to ensure that families with a seriously ill child can spend precious time together and that is exactly what the Great Rainbow Bake embodies. We want people to celebrate spending quality time with friends, family and colleagues by taking on the challenge of baking marvellous rainbow creations with to raise vital funds to support families with a seriously ill child.

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Entry 43

Asylum Welcome

Submitted by: Emma Jones

About Asylum Welcome
Asylum Welcome is a charity based in Oxfordshire that offers information, advice, practical support and solidarity to refugees, asylum seekers, and vulnerable migrants across the county – including adults, families and unaccompanied asylum-seeking children.

In the words of one of our clients, “Organisations like Asylum Welcome are essential for the world because they make it kinder and more beautiful.”

Founded in 1993, our mission is to foster a strong and inclusive community where everyone feels safe, respected, and understood. With the help of 250+ dedicated local volunteers, we provide essential services to over 4,000 people seeking safety from war, conflict, and persecution.

Asylum Welcome provides life-changing support. The people we help have lived through unimaginable horrors and faced horrendous journeys in search of safety. They have had to leave their homes, relatives, and friends behind. We help them survive and then thrive in their new home.

*Make Every Child Count study, University of York, 2020

Website: www.asylum-welcome.org

What would branding a bus mean to your organisation?
In the last couple of years, the number of people we support has more than doubled and the national political climate has grown colder and more hostile. Never has the work of Asylum Welcome been more important than it is now.

On arrival in the UK, our clients face immense challenges including complex bureaucracies and legal systems, social isolation, the heartache of separation from loved ones and uncertainty about their future. People seeking refugee status are banned from working while they wait months, or years, for a decision on their asylum claim. In the meantime, they must try to establish new friendships and rebuild their lives.

In the past year, we have supported over 1,200 Ukrainian guests and hosts, assisted over 700 people who have been housed in emergency hotel accommodation and delivered invaluable practical and emotional support to more than 250 unaccompanied asylum-seeking children. We have helped families from Sudan, Syria, Afghanistan and many other countries to settle legally and live positively around our city and county.

Asylum Welcome's work relies heavily on the support and solidarity of our local community. Put simply, we couldn't continue without wonderful people like you!

Oxford is a City of Sanctuary. Throughout history, our city has embraced people seeking refuge: from Belgians in 1914 and Jewish refugees from Nazi-occupied Europe in the 1930s to Chileans in the 1970s, East Timorese in the 1990s, and now Syrians, Afghans, Ukrainians, Sudanese, and many others.

Every bus journey is an opportunity to make connections. Branding a bus would mean so much in terms of showcasing the spirit of welcome that holds immense value for the people we support. When refugees and asylum seekers have the opportunity to connect with others through sharing their stories, it helps foster a sense of unity and empathy within our community.

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Entry 44

Reducing the Risk of Domestic Abuse

Submitted by: Emma Teasdale

About Reducing the Risk of Domestic Abuse
Reducing the Risk of Domestic Abuse works to strengthen our community’s capacity to safeguard and support adults and children who are at risk in their own homes. Our core aim is the safety and empowerment of victims of domestic abuse and of the people who support them.
However, there remain many victims of abuse who are ‘hidden’ and our support does not reach them. For many, there are significant barriers to seeking help. The Rural Crimes Network published a research paper in 2019 ‘Captive and Controlled,’ which found that in rural areas domestic abuse lasts 25% longer on average before a victim finds help and that services are less visible and harder to access. DA ‘Friend’s is an initiative that engages and empowers local communities to Listen, Link and Lend a Hand in raising awareness of Domestic Abuse and the support that is available to those in need.

Website: www.reducingtherisk.org.uk

What would branding a bus mean to your organisation?
The support and services offered by our Oxfordshire charity cost over £370,000 a year. A proportion of which comes from statutory funding, we have a small but growing income from the training we deliver. We also receive donations and apply for charitable trust funding to be able to remain independent and act as an advocate agency for our service users. Our multi-agency approaches to tackle abuse in all forms has meant that our work is now recognised nationally across the country and is helping to develop a coordinated approach to keeping people safe.
We know that the COVID pandemic and lockdown had a huge impact on many families and the rise for support increased by an incredible amount, but just because COVID has declined Domestic Abuse hasn’t. Sadly Domestic Abuse is real for many families. People are struggling day to day, not being able to access information or support.
What better way to highlight awareness of domestic abuse and the support that is available to those in need than by Reducing the Risk being on the side of a bus travelling in and around Oxford.
I know there are many great charities out there who do great work in the community, but our charity really does deserve the recognition of what we do. It is not only about highlighting the charity but more importantly it is about getting the information out there to the people who need the support.
Something so simple as seeing a message about Reducing the Risk on the side of a bus could make a huge change in the life of a victim. Give them the opportunities they deserve, a life free from harm or even saving someone’s life is the reality and a difference that can be met by ‘Branding a Bus’

