Volunteer Recognition Day
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The 20th of April was Volunteer recognition day and we want to say thank you to all our volunteers for their time and hard work. Without our volunteers we wouldn’t be able to support as many people as we do … Read More

Oxford Street Collection Success
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Last Saturday at the folk festival troops of staff, trustees and volunteers took the streets of Oxford to hold the mother of all collections. It was wonderful getting out and talking to lots of lovely people about mental health. We … Read More

Time to Talk Day
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It was so lovely to spend some quality time with one another this time to talk day. Everyone took time to have a chat about their mental health. The Garden cafe supplied a selection of mouth watering homemade cakes, and … Read More

Survey for Carers
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Restore defines a carer as those individuals who regularly provide regular and substantial care to people. We understand that having caring friends and family are a major factor in promoting members wellbeing so we try to involve them in their … Read More

Restore winter raffle
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The much anticipated draw of our winter raffle took place on the 16th this month. We had 40 epic prizes to give away (they have all now been collected) a huge congratulations to the winners! Can’t wait to see how … Read More

“Start talking and give Blue Monday the boot”
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Restore alongside Oxfordshire Mind had a fantastic spread in the Oxford Mail this month. The article tackled Blue Monday and encouraged people to get talking. To read the full article CLICK HERE

BBC 1 TV Debut
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Earlier in the month the Garden cafe featured on BBC documentary “The Big Food Rescue”. The documentary follows the journey of the Oxford food bank attempting to reduce food waste by giving the food to charities who can use it … Read More

Restore Christmas Events
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This year’s winter events were sights to behold! The Orchard kicked everything of on the 24th of November with Restore’s first ever pop up shop! Fleet Meadow held a cosy Christmas evening with plate fulls of mince pies. The Beehive … Read More

Christmas Opening Times
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The Beehive, Fleet Meadow & The Orchard Thursday, 22nd DEC – Closed Monday, 26th DEC – Closed Tuesday, 27th DEC – Closed Wednesday, 28th DEC – Open for members Thursday, 29th DEC – Open for members Friday, 30th DEC – … Read More

Volunteering and Recovery – The Inside Story
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It’s 9.15 am and the room is starting to fill with people. Some are making tea and coffee. At the computer, someone are searching the internet. A couple of people are pouring over the newspaper, checking Oxford United’s results from … Read More

New Christmas cards and Calendars
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This year we have some brand new Christmas cards designed by members from all over Restore’s recovery groups. A pack includes six beautifully individual cards in a variety of medias including hand drawn, printed, photographed and etched. We also have … Read More

The Orchard’s Pop-up Shop
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A first time for Restore our very own pop up shop! We were in the castle quay shopping center Banbury all day on the 24th of November. It was so great to meet everyone and show off all of The … Read More

Café won Oxfordshire restaurant awards
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November 2016 Restore’s Garden Café picked up 3rd in Oxfordshire’s Most Sustainable Restaurant, and a huge suprise……WON yes WON the Oxfordshire Restaurant Award for Distinction! Thank you so much for all the support. We are so proud of our little … Read More

Oxford Food festival
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In October Restore had our own stall at the Oxford’s food festival! Organised and managed by our very talented member of the Beehive and an equally dedicated volunteer. Together they created something truly amazing, and no I’m not just talking … Read More

Garden Café up for restaurant award
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The Garden Café at Restore has made it into the top three in the Oxfordshire restaurant awards! The café is up for an award in the “Most Sustainable” category and we are so proud! The café achieves so much and … Read More

World Mental Health Day
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October the 10th was World Mental Health Day. Restore took the opportunity to promote education through Mental Health First Aid training courses. We believe that education is key to ending the stigma associated with mental illness. We also joined the … Read More

Elder Stubbs 25th Anniversary Festival
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Despite the slightly soggy weather Elder Stubbs Festival was once again a huge success taking a grand total of£7306.84! Events like Elder Stubbs Festival would not happen if weren’t for incredibly dedicated volunteers. Thank you for all you have done … Read More

Co-op in Banbury to support Restore
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The Co-operative in Banbury has chosen to support Restore this year! Not only will they be fundraising for us they will also be volunteering. We cannot wait to see what this partnership will bring thank you everyone involved in choosing Restore!

Oxenford Cricket Club won the final
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    Not only did Oxenford CC make it to the finals against Hook Norton, they went on win the Steve Dixen trophy!  The team looked great out on the pitch in their new kits and were proudly flying the Restore banner – congratulations on … Read More

Tandem In The Garden
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A MASSIVE THANK YOU to all the amazing volunteers, staff, musicians, speakers, members, chefs and guests (*catch a breath*) who helped create Tandem In The Garden. It was the best yet with over 250 people attending. ave Here are some of … Read More

Art Weeks at Banbury
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The Orchard Recovery Group showed off their amazing talent at Oxfordshire Arts Week this year. We had a range of media including poetry, crochet, decorated bags, paintings and 3D designs. Our visitors were impressed with our ‘excellent exhibition! Worthy of major art galleries’.Thanks … Read More

