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09.12.19 Windrush Bike Project - Kath Cochrane and volunteers

Grants for community groups

We are pleased to have given four community projects in West Oxfordshire grants totalling almost £7,000 in time for Christmas.

We have given the grants to support local communities, with funding going to:

Got2B – £1,870.50 to help with start-up costs for this new detached youth work project to support young people in West Oxfordshire.

Home-start – £1,250 towards providing support for Cottsway families in the Chipping Norton area.

Quest for Learning - £2,000 towards a ‘Numskills’ maths project for 16 children at Our Lady of Lourdes Primary School in Witney.

Windrush Bike Project - £1,875 to enable volunteers who have already completed mental well-being courses to continue attending bike mechanic workshops, helping to refurbish bikes that will go to Asylum Welcome, Oxford.

The projects have received the funding after applying to our Cottsway Community Fund, a £25,000 scheme that supports projects which benefit the community or support an individual Cottsway customer, or their immediate family member, into employment or training.

Cottsway customers were given the chance to vote for the projects they would like to support and have a say on the amount of funding that is given.

Kath Cochrane, Director of Windrush Bike Project, a social enterprise based in Corn Street, Witney, which provides training, support and volunteering opportunities, said: “We’ve supported 28 youth bike mechanics and 12 adult mechanics over the past year, and the funding from Cottsway will enable us to do even more. We are very grateful.”

Marion Harley and fellow qualified youth worker Julie Edwards both live in West Oxfordshire and have recently launched the Got2B youth project, holding regular sessions for young people at The Coffee Shed, in The Leys, Witney. 

Marion said: “Youth services have been cut in recent years, but there is definitely a need in West Oxfordshire and that’s why we’ve set up this project. There are lots of costs, like insurance for example, that we’re encountering and the funding from Cottsway will really help.”

The four projects are the latest to receive funding from this year’s Community Fund. Seven other projects have already been awarded funding and applications are open for the third round of 2019-2020 until 31 December, with voting in the New Year. 

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