Oxford Mutual Aid formed in response to the Covid-19 crisis. We are a grassroots community support group and action network. Our team have significant experience working with at-risk communities and have long standing relationships with local charities and food banks.
This crisis has overwhelmed local infrastructure. As charities and social services scale down their operations, we are focusing on seeking out all those vulnerable people who are struggling to access support.
Our volunteer base includes healthcare professionals, teachers, trade union organisers, local business people, and crisis hotline operators. Together, we have extensive experience across a broad range of areas. We are working with Oxford City Council, the NHS, the Gatehouse, SOFEA, Asylum Welcome, Ark-T, Refugee Resource, the Oxford Homeless Project, Oxford Together, Good Food Oxford, and many other organisations.
What We Do
Oxford Mutual Aid focuses on those who struggle to access support elsewhere. Many people are referred to use by GPs, social workers, and other agencies.
Currently, our key figures are:
- Regular food parcel and supply support to 223 households, comprising of 672 people (378 adults, 258 children, and 36 babies)
- Supporting 65 households with new and expectant mothers, supplying them with formula milk, nappies, etc
- Over 216 emergency food parcels a month, going to an average household of at least 2 people
- Ongoing support to 25 households who need help collecting prescriptions, doing shopping, etc
- The Kitchen Collective is providing reheatable meals to 136 households each week
Oxford Mutual Aid has an Oversight Committee of five, consisting of Carolyn Hicks, Nabila Qureshi, Muireann Meehan Speed, Jess Knight, and Marianne Tambini.
We are incorporated as a not-for-profit company, limited by guarantee. Our company number is 12842725.
We are a voluntary organisation, funded by donations and grants. The Social Change Agency acts as our fiscal host, which allows us to accept donations and approve expenses on the Open Collective platform. Unless otherwise specified, we solicit all donations for use as general funds.
Our finances are wholly transparent, and any member of the public can review our expenditure on Open Collective.
What is Mutual Aid?
Mutual aid is about solidarity, not charity. Oxford Mutual Aid grew from a network of experienced LGBTQ and trade union organisers, together with members of local community support groups and various left-wing organisations. We will work with anyone and are happy to share our expertise and resources.
This is a frightening time, but no one needs to face it alone. Whoever you are, you are part of this community. Together, we will get through this.