Ox All In Bulletin

Ox All In Bulletin

In today's bulletin:

  • Go Active Get Healthy – Diabetes resources
  • Join our OAI webinars
  • Volunteers needed in Bicester, Witney and Oxford
  • Together with Music webinar
  • Create a short video for Marmalade
  • Rapid symptom-free testing for local public-facing workers
  • Care home residents - visitors from 8th March
  • New Psychological First Aid training
  • Local mosques support 'Every Mind Matters'
  • Keep up to date through our Facebook group
  • Link to all previous CSG Bulletins here.
Lots of love Oxfordshire!

The Oxfordshire All In Team

Go Active Get Healthy – Diabetes

Did you know people can self-refer to the GO Active Get Healthy – Diabetes service? The GO Active Get Healthy team are here to help them make small changes that could make a big difference to their health. Find out more here or to download the new Get Healthy at home resource pack, follow the link:

Join our OAI webinars

Oxfordshire All In (OAI) are hosting several important and exciting meetings and training events; take a look below for more information!

Friday 5th March, 2pm - Equality, Diversity & Inclusion
Our next cross-sector meeting will focus on equality, diversity, and inclusion, and is aimed at community leaders but open to anyone.
Many organisations that were set up as an emergency response to COVID-19 are now looking to sustaining themselves long-term and assessing their governance arrangements. Oxfordshire All In will be piloting a community-wide standard of competence and sharing existing best practices to support organisations – big and small – on their equality, diversity, and inclusion journeys.

This session will explain the proposed pilot and how you can be involved. Join us on Friday 5th March at 2pm: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89913781029

Friday 19th March, 2pm - Marmalade plans
Here, we will be sharing the exciting plans for this year's social action festival, Marmalade. https://www.marmalade.io Usually a face to face event, this year OAI will be working with Arts at the Old Fire Station and Oxford Hub to take the event online and to get our step count up too by facilitating conversations around community work.

We'd love to have as many community groups involved as possible, so join us on Friday 19th to find out more:

Thursday 25th March, 1pm - training session
Free online 1-hour training session for staff and volunteers to gain knowledge, skills, and confidence to talk about being more active with their neighbours and community.

We can all play a role in encouraging and empowering others to become active. Whether that's through signposting to resources, talking about the benefits, or simply encouragement. This hour will teach you:

  • The benefits of being physically active
  • National guidelines
  • Common barriers and practical tips
  • Key signposting resources
  • How to have positive conversations about being more active
Book here:

If you have any questions about any of these events, please email community@oxfordshireallin.org

Volunteers needed in Bicester, Witney and Oxford

As part of the roll out of School Streets across Oxfordshire, Sustrans are recruiting volunteers to support implementation and to enable families to travel to school safely and healthily.

The link to volunteer is here:

Together with Music webinar

Intergenerational Music Making (IMM) invite you to celebrate the launch of their national, intergenerational campaign, Together with Music. They will be hosting a free webinar on Thursday 4th March at 2pm - 3pm. They will be discussing intergenerational practice, music in health, care and education and will be answering any questions you may have alongside an esteemed panel of guests.

Together with Music is a virtual, intergenerational music programme; a partnership between IMM and Care England, that builds connections between care homes, residents, older people and their local schools and youth groups.

The process is really simple! Organisations and groups can sign up to the free membership site. Once you are a member, your own personal 'Together with Music Connector' will be in touch and will be there to support you - starting with finding and connecting you with a local group.

To find out more go to:

Book tickets for the webinar at:

Create a short video for Marmalade

Would anyone like to do a very short video (30 seconds to 2 minutes) on why it is important to empower local groups and communities (like your own)? It's part of the Marmalade project. More details here:

OAI have been tasked with getting the conversation going on why it is important to empower and give agency to local groups, communities and volunteers. Ideally, we'd like 2 or 3 groups to come forward to do a short video clip for us (landscape, on a phone is fine), so if you feel passionately about why your group and your volunteers are important, here's your chance to say why.

It could be about grassroots engagement with the community, e.g. hearing things that other agencies (councils etc) don't hear, the benefits for the volunteers themselves, giving the more 'hidden' members of our communities a voice, making friends across the village, or whatever you think. It doesn't have to be brilliant, witty or original - or long! Just "I'm x and I think it's important to empower local groups/volunteers because..."

Any questions, do get in touch with us.

Rapid symptom-free testing available for public-facing workers in Oxfordshire

From Tuesday this week, workers and volunteers in public-facing roles are able to get a free rapid COVID-19 test as part of Oxfordshire County Council's symptom-free testing programme.
The county council is working in partnership with the city and district councils to provide regular rapid testing for people without COVID-19 symptoms who work and volunteer outside the home.

The free tests are for people who do not have access to workplace testing through their employer. This includes the self-employed and people who work for small businesses, for example taxi drivers, independent retailers, and tradespeople such as plumbers and electricians.

