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The Big Help Out – events happening across Oxfordshire

This May volunteering will be taking the centre stage to mark the King’s Coronation. The Big Help Out is a national campaign to highlight the wide range of volunteering opportunities available across local communities and the fantastic work that volunteers do. Through The Big Help Out website people will be able to search for ways to get involved, try new things and hopefully go on to form lasting relationships.

Here is a list of events in Oxfordshire for volunteers and groups to get involved with:

Charity Shop ‘Taster’ Sessions at the African Children’s Fund 

Are you interested in volunteering in an Oxfordshire charity shop? Perhaps you’d like to find out more about what’s involved? What the commitments might be of your time? Or some of the tasks you could take on?

We have some charity shop ‘taster sessions’ in Faringdon, Grove and Witney.

The sessions are running at 10am & 2pm on 9th May (Faringdon & Grove) and 11th May (Witney).

If you are interested, we’d love you to join in one of our Taster Sessions at the African Children’s Fund charity shops.

Meet our Shop Managers and some of the other volunteers, and find out just what goes on behind the scenes and what your future role might entail!

* Free tea & coffee will be avialable for everyone attending this event. 

If your are interested please confirm your place on the Big Give app or email Dee at info@africanchildrensfund.org to confirm attendance.

The Big Help Out – Stonesfield’s Volunteering Day

Come and join us on Monday 8 May at Stonesfield Village Hall (OX29 8HA) for a celebratory look at the amazing work that volunteer groups do in one way or another to make life better for the people of our village.

Monday 8 May has been designated the start of the Big Help Out. It’s part of the Coronation weekend and its aim is to celebrate all the incredible work which goes on behind the scenes all over the country, in many different ways.

Stonesfield is lucky enough to have about 30 groups and organisations working with volunteers and the Coronation weekend Monday will be the day to see many of them in action – and to think about joining in.

There will be varied displays and fun activities for all ages; people already involved will be there to chat about the various groups and what they do, and there will be free refreshments. We have also compiled a leaflet outlining all the Stonesfield groups that work with volunteers, with contact details; this will be going to every household in the village as part of our village magazine as well as being available at the village hall event.

The groups and organisations represented will include (we’ve not finished arranging entries yet!):

  • 1st Stonesfield Scouts
  • Stonesfield Gardening Club
  • SAFER / Community Speedwatch
  • The Stonesfield Slate 
  • Stonesfield Environment Group
  • Stonesfield Food Group
  • Stonesfield Village Hall Committee
  • Chrissie’s Owls
  • Friends of Stonesfield Library FoSL
  • Stonesfield Voluntary Transport Scheme
  • Stonesfield Repair Café
  • Stonesfield Parish Council Litter pickers
  • Stonesfield Common Volunteers

Have you sometimes thought you might like to volunteer in some way, but were unsure what there is to be done and how to go about it? Now here’s your chance to find out!

Come and enjoy being part of the Big Help Out…

Viv Kendall and Jane Rust

For Stonesfield’s Volunteer Groups


Celebrating East Oxford’s Volunteers Day

This event is delivered in partnership with Oxford Civic Society and Flo’s The Place in the Park. Our aim is to celebrate, thank and inspire volunteering in East Oxford. We encourage volunteers and those interested in volunteering to join us.

We would particularly welcome local charities joining us to share their fabulous work locally via holding a stall, sharing information about what they do and how people might volunteer for them. Please email Gillian Coates, if you’d like to book a space: volunteerday@theoxfordfoundation.org.uk. There is no charge.

Groups/ Charities can book a stall at the fair here and can nominate 5 volunteers to attend the event and can book here 

Full details: Celebrating Volunteers

Cherwell Collective

Our event is of particular importance as we will not only be conducting a litter pick, but we will also be conducting the grand unveiling of a permanent living sculpture that we are building at Park Hill Recreation Ground in Kidlington.  It is a huge structure and is being built in honour of the King and His Royal Family’s climate action legacy. It is being built entirely out of repurposed and rescued materials (used scaffolding poles, used milk bottles fused together for the structure) and will be filled with over 400 living plants that will last year-round including herbs.  It is being built in the shape of a Unicorn, and will beckon the community to come to the GreenSpace garden there and get involved with climate action.

We will also have live music, refreshments, and a variety of vendor stalls with repurposed/upcycled crafts and eco-products. For our platinum jubilee eco-celebration we had over 500 in attendance and we hope to exceed those numbers!

Full details: Cherwell Collective Big Help Out Poster

Maymessy CIC

Maymessy CIC will be hosting an event for local Ukrainian families who live in Faringdon, Wantage and local villages for the Big Help Out. We will host a picnic at Maymessy to support our new arrivals and help them integrate into Oxfordshire and also to thank their hosts. We will also have local community supporters coming such as English language support, local Mayors etc. It will also I hope widen the participation in volunteering as we will be keen for help from bakers and drivers and more. We held two events like this last year and they were a big success.
We have some funding kindly given by Oxfordshire Community Foundation for this event. The picnic is free for all!
Please see details here:

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