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‘Owned by Oxford’ Community Wealth Building Pilot: Sharing Our Learning

Fri, 28 Apr 2023 10am-12pm, Online (Zoom)

Launched in 2021, Owned by Oxford is a group of community enterprises and infrastructure projects working with larger Oxford institutions, working together to bring wealth and power into the hands of local people.

A lot has been achieved in the life of the pilot. Owned by Oxford has grown into a diverse and representative partnership. It has supported relationship-building between community groups and larger organisations working for social change in Oxford.

The project has also secured funding for community groups and helped them to grow and build their legitimacy in the eyes of funders and other local institutions. And there have been new commitments from anchor institutions, such as County and City Councils, for this work.

However, there is a long way to go on the path to building a truly inclusive economy. Although Oxford’s Black, minoritised and economically marginalised communities are those most affected by wealth inequality, their voices aren’t often heard within the discussions around policy and practice.

At this event the Owned by Oxford team will be sharing our learning to date and ideas for what needs to happen next. We’ll be exploring ways to create shifts in power sharing by Oxford’s “wealth holders” and bring seldom-heard voices into economic development processes.

There will be lots of opportunities for you to ask questions and talk with other people.

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Owned by Oxford: building community wealth from the ground up

Wednesday 12th Apr 2023 2-4pm, City of Oxford College – Blackbird Leys Campus Cuddesdon Way Oxford OX4 6HN

About this event

Owned by Oxford launched in April 2021 and since then we’ve been working together to explore ways to bring wealth and power into the hands of local people. This has included helping people to set up businesses that are owned by and for the local community, looking at how groups can take ownership of buildings and spaces, amplifying less-heard voices and getting anchor institutions – councils, universities, businesses – to redirect their spending to increase local benefit.

In this session there will be a presentation about what we’ve learnt so far – and our plans for the future! We’ll also be taking a closer look at place-based community wealth building through exploring the approach and opportunities for Blackbird Leys in East Oxford.

There will be lots of opportunities for you to ask questions and talk with other people.

This event is part of Marmalade Festival 2023, which takes place in 6 venues across Oxford from 11 to 14 April.

Your Story: Blackbird Leys Belonging & Community Ownership 

The Your Story series of three events will be held at the Blackbird Leys Community Centre: 

Dates: Wednesday, 23, 30 November and 7 December, 2022

Times: 12:00, 13:00, 15:00 and 16:00 

Venue: The ObO Dome (a pop up space on the grass in front of the Blackbird Leys Community Centre) – look for the big green O. 

Event Description: What happens?

The event is a journey into three different spaces. 


Join us at any of the start times (12:00, 13:00, 15:00 and 16:00 ) in the ObO Dome. The event runs throughout the day to accommodate as many people as possible. 

Come see the new Owned by Oxford Dome and explore what community ownership could look like in Blackbird Leys

The Owned buy Oxford team and partners will be in Blackbird Leys on Wednesdays 23rd and 30th November and 7th December between 1pm and 4pm. We have an amazing ‘pop-up’ dome and we are inviting members of the public to come and talk to us about what their needs are around community spaces and how we can work together to make them work for everyone.

We look forward to seeing there.

Notes: Consent

We will record and document the sessions with photographs, videos and note taking. This is for project follow up and for sharing on our website and social media. Please let us know if you would prefer for us not to share your image. 

The Owned by Oxford Project is part of CAG Oxfordshire, a co-operative owned by its members.

Registered as The Community Action Groups Project Oxfordshire Limited with the FCA, number 8117.

ADDRESS: Makespace, 1 Aristotle Lane, Oxford OX2 6TP

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