To further support volunteering in Oxfordshire, the following links may be useful:
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.
Kelly Matthews: Kelly.Matthews@dbs.gov.uk
Regional Outreach: Email: DBSregionaloutreach@dbs.gov.uk
Partnerships Team: Email: DBSEngagement@dbs.gov.uk
Further information – Disclosure: Helpline: 03000 200 190 | Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Further information – Barring: Helpline: 03000 200 190 | Email: Contactus@dbs.gov.uk
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 (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.
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:
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: