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Social Saturday Oxfordshire programme announced

By John Charlton

Supported by key local partners, including OxLEP and Oxford City Council, OSEP is coordinating, supporting and promoting a range of events and activities to highlight the fantastic work being undertaken by Social Enterprises across Oxfordshire. Social Saturday is an initiative from Social Enterprise UK to promote Social Enterprise nationally.
Social Saturday is on Saturday 14th October, although there are events happening all week from Saturday 7th October. Here is just a small taster of what to expect:

The Big Sleep Out: Aspire Oxford and Oxford Homeless Pathways are partnering to raise awareness of Homelessness and raise funds to support these two organisations supporting those who face this problem.

Yellow Submarine Café’s: Buy One Coffee, get one free! – Yellow Submarine run two fantastic cafes – one in Oxford and one in Witney. Their cafés don’t just sell delicious freshly made food and drinks, they create incredible, life-changing opportunities for young people with disabilities. For Social Saturday, they have a Buy One, Get One Free offer on their coffee during w/c 9th October.

Broken Spoke Bike Co-op: Leader of the City Council, Cllr Bob Price is visiting Broken Spoke’s Open Workshop session (10am – 5pm)

Ami Coffee Companion Hour: As part of Social Saturday Ami is hosting a series of 3 Coffee Companion Hours in October. These informal, social occasions are open to all and provide a welcoming environment in which to meet new people and share stories and ideas.

RAW Workshop: Visit from Nick Temple, Dep CEO at Social Enterprise UK. Nick will be visiting RAW workshop, “Doing Good with Wood” and changing lives at the same time.

Oxford Circular Collective Upcycling workshop: making car bin bags – A one-off free and open workshop for Social Saturday week for anyone who’d like to work together towards a solution to the car litter problem in a fun, creative and sociable way.

SyleAcre Tea Room at Savages, Blewbury: Visit by Ed Vaizey, MP to see the wonderful work StyleAcre undertakes and the work experience opportunities provided to the service users it supports.

Aspire Oxford: Visit from MP, Anneliese Dodds – Annelies Dodds, MP, will be visiting award-winning Aspire Oxford to see at first hand the work the organisation undertakes providing services to local councils, blue-chip corporates, academic institutions and private customers. Aspire’s businesses come with social impact ‘built-in’: they create work placements and employment opportunities for local people who face barriers to securing meaningful employment.

Oxford Wood Recycling: Social Saturday Fun Day – Fun day for all the family. Find out what we do in the community. Demonstrations, Build a Bird Box, Giant Garden Games, Meet the Mayor, Refreshments and Discounts on Timber.

Club Bump CIC: Zumba – Zumba 4Bump is an adaptation of the Zumba Gold workout and has been devised by Oxford Brookes researchers and lecturers, Dr Lesley Smith and Ethel Burns, and Zumba instructor George Martini.

Oxford Printmakers’ Co-operative: Art sale – Open to buy original artists’ greeting cards and find out about printmaking courses.

13th Theatre Company: Act and Fun Kids’ Drama Club – A popular drama club where children can release their creativity and imaginations. Christmas show planned where all children will get a part. £6.00, family discounts available.

Tap Social: Live Music and Food – Tap Social Movement is a craft brewery, which provides training courses for people serving prison sentences, offering courses in brewing and business start-up, and providing one-on-one support in securing permanent employment to assist in effective rehabilitation. Join them for Live Music and food.

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