For the past seven years IS Oxford has created an Advent Calendar each December for our users and colleagues to enjoy.

This year has been exceptionally busy in both sales and development and our technical elves have been hard at work on the forthcoming Heritage Cirqa 5.4 upgrade, Heritage Online rewrite and MyCirqa 2.0. This means we haven’t had as much time to devote to the calendar as we would like.

We are hoping to come back with a bigger and better offering next year, but we thought this December it would be a lovely opportunity to celebrate our recent Employee-Owned status with a new ‘Meet the Team’ element to the Advent event.

Visit our website each day during Advent to see who we’re featuring and enter our Daily Prize Draw.

Each entry for the prize draw will raise 20p* for our chosen charities this year (see below).

If you’re anything like us you’ll forget to visit every day, so if you’d like a daily reminder email please just click on this link and we’ll add you to the reminder list!

Every entry to our prize draw will raise 20p for the following charitable causes. All are sourced via We will divide funds equally between them. The details are as follows:

Help an Autistic Child

The gift of a specially trained dog can make life less frightening for an autistic child, providing a familiar and reassuring presence in the outside world. This will help both child and family achieve a calmer life.

Tent School

The gift of a tent school can vastly improve the future for children of India's lowest caste itinerant workers. Until now, enrolment in school has not been an option, so they grow up without literacy or numeracy skills, drifting into begging gangs or sexual exploitation. Tent schools, established in squatter slums, offer access to reading, writing and arithmetic plus a hot meal and lessons about basic hygiene.

Chemo on the go

​Chemotherapy treatment usually confines patients to a hospital room. But now a brilliantly designed backpack allows patients to stroll about, meet friends or even sit in the open air during treatment. The backpacks last for years. At an estimated cost of £4 a treatment, this gift is a small price to make life a little easier during these difficult times.

Safe havens for children

At the end of a South African township school day, many children are forced to wander the streets till parents return from work. But the streets are dangerous and the school children could be co-opted into gangs or even sexually exploited. This gift provides safe havens by paying township mothers to operate afterschool clubs in their own homes, offering a meal and activities to up to four children. Much needed income for them, and safety for the children. 



*Up to a maximum of 10,000 registered clicks.


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