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As the contracted lead for the voluntary and community sector we are the main communications channel.

Make sure you’re getting and using the OCVA communications channels that you need.


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Pulse Daily is our website news blog reaching ~8,000 / month.
Pulse Weekly is an email digest reaching between ~700+ and ~2,000+ non-profit groups

People told us they wanted fewer emails from us. We listened. A whole range of contacts wanted our help to get more messages out. We listened. Pulse gives you more (quick-glance, by email) and less (fewer emails, just sent once a week).

We send you the digest of the latest items every week by email if:

  • you’ve subscribed (anyone can)
  • you’re an OCVA Member,
  • you used to receive ‘Community Concern’,
  • at least one of these news items is of targeted interest to your group because of (for example) the client groups you work with (this is why the circulation fluctuates),
  • your group has said (or you have said) you are happy to receive OCVA emails
  • you used to receive our funding newsletter

Pulse contains:

  • News, jobs and events from our members, friends, partners and colleagues in our sector
  • News and events from OCVA
    • Events are no longer included in our Training Updates (see below)
    • Timely opinion articles from OCVA staff
    • Announcements to the sector from OCVA
  • Contract offers, conference dates, announcements we have been asked to send out by our funders (for example, Oxfordshire County Council)
    • new since 2014
    • no-longer emailed separately
  • Notice of Award and Funding opportunities we have been asked to send out
    • new since 2014
    • no-longer emailed separately

Not getting Pulse?

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Editor: Gillian Warson


PulseStar – for 655+ OCVA MembersPulse Star a heart shape with a star shape

  • Exclusive service for OCVA Members only

Editor: Gillian Warson


Training Updates – over 2,200 individual subscribers

  • Keep up-to-date with sector-relevant and local training delivered by OCVA
  • Now with Online Training too
  • Includes occasional training alerts on behalf of OCVA partners and friends
  • No longer includes events
  • Sent monthly (approximately)
  • Anyone can sign up to receive

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Editor: Charlotte Foxhall


Volunteer Newsletter – Sent to 3,000+ Local Volunteers

  • This goes out by email to over 3,000 Oxfordshire-based volunteers once per month
  • Great way to promote your volunteering opportunities to a local audience – free to OCVA Members

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Editor: Emily Shaw


Volunteer Coordinators

Editor: Emily Shaw


Voluntary Voice – Reaches the Oxfordshire Public

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Editor: Gillian Warson


Yammer! Groups sponsored by MicrosoftTM

  • Yammer! is an enterprise level social media platform
  • It’s secure, and is owned by Microsoft
  • It’s just a website; it should be usable in most if not all IT set-ups
  • OCVA has free use of it due to our reduced-rate charity Office365 subscription
  • It enables free, simple, quick social media groups for specific audiences
  • Several groups are already active on Yammer!, including:
    • OSCA – the Oxfordshire Stronger Communities Alliance
    • CYPF – the Children and Young People’s Forum
    • BBO – Building Better Opportunities (the name of a recent ESIF funding round)

See the full list and request to sign up to groups.

Manager: Trevor Barton
Editor: Gillian Warson


Social and New Media (links in the footer below)

  • Our main website has around 8,500 views per month and counting (up by almost 1,000 over the last year)
  • We have a 2,000+ Twitter following
    • This is our best social media outlet
  • We have 85 LinkedIN (professional networking within the sector)
  • We have a YouTube channel
  • We’re going on Facebook (again, but better)

Manager: Trevor Barton, Website Editor and Social Media Editor: Gillian Warson, Editor for the Volunteer Centre: Emily Shaw
Twitter: The whole OCVA staff team
LinkedIN and YouTube: Trevor Barton
Facebook: Gillian Warson


Print Matter

Producer: Trevor


Press releases

Producer: Various