Our New Logo
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You may have noticed that we now have a brand new logo! It was designed and chosen in collaboration with all our members, volunteers, staff and trustees, and was the clear favourite when put to a vote. Our aim was … Read More

A Week In The Life Of An Employment Coach
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My name is Shelley Monaghan and I work in the South of Oxfordshire as an employment coach. I also coach members of Fleet Meadow Recovery Group and help them find paid work, volunteering, training or another meaningful activity. This is … Read More

Success at the OCVA Awards
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We’re proud to announce that The Oxfordshire Recovery College won OCVA Working Together Award 2016, whilst Restore volunteer David Pittaway was recognised for his tireless service at the OCVA Awards Ceremony last night.  This is a truly wonderful recognition of … Read More

Purple Rain Purple Mane
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Our fabulous Recovery Worker Karen, has gone all out, dying her hair PURPLE for Restore, and raising £124 for The Orchard Recovery Group. Thank you Karen! “Well. What can I say! when I issued a challenge to all my colleagues … Read More

Whatcha’ got cookin’?
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Our Recovery Co-ordinator, Fran, tells us how The Orchard Recovery Group have been celebrating Chinese New Year in style, and expanding their daily menu… “Following our recent planning meeting at The Orchard, our Recovery Group agreed that despite the grand efforts … Read More

Top 21 Highlights of 2015
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We asked Restore staff what their highlights of 2015 were…    “A new staff member has been amazing! (and no Grace hasn’t paid me to say that!)” – Jon, Fleet Meadow Recovery Worker Thanks to your generous donations, we were … Read More

Winter Raffle: Winners Announced
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Thank you so much to everyone who bought, sold or donated prizes for Restore’s winter raffle. Thanks to your support, we raised an amazing £1012! And the winner is……… Dinner and overnight stay atOxford Belfry Spa and Hotel: Mark Spokes … Read More

Winter Raffle – win a mini-break in Exmoor!
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Restore’s winter raffle will be drawn on Friday 15th January, so you still have a chance to buy tickets.  Prizes: Dinner and overnight stay at Oxford Belfry Spa and Hotel for 2 people   2 nights at an Exmoor B&B … Read More

Christmas Opening Times
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The Garden Cafe: Christmas Eve: 10am – 3pm Christmas Day: CLOSED Boxing Day: CLOSED 28th December: CLOSED 29th – 31st December: 10am – 3pm 1st January: CLOSED 2nd January: 10am – 4pm All other days, we are open as normal … Read More

Rumble for Restore
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A Didcot-based doctor is getting into the ring to help break the stigma of mental illness.   Andrew Molodynski Psychiatrist Andrew Molodynski will be slugging it out at South Moreton Boxing Club in a fight to raise funds for Restore. The … Read More

Oxfordshire Mental Health Partnership officially launched!
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On 24 November we hosted the press launch of the new Oxfordshire Mental Health Partnership at Restore’s Garden Cafe. The partnership brings together Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust and five Oxfordshire charities: Connection Floating Support, Elmore Community Services, Oxfordshire Mind, Response and … Read More

We are re-developing this website. Tell us your views!
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We are currently working on this website with local social enterprise Made with Joy. We are very interested in hearing about the changes you would like to see. Could you take 2 minutes to fill out this quick questionnaire? Thank … Read More

New Annual Review Hot Off the Press!
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Our Annual Review 2014-15 is now out and is full of events, photos, and stories from our past year’s work. View here.

Could you be our new Head of Recovery College? Or our Fundraising and Communications Manager?
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We are recruiting a new Head of Recovery College, a Fundaising and Communications Manager (Maternity Cover) and a part-time cleaner.Find out more.

Oxfordshire Recovery College is launched!
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  Oxfordshire Mental Health Partnership has launched an exciting new development in mental health services for Oxfordshire, theOxfordshire Recovery College. The Oxfordshire Mental Health Partnership is a new and exciting partnership that formally brings together six local mental health organisations … Read More

Survey about coaching for recovery members: tell us your views!
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Do you attend a recovery group (at Restore, Bridewell Organic Gardens or Root and Branch)? Have you had coaching to help you get a job, start volunteering or education or training? Then we would love to hear your views! This … Read More

Elder Stubbs Festival – Line Up Confirmed!
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It’s just nearly a week to go until the Wild West comes to Oxford for the Elder Stubbs Festival – check out our amazing line-up! MAIN STAGE: Fleski Meridian Moitey Music in Mind Raw Material   ACOUSTIC STAGE: Music in … Read More

Restore’s Supermarket Sweep
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Sainsbury’s stores at Heyford Hill and Oxford Westgate have chosen Restore as this year’s Local Charity Partner.   We asked, and you voted, in your droves, nominating Restore for Sainsbury’s Local Charity Partner across the county. Thanks to your support, Restore … Read More

We are recruiting!
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We are recruiting a Beehive Recovery Coordinator, a Payroll and Human Resources Officer and a Mental Health First Aid Instructor. Find out more.

