Oxfordshire Bursary

If you have a charity or local group in Oxfordshire, you can apply for a share of the 2019 CALA Community Bursary


Scroll to find out more about how the bursary helped charities and local groups in your area in 2018.

Oxtalk received £1,550 from CALA’s Community Bursary in 2018.

Oxtalk, which has been running for 39 years, is a voluntary organisation providing visually impaired people in the Oxford area with a weekly digest of news from the local newspapers. The service is free and is available on memory stick or directly from the organisation’s website. Every week a team of nine from the total 53 volunteers meet at the Oxfordshire Association for the Blind to prepare items for recording, read them onto a master, and copy them so that each listener receives their own memory stick in the post.

The funds received were used towards purchasing a new duplicator/copier machine.

Read the full story here. 


Bicester Good Neighbour Scheme received £1,000 from CALA’s Community Bursary in 2018.

Bicester Good Neighbour Scheme is a voluntary organisation that aims to alleviate loneliness for those who are 65 and over by offering friendship and support to isolated people in Bicester and nearby villages. The group has over 130 clients and volunteers, with all support provided free-of-charge.

The scheme relies on charitable grants, fundraising, and donations to cover their costs. The CALA Community Bursary was a very welcome boost to their 2018 budget.

Read the full story here.