Charitable Activities

The Oxford Mindfulness Foundation is committed to preventing depression, promoting resilience and realising human potential across the lifespan through mindfulness. We aspire to ensure our work meets our charitable objectives, is sustainable and impactful.

The OMC’s charitable activities are funded by our fundraising efforts as well as our not-for-profit activities. In line with our not-for-profit ethos, all our revenue goes into furthering our mission and meeting our charitable objectives. To make a donation you can access the OMC fund raising page here:

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Although all our work is in the service of our mission, we have specifically funded a number of charitable initiatives to improve the accessibility of MBCT for all. Shown below are details of some of the work we have supported.

Summer School Bursary Scheme

In 2016 and 2017 we made available 5 places at the OMC Summer School for people who demonstrated they would use the Summer School experience to widen access and participation in MBCT. In addition, in 2016 we also gave 5 places to support of the next generation of promising young researchers in MBCT. We have asked all recipients of these bursaries to evidence the impact of their work. Read about the experiences of our Summer School bursary holders.

Accessibility Funds

In line with our charitable aims for the past two years we have made available £25,000 per year to support applications for training, activities or initiatives which widen access to, and participation in, mindfulness-based cognitive therapy and practices. Our grants are given on the expectation of clear impact, outcomes and/or key learnings, and evaluation of impact and/or outcomes.

Read about the projects which received funding in 2016, working with prison workers and inmates, parents, communities in areas of deprivation, young people in care, dementia carers and patients, and refugees.

Stephenson Fund

A donation enabled us to support local MBCT teachers and charities to make MBCT accessible in the Swindon area for groups who might not otherwise access MBCT. This was through provision of mindfulness taster sessions, MBCT classes and regular follow-on reunions. It also funded the provision of MBCT for junior doctors to support their well-being at a crucial stage in their careers. Our hope is that this seed funding will create sustainable MBCT provision in the Swindon area.

MBCT Training in Low Income Countries and in Settings With Limited Financial Resources

Some of our MBCT Trainers have offered MBCT training pro bono or at greatly reduced rates in countries and in not-for-profit / third sector settings. This includes Professors Mark Williams, Professor Willem Kuyken, Dr Melanie Fennell, Chris Cullen and Ms Antonia Sumbundu.

Making MBCT Resources Available

We try to make as many of our resources freely available to support both MBCT teachers but also those undertaking MBCT courses. This includes our digital mindfulness resources (videos, and app), high-quality information on stress, depression and long-term conditions, an up-to-date listing of MBCT resources, as well as making as much of our science open access as possible. The Wellcome Trust has supported much of our science, enabling us to make these resources freely available.

MBCT 8 Week courses

In 2016 we provided 32 significantly subsidised places on our MBCT 8 week public courses. These places were offered to those who would otherwise be unable to attend a course due to financial pressures.

Mindfulness Initiative

We have played an instrumental role in in supporting the Mindfulness All Party Parliamentary Group that published the Mindful Nation UK report in Westminster in October 2015. We have also played a role in setting up and supporting the Mindfulness Initiative that is taking forwards the mindfulness advocacy agenda.

Mindful Trust Awards 2015

The Mindful Trust Research Awards were aimed at early career researchers who have the potential to become future research leaders. These awards, funded by a benefactor, were intended to support such researchers to conduct a piece of original high quality work in the field of mindfulness by providing funding for direct research costs. For full details see our Research pages.

How Do I Become a Donor?

Click on the DONATE button below to help to secure the future of the OMC’s work and to support the activities shown on our Fundraising Page. You will be given the option to give a recurring donation or a single donation.

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