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Public and Voluntary Services

Age Concern
Bicester Job Club
Butterfly Meadows Children's Centre
Charter Housing Tenants Association, Steeple Aston
Citizens Advice Bureau (CAB)
Community Connect
Independent Living Centre
Libraries
Meals on Wheels
Neighbourhood Watch
Police
Neighbourhood Action Group
Volunteer car scheme

Age Concern

Age Concern provides help for people over 50 and their carers on a range of issues such as health, housing and income. They also offer advice on consumer matters, leisure, travel and end of life information. Our local link is Paul O’Sullivan.

Contacts
Paul O’Sullivan
Palmer House
Steeple Aston
OX25 4RT
Tel: 01869 347119

Richard Preston
Tel: 01869 340512
Email:
richard.preston5@btopenworld.com
Website: www.ageconcernoxon.org.uk

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Bicester Job Club

The Bicester Job Club offers expert employment help and advice on jobs, self-employment, training and skills and benefits. It is held at the Methodist Church Hall, on the corner of Sheep Street and Bell Lane, every other Friday between 11am and 1.00pm

For more information phone 01295 221863 or go to www.cherwell.gov.uk/jobclubs.

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Butterfly Meadows Children's Centre

The Butterfly Meadows Children's Centre provides a range of services to pre-school children, along with their parents and carers, in the Bloxham and surrounding areas, including Steeple Aston.

They offer a range of weekly stay and play drop-ins, creative play, learning and volunteering opportunities, outreach support, as well as running groups and specialist courses, such as on baby massage, parenting support, healthy eating and family learning.

They can offer advice and support with a number of topics, including getting back into work and training, breastfeeding support, smoking cessation, and benefits and tax credits information.

They offer a warm and friendly environment and cater for everyone who has responsibility for young children including parents, childminders and grandparents. Just pop along to the centre (based next door to Bloxham Primary School) or contact the team for further details.

Full details and the weekly programme of activities are online at www.oxonchildrenscentres.org.uk

Contact
Butterfly Meadows Children's Centre
Tadmarton Road
Bloxham
OX15 4HP
Tel: 01295 722240
Email: butterflymeadows@oxfordshire.gov.uk
Website: www.oxonchildrenscentres.org.uk

Charter Housing Tenants Association, Steeple Aston

At present, Steeple Aston doesn’t have it’s own representative, but any Charter Housing tenant can go along to Charter’s tenants’ meetings. For further information, contact Jaz Kundi, the Resident Involvement Manager or look at their website.

Contact
Jaz Kundy
Charter Community Housing Ltd
Old Bodicote House
White Post Road
Bodicote
OX15 4FH
Tel: 0845 009 2404
Email:
jaz.kundy@cc.housing.co.uk
Website: www.cchousing.co.uk

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Citizens Advice Bureau (CAB)

The Citizens Advice Bureau provides independent, confidential free advice on a wide variety of topics. The nearest to Steeple Aston are at Banbury and Bicester.

Contacts
Bicester CAB
Tel: 0870 2200608
Banbury CAB
Tel: 0844 848 7922
Caseworker for disabled and vulnerable: Lynn Tel: 01608 646990
Website:
www.banburycab.org

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Community Connect - helping older people

Community Connect is a free friendly service, helping older people in Oxfordshire to improve their quality of life.

They can help you find out about local services and support, such as:
. Activities in your locality
. Organising a lift if you need it.
. Help caring for a loved one.
. Feeling safer at home.

You can talk to them by phone, email or invite them to visit you. They work in strict confidence.

Can you spare a few hours a week?

The service which is managed by West Oxfordshire Citizens Advice Bureau and funded by Oxfordshire County Council, is also looking for volunteers. They are looking for volunteers to visit older people, to help them find out about services and activities they require. As a volunteer you will receive full training, support and expenses.

For more information on becoming a volunteer, or if you would like to arrange a home visit please contact Community Connect by phone or email. Details are below.

Contact
Community Connect
Tel: 01608 648099
Email:
communityconnect@wocab.org.uk
Website: www.communityconnectoxon.org

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Independent Living Centre

The Guideposts Trust Independent Living Centre, in partnership with Oxfordshire County Council, provides informationon products and organisations to assist people with disabilities and older people to increase and maintain theirindependence.

The Centre, based in Abingdon, provides this service to any adult living in Oxfordshire. The Centre has equipment for the kitchen, lounge, bedroom and bathroom.Two occupational therapists are available for personal and confidential consultations, by appointment. There is also an Information Line on01235 856212 .

Contact
Guideposts Trust Independent Living Centre
Abingdon Resource and Wellbeing Centre
Audlett Drive
Abingdon
OX14 3GD

Email: ilc@guidepoststrust.org.uk
Website:www.guidepostsilc.org.uk

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Libraries

A mobile library calls at Steeple Aston on alternate Thursdays, stopping between 10.05and 10.20am in the village hall car park, and between 10.25 and 10.50am at the White Lion.

The nearest libraries to visit are at Deddington, Banbury and Bicester.

