Public and Voluntary Services

Age UK Oxfordshire
Bicester Job Club
Butterfly Meadows Children’s Centre
Charter Housing Tenants Association, Steeple Aston
Citizens Advice Bureau (CAB)
Community Connect
Eldon Friends
Home Instead
Independent Living Centre
Libraries
Police
Volunteer car scheme


Age UK Oxfordshire

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, transport and end of life information. Our local link is Richard Preston.

Contacts
Age UK Oxfordshire
Tel. 0345 450 1276; Banbury office: 01295 278040
Website: http://www.ageuk.org.uk/oxfordshire/

Local link: Richard Preston
Tel: 01869 340512
Email: richard.preston5@btopenworld.com

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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
The Garth
Launton Road
BICESTER
OX26 6PS
Tel: 01869 321806

Banbury CAB
Cornhill House
26 Cornhill
BANBURY
OX16 5NG

Advice Line: 03444 111 444
Website: www.citizensadvice.org.uk/local/north-oxon-south-northants

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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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Eldon Friends

Eldon Friends is an independent service that specialises in providing support to enable clients to remain living independently in their own home.

Whether they require transport to medical appointments, light housework, assistance with shopping trips or just simply companionship, Eldon Friends has the right package to suit their needs.

Contact
Elaine Kelly
Tel: 01869 340449

Email: info@eldonfriends.co.uk
Website: www.eldonfriends.co.uk

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Home Instead, North Oxfordshire

The North Oxfordshire branch of Home Instead, based in Deddington, is part of an award-winning homecare provider offering a range of non-medical services to help seniors and their families feel secure, confident and happy in their own homes. This can include just having a cuppa and a chat, shopping, meal preparation, light housework and outings as well as personal and dementia care.

They say: “For us the relationship between our staff and the people we care for is vital. So we don’t do short visits (minimum an hour), don’t wear uniforms, make sure the same people visit each time. We always introduce people before a service starts so no one ever has a stranger coming to the door. Through the relationships we form our service does not feel like ‘care’ more like a friend has come for a visit.”

Contact
Home Instead
Home Farm Works
Clifton Road,
Deddington.
OX15 0TP
Tel:01869 220908
Email: graham.holtom@homeinstead.co.uk
Website: www.homeinstead.co.uk/northoxfordshire

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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 on 01235 524857.

Contact
Guideposts Trust Independent Living Centre
Abingdon Resource and Wellbeing Centre
Audlett Drive
Abingdon
OX14 3GD
Tel: 01235 524857
Email: ilc@guidepoststrust.org.uk

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Libraries

The nearest libraries are at Deddington, Banbury and Bicester.

Contacts
Banbury library
Tel: 01295 262282
Bicester library
Tel: 01869 252181
Deddington library
Tel: 01869 338391
Website: www.oxfordshire.gov.uk  and click on Libraries

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Police

In an emergency always dial 999.

For any other non-urgent matter, please dial 101.

For details of our local police officers, the Bicester Rural Neighbourhood team, and their latest reports, also to register for Community Alerts, please click here.

And there is information on tackling crime and anti-social behaviour together with all the latest information on the Thames Valley Police on their website: www.thamesvalley.police.uk.

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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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