Opportunities & Events

Get Involved: Actober

ACTOBER – Get involved to help make Oxford a happier, healthier and more connected City with Team Oxford.

If you want to make a difference and be part of something bigger than yourself, then Actober is a your call to action! Activities will be taking place throughout the month of October which will give you the chance to engage with communities across the city, quickly and easily. You don’t have to be a regular volunteer, have got involved before or have lots of time to give – Actober is about bring lots of smaller deeds together to have a much larger impact on the community as a whole.  A wide range of organisations are part of Actober and so there will be a range of opportunities for you to choose from – or – if you know of an activity that would benefit from more people being involved, let the co-ordinator know about Actober and ask them to contact Team Oxford on hello@team-oxford.co.uk.

For more information on all the activities taking place as part of ACTOBER, click here.

Christmas Light Festival Volunteer. We are looking for people who help us make the festival shine!

We are looking for enthusiastic people who are curious about working in one of the following roles:

1. Public Festival Ambassadors:
This role involves being the official contact point for festival visitors and advising them on how to get the best Christmas Light Festival experience. In pairs of two, you will be stationed at the different festival hubs (Gloucester Green, Broad Street, new Westgate Shopping Centre and Castle Quarter) and welcoming visitors to the Festival, handing out brochures, getting visitor’s opinions with our electronic feedback forms, telling visitors about the artwork and much more.

2. Artistic Programme Liaison
In this role it’s all about coordinating the artistic programme and making it work smoothly.
This includes working on the art installations and assisting the public in engaging with them, supporting Sing Christmas (pop-up choir performances in spots around the city) and the lantern procession, meeting and greeting artists and assisting the stage manager on Gloucester Green.

Ideally you would be available for at least one shift between 6 and 7 hours during the Festival as well as the induction meeting around 2 weeks before the event.

Oxford City Council, OX11BX

Insight into working on a major city event, meeting new people and hot drinks and snacks in our break room all weekend!

Events,Art,Community,customer service

For more information or to apply click here.

TalkingSpace Volunteers needed to assist with therapy courses!

Are you organised, reliable and a good communicator?

Can you manage conflicting demands, while being sensitive and empathetic?

Then why not become a TalkingSpace Volunteer!

TalkingSpace is the talking therapy service for people in Oxfordshire who are suffering from mild to moderate symptoms of anxiety or depression. The service (provided by Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust in partnership with Oxfordshire Mind) delivers Managing Depression and Managing Anxiety Classes.

TalkingSpace volunteers provide practical support at the classes by:
•Helping set up the room for classes
•Helping people to complete and return of questionnaires & feedback forms
•Liaising with venue staff
•Participating in class debrief
Classes run 6pm – 8pm for 4 weeks, though may be extended in some circumstances. Volunteering sign up to assist with classes as and when they are available. Full training is provided.

We will be running Selection Mornings for applicants on 15th and 22nd November. Training will run on 30th November and 6th December.

Full training is provided and reasonable travel expenses will be reimbursed. All volunteers receive ongoing support, supervision and training opportunities.

No previous experience is required. We are looking for volunteers who are organised, good at communicating, and able to offer empathy to those experiencing mental health difficulties.

For more information or to apply click here.



Adult literacy charity looking for a new Secretary

Read Easy Oxford East are looking for new Committee members to join our growing adult literacy group.  Previously known as Read Easy Blackbird Leys we have recently been renamed to allow for growth as we find more readers in need of our help with coaching on a 1-to-1 basis. If you are interested in literacy and would like to find out more about our vacant Secretary role, other committee roles or about Read Easy please email:  Oxfordeast@readeasy.org.uk

Please visit the Read Easy website for more information about the charity:  http://readeasy.org.uk/

Volunteer Counsellors Needed

What is the role: Volunteer Counsellors / Counselling Placement Opportunity

Who is the role for: Oxfordshire Sexual Abuse and Rape Crisis Centre (OSARCC)

When does the volunteering take place: 1 morning or afternoon per week for at least 3 hours plus monthly supervision

What does the role involve: 

OSARCC’s counselling service is under huge demand, so we’re looking for new person-centred/humanistic counselling volunteers to enable us to support more women survivors of sexual violence. If you are interested in supporting survivors of sexual violence, developing your counselling skills, and joining a diverse group of supportive women then OSARCC would love to hear from you.

