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Attendee at Family Dog Workshop ran by Dogs for Good

Over £11,000 gifted to local community projects

We've gifted grants totalling over £11,000 to six local community projects, with funding going to:

  • Oxfordshire Youth - £2,335 to support their Mental Wealth Academy, a 3-year programme that supports 18-25-year-olds through non-clinical mental health interventions and wellbeing coping methods.
  • Carterton Family Centre- £2,325 towards a kitchen refurbishment which, when finalised, will be used to help teach people to cook, including how to use up leftovers and eat more healthily.
  • West Oxfordshire Community Transport – £2,280 towards buying a new replacement bus, so the community-owned co-operative can continue to provide a bus service to rural communities in the district.
  • Carterton Football Club - £2,250 towards improving their football pitches.
  • Dogs for Good - £1,900 to help fund the Banbury-based charity’s specially designed Family Dog Workshops, which provide parents of autistic children with the advice and long-term support needed for choosing and training a dog to benefit the whole family.
  • Oxford Science and Ideas Festival - £450 towards magazine distribution costs to promote the annual IF Oxford Festival, an independent science festival which shares imaginative and thought‑provoking ideas.

The projects have received the funding after applying for our Cottsway Community Fund. Our customers are then 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.

Cathryn Simpson, Corporate Partnerships Manager at Dogs for Good, said: “We’re over the moon that Cottsway customers have chosen to support our Family Dog Service, which helps families with autistic children aged 3-16 years old build a bond with a pet dog.

“Our workshops show how a strong relationship with a dog can help those with autism to establish good routines around bedtime, encourage regular exercise, and help reduce anxiety and encourage confidence around social interactions, all of which aid positive mental wellbeing and concentration.”

Sam Stronach, our Community Investment Officer, said: “I’m delighted that we’re able to continue to support such a wide-ranging variety of local community projects.

“We’ve increased our Community Fund to £30,000 this year to enable us to help more charities and voluntary groups. We offer grants of up to £5,000 to projects which benefit their local communities. We can also support Cottsway customers with up to £250 to learn new skills and improve their job prospects. If anyone feels they could benefit from additional funding, please get in touch.”

These six projects are the latest to receive funding this year. For more information, and to apply, see: Community Fund

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