St Mary's Church, Chipping Norton, Parochial Church Council

The Branch Trust

The Branch Trust draws alongside those in need, helping unlock the potential in each individual - providing practical and emotional support - offering hope and building brighter futures, so that families, friends and neighbourhoods are free to flourish.

history Campaign has now closed

It ran from 12:00 PM, 1 December 2020 to 12:00 PM, 8 December 2020


Registered Charity in England and Wales (1132070)

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Championed by The Together Fund


  • Community Support & DevelopmentCommunity Support & Development
  • Poverty Alleviation/ReliefPoverty Alleviation/Relief


  • Children (3-18)Children (3-18)
  • General Public/HumankindGeneral Public/Humankind
  • Young People (18-30)Young People (18-30)


United Kingdom

  • This project is really positive for Chipping Norton offering much needed support to some of the most vulnerable residents. As a Council we celebrate this innovative plan to build stronger communities and reinvigorate and sustain the town centre.

    — James Mills, Leader of West Oxfordshire District Council

  • I have been hugely impressed by this project. I have no doubt it will be a huge success and will play an important role in the life of Chipping Norton and, more importantly, will be a huge boost to the lives of the individuals that it touches.

    — Matthew Barber, Deputy Police & Crime Commissioner

  • At a time when we are continuing to experience significant cutbacks to public services, it is wonderful to see a project like this taking root in Chipping Norton.

    — The Rt Revd Colin Fletcher OBE, Bishop of Dorchester


Hidden in Chipping Norton is the most deprived neighbourhood in West Oxfordshire where families are failing to thrive, youth have few opportunities and access to services is very limited. Income deprivation affecting children is in the highest 20% in the country and educational opportunities for school leavers are in the lowest 10% in the country. Over 90% of those we work with have experienced some form of family breakdown or trauma.


These troubles mask hidden treasure. Working with local agencies we will listen, encourage and connect, providing advocacy support to those in crisis, a Debt Centre and Life Skills courses for those on a low budget, Freedom courses for those affected by domestic violence, art as therapy to help children process their emotions, holiday clubs, universal credit access and more.. We will also continue our Covid 19 response providing vital food and well-being support for those who are struggling.