How we make a difference

Our work has a transformational impact on the lives of the local people that we work with.

In 2017 our projects and activities connected thousands of local people to opportunities for positive personal change.

During the year the Octavia Foundation supported:

  • 440 children and young people with youth activities
  • 90 older people were visited regularly by a volunteer befriender
  • 77 people were helped with training or supported into work.

Our work helped people like Nathan, who had been out of regular work for several months before Octavia helped find him a work placement with the Construction Training Initiative (CTI). Nathan so impressed his placement employer than at the end of the paid training scheme they offered him a permanent job.

Hear about Nathan's story in this video.

Find out more about training and employment opportunities through the Octavia Foundation.

'Employment and training' case studies:

  • IMG 0254

    Jean's story

    a success story from our 'Tenants into Work' programme

  • Learn to Earn

    Learn2Earn: One service user's story

    "My primary goals in attending the programme are to end my self-imposed isolation, and bring a little structure to my week."

  • gemma


    Things feel more open to me now and I feel pushed and supported.

  • Harleigh


    I work with an amazing team and have found every floor [in the building] to be accommodating and helpful

  • Nathan


    I’ve learnt that I have self-worth

  • Philomena


    Despite barriers and limitations, life doesn't stop

  • Rita


    I felt I had something missing in my life

  • Freddie Jones


    I'm loving the job, I couldn't be happier actually

  • Clifton


    I've had a brilliant time with brilliant people and I feel really positive!

  • Antonio


    I felt like I was losing confidence, but Wray inspired me