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Here are the Oxfordshire community groups we will be working with through Science Together for the academic year that runs from September 2022 until August 2023.

A toddler scoops earth into a small flower pot with a look of great concentration, on either side of her are two encouraging adults, smiling and laughing. © John Cairns

Cutteslowe Primary School

Cutteslowe Primary School based in North Oxford has an exceptionally high number (approx. 90 of the 357 children (25%)) of children registered with Special Educational Needs (SEN).  This number is increasing year on year with higher numbers of children with SEN registering in Nursery and Reception each year with an ever increasing diverse and complex range of high needs. 

Their project idea:

They would like to develop research to be carried out in tandem with University Researchers to test their method of integrated learning and its effectiveness for children with highly complex additional needs and behaviours. The school are keen to share their findings with other schools.

 

EMBS Community College 

EMBS College supports the education and wellbeing of students who are recent migrants, unaccompanied refugees, and people for whom mainstream education has not been appropriate.

Their project idea:

EMBS are exploring the interaction of nature, learning and wellbeing through the renovation of an overgrown garden into large veg patch.

 

MuzoAkademy II

MuzoAkademy II brings the benefits of music to all people with an interest and appreciation for music, with a particular emphasis on young people, the elderly, those from a lower socioeconomic background, the vulnerable, people with health conditions, people with a disability, neurodivergent people and people with a mental health condition.

Their project idea:

MuzoAkademy II aim to develop life skills based around their 7C’s: Creativity, Confidence, Cooperation, Commitment and Constructive Critical Thinking. They would like to explore how their music programmes aid in the development and measurement of the 7 C’s.

 

Oxford Community Action 

To support new and emerging BAME (Black, Asian and minority ethnic) communities alongside more established BAME communities to tackle and overcome barriers created by structural inequalities (e.g. labour market and ethnic health inequalities) that prevent BAME individuals and communities from reaching their full potential and enjoying equal representation and participation as active citizens within UK institutions and wider civil society.

Their project idea:

OCA have a range of potential project ideas they would like to explore, although will likely be focussing on one:

  • Exploring and understanding how AI bias can further racial bias
  • Understanding the science around ‘new and revolutionary’ treatments for sickle cell anaemia and thalassemia
  • How can local people and communities explore and better understand the latest scientific evidence promoting walking and cycling

 

Oxford Mutual Aid

Formed in 2020 in response to the Covid-19 pandemic, Oxford Mutual Aid supports 2000 people a week, across Oxford, with regular (and emergency) food parcels and other essential supplies.

Their project idea:

Oxford Mutual Aid are keen to explore the impact that their work has both on individuals and the community, using their data to monitor and evaluate the work they are doing.

 

Oxford United in the Community 

Oxford United in the Community uses the power of football to inspire the people and communities of Oxfordshire to have positive aspirations for their futures and the health, wellbeing, self-confidence, opportunities and resources to achieve them. They are working to support all the community across Oxfordshire “aged from 2 to 92” with a “place-based” approach.

Their project idea:

OUitC want to explore how their support can be as socially impactful as possible on satellite groups, with some focus on how effective online activity actually is at combatting loneliness.

 

AFiUK was set up to support African heritage children and other newly arrived migrant children to access services in education, health and social care. AFiUK carries out numerous projects that involve the support of migrant and marginalised families in Oxford. 

Their project idea:

AFiUK would like to have regular, hands-on science sessions where young people are able to see STEM subjects in a new light, creating a safe space where children that live in an area of high deprivation can access high quality educational support.