New eTrainer courses launched

Wed, 13/04/2016 - 7:56am

Fantastic new short courses on a range of topics. Click 'News in full' for more..

Heritage and Heritage Cirqa users can go now to the brand-new etrainer page at https://cirqasupport.com/training/etrainer to see what is on offer. Choose from four levels of training: Really new, Getting Started, Lifeline Training and Beyond the Basics.

 

Flagship Programme passes halfway mark

Wed, 03/02/2016 - 10:01am

February 2016 sees the launch of Challenge 6. Have you joined in yet? Find out more

The Flagship Programme is a series of 10 challenges which, when completed by staff at a library using Heritage Cirqa, earns the library 'Flagship Site' status and 10% off etraining for life for the participants. The programme has been designed to help staff get the very best out of Heritage and Heritage Cirqa for their library. Find out more on our Flagship Programme page.

 

Open Days 2016

Wed, 03/02/2016 - 9:53am

We will be opening our doors on 19th May and 13th Oct this year! Further details can be found on our Open Days page.

 

£30 raised for GOSH

Wed, 03/02/2016 - 9:56am

Our monthly 'dress down' day raised funds on their behalf.

On the first Monday of each month IS staff can come to the Chapel in their casual clothes in return for a donation of £2 to the charity being supported. Staff can nominate any good cause they feel deserves a bit of extra help. This month Great Ormond Street Hospital was nominated by Paul Gellatly, our Support Manager:

“Whilst the British Heart Foundation is a charity close to my … heart, when my brother was a baby he was diagnosed with a hole in his. My family, who were only barely in their twenties, having relocated from Scotland only months before, lived in Ashford Kent at the time when he became quite ill. They had no family support as they were 600 miles away and had no real friends to lean on during this traumatic time. The parent care provided by Great Ormond Street Hospital was incredibly important. Ordinarily leaving your child in the hands of doctors and nurses miles away from home, they were able to provide accommodation on site so that my mum or dad could be there for him during his lengthy stay in hospital. This charity is currently looking to build new accommodation , amongst other projects and is something , unless you have the misfortune of needing, you would never truly appreciate the comfort this can give you and your family.”

 

£32.50 raised for the RNLI

Mon, 11/01/2016 - 2:14pm

Our monthly 'dress down' day raised funds on their behalf.

On the first Monday of each month IS staff can come to the Chapel in their casual clothes in return for a donation of £2 to the charity being supported. Staff can nominate any good cause they feel deserves a bit of extra help. This month we decided to support the RNLI, who are under tremendous pressure due to the recent storms.

 

IS Oxford Christmas Giving 2015

Thu, 17/12/2015 - 9:06am

Every member of staff has been given £200 to spend on their own choices of Good Gifts. See our choices below.

It is the twelfth year that IS Oxford have donated to charity through the Good Gifts Catalogue. Our annual order always consists of our own personal choices together with the supply of a School Library in a poor neighbourhood in India. Our donation will establish the library, including a termite roof, and help supply cupboards and books.

Our individual choices covered a very wide range of causes (too many to mention in full here). We supported a supplementary school in a developing country for one month and choose to educate a disabled child in a developing country. In Africa we choose to de-worm 1500 children and train girls as bakers to help raise their self-esteem and gain independence. We opted for a fresh start for those forced to flee war or natural disaster, purchased a set of surgical instruments and closer to home we chose to supply activities including transport, room hire and refreshments for 4 OAPs.

On the theme of education we supplied a year’s schooling for four children in Africa and girl-friendly schooling for four girls in South Sudan.

We chose to supply four villagers in Africa with solar lamps which are healthier than kerosene lamps thus saving lives and money and gave the gift of sight to three children and fifteen adults. We supported three Afghan girls who have been abandoned by their families and transformed the life of two Indian street children.

In the UK we chose to help regenerate three bluebell woods and four areas of meadowland to create a playground for bees and butterflies. We purchased eighty four square metres of greenbelt land to protect against the urban creep. We also supplied two cats for comfort, a lamb for an Indian villager, care for one abandoned pet, supplied a child with a toy that would otherwise get nothing at Christmas and provided a visit to the pantomime and theatre. We also helped the elderly by supplying help with heating bills, a gift for two patients in hospital, a Christmas hamper and a hot lunch.

All this is in addition to the money raised by our Advent Calendar. For more details of the gifts we have given please visit Goodgifts.org.

 

£37 raised for Crisis

Mon, 07/12/2015 - 7:22pm

Our monthly 'dress down' day raised funds on their behalf.

On the first Monday of each month IS staff can come to the Chapel in their casual clothes in return for a donation of £2 to the charity being supported. Staff can nominate any good cause they feel deserves a bit of extra help. This month we decided to support Crisis UK, who are doing vital work with the homeless this Christmas.

 
 

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