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Entry 45

Shaw Trust

Submitted by: Gillian Lindsey

About Shaw Trust
At Shaw Trust we believe everyone has the right to live a decent and dignified life and an opportunity for rewarding work. We’re determined to help everyone build a foundation for life and find work they can be proud of. We believe that meaningful work can give people a sense of purpose. But we also know that for some of us, it can often feel out of reach. Our organisation is full of caring, passionate people working together to be there for people of all ages. Whether they’re just beginning school, about to start work, or seeking support later in life, we’re here to help.

Our vision: A future where good, meaningful, rewarding, purposeful and dignified employment is accessible to all in society irrespective of life circumstances.

Our mission: To focus our experience, skills, advocacy and passion to deliver the highest quality services for the people we support and to improve opportunities and access to work now and for the long term.

Our commitment: To co-create and deliver high quality employability programmes and complementary services for people with complex needs, challenging life circumstances or other barriers that impact on access to work.

Our purpose is to improve the life chances for employment for people who face social and economic challenges or who may also be disabled or have complex needs.

We have 24 Retail Charity Shops across the UK, where we are committed to meeting our communities at their need. Our slogan: Reuse, Repurpose, Rehome, focuses on sustainability, purchasing pre-loved items at affordable prices and buying from us directly improves the lives of people in the community. We have been in Cowley since 2011 and have build up a very good loyal customer and donor community and would love to reach many more people in the area.

Website: www.shawtrust.org.uk

What would branding a bus mean to your organisation?
We would like to reach more people in Oxford and raise more awareness in order to continue helping people at a disadvantage to live more fulfilled and independent lives. We work hard to help people of all ages, from childhood to retirement, by delivering a diverse range of public services focused on care, education, work, and wellbeing. Our homes for children; our education learning and skills programmes; employability services; support for young people in the justice system; and health and mental wellbeing support – are all designed to meet the needs of local areas. This opportunity would help spread the amazing word about what we do and how we support our local communities and those people across the country.

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Entry 46

Play2Give

Submitted by: Andrew Baker MBE

About Play2Give
Play2Give is a Didcot-born charity, founded by Andrew Baker MBE BCAv. Since 2007, this charity has been changing, transforming and saving lives across Oxfordshire, helping and supporting over 40 good causes and individuals over this time. Focussing on supporting children's hospital, health and disability causes, Thames Valley Charity of the Year, Play2Give (P2G) organises a wide range of year-round events raising funds and awareness of it's work through tombolas and more at events. Sleigh2Give is it's festive operation, raising thousands of Christmas presents distributed out to children and families in hospital, hospices, the less fortunate and vulnerable and those less financially able, each Christmas. Play2Give has provided more than £100,000 alone for the city's children's hospital helping to fund the build of the hospital, funding specialist medical equipment, a patient room, toys and games and more. Andrew was royally recognised with an MBE for services to charity in 2021.

Website: www.play2give.org.uk

What would branding a bus mean to your organisation?
We are only a very tiny charity made up entirely of volunteers, who get no government funding, and rely solely on public donations, fundraising through our community and grants aiding our work, and enabling us to keep on changing, transforming and saving lives across Oxfordshire. A brand the bus opportunity will enable us to further increase our awareness, further reach our charity's awareness to the public, and can only mean that we would generate more funds which would enable us to grant out even more donations to those organisations and people in need that through our work in fundraising tirelessly, we can support such as being able to fund even more medical equipment for the benefit of children in hospital, and so many more that our work impacts each year. Play2Give has been making a real difference over two decades, and we would love the opportunity to have a branded bus increasing our reach and raising our profile even wider, meaning we can keep on doing even more and organising even more fun, diverse and wonderful community events engaging Oxfordshire and making an incredible difference, locally.

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Entry 47

Ark-T Centre

Submitted by: Tracey Schueler

About Ark-T Centre
Ark-T is an Arts and Community centre and mental health and wellbeing charity, with three venues, across Cowley and Blackbird Leys, Oxford, in the heart of some of the most deprived areas in the United Kingdom. Despite being one of the richest cities in the country, many people who live in the surrounding area experience multiple inequalities.

