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Supporting volunteering in Oxfordshire

To further support volunteering in Oxfordshire, the following links may be useful:

DBS Checks

Finding the right level of DBS check can be challenging for organisations, and with this in mind we have built a strong relationship with our local DBS Outreach Officer.

In October 2023 we co-hosted a webinar in collaboration with Community First Oxfordshire to look at the right level of check. This included resources on what levels are available and what activities need to be considered to determine the right level of check.

As the guidance does change, we provide these links (see below) and contact details in order for you to consider them and encourage anyone to contact the DBS service directly with questions and queries.  

Contact details- 

Kelly Matthews:  

Regional Outreach: Email:  

Partnerships Team: Email:  

Further information – Disclosure: Helpline: 03000 200 190 | Email: 

 Further information – Barring: Helpline: 03000 200 190 | Email:  




Useful links 

DBS guidance leaflets 

DBS check process explained- video 

DBS eligibility guidance 

Eligibility guidance for enhanced DBS checks–2 

DBS Barring Referral Guidance 

DBS Barring Referral Form and Guidance  

How to make a Good Quality Barring Referral 


The National Careers Service

Provides free, up to date, impartial information, advice and guidance on careers, skills and the local labour market.  Please contact us on 0800 100 900 to arrange a free face to face careers guidance session with a professional careers adviser.
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Volunteers Week


Volunteers Week takes place 1-7 June every year. It’s a chance to recognise the fantastic contribution volunteers make to our communities and say thank you.

Volunteers’ Week is supported and celebrated by small grassroots organisations as well as larger, household-name charities, who together run hundreds of activities across the UK. These activities showcase and celebrate volunteers and the contribution volunteering makes in our communities.

International Volunteer Day

International Volunteer Day (IVD) on 5 December was designated by the United Nations in 1985 as an international observance day to celebrate the power and potential of volunteerism.

It is an opportunity for volunteers, and volunteer organisations, to raise awareness of, and gain understanding for, the contribution they make to their communities. It is also viewed as a unique chance for volunteers and organisations to celebrate their efforts, to share their values, and to promote their work among their communities, non-governmental organisations (NG0’s), United Nations agencies, government authorities and the private sector.

The Big Help Out

Community Volunteering is an important part of the UK’s story, from Air Raid Wardens during the Second World War to over 12 million of us who stepped forward during the pandemic.

The Big Help Out started in May 2023 for the Coronation of the King and you can still get involved in volunteering by visiting the website below:

Young People – Duke of Edinburgh Programme

Volunteering ideas for under 16s.
The Volunteering section of a DofE programme is often the most rewarding, uplifting and memorable part of a young person’s DofE adventure. It can, however, sometimes be hard to find a suitable volunteering opportunity for those under the age of 16.

Remember, your DofE Leader needs to approve any activity before it is started. Here’s a collection of ideas and opportunities that participants might like to think about for their Volunteering section. For more ideas please visit the Opportunity Finder.

A recent Youth Volunteering webinar explains the different levels of Duke of Edinburgh and how the volunteering aspect works and more information about volunteering and young people:

Youth Volunteering Webinar – find out more about this useful session and watch the video

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Christmas Volunteering and Community Help Advent Calendar 2023
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