People can book a free test online and go to one of three locations:

  • Spiceball Leisure Centre in Banbury (OX16 2BW)
  • The Beacon in Wantage (OX12 9BX)
  • King's Centre in Oxford (OX2 0ES)

To book:
More information:

Care home residents to be allowed one regular visitor from 8th March

Care home residents will be able to be visited indoors by a single, named individual from 8th March as part of the Prime Minister's roadmap to ease lockdown restrictions. A single visitor will be allowed to hold hands indoors with their relative or contact in a care home, and make repeat visits under carefully designed conditions to keep residents, staff and visitors safe.

Every resident will have the opportunity to name one individual, who will be required to have a test beforehand, wear PPE during the visit and avoid close contact.

Read more about this here:

New Psychological First Aid: supporting children and young people

Public Health England has launched a new psychological first aid (PFA) online training course to help support children and young people that have been affected by emergencies like the COVID-19 pandemic.

It is available for all frontline workers such as teachers, health and social workers, charity and community volunteers and anyone who cares for or is regularly in contact with children and young people aged up to 25, including parents and caregivers.

Those completing the training will be equipped to better identify those children that are in distress and provide support to help them feel safe, connected and able to take steps to help themselves during the pandemic or other crisis situations. The course is free, takes up to three hours to complete (that the learner can complete at their own pace) and no previous qualifications are required.

PFA is a globally recognised training programme for emergency situations and PHE has developed this new course with input and advice from a range of experts, government and charitable organisations via an advisory group which includes NHS England, the Department for Education, British Red Cross and in partnership with FutureLearn.

To find out more about the course, or to book a place, see here. https://www.futurelearn.com/courses/psychological-first-aid-for-children-and-young-people

Local mosque leaders supports 'Every Mind Matters' mental health campaign

Banbury Mosque have joined forces with Oxfordshire County Council to back the Public Health England's Every Mind Matters campaign. With local places of worship, recreation and community centres remaining closed, many people have lost an important source of one-to-one contact and are experiencing mental health issues as a direct result of the pandemic.

Leaders at Banbury Madni Mosque are doing their bit and encouraging their members to stay connected online, keep to a routine, and support each other during these difficult times.

Abu Hassan Hanif Chairman of Banbury Madni Mosque said:
"This lockdown has been a disaster for many people, but to support them and to keep our community mentally, physically and spirituality well, we have had ongoing activities such as daily talks online as well as continuing with our calls to prayer throughout the day.

"Although mental wellbeing can be somewhat of a taboo subject, our Imams at Banbury Madni Mosque speak to people of all walks of life and have seen an increasing need for support for issues such as disputes between spouses, family members and panic attacks.

"We've found that keeping with a regular routine and remaining in daily contact with others, has been so important spiritually and mentally when so much seems out of your control."

Nisha Sharma, Project Lead for PHE South East's Population Health Team said:
"There are simple things you can do to help stop things escalating and you should try if you feel your mental wellbeing is suffering under the current lockdown.

"If you are noticing a change to your moods, sleep or ability to enjoy the things you usually would, I would urge you to reach out to someone you trust, or an organisation in your community. Many are still very much active and would be very happy to hear from you.

"The Every Mind Matters campaign includes free tools and resources to help you reflect on what might help you. A good place to start is the NHS-approved Mind Plan."

The mind plan is available through the NHS one you website: https://www.nhs.uk/oneyou/every-mind-matters

The Every Mind Matters campaign focuses on mental wellbeing as well as the four most commonly reported concerns linked to mental health – anxiety, low mood, stress and trouble sleeping.

A separate survey carried out jointly by Healthwatch Oxfordshire and Oxford Community Action, working with community volunteers from Oxford's diverse and multi-ethnic communities explored community views on wellbeing. It showed that friends, family, faith and community were most important to supporting wellbeing, but also revealed that there were barriers faced to accessing and using support services.

Of the 152 people who responded to the survey, 60% said they would like help with managing their stress, and yet only 4% said they would seek mental health support. The report highlighted that culturally appropriate, locally delivered and practical support, developed with input of communities themselves was key.

For local support with mental health and further information about other community and faith groups supporting people through the pandemic visit Oxfordshire County Council's website:

Download the full report Oxford's New and Emerging Communities views on Wellbeing:

Download the summary report:

Join our Facebook Forum for Community Support Group Organisers

Our Facebook forum continues - sharing info, ideas, resources, successes, and challenges. Please do join if you can.

If you're not on Facebook, fear not, we'll be sharing a selection of the most useful content in this bulletin and you can always email us on community@oxfordshireallin.org with feedback and queries.

Need to contact us? Just email our friendly team at community@oxfordshireallin.org and we will get back to you as soon as we can.

Posted: Mon, 01 Mar 2021 10:02 by Joanne Myers

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