Oxfordshire Mind are a mental health charity based in Witney and West Oxfordshire. They run a wide range of services for anyone over the age of 16 who is affected by mental health problems: peer support groups for people with a shared experience of mental health problems; free short courses on subjects like managing stress and becoming more assertive; expert benefits advice for people with mental health problems; signpost people to other forms of help; provide supported housing; and support for people caring for someone with a mental health problem.
KEEN is a charity providing sports and social activities for Oxfordshire people with special needs, supported by hundreds of volunteers. Activities are planned, led and supported by volunteers, many of whom are students at Oxford's universities and sixth forms, and KEEN aim to give their participants one-to-one attention.
Meningitis Now is a national charity based in the United Kingdom committed to raising awareness of meningitis. Meningitis Now is working towards a future where no one in the UK dies from meningitis and everyone affected gets the support they need.
Beat is the UK’s leading charity for eating disorder recovery. Beat exists to end the pain and suffering caused by eating disorders by supporting people affected by anorexia, bulimia, binge eating disorder or other eating disorders through helplines, online support and information. Beat also campaign for change to government policy and health service practice to improve the care for and understanding of eating disorders, and educate professionals and the public.
The Charity Ballot
RAG supports four charities every year voted for through the cross-campus RAG Charity Ballot, which takes place in Hilary Term (Jan-March). We support two national/international charities and two local charities who we raise money for throughout the year.
To be shortlisted for the selection, charities must be nominated by a current student at Oxford University during the nomination period in early Hilary Term. All nominated charities must be registered in England and Wales in order to be supported by Oxford SU RAG. Our next Charity Ballot will be taking place Hilary Term (January-March) 2020.
Information for Charities
Although all of our central events and projects raise money for the selected charities, we also support college charity representatives to deliver their own fundraising events, other student fundraising projects, as well as carry out collection ‘raids’ in Oxford and elsewhere. Please contact our Charities Liason Officer or our Raids Officer for more information.