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Archway’s 40th Anniversary Celebrations

Archway Friends, Volunteers, Staff, Supporters and Patrons, including actor Jeremy Irons, came together for a moving, inspiring Thanksgiving Service at Merton College Chapel to celebrate 40 years in Oxford and Abingdon serving those hurt by loneliness. It was wonderful to see so many people who have been connected with Archway in different ways across the last four decades. Here’s to the next forty years! (Photograph by Philip King Photography)

Archway CEO receives MBE for Services to Mental Health

In 2021, Archway CEO Sheila Furlong was awarded an MBE in the Queen’s New Years Honours List for Services to Mental Health, in recognition of her long standing work with The Archway Foundation in alleviating loneliness in Oxford and Abingdon.

In an Investiture ceremony held at Buckingham Palace on 14th July, Sheila was presented with the MBE by HRH Princess Anne.

This year Archway celebrates its 40th anniversary year, and continues to support hundreds of isolated people in Oxfordshire via a telephone service, face-to-face individual support, and supported social groups. Sheila says:

‘It continues to be a privilege to be a part of this work in bringing relief, acceptance, hope and opportunities for supportive human contact and meaningful connection.’

You can read the full story here:

Archway Foundation CEO Sheila Furlong awarded an MBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list. – The Archway Foundation

Archway’s 40 Years Postcard Project

As you may have seen in recent press and tv, this weekend we are holding a private Thanksgiving event to commemorate 40 years in the Oxford area, serving those hurt by loneliness.

This seems like an appropriate time to share the collection of postcards sent in by Archway Friends, expressing what Archway means to them, all of which will be on display, alongside the Archway Community Blanket, Display and Time Capsule, at the event. Check back for photos of the event soon!

In the meantime, donations to allow us to continue our work in tackling loneliness, are very welcome:

Click here to make a donation to Archway.