Oxford Friend Closing Statement
It is with regret that we are formally announcing the closure of Oxford Friend Helpline and Support Service.
A Meeting held on 11th February 2020 formally approved the Trustees motion to dissolve the Charity, stating:
“The trustees of Oxford Friend Charity No. 299903 resolved to dissolve the charity as of 31st March 2020 and transfer all remaining assets to Oxford Pride (Reg Number 1151400) in accordance with Section 5 of the LGBT Charity’s Constitution”
This was not a decision taken lightly by Trustees and Volunteers. In the 40 years Oxford Friend has been operating we have provided a consistent and essential service to the LGBTQIA+ community of Oxfordshire, offering information, advice and support. Serious consideration was given to the future of Oxford Friend as a viable resource for the LGBTQIA+ Community of Oxford and surrounding area, however, on-line resources now serve many of the functions previously provided by Oxford Friend and as such, our service no longer reflects the changing needs of our community.
We would like to take this opportunity to wholeheartedly thank the many Trustees and Volunteers for their help, assistance and support over the past 40 years. We are also very grateful for the on-going support provided by Oxford City Council in the form of a grant and resources which has served to keep us running. Gratitude is also due to Oxford Pride who have made a commitment to continue with Oxford Friend projects including, Queer Talk – sober space @ Refresh Café & The Friend Guide to LGBTQIA+ Oxford.
With kind thanks to Oxford City Council for their generous support