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... .  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. 

Voluntary and Community Sector (VCS) Forum

This free annual event, taking place on Wednesday 14 March 2018 at Cornerstone Arts Centre in Didcot, is an opportunity for people from local community groups and voluntary organisations to meet, discuss ideas and share advice in a relaxed setting.

This year the theme of ‘resilience’ will be discussed and debated throughout the day and you can learn top tips for what your organisation can do to become more resilient. Information on funding and other sector resources will be available at the lunchtime networking fair, and during the day you are invited to attend two training sessions and will be led through a facilitated networking session to get to know and learn from others in the voluntary sector.

Speakers include the Chief Executive of one of Oxfordshire’s leading voluntary organisations and the manager of a local services organisation who will give a personal perspective of resilience in practice.

If you know of a voluntary or community sector organisation who might be interested in attending please encourage them to register. For more information, please contact us using the details opposite.

VCS resources 

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. 

A useful and practical document that 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. Have a look at the 'What you told us and our response' VCS 2016 document (119.6 KB) Word 2007

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.  

More information on volunteering

We are working closely with volunteers and community and voluntary groups in the area, and are keen to support you with volunteering. Read the volunteering case study (107.5 KB) PDF  where Anne Richardson, Corporate Projects Officer, spent time helping a local charity as part of the council's staff volunteering scheme, where staff can have up to two days a year to help a local cause. Get in touch with us using the details opposite.

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 Anne Richardson, Corporate Projects Officer using the details opposite.

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Last reviewed: 09 - 02 - 2018

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