A chance to shine – to have a go – to make a difference!

Annual Voluntary & Community Sector (VCS) Conference 

This free annual event takes place each March and is an opportunity for people from local community groups and voluntary organisations to meet, discuss ideas and share advice in a relaxed setting.

Thank you to all the organisations who attended the South and Vale VCS conference this year (13 March 2019).  What a day we had. Might we see you next year?  

Volunteering Grant Scheme is open for applications (deadline extended...)

Do you have volunteers who would like to help more, but the additional travel costs mean they can’t?
Do you need more volunteers to be trained as level 1 sport coaches?
Do you already have level 1 sport coaches that need to be level 2 trained?
Do you have a new volunteer driver but not the car insurance to cover them?

We are committed to supporting communities to help themselves. We want to encourage and support more South Oxfordshire residents to volunteer, so we have introduced a new grant scheme to support some of the costs of volunteering.

Take a look at the Volunteering Grant Scheme. It could be just what you are looking for.

Your Volunteer Centre - find volunteering opportunities

A new Oxfordshire Volunteers website This link will take you to an external website...  is helping volunteers to find their ideal opportunity, and groups and organisations to register and upload volunteering opportunities. For guidance and support with the new website, contact OCVA Oxfordshire Community and Voluntary Action This link will take you to an external website... , an umbrella organisation providing information and services for voluntary organisations in Oxfordshire, or contact the OCVA volunteer development officer on vol@ocva.org.uk.  This link will take you to an external website...

You can also contact us for volunteering support using the contact details on this page, have a look at the local Volunteer Centre website This link will take you to an external website... , and search details of over 2,000 local clubs, societies and voluntary groups This link will take you to an external website...  in Oxfordshire using the local clubs and societies database. 

Welcome...to our new volunteering development officer!

Introducing Suzi Wild – Suzi is our Volunteering Development Officer whose job is to encourage, promote and increasing volunteering across the district.  Suzi brings a strong background of working with volunteers, schools, museums and the charity sector to this exciting new role. Suzi will out and about across the district supporting volunteers, and working closely with South Oxfordshire voluntary and community groups. Keep a look out!

VCS resources 

A useful and practical document, the new 'What you told us and our response' VCS 2018  (122.6 KB) PDF answers common questions and issues facing the voluntary and community sector has been put together using feedback from the South and Vale VCS forum. You’ll find top tips for who to contact for funding and grant information, how to link with local businesses and how to get support to help find and keep your volunteers. 

We published the 'Encouraging volunteering in the districts' report This link will take you to an external website...  in 2017, a summary of consultation and research activities undertaken to develop an understanding of how volunteering could be supported and encouraged in South Oxfordshire and Vale of White Horse. We are pleased to announce that, having undertaken this research, we will be working to support a programme of activity which draws on this evidence to help more people to volunteer in the future. 

District connections

The council contributed to the development of Oxfordshire Compact Oxfordshire County Council This link will take you to an external website... , a set of guidelines and principles which supports good practice, better and effective working relationships between public authorities and the voluntary, community and faith sectors.

We are also active members of the Oxfordshire Stronger Communities Alliance (OSCA) Oxfordshire County Council This link will take you to an external website... and work closely with the VCS sector to facilitate and increase volunteering.  

Meet the team

Suzi Wild, our new Volunteering Development Officer, with Anne Richardson, Corporate Projects Officer, are working closely with volunteers and community and voluntary groups in the area, and are keen to support you with volunteering. Read the volunteering case study (107.5 KB) PDF  where Anne spent time helping a local charity as part of the council's staff volunteering scheme, where staff can have up to two days a year to help a local cause. Get in touch with us using the details opposite.

Volunteering strategy and action plan...our commitment

South Oxfordshire District Council is committed to supporting and encouraging volunteering across the district. We passionately believes that volunteering offers many benefits for local groups and charities, the volunteers themselves and the wider community.

The council’s biennial resident survey provides a statistical measure for volunteering rates in South Oxfordshire. The latest survey showed that 24 per cent of people over the age of 16 had undertaken unpaid voluntary work in South Oxfordshire over the past 12 months. This is a 5 per cent decrease since the previous survey was carried out in 2015.

In order to boost these figures, the strategy and action plan has been developed to support local communities to help themselves and encourage South Oxfordshire residents to become involved in volunteering. Come and take a look… (145.5 KB) PDF

For more information

Please share YOUR volunteering stories with us, and get in touch to see how we can help support you or your organisation with volunteering. Contact Suzi Wild, Volunteering Development Officer or Anne Richardson, Corporate Projects Officer using the details opposite.

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For information on how we use your data, have a look at our voluntary and community sector privacy notice (207.6 KB) PDF .

Last reviewed: 15 - 03 - 2019

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