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27 February 2018

Community action for a cleaner, greener environment

Community action groups (CAGs) are all about people getting together to make their communities cleaner, greener and friendlier. In Oxfordshire, we have over 60 groups; the highest number in the UK. The county council funds this unique network of volunteers who last year ran 2,000 events attended by around 80,000 people.

Many of the projects help us reduce waste and carbon emissions, re-use items and recycle more. Some groups take action by working to prevent plastic pollution, others by insulating peoples’ homes or growing fruit and veg.
Find out more about CAGs here.

News around Oxfordshire

The cold weather has not only affected the damage to our roads but also our health and affordable living.

In response to this we want to signpost residents to information about keeping warm affordably and let you know how we are tackling the roads around Oxfordshire that have been damaged due to the winter weather. 
Filling potholes
Fixing the pothole problem
The county council has just received an extra £1m in funding from the Department for Transport to deal with damage done to the roads by bad winter weather. 
You can find out more about how we are fixing the roads here.
Keeping warm affordably
The cold weather at the moment can make it difficult for everyone especially vulnerable people and families with young children.

Don't choose between heating and eating. Find out more here about affordable fuel advice

Self-harm play to return to Oxfordshire schools in 2018

An award-nominated play aimed at challenging taboos around self-harm is returning for a third tour of Oxfordshire schools in March 2018.

Under my Skin, commissioned by Oxfordshire County Council and produced by Pegasus Theatre, has been raising awareness about the issue among the county’s teenagers and promoting the services available to young people affected over the past two years.

Feedback from pupils:
96 % reported the play increased their knowledge of self-harm and 71 % were very confident in knowing how and where to seek advice/support about self-harming after having seen the play

Don’t be mean: Feed your compost bin

Did you know Oxfordshire residents can buy a subsidised compost bin for only £17.98? Compost your vegetable peelings or feed your food waste caddy. Reduce your rubbish by composting kitchen and garden waste. Over 30% of household rubbish can be composted to provide a complete and natural food for your soil.

Recycle for Oxfordshire can help you compost more. You can save money by building your own compost bin from wood offcuts or other surplus materials.
 

New career webpage at Oxfordshire County Council

Thinking about a change in career? Check out our new webpage and some of the jobs we have to offer!

Whether you want to work as a firefighter,
carer or administrator; we offer jobs that make a real difference to people's lives.

85% of our staff feel they make a difference in their jobs - why not join us?
 
Philip Pullman in County Library

County Library

The newly refitted facility welcomed more than 100 guests including staff, volunteers and community groups who have helped ensure the county’s 43 branches have a bright future. Best-selling author and passionate libraries advocate Philip Pullman was also on hand to offer some sage words on the importance of libraries and the influence they have had on his life.

Oxfordshire County Library boasts a wealth of great features including 70 public computers, a ‘Makerspace’ for community activities and a bigger and better children’s library. Libraries Minister Michael Ellis MP said: "We want to see libraries thrive - not just survive - and this is an example of a library that is clearly thriving. This is a classic example of how to do it and protect our libraries, and they are still greatly valued by many people."

Have your say - Consultations

Equality Policy 2018 – 2022
We are refreshing our Equality Policy and Objectives, which set out the approach Oxfordshire County Council takes to make Oxfordshire a fair and more equal place to live and work. Find out more and share your views here.
 
Adult Social Care Contributions Policy
This consultation seeks views on proposals that change the way Oxfordshire County Council charges for adult social care services. These services support adults living at home (for example, home care, day care and transport) and in residential care. Have your say here.

Parking Restrictions various roads in South Oxfordshire
Oxfordshire County Council proposes to introduce new lengths of parking restrictions on various roads within Chinnor, Didcot and Henley-on-Thames. Contribute your feedback here.
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