Hello!

Welcome to Oxfordshire's dedicated volunteering website. We're delighted you've found us! With over 4000 charities and community groups in Oxfordshire that work with volunteers, we thought it was about time we simplified things. Oxfordshire Volunteers means that anyone looking to volunteer in Oxfordshire only needs one website to find their perfect role. Whether it's a one-off hour you're looking to fill, a regular weekly slot or a position on a trustee board managing a charity, you'll find them all here. And it's a win for groups too, who at last have one central place on the web to advertise their wonderful opportunities. 

 

We'd love to hear from you! 

This site is run as a partnership by Oxfordshire's three Volunteer Centres who are funded by Oxfordshire County Council, Oxfordshire City Council and Cherwell District Council. We're a friendly bunch who work closely together and we'd love to help you. Whether you're an individual in need of a little more support to find a suitable volunteering opportunity, or a group needing advice around volunteer recruitment and management; please contact us using the details below. Please note that we all work part time and spend chunks of time out of the office visiting projects and seeing volunteering in action. Whilst it's a real perk of the job it can mean it takes a couple of days to get back to emails. We're not ignoring you and will be in touch just as soon as we can. 

 

Oxfordshire Community & Voluntary Action (OCVA)      Area covered: Oxford, South Oxfordshire and the Vale of White Horse    

OCVA, The Old Court House, Floyds Row, Oxford, OX1 1SS                    vol@ocva.org.uk / 01865 251946

Volunteer Link-Up     Area covered: West Oxfordshire                                                                    

Volunteer Link-Up, Wesley Walk, High Street, Witney, OX28 6ZJ             office@vlu.org.uk / 01993 776277

Volunteer Connect      Area covered: Cherwell

Volunteer Connect, 26 Cornhill House, Cornhill, Banbury, OX16 5NG    i.can@volunteerconnect.org.uk / 0300 3030 126

 

Other sources of support 

For volunteers:  When you find the right opportunity, it will be just as beneficial for you as it is for the people or cause you are supporting. It can provide you with a sense of purpose and routine, challenge you to think in new ways, build your confidence, help you develop new skills which could enhance your CV, give you that warm fuzzy feeling that comes from doing good and most importantly, it can be a huge amount of fun!

- Get in touch with your local Volunteer Centre to arrange an appointment and receive individual advice and support (on the contact details above) 

- Tune in to BBC Radio Oxford at 8:20am on Sundays and listen to Volunteer Stories. If that's too early, you can listen to previous recordings here.

- Read about some of Oxfordshire’s wonderful volunteers and the organisations they support

- Attend a free Introduction to Volunteering workshop. Email vol@ocva.org.uk to find out details. 

For organisations: By promoting your opportunities on Oxfordshire Volunteers you will reach individuals living right across the county, helping to raise the profile of your organisation. Before your opportunity goes live on Oxfordshire Volunteers your local Volunteer Centre will check it to make sure it contains all the necessary information. We can help you to write your role description in a style which will engage and enthuse potential volunteers and advise you on what to include in a volunteer induction.

- Visit the OCVA website to find out details of training courses, forums and events 

- Email vol@ocva.org.uk to sign up to receive the monthly Volunteer Co-ordiantors Newsletter and details of the Co-ordiantors' Networking Meetings 

- Contact your local Volunteer Centre for support with specific enquiries (using the contact details above) 

For employers:

Are you an employer keen to build links with your local community?

Do you want to provide your employees with meaningful and rewarding opportunities?

Do your employees want to use their skills to make a difference?

Are you keen to strengthen your staff team and challenge yourselves? 

We are working closely with Oxfordshire's responsible business network, Reciprocate, to support the development of employee volunteering. If you would like to talk to Reciprocate about how your employees could use their time and skills to support Oxfordshire charities, please contact 01865 798666 / reciprocate@oxfordshire.org 

Happy Volunteering! 

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