A chance to shine – to have a go – to make a difference!
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 .
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.
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.
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 .
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.
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 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.
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: 09 - 02 - 2018