Have a read about Oxfordshire’s amazing volunteers!

If you’re not sure if volunteering is for you, or you just want to find out a bit more about what it can involve; why not have a read about some of the volunteer’s experiences below. These are the stories of current volunteers in Oxfordshire – what they do, the difference it makes and why they enjoy it!

We will keep adding to this collection of stories, so do keep checking back for the latest read.

The latest stories…  

Julia from Island Farm Donkey Sanctuary
Read about how Julia has made significant contributions to the Sanctuary and how it led to her being nominated for an award.

Mary from Chipping Norton Theatre
Here Mary talks about what to expect from a typical volunteering session at Chipping Norton Theatre and why she enjoys the time she spends there.

Sue who volunteers for Restore and Chipping Norton Theatre
Read about how Sue benefits from her volunteering. How her work at Restore develops skills and the chance to apply her coaching qualification and her role as an usher is a central part of her social life

Phillip who befriends an elderly man through his local Good Neighbour Scheme
There are befriending opportunities across Oxfordshire to help the elderly and housebound. Here Philip explains what he does to help a local man in his community.

Clare who volunteers for Restore
Clare provides a thorough insight into what you could expect in her day in the life account of a Restore volunteer.

Clem from Prison and Care Trust (PACT)
Clem took up volunteering following retirement and this account talks openly about what she enjoys about her role as a mentor for the Prison and Care Trust.

Jenny who volunteers for Girl Guiding, the Library and Chipping Norton Theatre!
Despite volunteering for 3 organisations, Jenny has found the time to write 3 cases studies capturing her varied roles. We’ve compiled them into one account for you to read.

Steph who volunteers for Samaritans
Read Steph’s account of the valuable training provided by the Samaritans and how she enjoys the practical role of being a helpline volunteer

John who volunteers with Style Acre
inspired by his experiences as a London 2012 Games Maker, John has contined his volunteering for the charity Style Acre – supporting adults with learning difficulties

 Would you like your story to appear here?
If you would like to share your experiences as a volunteer, please email our Volunteer Coordinator and we can provide you with a case study template to complete. Alternatively, you are welcome to write your own account.

Not a fan of writing? How about making a short video clip to tell people what you do as a volunteer, why and what you get out of it. You could also go on our new weekly BBC Radio Oxford programme – listen to some clips here.