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Your Volunteer Centre - find volunteering opportunities
A new is helping volunteers to find their ideal opportunity, and groups and organisations to register and upload volunteering opportunities. For guidance and support with the new website, contact OCVA , an umbrella organisation providing information and services for voluntary organisations in Oxfordshire, or contact the OCVA volunteer development officer on
A useful and practical document, the new answers common questions and issues facing the voluntary and community sector has been put together using feedback from the South and Vale VCS forum. You’ll find top tips for who to contact for funding and grant information, how to link with local businesses and how to get support to help find and keep your volunteers.
We published the in 2017, a summary of consultation and research activities undertaken to develop an understanding of how volunteering could be supported and encouraged in South Oxfordshire and Vale of White Horse. We are pleased to announce that, having undertaken this research, we will be working to support a programme of activity which draws on this evidence to help more people to volunteer in the future.
The council contributed to the development of , a set of guidelines and principles which supports good practice, better and effective working relationships between public authorities and the voluntary, community and faith sectors.
Volunteering strategy and action plan...our commitment
South Oxfordshire District Council is committed to supporting and encouraging volunteering across the district. We passionately believes that volunteering offers many benefits for local groups and charities, the volunteers themselves and the wider community.
The council’s biennial resident survey provides a statistical measure for volunteering rates in South Oxfordshire. The latest survey showed that 24 per cent of people over the age of 16 had undertaken unpaid voluntary work in South Oxfordshire over the past 12 months. This is a 5 per cent decrease since the previous survey was carried out in 2015.
In order to boost these figures, the strategy and action plan has been developed to support local communities to help themselves and encourage South Oxfordshire residents to become involved in volunteering.
For more information
Please share YOUR volunteering stories with us, and get in touch to see how we can help support you or your organisation with volunteering. Contact Suzi Wild, Community Liaison Officer, using the details opposite.
Please also see:
- The council's grant scheme for voluntary and community groups.
- , an umbrella organisation helping rural communities and voluntary organisations identify and tackle local issues.
- , supporting and empowering volunteers, networks, partnerships and non-profit organisations big and small
- , connecting people who care with causes that matter
Last reviewed: 24 - 03 - 2020