Free Wills Advice Clinic with Lawyer Louise Lewis at Restore
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When writing your Will, your loved ones will always come first. You may find that once you have made provisions for your friends and family, you are able to leave a gift in your Will to Restore. Any gift, however … Read More

BOOKINGS NOW OPEN: Auction, Dinner and Live Blues Band
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Restore are holding a night of live music, auction and a dinner at the beautiful Willows Pavillion in Banbury. We would be delighted if you were to attend.  CLICK HERE TO BOOK TICKETS   We have some amazing items for auction, … Read More

Volunteers’ Week: THANK YOU to all our volunteers
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1-7 June is Volunteers’ Week and to mark it Restore wants to say a massive THANK YOU to all our volunteers who contribute so much to the organisation.  From providing a warm welcome on reception to supporting people with their recovery to serving … Read More

Restore and Firry Mic Album Launch!
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Restore have partnered with The Firry Mic to create a stunning album of Oxford’s best musicians.   The Firry Mic (Oxford’s craftiest Open Mic Night) is turning six, and to celebrate they are releasing a fantastic album of Firry artists … Read More

Healthy Eating, Healthy Mind
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It’s just as important to take care of your mind as your body. That’s why, this national Mental Health Awareness Week (11-17th May), Restore have partnered with Good Food Oxford to show how our relationship with food can impact how … Read More

Mental Health Awareness Week 2015 11th-17th May
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It’s just as important to take care of your mind as your body. That’s why, this Mental Health Awareness Week (11th – 17th May), Restore have partnered with Good Food Oxford to show how our relationship with food can impact … Read More

Saturday Openings Are Back! Garden Cafe opens 16th May
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The Garden Cafe will be open on Saturdays from 16th May, 10am – 4pm.   To celebrate, we will have live jazz music from talented pianist Nick Gill in the cafe from 12.30pm – 3pm. We will gradually be introducing … Read More

Join us for Oxfordshire Art Weeks 2014
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Restore is proud to be opening its doors once again for Oxfordshire Art Weeks 2014.   Art can be very therapeutic for our members. The work they create is often extremely moving, and provides a deep insight into the world … Read More

Our Chief Executive is moving on and we are recruiting
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We are sad to announce that we will be saying goodbye to Benedict Leigh, our Chief Executive of 12 years, in June. Under his leadership, Restore has grown and developed, and the number of people we support has increased from … Read More

World Pooh Sticks Championships Need Volunteers
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One of the cutest events of the Oxfordshire calendar – The World Pooh Sticks Championships – needs volunteers!! The event is on 7th June 1pm – 5pm at Cogges Farm, Whitney. Oxford Spires Rotary, said, “If you or a group … Read More

Places available on Saturday mental health first aid course
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Understand what people experiencing common mental health problems are going through and learn how to provide intial help. We have spaces available on an upcoming Saturday course on 18th and 25th April. Email maya.patel@restore.org.uk to find out more and book … Read More

We are recruiting! Come and join the Restore Team
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Could you be our Recovery Co-ordinator in the Garden Cafe, or our Minibus Driver for South Oxfordshire? Take a look at our Current Vacancies

Restore wins national award for improving mental wellbeing
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Restore is one of nine nationwide winners of the national GSK Impact Awards, which celebrates the outstanding work of community-based healthcare charities. In addition to this fantastic recognition, we will receive £30,000 of unrestricted funding, and access to training and … Read More

Restore instructors recognised at national awards ceremony
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We’re very proud of our Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) instructors, Liz Pierpoint and Julie Field, who have been recognised for their fantastic work at the 2015 National MHFA Awards. Read more in the Oxford Mail.   Both Julie and Liz were nominated … Read More

We are recruiting! Come and join the Restore Team
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We are looking for a Trusts and Partnerships Fundraiser and a Head of Recovery College. Find out more.

We won the Management of Volunteers Award at the Oxfordshire Charity Awards 2015
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Congratulations to our volunteer and training team and Alison Campbell, one of our fantastic volunteer coaches, who were recognised at the Oxfordshire Charity and Volunteer Awards on 4 February 2015. ‘We were astounded to win the Management of Volunteers Award,’ said … Read More

Restore Christmas Raffle
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This Christmas saw Restore’s first ever Grand Christmas Raffle, and what a success it’s been! Thanks so much to everyone who donated prizes, bought and sold tickets, helping us to raise a whopping £1674! £1674 fund the recruitment and training of … Read More

Restore shortlisted for OCVA Award
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We are delighted that we have been shortlisted for the Oxford Brookes Management of Volunteers Award at the Oxfordshire Charity & Volunteer Awards. The award recognises good practice in how volunteers are involved in the delivery of services and the … Read More

A Charitable Christmas
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Christmas is often a time for giving and sharing, but we were astounded by the level of generosity shown by the local community this year. Thank you so much to everyone who gave their time and support over the festive season! … Read More

