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Welcome to the Oxford SU Volunteering Portal! Please refer to the directory below for a list of current opportunities. Passionate about a specific area of volunteering? You can filter your interests using the “Area of Interest” function on the left-hand side of the page.
Do you have a local charity in mind that you’d like to see on this page, or are you interested in opportunities to work with Oxford SU campaigns, projects and committees during your time at Oxford? Please send an email to studentengagemenet@oxfordsu.ox.ac.uk so that we can connect you with organizations and groups aligned with your interests. Alternatively, if you are a charity looking to post your volunteering vacancies on our page, please visit the “I’m looking for volunteers” page to register your organization on our student directory.

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  • Oxford Hub logo

    FELLOW Volunteer

    Oxford Hub

    This opportunity takes place between 08 Nov 2020 and 01 Oct 2024

    Free English language support for those learning English as an additional language. Whether helping out at lessons, or by meeting up with a learner 1:1 to just chat with them to practise their English skills, there's a way you can get involved no matter what your experience or availability!Sign up on this form! https://forms.gle/zJLrJuNbctnQH9dw8

    • Area of InterestAccess/Outreach, Mentoring, Culture, Education, Elderly, Family, International Aid, Race and Religion
    • Placement LengthFlexible, On-Going, Termly
    • LocationOxford City, Oxford University, Oxfordshire
    • Communication
    • Planning/Organisation
    • Problem Solving
    • Reflection
    • Leadership
    • Positive attributes
  • Oxford Hub logo

    East Oxford Good Neighbours Gardening Scheme

    Oxford Hub

    This opportunity is ongoing, with no end date. Closing date for applications is 01 Oct.

    Good Neighbours help out local residents in the Oxford community by sharing a cup of coffee and tending to their gardens. A little kindness goes a long way!All tools and gloves are provided, and no gardening experience is required - the team will be there to oversee the work. To get involved, email hello@oxfordhub.org to express your interest!

    • Placement LengthFlexible, One Week, One-off, On-Going, Termly
    • LocationOxford City, Oxfordshire
    • Area of InterestArt and Design, Creative Arts, Disability, Elderly, Environment
    • Team Work
    • Communication
    • Positive attributes
    • Problem Solving
  • Oxford Hub logo

    Schools Plus Volunteer

    Oxford Hub

    This opportunity takes place between 01 Oct 2019 and 01 Oct 2024 Closing date for applications is 01 Oct.

    As a Schools Plus volunteer you will have a direct impact on the education of children in areas of socio-economic disadvantage in Oxford city. You can choose to work with children from KS1 all the way to A Level support in a subject of your choice. Be the person to change the situation and support these children to achieve their potential: sign up here! https://schoolsplus.oxfordtogether.org/tutor_applications/new

    • Area of InterestAccess/Outreach, Mentoring, Children, Culture, Education, Family, Race and Religion
    • Placement LengthFlexible, On-Going, Termly
    • LocationOxford City, Oxford College, Oxford University, Oxfordshire
    • Communication
    • Planning/Organisation
    • Problem Solving
    • Leadership
    • Reflection
    • Positive attributes
  • Assisted Reading for Children Oxfordshire (ARCh) logo

    Volunteer Reading Helper with Children

    Assisted Reading for Children Oxfordshire (ARCh)

    This opportunity takes place between 07 Sep 2022 and 01 Jul 2023

    After successfully completing our application, vetting (including enhanced DBS) and training, ARCh Reading Helpers are assigned to a local primary school and allocated 3 children to work with. They visit school twice a week, usually early afternoon, and spend 30 minutes 1:1 with each child, sharing fun with books. games and lively conversation. All resources and ongoing support and training are provided by ARCh. Volunteers continue to work with the same 3 children for the entire year (term time only), building supportive mentoring relationships with the children so that, by the end of their time together, children previously reluctant or lacking in confidence are not only switched on to reading, but display improved self-esteem, communication and social skills. There is huge need for ARCh support for children following the disruptions to schooling and social lives caused by the pandemic. The charity provides a very rewarding experience for volunteers - giving children the key life skill of reading for purpose and pleasure is life-enhancing for them and for the children they support.

