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11 ways you can be part of Oxfordshire's Best New Groups

Last week's Oxfordshire Charity and Volunteer Awards saw Community Action Groups once again take the highest accolades. The CAG Project itself was shortlisted in the final three for Best Community Project, Working Together Award and Environmental Award, while the weekly Sandford market Talking Shop came away as winners of the Best Community Project Award. West Oxford's Osney Lock Micro Hydro Project was also a winner, celebrated as the Best Fundraising Project.

The greatest success in the project came in the Best New Group category. Each of the three shortlisted projects were new Community Action Groups, established in the last two years. The eventual winners were sustainable food co-op Cultivate, but cycle co-op Broken Spoke and the support and training programmes of Farm Ability were also highly commended. 


Emma and Doireann from Cultivate with their Best New Group award

This success is a testament to the fantastic new projects, opportunities and events cropping up all across Oxfordshire within the last few years, and it's never been a better time to get involved! Here are 11 steps you can take to be a part of the county's official Best New Groups:


1. Become a Member! - sign up for membership and get 10% off your VegVan goods, plus all that membership has to offer. You’ll be a part of a growing co-operative!
2. Visit the VegVan - buy your veg locally on Oxford's mobile greengrocer.
3. Attend one of Cultivate's fantastic Events - find out about activities happening over the next few months.
4. Become a Volunteer - find out about Cultivate’s range of great opportunities.

Broken Spoke Bike Co-op

5. Become a Supporter- get some great benefits and the satisfaction of supporting a really extraordinary social movement.
6. Volunteer - use your skills to help others and get a 50% discount on courses
7. Sign up to a Mechanics or Cycling Course - learn skills for riding and fixing confidently
8. Come along to a Drop In Workshop - open three days a week, bring your bike and use all the tools and expertise Broken Spoke has to offer

Farm Ability

9. Join the Volunteer team - share your skills in occasional 2 to 3 hour sessions for adults with learning disabilities and autism, making healthy lunches or maintaining the garden.
10. Fundraise - to make a real difference to the co-farmers.
11. Donate an item on the Wishlist - from compost to bookcases

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Latest Events

Fri Apr 25 @11:00 - 07:00PM
Cultivate VegVan
Fri Apr 25 @11:00 - 05:00PM
Broken Spoke drop-in bike workshop
Fri Apr 25 @19:00 -
Big Lunch Quiz
Sat Apr 26 @09:00 - 12:30PM
Deddington Farmers' Market
Sat Apr 26 @09:00 - 12:00PM
Talking Shop Community Market
Sat Apr 26 @10:00 - 11:30AM
Freecycle LIVE!
Sat Apr 26 @10:00 - 01:00PM
East Oxford Farmers' & Community Market
Sat Apr 26 @10:00 - 04:00PM
Cultivate VegVan
Sat Apr 26 @10:00 - 04:00PM
Cultivate Land Volunteer Day
Sat Apr 26 @11:00 - 05:00PM
Broken Spoke drop-in bike workshop