How we make a difference
Our work has a transformational impact on the lives of the local people that we work with.
In 2021/22 our projects and activities connected thousands of local people to opportunities for positive personal change.
During the year the Octavia Foundation supported:
- 406 people volunteered with us to support their local community
- 105 people were supported with employment and training advice
- 36 people were supported into paid work
- 874 older people benefited from outreach services, befriending and activities
- 52 older and/or disabled people received free gardener visits
- 896 young people attended activities provided through funding from Octavia's Better Lives Community Fund
- 242 young people attended regular weekday and school holiday events at Base, our creative youth provision
- 261 people received emergency food support
- 106 people living on low incomes received grants for essential household items
In continuing the legacy of our founder Octavia Hill, our community projects support sustainable, diverse communities, providing opportunity for people to develop, be confident in the future and fulfil their potential.
Our community work connects with diverse people across all age groups. We seek to optimise our impact and reach, helping to create and sustain vibrant, thriving neighbourhoods and better lives for all.
We reached 3,495 people.
Services were adapted using technology in order to focus on meeting new needs created by the pandemic, with colleagues prioritising regular contact with more vulnerable people to support well-being, prevent isolation or offer support to those facing financial hardship.
'Employment and training' case studies:
"My primary goals in attending the programme are to end my self-imposed isolation, and bring a little structure to my week."