Opening times over the Christmas period
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The Garden Cafe will be closed from 2pm Christmas Eve, reopening at 10am on Monday 5th January. The Littlemore Lounge and Shop are open every day except bank holidays.   The Beehive (Manzil Way), Fleet Meadow (Didcot) and The Orchard … Read More

A Letter from Littlemore
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A message from Sally, Recovery Co-ordinator at Littlemore Recovery Group… Dear all, A big congratulations and thank you to everyone who helped make our Festive Get-together yesterday such a success! All our members, staff and volunteers worked so hard in … Read More

Lord Mayor Unveils Mosaic Bench
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After three years of toil, our stunning mosaic community bench was finally unveiled by the Lord Mayor of Oxford at the Beehive Winter Fair.   Talented volunteer, Olga, began the project with Beehive Recovery Group in 2011, passing on her … Read More

Restore Founder receives Award for Outstanding Individual Achievement
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                Peter Agulnik, who co-founded Restore with Lord Young of Dartington in 1977, received the Outstanding Individual Achievement Award at the Charity Times Awards on 22 October. Peter, now retired, worked as a consultant psychiatrist … Read More

Jobs, jobs, jobs!
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We are recruiting a part-time finance administrator and part-time recovery worker in the Garden Cafe. Find out more and apply.

Restore Runners Complete Half Marathon and CEO’s Costume Proves POPLAR
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Congratulations to our wonderful team of runners who took part in the Oxford Half Marathon yesterday. All fourteen completed the 13 miles and were still smiling by the end. We were especially re-LEAVEed our CEO made it to the finish … Read More

A Marathon Effort!
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14 brave and wonderful souls will be running 13 miles across Oxford on Sunday 12th October to raise money for Restore at the Oxford Half Marathon.   If you’d like to go down and show your support, check out a … Read More

A Marathon Effort!
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14 brave and wonderful souls will be running 13 miles across Oxford on Sunday 12th October to raise money for Restore at the Oxford Half Marathon.   If you’d like to go down and show your support, check out a … Read More

Busy during the week? Join our Saturday mental health first aid course!
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Learn vital skills in identifying mental health problems and know what to do next. Take advantage of our Saturday mental health first aid course. It is running on Saturday 11 and Saturday 18 October.Find out more and book.   

Join us in Didcot for free craft workshops, live music and massage this Saturday!
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Come to the Fleet Meadow Autumn Fair on Saturday 6th September, 11.30am – 4.30pm.  Children can enjoy a bouncy castle, face painting, rabbits and snakes to pet, craft workshops and fairground attractions. There is plenty for adults too, with weaving … Read More

Restore’s New CEO Starts
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We are excited to announce that our new Chief Executive will start at Restore on 1 August! Martin Realey was the successful candidate in a rigorous recruitment process to find Restore’s new Chief Executive Officer. Our former CEO Benedict Leigh … Read More

Restore’s Supermarket Sweep
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Sainsbury’s stores at Heyford Hill and Oxford Westgate have chosen Restore as this year’s Local Charity Partner.   We asked, and you voted, in your droves, nominating Restore for Sainsbury’s Local Charity Partner across the county. Thanks to your support, Restore … Read More

We are recruiting a Head of Coaching: do you have what it takes?
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We are looking for a dynamic and committed person to develop and implement the coaching strategy for Restore. Find out more.

Restore returns to its roots
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Lord Mayor to open Littlemore Gardens The Lord Mayor of Oxford, Mohammed Abassi, will open a new therapeutic garden at Littlemore Recovery Group on 25th June. The benefits of gardening for mental health and wellbeing are well documented, and the … Read More

Run for Restore: Oxford Half Marathon
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We are looking for Restore Runners to participate in the Oxford Half Marathon this October.   The Oxford Half Marathon takes you on a stunning tour of this beautiful historic city. Run through the iconic Mini Factory, past the track … Read More

Job Opportunity: Recovery Worker
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Opportunities Project Launched
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Being admitted to hospital with a mental health problem does not mean you have to give up your job. Restore is launching a ground-breaking new project this summer that supports patients admitted to hospital to remain employed.   The project … Read More

Thank you to all our volunteers
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This year is the 30th anniversary of volunteer week and we want to say a massive thank you to all our wonderful volunteers at Restore.   Thank you so much for all the time, hard work and enthusiasm you put … Read More

Run through ‘the finest view in England’ for Restore
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We’re looking for runners to join the Blenheim 7k Fun Run on 18th May in aid of Restore What could be a more beautiful place for a run than Blenheim Palace Gardens? Described as ‘the finest view in England’, the … Read More

£262,928 boost for disability sport in Oxfordshire
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People with Mental Health problems in Oxfordshire will have more opportunities to get involved in sport after Oxfordshire Sports Partnership received £262,928 of funding from Sport England’s Inclusive Sport fund. The new Active Body, Healthy Mind project is one of … Read More

Who let the dogs out? Meet the newest member of our team!
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Puppy Vincent is settling into life at Restore. Named Vincent because of his nibbled ear, the miniature schnauzer will have an important role to play at Restore. Pet as Therapy (PAT) dogs can bring great calm and comfort to those … Read More

Job opportunity: Employment Coach (12 Month Maternity Cover)
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Find out more at current vacancies.