Contacts
Banbury library
Tel:01295 262282
Bicester library
Tel:01869 252181
Deddington library (and the mobile library)
01869 338391
Website:
www.oxfordshire.gov.uk go to Your local library in the menu on the left

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Meals on Wheels

There is a service of Meals on Wheels in the village for those who need it.

Contact
Jane Hamilton
Tel: 01869 340652
Hanny Nicholson
Tel: 01869 340823

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Neighbourhood Watch

There is a Neighbourhood Watch scheme in the village based on a system of local coordinators. All, or some, of the occupants of a small area of the village, a road or part of a road, decide that they wish to form a Neighbourhood Watch scheme and one of their number acts as the coordinator. That coordinator receives periodic alerts and updates from the police, which they can share with the members of their scheme. Most of the village is covered by these schemes. The whole premise is about being a good neighbour, looking out for others and supporting the police in reducing crime. Roger Needle.

Roger also acts as a liaison for Cherwell District Neighbourhood Watch at the Thames Valley Neighbourhood Watch Association centred at Beaconsfield.

Community Messaging

As an alternative to being a member of a formal Watch Scheme, which may not suit everybody, the local police are willing to provide a separate service of two-way interchange of information and crime alerts. This service is called Community Messaging and can be received by email, fax or voice message to a mobile or landline telephone.

To sign up for this service visit www.tvpcommunitymessaging.org or ring 0845 8505505 and ask for your local Watch Administrator.

Security Self-assessment

If individuals wish to assess how secure their property is, the Home Office has prepared a sef-assessment form which is available on the internet.

Visit: www.homeoffice.gov.uk/secureyourhome/questionnaire/form.php.

A good result is about an 85 per cent rating.

For more information about Neighbourhood Watch schemes in general, visit: www.neighbourhoodwatch.uk.com

Contact
Roger Needle
Tel: 01869 340028
Email:L.Needle@btinternet.com

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Police

In an emergency always dial 999.

For any other matter contact our rural police officers who are based at Bicester Police Station.

We have a sergeant, Bruce Riddell, two rural PCs, Shaun Sullivan and Caroline Brown, and two Police Community Support Officers (PCSOs) Sue Cooper and Kevin Lewis. They know the village and will be happy to help you with any problems or queries.

There is information about crime types and levels, and how the performance of Thames Valley Police compares to other forces on the following websites:
http://maps.police.uk/view/thames-valley
www.hmic.gov.uk/PoliceReportCard/ThamesValley

And there is information on tackling crime and anti-social behaviour together with all the latest team information on the Thames Valley Police website under Neighbourhood Policing. See www.thamesvalley.police.uk.

Contact
Bicester Police Station
Tel: 0845 8505 505

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Neighbourhood Action Group from Roger Needle, our local contact

What is a Neighbourhood Action Group or NAG?

It is a group comprising of the Police, Partnership Agencies such as your local district council and importantly, members of the community representing you.

They will meet approximately every six weeks and discuss ways to tackle issues identified as priorities by the local community over the short and long term.

I have been co-opted as a member of the Neighbourhood Action Group with the objective that a closer liaison between the police, local authorities and the community should make our village and that of the surrounding neighbourhood a safer and better place to live.

Steeple and Middle Aston is not recognised as the centre of crime in The Thames Valley but there remain problems or concerns that can be tackled. From recent surveys of our district, three main issues were identified:- speeding within the villages, road safety such as inconsiderate parking and groups of youths loitering in public places.

What contribution is possible?

As a member of the action group, it is possible to act as a point of contact for any of your concerns. Please remember I am only a volunteer so do not contact me every time someone drops some litter on the street. You can also contact the action group direct via email. A phone number will be available in the future.

What will happen once concerns have been expressed?

They will first be prioritised and then the police, with assistance from any relevant agency, will make a concentrated effort to remove or reduce those concerns. Complete eradication of some problems may not always be possible but every attempt will be made and all actions will be monitored.

Contacts

Email direct to Neighbourhood Action Group: bicesterruralneighbourhood@thamesvalley.pnn.police.uk

Local beat officers: WPC 437 Caroline Brown and PC 4515 Shaun Sullivan

On the Lookout

Village contact, Roger Needle
Tel: 01869 340028
Email:L.Needle@btinternet.com

For non-urgent action you can call 08458 505505

For emergency call 999

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Volunteer car scheme

There is a volunteer car scheme in Steeple and Middle Aston to provide transport for 'health related' appointments when public or alternative transport is not available or appropriate.

Health related appointments may be for a visit to the local surgery or hospitals in Banbury, Bicester or Oxford or possibly for visits to the dentist or optician etc.

There will be a cost of 45 pence per mile payable direct to the volunteer driver to assist in the ever increasing expense of owning and running a vehicle.

All bookings must be made through Volunteer Connect at Banbury on 0845 8150087 preferably three days prior to an appointment.

If you are in need of or know anyone who might benefit from this service then please don't hesitate to call Volunteer Connect who will provide further details.

Contact
Volunteer Connect
Banbury
Tel: 0845 8150087

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