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.

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    Her visits inspire me and make me feel much happier!

  • Leslie


    It gives me a reason to get out of the house

  • Lex


    I was struggling for someone to talk to

  • Michael


    I learned how to make a film and put a website together

  • 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

  • Ross


    The Story of QPR has given me more confidence

  • Ayo


    I’ve learnt so much about organising film shoots

  • Ayman


    There's loads of stuff to do here and I love coming to BASE, it's great!