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OCRA Empowering 18-24 year olds with Confidence and Motivation Workshops

Okehampton Community and Recreation Association (OCRA) have partnered with South Devon based company I Can Do That to provide a series of confidence and motivation workshops for those who are 18-24 years old and not in employment. The delivery will take place at OCRA’s Pavilion in the Park, with Simmons Park as the backdrop it will be promoting mental health as a fundamental part for those accessing it. The scheme provides a 1:1 mentor and group projects to build confidence, motivation, self-esteem and employability skills.  These activities are designed to move you towards positive outcomes such as starting to jobsearch or entering education.  The workshops are part of Petroc College’s Empowering Enterprise scheme and is funded by the European Social Fund and The National Lottery Community Fund.

OCRA is well known in the community for its provision of opportunities to be physically active, namely its work in Primary Schools, holiday activities, fitness classes and management of the sporting facilities in Simmons Park. This scheme continues the development of opportunities to be mentally active following the setting up of holistic and mums and toddlers classes, and Sporting Memories group for those suffering from loneliness, depression and/or mild dementia and with an interest in sport.

For more information or to refer into the scheme view the referral form here please contact OCRA on 01837 54546 or

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OCRA Charity Fun Run and Festive Market

Festive Fun Run and Christmas MarketSunday December 15th saw more than 50 jolly joggers of all ages take part in Okehampton Community and Recreation Association’s (OCRA) Festive 5k Fun Run. The event, in aid of OCRA, saw runners and walkers decked out in festive dress take on the two lap course around Simmons Park and Okehampton College’s grounds. Continue reading OCRA Charity Fun Run and Festive Market

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Why the big PAWs? Teddy Bear’s Picnic, of course

Image: OCRA Teddy Bears' Picnic Easter 2019Simmons Park visitors were certainly in for a big surprise this Easter as the Pavilion Café hosted its first Teddy Bears’ Picnic.

Staged as park of Okehampton sports charity OCRA’s holiday activities, the picnic offered a full family afternoon starting with a teddy trail in the park, multi-sports on the cricket pitch and the picnic itself outdoors in the Spring sunshine, with some special guests. Continue reading Why the big PAWs? Teddy Bear’s Picnic, of course

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OCRA School Sports Report – Q1, 2019

Image: Tavistock Dance FestivalOCRA currently fulfils the role of School Sports Co-ordinator for Dartmoor MAT (Okehampton and area schools) and Tavistock Area Schools. Please see our event reports on our schools page for news throughout the year.

Wednesday 23rd January was the West Devon Sportshall finals, held at Tavistock College Sportshall. Taking part were – Whitchurch, St Andrew’s A & B, St Peter’s, Okehampton, Hatherleigh, South and North Tawton. Keith & Jayne Reed, Martin Exley-Deane, Stuart Lord and Mhairi McCall  plus 10 young sports leaders officiated over the event. Continue reading OCRA School Sports Report – Q1, 2019

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OUC support for Trampolinists

Image: Oke OUC Trampoline Cheque presentation
Karen Percival, OUC and Vicki Pritchard, OGTD Club. Picture: James Bird / Okehampton Times

A further item of excellent financial news in recent weeks as Okehampton United Charities reaffirmed its’ support for Okehampton Gym, Trampoline and DMT Club with a superb grant of £15,000 toward new equipment.

Pictured with OUC Clerk Karen Pervical, club head coach Vicki Pritchard gratefully received the cheque which is already earmarked for two competition-spec trampolines. Continue reading OUC support for Trampolinists