    No particular qualifications are needed to volunteer with ARCh, just a love of reading to impart and good communication skills.

    The charity provides comprehensive training - covering how the charity works, the many reasons children may be struggling with reading,how to be an effective volunteer,  the process of learning to read, the importance of games, and safeguarding.

    Volunteers are allocated to a designated staff member (field worker) within the ARCh team who introdces them to their school, acts as liaison, and supports them throughout their volunteering.

    We can offer placements in primary schools throughout Oxford (and countywide if required)

    Volunteers benefit in many ways - it is life enhancing to volunteer, to become involved in the local communoity and to help disadvanatged children. The fun "happy reading" sessions with the chidlren can provide welcome relief from the stresses of life and study so benefitting well-being. 

    For those looking to work with children after studies finish volunteering with ARCh provides useful experience and we are happy to provide references at the end of the year's commitment.

     

    • Placement LengthOn-Going, Termly
    • LocationOxford City, Oxfordshire
    • Area of InterestMentoring, Children, Education, Fundraising
    • Team Work
    • Communication
    • Positive attributes
    • Planning/Organisation
    • Problem Solving
    • Reflection
  • St. John Ambulance logo

    Event First Aider

    St. John Ambulance

    This opportunity is ongoing, with no end date.

    St John Ambulance - New volunteers welcome, Tuesdays 8pm, Churchill Hospital in the Education Room. Ideally email me if coming! Would you like to learn first aid? Would you like to be one of the St John ambulance members providing event cover for events like college balls, athletics, London Marathon and even Notting Hill Carnival? All for free, with copious amounts of tea and biscuits? St John Ambulance is looking for new volunteers to come and be first aiders in their highly wonderful Oxford City Unit (of which I am a part). They are holding open evenings for new interested members at 8pm on Tuesdays at the Education centre in Churchill Hospital (to get there, go to https://goo.gl/maps/e7fx7gF7mDqrVPgv8 , and then on https://www.ouh.nhs.uk/hospitals/churchill/documents/ch-hospital-sitemap.pdf we are in the room next to the chapel (it is not labelled on the map)). You can come to any session - just apply first so that we know you are coming! If you are not available for the above times or have any questions, again email me . Thank you!!!!

    • Placement LengthFlexible, On-Going, Termly
    • LocationNational, Oxford City, Oxford College, Oxford University, Oxfordshire
    • Area of InterestElderly, Health
    • Team Work
    • Communication
    • Problem Solving
    • Planning/Organisation
    • Leadership
    • Positive attributes
    • Reflection
  • Oxfam logo

    Oxfam Student Volunteer Campaigner

    Oxfam

    This opportunity is ongoing, with no end date.

    Are you a university student who is passionate about speaking up against injustice and tackling poverty? Do you want to do something that look great on your CV, and help to build your skills and confidence? Then join us here at Oxfam! We’re a global movement of people who won’t live with poverty, and we are looking are looking for university students across the country to lead transformative campaigns. You will bring people together to develop and deliver campaigning activities and events, to inspire and motivate others to take action on poverty. You will receive training in key skills, one to one support, the opportunity to network with other campaigners and invitations to participate in Oxfam's events and campaigns at a national level. We will help you to build the skills, experience and confidence needed for you to excel as a change-maker on your campus and beyond. During your time as a student campaigner you will also gain a host of transferable skills which lots of employers are looking for! No previous campaigning experience is necessary as we'll provide you with all the training you need. Register your interest today! Please note: All applicants must be aged 18 or over

    • Placement LengthFlexible
    • Area of InterestInternational Aid, Oxford SU
    • LocationNational
    • Team Work
    • Communication
    • Leadership
    • Enterprise
    • Planning/Organisation
  • The Access Project, an education charity, supports disadvantaged young people to progress to university. We are looking for undergraduates, postgraduates, staff, and alumni who would be able to tutor a young person aged 14-18, online, 1 hour a week in term-time Sept-Nov 2022- Summer 2023 to support them with their academic studies.

     

    The Access Project, an education charity, supports disadvantaged young people to progress to university. We are looking for undergraduates, postgraduates, staff, and alumni who would be able to tutor a young person aged 14-18, online, 1 hour a week in term-time Autumn 2022- Summer 2023 to support them with their academic studies.