Successful gardening project receives funding to continue
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Following two successful years, the Langford Gardening project has been extended for another year. The aim of the project is to support people with mental health problems to learn gardening and associated skills in recovery groups. Restore employs a county-wide … Read More

How Green is Restore? We try to find out…
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We grow and use our own veg, recycle and have solar panels. But exactly how green is Restore? Are there things we could improve? Hampton Carbon Consulting kindly offered to assess our carbon footprint for free. The report concluded, ‘Restore … Read More

We are recruiting a community fundraiser
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Thank you Discount Displays
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Thank you very much to Discount Displays who kindly donated some lovely display boards to Restore for use at events.    

Recovery Group Christmas Drop-ins
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Over the Christmas period we invite our members to drop-in for a cup of tea, a chat and a mince pie! Our Recovery groups won’t be running quite as usual over the Christmas week so we’re inviting everyone to drop-in … Read More

Cafe and Shop Christmas Opening times
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There will be some slight changes to opening times over the Christmas period. The Garden Cafe will be open as usual, from 10am to 4pm, on Monday the 23rd, Tuesday the 24th, Friday the 27th and Saturday the 28th. The … Read More

Woodworking improves and expands across the service
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Our woodworking facilities at Banbury, Didcot and Oxford, have recently been improved and expanded upon thanks to many and varied donations. Marathons have been run, quiz nights organised and attended, and many pieces of equipment have been kindly donated.   … Read More

Living Wage Week – Restore Accredited
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Restore is proud to be counted amongst over 400 employers who are acknowledged as providing a living wage to all employees. Our accreditation comes just in time to celebrate Living Wage Week! The Living Wage is an hourly rate set … Read More

Christmas Sale at Restore in Didcot
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FM Christmas Sale Poster 2013   At the Restore Fleet Meadow in Didcot, on Thursday the 21st of November, we’ll be holding a Christmas sale. There’ll be plenty of home-made Christmas cards and gifts on offer, and a chance to … Read More

Restore Chief Executive, Benedict Leigh, pledges to shave off beard!
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Restore Chief Executive, Benedict Leigh, thought he was safe in saying he would shave off his beard if we raised £500 in sponsorship for Restore. But the troops have already mobilised and several pledges have already been made on and … Read More

Read our Annual Review 2012-13
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Read stories from some of the people who used our services in this year’s annual review.

Special pampering event at Crabtree and Evelyn for Restore
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Crabtree & Evelyn in Oxford are hosting an evening of pampering in aid of Restore. There will opportunities to sample Crabtree & Evelyn’s luxurious products in a relaxed setting and complimentary refreshments will be provided. Entry is by ticket only … Read More

Restore 2014 Calendar Now Out! Only £5.99
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Restore Calendar 2014 Our calendars feature beautiful photographs taken by our members and volunteers. The 2014 edition includes photos of mosaics made by members of the Beehive and is a handy A4 size. They are excellent value at only £5.99. You … Read More

Recognition for Restore’s Volunteers at Charity Awards
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                  The work of volunteers and charities from around the county was celebrated at the annual Oxfordshire Charity and Volunteer Awards held at Oxford Town Hall on 15th October. Sue Harris, long-term volunteer … Read More

Autumn Fair in Didcot on 7th September
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The Oxford Ukuleles, children’s crafts workshops and a bouncy castle are among the delights in store at a the Fleet Meadow Autumn Fair in Didcot next Saturday. Find out more.

‘Festival helps charity Restore faith in better life’ Oxford Mail
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It was great to see Elder Stubbs members Marianne and June running their own stalls at the festival. Thanks to them both for talking to the Oxford Mail about how Restore has helped them move on: ‘Festival helps charity Restore … Read More

Elder Stubbs Festival – Saturday 17th August!
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Live music, dinosaurs, strawberries playing guitars. We’ve got it all! Find out more.

We are recruiting for four posts
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We are looking for a county-wide recovery intern, a volunteer and training assistant, a North Oxfordshire employment coach and a minibus driver. See current vacancies, if you are interested.

Climbing every mountain in aid of Restore
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                  A team of Rhodes Scholar students have raised £700 in their bid to climb three of the highest peaks in England, Scotland and Wales in aid of Restore. The team of … Read More

Duotone and Jess Hall gig in the Garden Café
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Join us in the magical Restore garden and café for a rare evening of mesmerising folk music from the magnificent Duotone and the ethereal Jess Hall.                   Thursday 25th July, 7.30pm Garden … Read More

‘The Littlemore Lounge’ is launched
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Hundreds of people turned out on Wednesday 26th June to celebrate the official opening of Restore’s shop and café at Littlemore Mental Health Centre. The new project, run in partnership with Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust, supports people with mental … Read More

Do you want to train as a mental health first aid instructor?
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We are recruiting two people to train as mental health first aid instructors to deliver this training in Oxfordshire. Find out more.