We ask you to see 3 clients per week and make a commitment of at least 18 months to the service; each client can be offered up to 48 weekly sessions. Monthly group supervision is provided, as well as initial training in working with survivors of sexual violence.

Why you should sign up: 

As well as providing specialist training in working with survivors of sexual violence, volunteering at OSARCC will offer you the chance to experience quality supervision as you complete the counselling hours you require towards your qualification or accreditation process. There may also be opportunities to co-facilitate therapy groups alongside, as well as getting involved with other aspects of OSARCC’s work such as training and campaigning for counselling volunteers who would like to do this in addition to their agreement to seeing service users for 1:1 counselling.

Skilsl required: 

To apply, you must be in a counselling training programme leading to a professional qualification in counselling or be post-qualified. In addition, you should have completed at least 30 hours 1:1 counselling (supervised) client work, and be a member of an appropriate professional body with an ethical framework (BACP, NCS, UKCP etc).  We are looking for people who are empathetic, emotionally robust, open-minded, and good teamplayers.

OSARCC operates a policy of equal opportunities and welcomes applications to volunteer from self-defining women from all walks of life. We are particularly keen to hear from women who belong to under-represented groups, for example women from Black, Asian, and other ethnic minority backgrounds; lesbian, bisexual and trans women; and women who are disabled.

Due to the nature of this role references and a DBS check are required and there is an application process involving an interview.  Expenses are paid. 

How to apply: 

For more details please visit http://www.osarcc.org.uk and email recruitment@osarcc.org.uk for an information pack and application form, or apply online at  https://www.charityjob.co.uk/volunteer-jobs/volunteer-counsellors/522687?tsId=8

The closing date for the current round of applications is midnight Wednesday 13th September 2017.

Interviews are to be held on Tuesday 26th September 2017.  Initial training will commence 7/10/17, and volunteers will need to be available for 8 sessions of training to be attended Wednesday evenings 6-9pm (planned dates 25/10/17; 15/11/17; 22/11/17), and Saturdays 10am-5pm (planned dates 7/10/17; 14/10/17; 28/10/17; 11/11/17; 18/11/17).  Please note that current planned dates may be subject to change


Volunteer Intern Role for RSPB

The RSPB are looking for a Volunteer Intern to join their team in Banbury as a Conservation Officer.

Why you should join: 

If you want a career in conservation, then this internship can really help you on your way. You will gain valuable practical experience working on current conservation challenges as an integral member of a small, busy team covering a large region.

Specific work varies according to circumstance and time of year. Depending on your own interests, career aspirations and duration of your internship we can help you specialise in particular areas such as: Planning casework and site protection; conservation policy advocacy; conservation advice delivery; wildlife survey and monitoring work; project development and management; GIS use for conservation.

Volunteer Perks: This opportunity is designed to give you the training and experience needed to kick-start a career in conservation. We will assist and support your personal development and progression towards this goal.

We offer to reimburse your travel expenses within a 25 mile radius of the office.

Skills required: 

It is essential that you…

1)     Have enthusiasm for and a demonstrable interest in nature conservation;

2)     Have a desire to pursue a career in nature conservation;

3)     Are 18 years old or over when you start the internship;

4)     Are available 3 days per week for at least 6 months;

5)     Are educated to A-level standard or equivalent;

6)     Are computer literate on core Microsoft Office packages;

7)     Have a confident, friendly and polite phone manner;

8)     Have a high standard of written and spoken English;

9)     Are prepared to maintain confidential information;

10)   Are able to collate, process and present information from different sources, in graphic and written forms;

The ideal candidate will also…

11)         Be able to travel independently to sometimes remote locations in the region;

12)         Have some general knowledge of British wildlife;

13)         Have some basic knowledge of current nature conservation issues in Britain;

14)         Have prior experience working with maps and spatial data (and ideally, GIS).

