Over the last ten years, Oxford Gospel Choir has supported numerous charities. In 2012 we decided that instead of supporting a different charity at each concert, we would support one locally-based charity per year and try to build a real relationship with that group. Our charity for 2016/17 is Oxford Homeless Pathways which aims to break the cycle of homelessness by providing a range of services for homeless and recently homeless people aged 22+. They help people tackle the issues that have led them to become homeless and to build confidence, develop new skills and put in place plans to change their lives.
2015/16 SpecialEffect. This Oxfordshire based group aims to put fun and inclusion back into the lives of people with physical disabilities by helping them to play video games using personally adapted technology ranging from modified joypads to eye-control.
2014/15 Soundabout which uses music to unlock the potential of those children and young adults with severe disabilities.
2013/14 SeeSaw, a charity that helps bereaved children in Oxfordshire in a variety of ways. We performed at a range of fundraising events for them, including a Firewalk, Memorial Services, Christmas Tree Festival, their thanking event and on 13th July, 10 choir members ran The British 10K London Run on Seesaw’s behalf. We raised over £5,000 for Seesaw.
Charities previously supported include
- Guideposts Trust (Music Therapy section) which offers music therapy sessions by qualified therapists to people living with dementia.
- 4 Life Thailand A charity which exists to bring life to the thousands of abandoned disabled children living in state institutions in Thailand and was set up by two of our past musical directors, Henry and Lydia George.
- Helen and Douglas House Providing hospice & palliative care to children and young adults in Oxfordshire & surrounding counties
- Sobell House Hospice Charity The purpose of Sobell House Hospice Charity is to support the Sir Michael Sobell House Hospice in providing palliative and end of life care to the residents of Oxfordshire.
- Didcot Train Youth Project TRAIN provides support for the young people in Didcot, particularly those aged 14 to 18, who tend to hang around the streets.
- Cecily’s Fund Cecily’s Fund is a UK registered non-governmental organisation committed to improving the prospects for every Zambian orphan and vulnerable child to grow up to lead a self-reliant, healthy and fulfilling life.
- Music for Autism Music for Autism is enhancing quality of life and raising public awareness through autism-friendly, interactive concerts developed specifically for individuals with autism and their families.
- ASNA ASNA UK is an association established to support the spiritual, social, emotional and physical development of people living with special needs and disabilities. It also aims to support their families/ carers and professionals working within the field of special needs by providing resources, training and awareness programmes, family weekend breaks and special needs focus days. .