2017/18 Community Projects

Healthy Abingdon

The Healthy Abingdon project (http://healthyabingdon.org.uk/) was set up in 2017 and aims to improve the health and wellbeing of the town through connecting people and organisations.  The initial stages of the project were funded by a grant but to continue the development of the project, further funding was required.  Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust are a key member of the project and Ros Alstead, Director of Nursing, is one of the founding members.  OHC approved funding for the project to develop over the next two years and increase involvement of community members in health and wellbeing activities.  

Since receiving the funding, Healthy Abingdon have held a further public meetings, details of which can be found on their website (http://healthyabingdon.org.uk/news.htm#EventApril2018) and have initiated work to make Abingdon a dementia friendly town.  This included taking over a Community Free Space in Abingdon shopping centre during Dementia Week to raise awareness of dementia and dementia support available to individuals and carers (http://healthyabingdon.org.uk/news.htm#dementia-week).


A funding request was received from RAW, a social enterprise based in Blackbird Leys making high-quality wooden products and changing lives by employing, training and supporting people who face prejudice and barriers to work.  They state on their website, www.raw-workshop.co.uk that 85% of their team have faced issues such as physical or learning difficulties, mental health illness, recovery from addiction and criminal histories.  The funding request was focussed on the redevelopment of the Barn to enable increased opportunities for engaging those living with mental and physical health illness; aiming to make a powerful and positive impact on the quality of daily life and long-term hope.

The barn initially looked like this:

Work carried out as a result of the funding enabled the team to bring the Barn back to life as a fully functioning retail space for reclaimed wood, as you can see in this 'after shot':