Volunteering

A chance to shine – to have a go – to make a difference!


Your Volunteer Centre - find volunteering opportunities

A new Oxfordshire Volunteers website  This link will take you to an external website...  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 Oxfordshire Community and Voluntary Action  This link will take you to an external website... , an umbrella organisation providing information and services for voluntary organisations in Oxfordshire, or contact the OCVA volunteer development officer on vol@ocva.org.uk.  This link will take you to an external website...

You can also contact us for volunteering support using the contact details on this page, have a look at the local Volunteer Centre website  This link will take you to an external website... , and search details of over 2,000 local clubs, societies and voluntary groups  This link will take you to an external website...  in Oxfordshire using the local clubs and societies database. 

VCS resources 

A useful and practical document, the new 'What you told us and our response' VCS 2018  (122.6 KB) PDF  Vale of White Horse District Council This link will take you to an external website... 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 'Encouraging volunteering in the districts' report  This link will take you to an external website...  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. 

District connections

The council contributed to the development of Oxfordshire Compact  Oxfordshire County Council This link will take you to an external website... , 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.

We are also active members of the Oxfordshire Stronger Communities Alliance (OSCA)  Oxfordshire County Council This link will take you to an external website... and work closely with the VCS sector to facilitate and increase volunteering.

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. Come and take a look… (145.5 KB) PDF Vale of White Horse District Council This link will take you to an external website...

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:

For information on how we use your data, have a look at our voluntary and community sector privacy notice (207.6 KB) PDF  Vale of White Horse District Council This link will take you to an external website... .

Last reviewed: 24 - 03 - 2020

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