We are recruiting a part-time intern
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Volunteers’ Week: THANK YOU to all our volunteers
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1-7 June is Volunteers’ Week and to mark it Restore wants to say a massive THANK YOU to all our volunteers who contribute so much to the organisation.  From providing a warm welcome on reception to supporting people with their recovery to serving … Read More

New volunteer roles: coffees, crafts & coaching!
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Looking to develop your skills? Interested in supporting a local charity? Look no further than volunteering roles at Restore.  

Stop press: The Garden Café will be open Saturdays from 11th May
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The news we’ve been all been waiting for: the café will be open Saturdays 10am – 4pm, from 11th May 2013. Pop in for quality coffees and delicious food in our beautiful garden, just off the Cowley Road. See a map of … Read More

Garden Café and Restore in Banbury open for Artweeks 2013
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We are throwing open our doors to art-lovers for Oxfordshire Artweeks in May. More info.

Well Run Rosa!
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Restore’s Littlemore Recovery Coordinator completed the Brighton Marathon on Sunday in 4 hours 9 minutes. Amazing, especially considering a knee injury was giving her pain from two miles in! Thanks for keeping going through the pain, Rosa, and for raising … Read More

Restore’s Rosa to run Brighton marathon for us – sponsors invited
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Rosa Parsons, the Recovery Coordinator from our Littlemore site, is in hard training for this year’s Brighton marathon to raise funds for Restore. The gruelling race will be run on  14th April. In her own words: “Last year I was … Read More

Manzil Way garden pictured in Oxford Mail
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The Oxford Mail last week carried a fine photo of our garden at Manzil Way (in ‘Picture This – Your photos’, page 32). It had the brief caption ‘Restore is where people with mental health problems are employed’. This is … Read More

Watch it again: Channel 4’s “Secret Millionaire” featuring Restore gets second airing
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Channel 4’s inspiring documentary feature on Restore, in which restaurant and property tycoon Arfan Razak – a.k.a. “Raz” – poses as a taxi driver and part-time chef on work experience before making a very generous donation, was shown again on Tuesday. In Raz’s words: “What I … Read More

“Food for Thought” meeting – Restore members warmly invited
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The next ‘Food For Thought’ meeting is coming up thisWednesday 6 March. It will be held at West Oxford Community Centre Botley Rd Oxford OX2 0BT    Food for Thought is a monthly informal forum for people who use health and social care services to … Read More

Waitrose Headington supports Restore
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Waitrose Headington made generous Christmas donations to Restore and two other Oxford charities as part of their Community Matters Scheme. The scheme asks customers to post tokens for the charity of their choice and shares the money accordingly. In December … Read More

Restore member speaks to Oxford Times
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“At Restore I have learnt employment skills, interview practice, how to look for jobs, and CV help. This has been a big help towards me getting a job.” Read more about this member’s story in the Oxford Times .

Restore at pop-up shop in Summertown
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Our plants and products are available for a short time only at Port Meadow Designs’ pop- up shop on South Parade in Summertown. The shop has a good selection of knitting yarn and garments and fair trade gifts. Wooden crafts, … Read More

Littlemore shop now open!
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We are very pleased to announce that the Restore shop at Littlemore Mental Health Centre is now open to members of the public. Restore has taken on the shop and café which will be run by service users of Littlemore Mental … Read More

Panto like you’ve never seen it before. Again.
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Oxford Comedy Deathmatch are donating the proceeds from their improvised pantomime performances to Restore and the Pathway Workshop. This hilarious show comes as Oxford Comedy Death Matches’ annual festive performance, where the audience decides what happens. Director Mike Taylor, 47, … Read More

Prison rocks to raise money for Restore
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An inmate at Grendon Prison in Buckinghamshire organised a rock concert on 3rd January to raise money for Restore. The event held at HMP Grendon, the only therapeutic prison in the UK, raised £529 through ticket and CD sales. Prison … Read More

Thank you for your support at our winter events!
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Our recovery groups around the county held festive sales events raising an awesome total of over £2,000 towards our work. Congratulations to members, volunteers and staff who worked very hard to make these events a success. Thank you to everyone … Read More

Diners dish out cash for Restore
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Dr. Mehdi Askarieh Vice Chairman of the Central England Branch of the Nuclear Institute presents Restore Chief Executive Benedict Leigh with a cheque for £2,584. The money was donated by those attending the Annual Dinner of the Central England Branch … Read More

We are recruiting a Head of Volunteering and Training
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Thank you for your interest. The closing date for applications has now passed.

