To be working in Oxford may seem, at first glance, to be a world away from the North East of England, the home of SIGNAL and an area still associated with industrial decline and a widening gap between it and other more affluent areas in the South of the country. However, as Sara Fenandez, CEO of the Oxford Hub explains, the strength of SIGNAL lies in its ability to dig deeper than the 2-dimensional stereotypes imposed on the UK’s communities allow, and to get beyond analysis to creating practical solutions:
"Oxford Hub is a place-based charity bringing people and organisations together to build a better Oxford. Oxford is an unequal city. There are vast disparities in wealth and access to opportunities across Oxford, impacting people of all ages and backgrounds. We want to change this with the power of relationships. Through Signal, we will support families to work collaboratively in their neighbourhoods to achieve their own goals, and to better shape any local targeted interventions. This will also be a starting point for micro-grants and direct cash transfers."