    •Support a young person in a school subject to achieve the GCSE / A level grades they deserve and to fulfil their potential.

    •Inspire, motivate and raise aspirations towards higher education and the world of work.

    •Students supported by The Access Project typically achieve a grade higher at GCSE and are four times more likely than their peers to progress to a top-third ranked university.

    No prior experience necessary, full training included with start dates through the autumn term.

    Interested? You’ll need to:

    · Either be currently studying for an undergraduate degree or have an undergraduate degree/equivalent professional qualification.

    · Either have an A Level subject you wish to tutor at GCSE (grade B or above) or an undergraduate degree in a subject you wish to tutor at A level.

    · Be able to spare 1 hour a week in school term time over the next academic year to tutor (starting Sept/Oct 2022), plus 30 mins a week preparation time.

    · Be prepared to undertake an enhanced DBS check (criminal records check) and provide two references (personal or professional).

    How does it work?

    1. Sign up at www.theaccessproject.org.uk/volunteer

    2. Sign up to any of our 2.5 hour training sessions over the summer, there are various dates so you can find one that suits you: During this session you’ll learn everything you need to know for your weekly 1 hour tutoring sessions.

    3. You’ll complete a DBS check (criminal records check) and an online safeguarding course.

    4. We’ll match you with a student who is looking for support in your subject. In particular, we are seeing high demand from our students for support with sciences and maths so volunteers who are able to support in maths and science subjects would be particularly welcome. There are also many opportunities for volunteer tutors in other subjects including humanities and languages.

    More information and sign up at: https://www.theaccessproject.org.uk/volunteer

    • Area of InterestAccess/Outreach, Mentoring, Children, Education, Oxford SU, Race and Religion
    • Placement LengthOn-Going
    • LocationNational
    • Team Work
    • Communication
    • Planning/Organisation
    • Problem Solving
    • IT
    • Positive attributes
    • Leadership
    • Reflection
  • Delivery Coordinator

    Oxford Mutual Aid

    This opportunity is ongoing, with no end date.

    You would be helping arrange support for people who have contacted us, such as organising food parcels or errands, using our internal systems and by requesting assistance from community volunteers.

    Skills needed: You will need good communication skills (particularly over the phone), and whilst some experience working with adults at risk/safeguarding would be brilliant, it is not required. You must be ablet to confidently use WhatsApp and Google Sheets and be able to work well with a team as you would work with an experienced delivery lead and other delivery co-ordinators on each shift. 

    Time commitment: The role is done in whole-day shifts: 1

    • Placement LengthFlexible, On-Going
    • LocationOxford City
    • Area of InterestFamily, Food, Health, Homelessness
    • Team Work
    • Communication
    • Data
    • IT
    • Planning/Organisation
    • Reflection
    • Positive attributes
  • Phone Volunteer

    Oxford Mutual Aid

    This opportunity is ongoing, with no end date.

    You would be answering our public phone line (through call forwarding to your own phone), and passing details of callers’ needs on to the relevant team members. Sometimes this is a food parcel, sometimes it’s more complex.

    Skills needed: Good communication skills (particularly over the phone). Experience working on a helpline, in customer service, or other phone experience would be great. Some experience working with adults at risk/safeguarding would also be useful, but is not required. Ability to use Slack online office space.

    • Placement LengthFlexible, On-Going
    • LocationOxford City
    • Area of InterestFamily, Food, Health, Homelessness
    • Team Work
    • Communication
    • IT
    • Positive attributes
    • Reflection
    • Data
    • Planning/Organisation
  • Sourcing Coordinator

    Oxford Mutual Aid

    This opportunity is ongoing, with no end date.

    You would call local shops, supermarkets and wholesalers to find the items we need. You will work within the Sourcing team to strategize weekly bulk purchases as well as working to negotiate and reduce costs of operation.

    • Placement LengthFlexible, On-Going
    • LocationOxford City
    • Area of InterestAdmin, Family, Food, Fundraising, Health, Homelessness
    • Team Work
    • Communication
    • Enterprise
    • Data
    • Planning/Organisation
    • IT
    • Problem Solving
    • Reflection
    • Positive attributes
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