We use creativity to tackle the inequality in our community, through transformative programmes that help people unlock their potential. People come here to make art, make friendships and make change in their own lives and the world around them.

We make this happen by:
Providing person-centred, creative education & training & pathways to volunteering & employment.
Creating opportunities for communities to come together to put on events & share transformational experiences.
Creating a safe and inclusive space where everyone in our community has the opportunity to take part in the arts, and experience the positive impact creativity has on mental & physical health.

Website: www.ark-t.org

What would branding a bus mean to your organisation?
A branded bus would be a vibrant and eye-catching ambassador for Ark-T Centre, capturing the attention of thousands of people every day. This would dramatically raise awareness of our work and the vital services we provide to people facing mental health challenges, poverty, and isolation.
Enhanced credibility and trust: Seeing our logo and message emblazoned on a bus would solidify Ark-T Centre's presence in the community and project an image of professionalism and reliability. This would boost public trust in our organisation and encourage more participants and supporters to seek us out.
A platform for storytelling and advocacy: A bus would not just be a static advertisement; it would be a dynamic platform to share powerful stories about the people we support and the challenges they face. We could use the bus to showcase our successes, highlight the need for our services, and advocate for positive change in Oxford.
A source of community pride and engagement: Seeing Ark-T Centre's message on a bus would be a source of pride for the Oxford community, demonstrating our commitment to supporting vulnerable people. This could foster a sense of shared responsibility and encourage more people to get involved in our work, whether through volunteering, fundraising, or simply spreading the word.
A boost to morale and motivation: For the young people we support, seeing Ark-T Centre's logo on a bus would be a powerful symbol of hope and solidarity. It would show them that they are not alone, that their community cares, and that there is support available to help them overcome their challenges. This could have a significant impact on their morale, motivation, and overall well-being.

Branding a bus with Ark-T Centre would be a powerful force for positive change in Oxford, demonstrating our mission to use art and creativity to build mental health and wellbeing. It would allow us to reach a wider audience, share our stories, and inspire the community to get involved.

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Entry 48

Refugee Resource

Submitted by: Rebecca Wilkey

About Refugee Resource
Founded in 1999, Refugee Resource helps refugees, asylum seekers, and vulnerable migrants improve mental and emotional wellbeing, heal from trauma and suffering, and build new lives as part of Oxfordshire's diverse community. We do so by providing psychological, social, and practical support. Our range of services include: counselling and psychotherapy; mentoring; specialist services for young people, women, and men; advice and advocacy support; hardship and training funds; and consultancy and specialist training for agencies and groups who serve refugees. Our activities aim to preserve and protect the physical and mental health of our clients. Our clients’ needs are at the centre of all we do. In the past six years alone, we have helped over 750 clients to achieve improved emotional well-being and to feel more empowered to address challenges in their lives. Nearly 90% of the funding for services comes through private donors and foundations.

Website: www.refugeeresource.org.uk

What would branding a bus mean to your organisation?
Branding a bus would help Refugee Resource raise awareness, solicit community support, and ultimately show that Oxford still stands with refugees and diverse community members. It would demonstrate that the city recognises the importance of welcoming refugees, prioritises their wellbeing and integration, and celebrates their contributions despite recent anti-refugee government policies and rhetoric. Our bus branding would highlight the various ways to welcome and support: be it through donating, cheering on our refugee football group at their Oxford United in the Community matches, volunteering as a mentor, sponsoring a refugee’s training course, or buying our women’s group recipe book.

Attracting donations and volunteer support is vital to meeting the rising need for therapeutic and social inclusion services for refugees as well as asylum seekers and other vulnerable migrants. The COVID-19 pandemic, the cost-of-living crisis, the mass displacement of Afghans, Ukrainians, Sudanese, and so many others caught in senseless violence has taught us all to band together to support community members who are suffering. The clients we serve are suffering and many are experiencing increased anxiety and mental and emotional distress and are at a heightened risk of re-traumatization. Due to limited funding and volunteer capacity, we are only typically able to enrol clients in services for up to 1-2 years. Healing and integration can begin with us but continue through engagement with Oxford at large. As demand for our therapeutic and social inclusion services grows, we can meet the need inasmuch as the community rallies in support of refugees with us.

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