Blog: Opportunities & Events

Admin Assistant Needed

What is the role: Assist with administrative office tasks – shredding and filing, answering the phone and taking messages, responding to emails etc.

Who is the role for: The FASD Trust. This organisation supports the adoptive parents of children with Foetal Alcohol Syndrome Disorders. The Trust runs support groups, produces resources to help raise awareness and hosts professional forums.

Where does the role take place: The FASD offices are on Marston Street, Oxford, OX4 1LF

Interested in finding out more: Get in touch with the Trust at:

Inspirational (and possibly slightly bonkers) volunteers to support young people experience new opportunities

What is the role: Kennington Youth Club are looking for individuals who love working with young people. They Club are really adaptable so you can run games, control the cafe, or simply spread smiles – you’re likely to fit right in.

Why you should join: 

  • You’ll be supported by a dedicated committee who consider everyone’s ideas for improving the club
  • You will ensure that young people continue to experience a fun and varied programme, growing in confidence whilst they socialise with others
  • You’ll be joining a family…we know it sounds a cliche but we care passionately about providing the best and if you want that warm fuzzy feeling and something extra on your CV, this really is for you
  • Currently we can offer you a colourful badge, free parking and as much tea, coffee and pop as you can manage

Skills required

The current membership of the youth club is between 9 and 14, so any volunteers would need to be happy working with this age group, and both boys and girls. We can’t stress enough how much we need happy smiley people  – so please at least strain a smile! Your skill base really can be anything. You might be only any good at lifting a kettle or some chairs. Fine. Perhaps you like to push a broom. Great. Maybe you want to run games and activities, even better. We all have skills and no doubt can put yours to good use.

The Youth Club will undertake a DBS check unless you are already registered on the DBS renewal service and can be easily checked. 

At present the Youth Club are unable to cover expenses for this role, unless it is agreed in advance that you are making a purchase for the Club. 

Interested in getting involved: Contact




Calling all parents, grandparents and carers – Home Start needs your skills!

What is the role: Home-Start Oxford requires volunteers to support families with young children. Home-Start works with families across in the City, Central Oxfordshire and West Oxfordshire including Witney, Carterton and Burford.

What does the role involve: You will support families in their homes for 2 – 4 hours per week who have at least one child aged 0 – 5. The aim of Home-Start is to support families who are finding things hard for a variety of reasons. You will help to build parenting skills and confidence and reduce social isolation. You will receive full training and ongoing support and supervision. The next training course starts in September so now is an ideal time to apply.

Benefits of volunteering for this role: 

  • You will receive excellent training, and ongoing support throughout your volunteering.
  • You will have the opportunity to attend networking events with other volunteers at which we can guarantee GREAT cakes
  • Travel expenses to training and your home visits are covered
  • You will learn new skills, make friends and know that you’ve made someone feel less alone.

Skills required: 

Home-Start is looking for volunteers who are a parent or grandparent or who have caring experience. The qualities they look for in volunteers are individuals who are empathetic, non-judgemental, good listeners, friendly, kind, practical, creative and who enjoy spending time with children.

Due to the nature of this role Home-Start Oxford will take out a DBS Safeguarding check. 

Interested in the role: Apply to or call 01865 779991

When a child is fighting for their life, the speed at which they receive treatment is vital. Could you become one of the crew?

We fly critically ill children across the UK to the specialist care they need. We know that the longer a sick child is out of hospital, the greater the risk. Our helicopter not only flies fast, but also serves as a flying intensive care unit for children. We can deliver children to safety approximately four times faster than transport by road. When every second counts this can be a matter of life and death.

THAT’S WHERE YOU COME IN.   Please Volunteer with us in our new shop 90 High street Banbury. By helping to raise funds for our work, you will enable us to reach more critically ill children, more quickly, helping to save lives. 

Please contact or call 08454 130999

Chair of Trustees needed for Bridewell Gardens

What is the role: Chair of Trusteesbridewell

Who is the role for: Bridewell Gardens

What does the organisation do: Founded in 1994, the Gardens are a mental health charity offering social and therapeutic horticulture to adults with mental health illnesses. They help people to lead active lives in their community with minimal external support.

Key responsibilities: 

  • Ensure Bridewell operates within its charitable objectives
  • To provide leadership to the charity and the Board of 11 Trustees
  • To plan and Chair trustee meetings effectively – typically these are held 4 times a year.
  • To represent Bridewell at external meetings, functions and events.