Location: RSPB Midlands Regional Office, Banbury, Oxfordshire

When does the volunteering take place: The volunteering will start in October 2017.

The RSPB are looking for a commitment of 3 days a week for 6 – 12 months.

There is an application process for this role. The deadline for applications is Monday 4th September at 9am prompt. 

Interviews will take place on Friday 15th September in Banbury. 

How to apply: 

Please see our website for more details, or to request an application pack, please email Carolyn.tovell@rspb.org.uk.



New Chair required for Film Oxford…

Film Oxford is an education and creative charity that supports film makers through a programme of training, networking and exhibitions. The charity are recruiting a new Chair, who will be responsible for leading the Board of Trustees.

The Board meet at least once every two months and the Chair will be required to lead these meetings, as well as to be available to visit Film Oxford on a regular basis and communicate via email and telephone. The Chair will be required to represent Film Oxford at key public events and meetings with potential partners, donors and clients.

If you are passionate about film and have the time available to dedicate to this role, please contact geron@filmoxford.org for further details.

Race for Life Pretty Muddy event – volunteers needed!

Event: Oxford Race for Life Pretty muddy 5k obstacle eventpm-3.jpg

Date: Saturday 16 September

Who we need – Whatever time and skills you’ve got to share, we’ve got the perfect role for you. Bring your energy, smiles and a passion to the party and let’s beat cancer sooner together.  No experience necessary – information provided, briefings given and supervisors there to assist.

Venue – Oxford South Park, Headington Road.

Timings – To give you more insight all volunteers are required to arrive by 8am on the event day, there’s also option to arrive earlier to set up and de-rig if you’d like to (we start setting up at 5am). The event starts at 10am and we’ll have 300 ladies starting every 15 minute intervals. The last start will be approx. 12noon, meaning the last person should be over the line by 1:30pm if they’re walking. So we’ll then de-rig and you can go home.

Roles – the roles on offer are helping with enquiries and bag drop, course marshalling, obstacle marshalling (getting the participants muddy and wet), start and finish line assistants.

More information will then be sent out in advance of the event and briefings and supervisors given on the event day.

We need people to sign up online at: https://raceforlife.cancerresearchuk.org/about-our-events/volunteer

Marketing support you can provide from the comfort of home…

The website www.silverrobin.co.uk tries to find ways to bring young and old together to alleviate the feeling of loneliness that blights the everyday lives of thousands. It hopes to celebrate connections made,  shared experiences,  moments which echo down the years, evoking memories and creating new friendships. What they do is really inspiring and you should definitely take a look!

They are trying to find someone with experience of marketing who could help to raise the profile of Silver Robin so that more people in Oxfordshire and beyond are aware of what they do. If you have a little time to help with this, and some experience of marketing, please contact Avril Lethbridge on avril.lethbridge@gmail.com

Collection Box Co-ordinator needed for Marie Curie

Marie Curie are seeking individuals who could take on the role of Collection Box Co-ordinators. In this role you’ll be responsible for:

  • Distributing collection boxes throughout your local area
  • Visiting premises regularly to service collection boxes
  • Building relationships with contacts to make sure boxes are visible
  • Collecting, counting and banking donations
  • Completing records required for collection boxes

This role would suit individuals who are self motivated and happy to work independently. A good knowledge of your local area will really help with this role. Attention to detail, particular accuracy with numbers is important.

Why you should get involved : 

  • The opportunity to play an important role in helping the work of a national charity.
  • Toolkits and guidance to help you in your role.
  • Regular support and contact from your local team.
  • Valuable experience in developing administration, communication and organisation skills.

Want to find out more: Email Hazel at hazel.bendon@mariecurie.org.uk or call 01604 258758