We are delighted to announce the launch of the inaugural Local Business Charity Awards (Oxfordshire).
The generous sponsors for these awards will be founders Jelf Insurance and A-Plan Insurance. Please take a moment to visit their sponsor page, or their websites, to show your support.
There are three awards to enter:
In previous years there has been some debate as to how we defined 'local', with some charities feeling they were being unfairly excluded because they did work outside of the county the awards are held in. Mindful of the fact that we do not want to exclude any charity that provides genuine support to the people of the county, we have devised these new entry criteria.
'Support a Local Charity'
In 2018, alongside asking charities to enter the awards we will also be running a campaign called 'Support A Local Charity', encouraging local businesses to choose and support a local charity.
Since we have been running the awards, we discovered the huge difference in size and income of our local charities; some have huge budgets and large amounts of staff, experienced in applying for grants and entering awards such as ours. Meanwhile at the other end of the scale, we have met some tiny charities made up of just a few volunteers doing their very best to make ends meet.
These smaller charities desperately need the funds and support from local businesses but sometimes don't have the time or experience to know how to ask/apply for it. In response to this we have set up 'Support A Local Charity'. Our aim is to link up local charities with local businesses to see how they can work together.
We understand that many companies may not have the time or numbers of staff to enter half marathons or climb mountains but they almost certainly have other skills that could benefit a small charity in just as crucial a way.
Supporting a charity does not have to be about climbing mountains and raising money, it can also be about providing more practical support.
We will share details of the charities and firms we've put together and who knows, one day they could be entering the awards!
For more information, to view local charities who need help and to enter your interest as a company who may help, please click here.