Email update – 29 April 2020

9th May 2020

This email was sent to OxVox members on 29 April 2020:

Hi everyone

I really hope you are all keeping safe and well in these very difficult times. It seems intent on stretching our resolve to the limit but the spirit, generosity, humour and strength that has emerged from all this has been truly inspiring.

OxVox have been carrying on as best we can in the circumstances and have been in constant contact with the club to see how we can help with their community work. We have also put some suggestions forward as to how together we might help raise money and offer relief to those who need it most and those efforts are ongoing. While on that subject I must make a special mention to all the staff at Oxford United who have thrown themselves into community action, be it calls, messages, reassurances and even the odd tune on the piano. We even have a viral Twitter star in our playing ranks now with Jamie Mackie reminding us that not all footballers take themselves too seriously. That little bit of Twitter magic brought a smile to a lot of weary faces.

It’s been happening from throughout the club from Tiger, Zaki, Karl and Niall but also our amazing coaches and staff, many of whom have been furloughed, but are still doing their bit. In particular I’d like to thank Rosie and Adam Harris who have been pitching in where needed and making calls to older fans to check on them. They both really care about our club and our community and that is never more apparent than now. Above and beyond this Adam and Safety Officer Michelle Walton, have both volunteered to be helpers with the NHS and I know Adam has already been accepted. You make us very proud.

We are trying where we can to help this process where we can so if you have a particular problem that we might be able to help with then let us know and we’ll do our best to put you in touch with the appropriate agency.

In Oxford, the City Council and the Oxford Hub are providing support – the following paragraph is taken from their website and gives details of how to access their services.

Oxford City Council and voluntary organisation, the Oxford Hub, have worked together to set up 5 Local Response Hubs across Oxford City to ensure the needs of people are met, particularly the most vulnerable during the Coronavirus pandemic. These provide a single point of contact for vulnerable people to request any support they may require at this difficult time. Oxford City Council have also set up an online Activity Hub to support people’s health and wellbeing. Residents can get in touch and be referred to the Locality Response Hubs through the Contact Centre team by phone or using an online form. Issues that can be raised include: isolation; self-isolation; access to food; access to medical supplies and prescriptions; as well as access to local friendships and active community groups. If you or someone you know in Oxford has been identified as high risk and have no support network, please contact the dedicated team on 01865 249811 or use the online form www.oxford.gov.uk/CommunityAssistance  

Here are one or two suggestions of local delivery and online services which you might not be aware of:

Fresh food delivery
Bonners of the Covered Market are now delivering in Oxford and surrounding area – see their website at https://www.bonnersoxford.shop/
Meat Master of Osney Mead are delivering meat products in Oxford – see their website at https:// meatmaster.info/meatmaster-shop/

Beer!
Kaygees are delivering beer (discount for OxVox life members) – see their website at https:// kaygees.co.uk/ 

Other online businesses
See the directory page at https://www.oxford.gov.uk/businessesopenonline

Finally, and it goes without saying, but the OxVox AGM has been postponed until we can find a safe and suitable time to conduct it. I’m saddened by this because it’s a great time to speak with members about your concerns, hopes and the direction you want the trust to be moving in. I really look forward to the days when we can get back to worrying about football but at the moment there are far more pressing matters at hand.

Please stay safe and look after each other where you can and before you know it, we will be back at a game with the sun on our backs and enjoying each other’s company.

Never prouder to be a yellow.

Paul