Qualities required: 

  • An understanding of the impact mental illness has on people’s lives
  • Knowledge of the voluntary sector and experience of trustee work
  • A commitment to Bridewell’s work, the values of the organisation and its objectives
  • Integrity and good independent judgement
  • The ability to think creatively and work effectively as a member of a team
  • Experience of chairing meetings and some knowledge of charity finance and fundraising
  • An understanding of the legal duties, responsibilities and legalities of being Chair

How to apply: In the first instance please contact Mary Elford for an informal discussion and further information. There will then be an application form and CV, preliminary meeting with key staff and trustees and an interview process. 



Marston 50+ group seeks new Club Secretary to co-ordinate weekly schedule

Marston 50+ group meets each Thursday afternoon from 2 – 4pm. They have been running for a number of years and have about 40 members on their books and 30 turning up regularly each week to socialise. Their current secretary is due to step down at Christmas time, and they are keen to welcome somebody into the role in preparation to take over. As Secretary you are responsible for planning the weekly programme of events and guest speakers – but there’s plenty of volunteers to support you, especially as you settle into the role.

If you are interested in helping, please contact Bet Martin on 01865 764938


Help people locate treasures in Oxford’s Aladdin’s Cave…

Scrap Store orinoco

We are recruiting for volunteers who would like to help in our Oxford based store. We are looking for people who have a passion for reuse and want to join in the fun that goes on in our eccentric and irrefutably valuable “Aladdin’s Cave”.

Role description:

  • Help customers in our store find what they want/need and offer advice on projects where able.
  • Sort through donations and tidy store.
  • Display items for sale in attractive manner.
  • Make attractive signage for use in the store.

You will have:

  • Enthusiasm about the “reuse” ethos.
  • Ability to deal with people in a friendly yet professional manner.
  • Ability to organise stock and learn the layout of the store to process donations effectively
  • Availability to volunteer regularly for a number of hours each week when the store is open between 11amto 4pm on Saturdays, Tuesdays and Thursdays.

 Benefits of the role:

  • Excellent CV experience in working in the waste and recycling sector.
  • Experience of working with a community organisation and volunteers.
  • Inspiration for your own creative projects
  • A chance to be involved with exciting and creative community, reuse and education projects and support a worth-while organisation

About Orinoco

Orinoco is a small but popular charity, based in Oxford, committed to reuse and to providing interesting and unusual materials for children, adults, students, playgroups, schools and other organisations for creative projects. They collect clean waste from local businesses and sell it at very low prices through their Scrapstore, as well as selling unwanted DIY materials and tools

How to apply:

Please send a short e mail detailing why you are interested in the role and what you have to offer Orinoco to Tanya at For more information or to discuss the role please contact: 07788561363. Please be aware this is a voluntary role.

Uncover Hidden Oxford and help others to explore our amazing city!

Volunteers are still needed for Oxford’s Open Doors event in September – sign up today!

What is the role: Oxford Open Doors StewardLOGO OOD 2016 (002)Who is the role for: Oxford Preservation Trust – Oxford Open Doors

When does the role take place: Saturday 9th and Sunday 10th September

Where does the volunteering take place: At various venues across the city

What the role involves: Stewarding at a venue, welcoming and guiding visitors, acting as an information point, recording visitor numbers, encouraging donations, collecting feedback and representing the charity.

Why you should sign up: 

Oxford Open Doors is a fantastic way to get involved in Oxford’s exciting heritage and relish in the opportunity to help discover ‘Hidden Oxford’ for thousands of people, all while enjoying the weekend yourself. You can spend a morning, an afternoon or the whole weekend in interesting, historic, scenic and beautiful buildings with no prior knowledge necessary.

An ideal opportunity for anyone interested in heritage and culture, whether you are a returning Open…

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At a loose end on Thursday or Friday evenings?

If your Thursday and Friday nights are normally pretty quiet, then why not get in touch with ThePorch DayCentre? They need your help to keep their doors open in the evenings to those in need.
The Porch are open 6 days a week for lunch and dinner; serving hot meals and running activities and workshops. They are particularly in need of support on Thursday and Friday nights to keep the Centre open and would be keen to hear from anyone happy to help out – with washing up, befriending, office admin or sharing a hobby or interest.
Get in touch by calling Esperanza on 01865 251798 or email