Charitable Activities

The Oxford Mindfulness Foundation is committed to sustainability, maximising impact and widening access to MBCT through its charitable activities.

The OMC’s charitable activities are funded by our not for profit status and our fundraising efforts. We are working proactively to increase the range and type of schemes that we offer to support the mindfulness community and the general population. Over the last two years the OMC has funded a number of initiatives and has provided funding to improve accessibility to MBCT for all. Shown below are further details of our work.

We are committed to continue developing new initiatives into 2017, although this is dependent upon our revenue and the success of our fundraising activity.

Bursary Schemes

Summer School 2016

We provided 5 places at the OMC Summer School 2016 to MBCT teachers, who could demonstrate that they would use the Summer School experience to widen access and participation in MBCT.  In support of the next generation of researchers in MBCT, we gave 5 places through the award of an MBCT Research Bursary.  To improve access to MBCT in the public sector, we offered subsidised places to those teaching or training to teach MBCT within the NHS.

MBCT 8 Week courses

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.

Accessibility Fund 2016

The OMF Board of Trustees set up an Accessibility Group, made up of Board members, OMC staff, teachers and external advisers, to review the OMC’s contribution to widening access to MBCT. The first initiative of the Group was to run the first Accessibility Fund scheme. We made available £25,000 to support projects for training, activities or initiatives which will widen access to and participation in mindfulness-based cognitive therapy and mindfulness practices.

We received a great deal of interest in the scheme, with many interesting and valuable projects applying for funds. The projects awarded funding are working with populations within Prisons, Parenting, Young People in care, Dementia carers and patients, Refugees, Depression within disadvantaged groups. Further information regarding these projects will be available soon.

Mindful Trust Awards 2015

The Mindful Trust Research Awards are 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.

Three applications were successful in the process:

Mindfulness based cognitive therapy (MBCT) for people with comorbid dementia and depression: feasibility study in a primary care setting. Dr Elisa Aguirre, North East London Foundation Trust, Research and Development Department and University College London, UK.

The role of meditation practice in mindful emotion regulation. Assistant Professor Norman Farb, University of Toronto, Canada.

The effect of mindfulness training on immune dysregulation and pro-inflammatory states in the context of chronic stress. Dr Julieta Galante, University of Cambridge.

All award winners will participate in our research meetings and will provide an annual report on study progress.