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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.


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,
  • 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

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

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Editor: Gillian Warson

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  • 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.

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)

Website Editor and Social Media Editor: Gillian Warson & Charlotte Foxhall, Editor for the Volunteer Centre: Emily Shaw
Twitter: The whole OCVA staff team
Facebook: Gillian Warson & Charlotte Foxhall