Lord Mayor of Oxford recognises work of community groups during Covid-19 pandemic

Published: Tuesday, 8th June 2021

The Lord Mayor of Oxford, Councillor Mark Lygo, has visited 22 community groups across the city to recognise their work during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Councillor Lygo presented the groups with certificates, which stated: “In recognition of outstanding service to the community. This award also recognises the appreciation of the residents of the city of Oxford for enhancing life in the community.”

The groups that Councillor Lygo visited were:

  • Ark-T
  • Asymptomatic testing centre, Kings Centre, Osney Mead
  • Barton Community Association
  • Blackbird Leys Adventure Playground
  • Blackbird Leys Larder
  • Botley Community Fridge
  • Botley Community Larder
  • Central Oxford Mosque
  • Cutteslowe Community Fridge
  • Cuttelsowe Community Larder
  • GoodGym
  • Oxford Community Action
  • Oxford Direct Services
  • Oxford Food Hub
  • Oxford Homeless Project
  • Oxford Hub
  • Oxford Mutual Aid
  • Rose Hill Community Larder
  • Rose Hill Food Bank
  • Syrcox
  • The Gatehouse
  • Waste2Taste 

The visits took place were between 23 April and 14 May 2021.

The Lord Mayor of Oxford, Councillor Mark Lygo, said: “Oxford has a small army of volunteers and they have been amazing over the last 18 months. They have helped run asymptomatic testing centres to keep us all safe, and delivered food and medication to those most in need.

“I wanted to use my time as Lord Mayor of Oxford to make sure that the city’s fantastic community groups got some of the recognition and thanks they deserve.

“It was a truly humbling experience visiting the groups and hearing their heart-warming stories – and in particular the staff and pupils from Magdalen College School, who were volunteering at the Rose Hill Community Larder. They were not doing this as part of their school curriculum or because they had to, the pupils just wanted to do something to contribute to their local community.”