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Volunteering in Oxfordshire

How to find volunteering opportunities in Oxfordshire:

There are 1000’s of organisations looking for volunteers across Oxfordshire, so do get in touch at the contact details below if you don’t find your dream volunteering role and we will do our best to help.

The new countywide volunteering website is now live! The website is designed to link you to your perfect volunteering opportunity as well as providing one central place on the web for groups to advertise their wonderful opportunities.

What do you need to do?

Click on the link below, register yourself using the blue ‘Try Volunteering’ button and start searching for opportunities. It’s as simple as that!

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1. Like our Facebook page: This is updated almost every day with news of charities in need, photos celebrating your efforts and other relevant information. Feel free to use this space to tell us about the amazing volunteering you are doing, so that we can celebrate it!
You can like our Facebook page here.

2. Sign up to Oxfordshire Volunteers newsletter: You will receive a monthly update of the latest opportunities in Oxfordshire, as well as being able to read about volunteers’ experiences and find out about events and training which may be of interest.
You can sign up to the newsletter by registering on the new website here.

3. Not sure where to start looking? Oxfordshire Volunteers is a countywide website of volunteering opportunities. You can search for role via your postcode, and narrow your search further if you know the type of volunteering you are after. If you have any challenges finding what you are after, please do get in touch. It is just a snapshot of what is out there for you to get involved with in Oxfordshire.

4. Come in and see us! If you think you need a little inspiration, or some help searching for opportunities, please book an appointment at the Volunteer Centre.

Appointments are available Monday – Thursday from 10am – 4pm at the Volunteer Centre

On the 2nd Wednesday of every month we run a drop in service in the Careers Hub on the 3rd floor of the Job Centre from 10am – 1pm.
You do not have to book for the drop in.

Please note these appointments are for people who live in the City of Oxford, South Oxfordshire and the Vale of White Horse.

If you live in West Oxfordshire, contact Volunteer Link Up:  01993 776277 or office@vlu.org.uk

If you live in Cherwell, contact Volunteer Connect: 0300 3030 126 or info@volunteerconnect.org.uk

5. We’re always out and about: We regularly attend jobs fairs and volunteering fairs and will keep this page updated with the places we are visiting around the County.

6. Let us know what you’re after! Please complete this short form, telling us a bit about yourself and the volunteering you are after. Once we receive your form we will then be in touch using your preferred method of contact to let you know about opportunities or to arrange an appointment for you to come in and have a chat. If you have any questions or problems with the form, please just send an email to vol@ocva.org.ukor call 01865 251946 and we will be more than happy to help.

7. Keep checking the blog: Do remember to keep checking the blog which is updated every week with roles as we hear about them. It’s an easy way to find out about the huge variety of groups in Oxfordshire who would love you to join them.
You can access the blog here.

8. Are you a young person looking for Volunteering? Volunteering can be a great way to gain experience and skills which you can then talk about on UCAS applications, your CV and future job interviews. It’s also a great way to meet new people, make friends and contribute positively to your local community and causes you care about. OCVA would love to help you find your volunteering opportunity and we do encourage you to like our Facebook page, sign up to the newsletter and check out the blog; but you may also want to take a look at the oxme website. This is a dedicated site run by Oxfordshire County Council specifically for young people and it contains information about volunteering opportunities especially for your age group, as well as training and apprenticeships.

9. Looking specifically for volunteering roles in sport? OCVA advertise sports based voluntary roles on our website so do keep an eye on the blog, however you may also want to contact the Oxfordshire Sport and Physical Activity Team. They send out a newsletter of specific sporting opportunities which you can sign up to here. This includes lots of one-off opportunities for event volunteers – ideal of you don’t have much spare time.
For more information about sports volunteering generally, check out their website.

10. Want to find out about befriending opportunities? Visiting an elderly person for a chat, to help with odd jobs or to provide a lift to a medical appointment can be a tremendous lifeline for someone who is lonely and isolated. Ami is a dedicated website which allows you to search via your postcode for people in your local community who are looking for a befriender. Ami is currently being piloted in Oxford and is looking to expand to cover the county in the near future. Visit the website here to see if anyone near to you is in need of support.

11. National Volunteers’ Week Find out more about what happened in National Volunteers’ Week 2017 and how you can get involved in the 2018 week! See what we got up to here.