Get your Restore 2013 Calendar!
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Restore calendars are great value at £5.99. Find out more…

Come along to a Restore Christmas event near you
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Join us at Restore for some live music, tasty seasonal fare and family activities. And pick up some quality handmade decorations, presents or cards at the same time! See the full list of events

Vertex team dig deep for Restore!
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A group of 7 staff from local company Vertex Pharmaceuticals based in Abingdon organised and took part in a volunteering day to improve the garden facilities at Restore on 28th September. The group spent the day preparing the garden around the current polytunnel, … Read More

Political Economic Literacy Group
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How is the political & economic situation affecting YOUR life? Voice YOUR concerns about the economic & political choices that YOU are having to face! Find out HOW the system works and WHY we are in the current situation! A … Read More

Restore volunteer receives award
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Jonathan Hutt, who volunteers at our South Oxfordshire recovery group, was recognised with an award at the OCVA Charity and Volunteer Awards on 23rd October 2012. The inspiring ceremony took place at Oxford Town Hall and recognised the achievements and … Read More

Knitathon for Restore on World Mental Health Day!
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An Oxford knitting group led by Janey Messina held a sponsored ‘date knit’ at the Duke Of Cambridge on 10th October to raise money for Restore. Timed to coincide with World Mental Health Day, the group knitted together almost £2,000 … Read More

James Cowper choose Restore as their charity this year
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                  Restore was delighted to be selected by James Cowper’s Oxford office as their chosen charity this year. The accounting firm shortlisted five local charities that were then presented to the office for a team vote. Tracy … Read More

Bloomin’ Marvellous: Gardens receive awards and commendations
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The skills and talents of both the Beehive and Elder Stubbs recovery groups have been recognised in recent Britain in Bloom competitions. The City of Oxford was awarded a Silver Gilt at this year’s Britain in Bloom awards on 19th … Read More

Fleet Meadow community garden is opened by Didcot Mayor
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Didcot Mayor Peter Read (left) officially opened Restore’s new community garden as part of Fleet Meadow’s autumn fair on Saturday 8th September. The fair also featured live bands, workshops, stalls and a bouncy castle. Restore’s community gardens project was funded … Read More

Happy 35th Birthday, Restore!
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                This August Restore is celebrating 35 years of supporting people with mental health problems in Oxfordshire. As 35th wedding anniversaries are usually marked with coral, the theme of this year’sElder Stubbs Festival on … Read More

Elder Stubbs comes of age on Saturday 18th August
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Live music, workshops, stalls, kids’ activities, reggae tent and performing arts all set in the stunning Elder Stubbs allotment site and sculpture park in East Oxford. Elder Stubbs Festival is 21 this year and organisers Restore are celebrating their 35th … Read More

EMBS hold cultural awareness day at Restore
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Restore was delighted to host the Ethnic Minority Business Service (EMBS)’s Cultural Diversity Awareness Day on Saturday 28th July. Read more about the event in the Oxford Mail.  

Bargain Book Sale at Restore
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Looking for a good read over the Summer? Fancy dipping into a novel on the bus? Come to the Restore Book Sale Tuesday 24th July, 10.30am – 2.30pm Restore, Manzil Way, Cowley Road Oxford OX4 1YH (in the Gazebo or … Read More

The sun came out for our Summer Fete!
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Visitors to our fete on the 30th June 2012 were treated to the Oxford Playhouse‘s new pop-up theatre, a family dog show, live music, children’s activities, an array of stalls, cream teas, strawberries and cream and, perhaps best of all, some … Read More

Report published on the first year of the recovery and wellbeing services
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Restore and Oxfordshire Mind have jointly published a report called ‘Keeping People Well: Transforming Oxfordshire’s Mental Health Support – One Year On.’ Oxfordshire Mind’s Wellbeing Service and Restore’s Recovery Service together make up the ‘Keeping People Well’ mental health services in Oxfordshire. These services were launched … Read More

Pop-up Theatre coming to Restore’s Summer Fete
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This summer, Oxford Playhouse will be touring the Playhouse Plays Out Pop-Up Tent: a travelling tent offering an exciting, free, theatrical discovery space for everyone. Touring to festivals, fêtes, and fairs, the Pop-Up Tent’s very first outing will be the Restore … Read More

Jubilee Tea!
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Join us for Jubilee Celebrations on Tuesday 5th June. Craft, baking, music and singing workshops, followed by afternoon tea. Doors open 10.00am. Workshops start 10.30am. Lunch (bring your own picnic) 12.30-1.30pm. Afternoon workshop 1.30pm. Jubilee tea and concert 4.30pm. Where: … Read More

Measuring the Impact of Our Work
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In 2001/12 we worked with 972 people with significant mental health problems. We supported 65 people to get paid work. In addition, we’ve supported 50 people to start volunteering or a work placement. Overall 12.7% of people using our services have been … Read More

Restore on The Secret Millionaire!
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Oxfordshire based charity Restore featured in an episode of The Secret Millionaire, Channel 4’s award winning documentary, on Monday 28th May, 9pm. Watch the programme. Listen to Anna from Restore talking about the programme and her own experiences on BBC … Read More

Artweeks Exhibitions in Oxford and Banbury
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 Banbury                 Restore’s North Oxfordshire Recovery Service is holding an Artweeks exhibition of paintings, drawings, craft & woodwork by members of Restore in Banbury. All welcome, free entry 7th – 11th May 2012, 10am … Read More

Garden Café goes low carbon
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Restore has won some solar panels! Read more in the Oxford Mail.

