Connected Communities Fund – the story so far! Getting Together in Sheds and Workshops.

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Connected Communities Fund – the story so far! Getting Together in Sheds and Workshops.

Despite the floods, freezing temperatures and high winds, the new year has started off energetically with lots of activity across Oxfordshire from groups supported by the Connected Communities Fund.

It’s been great to hear from William and Simon at Charlbury Community Workshop – a fantastic new community facility for crafts and woodwork, based adjacent to the Community Centre in the West Oxfordshire town.

Since registering as a charity in March of last year, the team have been busy bringing everything together to get the workshop operational – and things have been moving ahead steadily.  With a dedicated team, they have pulled together to get the final tweaks done so that everyone can be welcomed in.  Colin has been busy PAT-testing as well as fitting a new motor to a vacuum cleaner rescued from a skip!  The fit-out team (Dave, Terry, Mike, Richard, and others) have panelled the side walls of the woodwork room and have started making dedicated storage spaces inside and out.  Meanwhile, Pat has already held a few sessions in the craft room, making cushions for the workshop’s chairs.

The Community Workshop now serves as a hub for various sessions providing opportunities for skill-building and social connections, all in an environment of continuous learning and support.  To find out more, visit their website:

We’re delighted to have supported a range of sheds and workshops over the last two years through the Connected Communities Fund, including:

Thame Community Shed –

The Witney Shed –

Shedquarters (Sonning Common & Peppard) –

It’s been great to be able to support these projects and see these facilities connecting communities across the county.

Vicki Baker
Community Development Programme Officer, OCVA

The Connected Communities Fund, is being delivered in partnership by OCVA and Community First Oxfordshire and has been made available by Oxfordshire County Council.

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