Walk for Tandem (or support us from your armchair . . .)

It’s time to get your walking shoes on!

 Sponsored Walk for Tandem

 9.30am, Sunday 8th September 2019

 In September 2019, staff from Health Education England Thames Valley, along with friends and family will be walking along the Thames Tow Path, from Abingdon – Oxford, and finishing with a picnic in Christchurch Meadows. We will be walking to raise money for the charity Tandem Befriendinghttp://www.tandembefriending.org.uk/

 This is just under 10 miles – please join us!
 Register your interest at  enquiries.tandembefriending@gmail.com|
or join us from your armchair by supporting us on

Tandem connecting people

Community Connectors help people who are isolated and lonely to connect with their community through finding activities that they can engage in and which bring them into contact with other people. Some to times referred to as ‘community navigation’ this idea of connecting people with their community is being taken up by a number of organisations around the UK.

Tandem volunteers have been provided with initial training in community connecting and this is something that we are keen to take forward in 2018.


TANDEM’S 2017 AGM was held on Monday 18th September in the Garden Cafe, Restore, Manzil Way, Oxford. The guest speaker was Dan Knowles, Chief Executive of Oxfordshire Mind who  talked about the state of mental health in Oxfordshire.

Dan- Knowles

TANDEM’s 2016 AGM was held on Wednesday October 12th in the Garden Cafe, Restore, Manzil Way, Oxford


The guest speaker was Azeline Collins Head of the Oxfordshire Recovery College who talked about the work of the college. The slides for the presentation can be found here: Oxfordshire Recovery College 2016

Video about recovery colleges

The Power of People by the Health Foundation

On-line article

Five things you might like to know about Recovery Colleges

Tandem AGM – October 2015

Tandem’s 2015 AGM  was held on October 12th and featured a talk ‘From alienists to counsellors: the changing face of mental health services in Oxfordshire’

This talk was given by John Hall,  Professor of Mental Health at Oxford Brookes University, a recording can be found on our Resources page

John’s interesting talk was followed by the 2015  Annual General Meeting  for Tandem and refreshments.

A copy of the Chair’s report can be found here: Tandem Chair’s Report 2015

An Oxford Midsummer’s Ceilidh

Thanks to all who attended and contributed to our Fundraising Barn Dance for Tandem  on the evening of June 20th at Sandford Village Hall


In one evening we raised several hundreds of pounds to support our befriending partnerships and a good time was had by the many people who attended.

Music provided was by the Chameleons (an offshoot of the Geckoes an Oxfordshire band in the front rank of bands on the English Ceilidh scene). To book the band go to their website at http://www.geckoes.co.uk/chameleons.htm

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