News and events

Update from Oxfordshire SSH Prevention:

We have received the following update from Health Improvement Officer Sally Culmner from the Oxfordshire Suicide and Self-Harm Prevention team:

“In light of the current pandemic, we have taken the decision to publish the Oxfordshire SSH Prevention Strategy without any PR or comms to support it at this stage. The strategy, along with an executive summary, will sit on the public facing Oxfordshire County Council webpages.”

The Oxfordshire SSH Prevention Strategy documents – in summary and in full – can be opened/downloaded below, or, with further information, from the following link:


In response to current public health guidance and in our efforts to minimise the risk for Coronavirus, Archway will be doing some things differently as of Tuesday 17th March.

Whilst our Supportive Social Groups are not meeting for the time being, and our Individual Support Service may need to revert to telephone support, we will continue to provide emotional support and contact through telephone calls, electronic and postal communication.

We are aware of the potential impact of reduced face to face contact on everyone’s mental health and well-being and we will be doing all we can to support people through this challenging time.

It’s important to keep updated with the latest advice and information from official sources. Please find links below:





Coronavirus / COVID-19 Advice for Archway Social Groups and Meetings

To minimise the impact of coronavirus, and in the best interests of everyone’s health, we are asking all Friends, Volunteers & Staff to stay home if you have ANY cold or flu-like symptoms, fever or cough, however mild.

It is important to keep informed with the latest advice from official sources, so please click the links below for more information:


UK Government:



Archway continues to adapt the services we offer to support those suffering from loneliness, particularly in response to the challenges of COVID-19. We would like to thank National Lottery ‘Awards for All’ Community Fund for their invaluable help in helping us to make a real difference to reach the most isolated in our community.

You can find out more about The National Lottery Community Fund here.

Badger of Destiny🦡 Fundraiser Sat 22 Feb 7.30

Touching on Star Wars, school days and the emotional impact of supporting England in a major tournament, Christopher Badger reflects candidly on his search for meaning, mentors & the perils of navigating that first difficult 43 years…

Join Chris Matthewman for Archway fundraiser spoken word evening 🦡 BADGER OF DESTINY 🦡 Sat 22nd Feb 7.30pm – Tickets £7 (+ booking fee) from the following link:


Christmas Message From Archway

During the past week I have spoken to many people who find this time of year really difficult but are able to get through it because of their link with Archway and the connection to people within it.

At Archway we arrange events to celebrate the season whilst being mindful of and sensitive towards those who are struggling. As one lady said,

“I am so grateful for the events Archway puts on for us. When everything else closes for the holidays Archway carries on between the Bank Holidays. Last year it saved my life I can tell you.”

Providing transport, seasonal food and activities for more people costs that little bit extra, so if you would like to help to make a difference to someone’s Christmas this year, you’re welcome to donate here.

Thanking you for your support and sending warmest greetings from all at Archway.

– Sheila Furlong (CEO, The Archway Foundation.

Introducing Ros

We are thrilled to announce our newly appointed trustee Ros Alstead. Here Ros tells us a little about her background and hopes for Archway.

‘I am delighted to be appointed as an Archway Trustee. I bring experience as a general and mental health nurse and NHS manager over the last forty years. I recently retired from my role as Director of Nursing and Clinical Standards at Oxford Health FT so I know local health and social care services well. 

I am very impressed by the range of opportunities that are available to support people through Archway and expertise and enthusiasm shown by volunteers and staff I have met. I have much to learn, and bring knowledge of the NHS systems and local contacts, board governance and mental health practice and have agreed to take on the role of the named Trustee for safeguarding.

I hope to contribute towards Archways continuing funding and successful future.’

We would like to offer Ros a warm welcome and thanks for lending her expertise to our Archway’s Board of Trustees

Join us in the New Year when we talk to new digital trustee Jack Burnet.

Driving Home For Christmas?

You may have seen our recent campaign in social media, leaflets, posters and on Oxford Bus Company screens (see above) which has been helping to recruit new volunteer drivers to give someone a lift to and from a weekly social group.

We are looking for people who:

  • Live in the Oxford Area
  • Have car and driving licence
  • Can spare an hour or two every week to give someone a lift to & from a social group

Volunteer drivers are welcome to attend the social group as convenient, and free parking and mileage are available.

Even if you don’t drive, you can still help! We want to share our call-out ‘Drive for Drivers’ as widely as possible. If you’re able to put an A4 poster up in your local church, doctor’s surgery, workplace or community centre – please give us a call or drop a line and we can post/email some information to share:

01865 790552 /

Remembering Wilson

On 30th November 2019, a memorial service was held at St Columba’s Church for long-time Archway volunteer Wilson Sutherland who passed away the previous month.

Wilson was a dedicated, humble, good-humoured and kind-hearted man, married to Ruth who was for many years Co-ordinated Wednesday Welcome, Archway’s weekly call in café run in partnership with St Columba’s Church. After (and during) his distinguished academic career Wednesday Welcome. Wilson devoted time to helping others. He was the welcoming face of Archway as his role was meeting and greeting everyone arriving at Wednesday Welcome. He was well known and respected by Archway Friends, volunteers and staff, by former University students and colleagues as well as members of St Columba’s Church where he worshipped and served as an elder and at one time as Church Secretary. It is not surprising that St Columba’s Church was full to capacity for the memorial service.

Archway would like to extend our thoughts and prayers to Wilson’s family and friends. Wilson’s other favourite charities included Oxfam and Christian Aid (click links to donate).

Co-operative Members Charity-Giving Scheme boosts funds and awareness for Archway

Archway has been one of the beneficiaries of the Co-op members’ charity giving scheme and on Saturday 23rd November the Co-op in Witney invited us to the store to celebrate the amount of money raised by its members and to give out free Co-op cakes to customers and spread the good news of the work of Archway. Co-op staff gave us a very warm welcome and kindly helped give out cakes and leaflets to customers.

We would like to send our sincerest thanks to Co-operative staff and customers for their generous contribution of funds and time in helping tackle loneliness in the local community.

If you would like to make a donation to Archway, please click here.