Restore visits River Cottage
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River Cottage and Restore have many shared values so we were delighted to attend their Get Growing in Spring event on 25th March. Ladies from our Elder Stubbs Recovery Group report on the day: River Cottage is Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall’s home, … Read More

We are recruiting!
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Want a job supporting people with mental health problems with gardening or into employment? See our current vacancies.

5-aside football in aid of Restore
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One of our volunteers, Rashed Mattar, has organised a five-a-side football tournament to raise money for Restore this Sunday (26th February). The tournament will take place at Blackbird Leys Leisure Centre from noon till around 4pm. All are welcome to … Read More

Banbury building now open!
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Our new building in Banbury was overflowing with members, volunteers, staff and guests for the official opening on Friday 17th February. We were delighted to welcome the High Sheriff of Oxfordshire, Penelope Glen, to cut the ribbon, declaring the building … Read More

Jackie is running for Restore!
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Jackie Thomas is running the Edinburgh Marathon on 27th May 2012 to raise money for Restore. It will be the first time she’s run 26.2 miles! If you’d like to sponsor Jackie, please visit herJustGiving page. Or, if you prefer, … Read More

Grand Opening for Banbury Building
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The Oxfordshire High Sheriff Penelope Glen will officially open the new building for our North Oxfordshire Service on Friday. The event is the culmination of a week of activities for our members including chocolate-making, miniature furniture-making, bread-making, cv-writing, public-speaking, and … Read More

Bruce and Restore win awards!
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Bruce Gorrie, Restore’s mental health first aid coordinator, has received due recognition for his hard work and commitment to mental health first aid, and excellence as a trainer. Today at a ceremony at the House of Lords, he was presented … Read More

We are recruiting: Gardening Specialist
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Do you love gardening? Do you want to support others to garden? Restore has received funding in memory of Rob and Peggy Langford to employ a full time Gardening Specialist. He or she will support our recovery groups and enable … Read More

Restore on the Great Sports Relief Bake-Off!
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We are very excited that our very own Garden Café will be featured in the Great British Bake-Off on Wednesday 11th January. A week-long series of the programme will show projects that have received Sports Relief funding, like our café … Read More

Local Giving will match-fund Christmas donations to Restore!
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For the next 10 days Local Giving will match any donations Restore are given, pound for pound, up to £2,500. So, for example if the donation is £20, we will receive £40 (plus the Gift Aid if you’re a UK … Read More

Restore calenders on sale for only £7.99!
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Restore calenders with beautiful photographs taken by people who use our services are on sale now. They are available to buy from our café and shops or you can email us to order a copy. They are only £7.99 each … Read More

Christmas Events 2011
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Are you looking for Christmas cards, homemade decorations or a unique handmade gift? Look no further than Restore’s shops and café! Join us for warming seasonal events…

February Activity Week
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Members’ Activity Week will be coming up shortly after Christmas!  The dates are the 13th to the 17th February 2012.  We are starting the organisation of it on the 29th November.  This is a chance for all members to get … Read More

Change to Garden Café’s opening hours
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Now Autumn is upon us we will not be opening the Garden Café on Saturdays. It will still be open 10am to 3pm Monday to Friday and will open for a special Christmas Fair in December – watch this space … Read More

Restore wins Charity of the Year 2011!
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We were surprised and delighted to win Charity of the Year at the Oxfordshire Charity and Volunteer Awards last night. It is a tribute to the hard work and commitment of our service users, volunteers, trustees and staff, throughout what … Read More

Restore is shortlisted for Charity of the Year!
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For the second year running Restore has been shortlisted for charity of the year, Oxfordshire Community and Voluntary Action has announced. We are absolutely delighted to be one of three charities shortlisted, along with Refugee Resource and Young Dementia UK, … Read More

Fun at Fleet Meadow Autumn Fair!
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Join us in Didcot for the annual Fleet Meadow Autumn Fair. Live music, kids’ fun, model-painting, fruit and veg, flowers and plants, stalls, animals and much more. Free entry, Saturday 10th September, 11.30am – 4.30pm. Restore, Fleet Meadow, Sandringham Road, … Read More

Gig in aid of Restore on Friday 2 September
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Join us this Friday (2nd September) at the Port Mahon, St. Clements, for a gig in aid of Restore. Samuel Zasada, Matt Chanarin & Guests, and Jess Hall will be playing. The doors open at 8.30pm, entry is on £5 … Read More

Our Garden Cafe is open on Saturdays!
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From Saturday 21st May 2011, our Garden Cafe is open Saturdays! 11am – 4.30pm. In response to popular demand, we are finally able to offer Saturday openings, through the generosity of volunteers and service users giving their time. Find out … Read More

Restore is a finalist in the Oxfordshire Business Awards
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Restore is delighted to have been shortlisted for the Oxford Times Charity and Community Award at the Oxfordshire Business Awards 2011. The awards cerermony will be held on 17th June.Wish us luck! Read more in the Oxford Times…

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