Assisted Reading for Children Oxfordshire (ARCh)
Oxfordshire has almost 16,000 children living in poverty; ten of its wards are listed in the top 25% most disadvantaged nationally.
ARCh is an award-winning charity, unique in Oxfordshire, which reaches out to many of these children in primary schools across the county.
Since its inception in 2008 ARCh’s professionally trained Reading Helpers to transform the lives of thousands of children by giving them a lifelong love of reading.
When cancer strikes young lives CLIC Sargent helps families limit the damage cancer causes beyond their health. Cancer doesn’t discriminate. Today, 11 more children and young people will hear the devastating news that they have cancer. From diagnosis, CLIC Sargent’s specialist care teams will step in, ready to help, support and guide. We provide a specialist package of support tailored to each young cancer patient and their family. CLIC Sargent will fight tirelessly for children and young people with cancer, often when they feel they can’t. We do this individually, locally and nationally.
Whether you want to gain experience to move into a career in the social support sector, fill up your spare time, or simply make a difference; we would love to hear from you.
Volunteering with Connection Support offers many exciting opportunities. There is no typical volunteer, we believe that everyone has something valuable to offer. Whether your skills are practical, admin, language-based or people-centered, we can find a role to suit you!
Dig Deep Challenges
Dig Deep works to help schools and communities get access to water and sanitation. We work together to build taps and toilets; to ensure that water and sanitation services are maintained for the long term; and to provide vital hygiene training to the next generation.
Earth Trust is an environmental learning charity. We are the proud guardian of 500 hectares of farmland, woodland, and wetland on the bank of the River Thames. We champion accessible natural green spaces and our mission is to give people access to and experience of the environment through the spaces we manage and together understand what we can do to care for the planet.
We are a charity providing a farm-based programme for co-farmers (adults with learning disabilities and often also autistic spectrum disorder). The programme runs 5 days per week, 50 weeks of the year, and currently we offer 60 day sessions each week. Working in small groups supported by our Programme Leaders, co-farmers gain a real sense of purpose and achievement while building the practical and vocational skills they need to move forward in their lives. Activities include growing vegetables and maintaining the vegetable gardens, caring for horses, woodwork, cooking, and egg collection.
Every year, over 550 homeless people turn to us for support. We help homeless people get back on their feet, off the street and back into society. Our door is always open.
Homeless people are one of the most marginalised groups in our society, often looked upon as invisibles. We want to change that. We want to end the stigma around homelessness and change attitudes for good. We know that, with the right support, homeless people can go on to live independent and fulfilling lives.
For more than 30 years, we have supported homeless people on their journeys out of homelessness.
Institute of Art and Ideas (IAI)
The Institute of Art and Ideas (IAI) is committed to placing philosophy and big ideas at the heart of public life. Through our various online and live platforms, we are engaged in changing the current cultural landscape through the pursuit and promotion of big ideas, boundary-pushing thinkers, and challenging debates.
Our philosophy and music festival, HowTheLightGetsIn, takes place each year in Hay-on-wye and London and brings together more than 200 of the world's leading thinkers and musicians in talks, debates, and performances to excite the imagination and renew the spirit.
Our vision is for a society where young people from all backgrounds have the confidence and language skills to achieve their full potential. We recruit university student volunteers to provide free home tuition for those who have English as an additional language and are at risk of falling behind in school.
Just Like Us
Just Like Us is the LGBT+ young people's charity, and we work to make life awesome for LGBT+ young people in UK schools. Our network of 200 LGBT+ young adult ambassadors are trained to share their experiences in local schools and colleges, giving hope to LGBT+ kids and inspiring all kids to be LGBT+ allies.
We exist because we believe that everyone should have an equal opportunity to take part in community-based social and recreational activities, make friends, and be included fully and equally in society. KEEN is about creating, supporting, and promoting fantastic opportunities for everyone, but particularly children and adults with a learning/physical disability, or additional needs.
Muscular Dystrophy UK
Muscular Dystrophy UK is the only national charity focusing on all muscle-wasting conditions, providing vital information, advice and support for 70,000 children and adults living with muscle-wasting conditions and helping people to live as independently as possible. Muscular Dystrophy UK accelerate progress in research and drive the campaign for access to emerging treatments.
My Life My Choice
My Life My Choice is a user-led Oxfordshire based self-advocacy organisation. We raise the self-esteem, confidence and quality of life for people with learning disabilities by providing training, employment, volunteering and social opportunities for our members.
Oxfam is a global movement of millions of people who share the belief that, in a world rich in resources, poverty isn't inevitable. In just 15 years, extreme poverty has been halved. 15 more years and we can end it for good.
To spread that change and make it last, political solutions are also needed to tackle the root causes of poverty and create societies where empowered individuals can thrive. We will always act, we will speak out, and we won't live with poverty.
Oxfam is a global movement of millions of people who share the belief that, in a world rich in resources, poverty isn't inevitable. In just 15 years, extreme poverty has been halved. 15 more years and we can end it for good. To spread that change and make it last, political solutions are also needed to tackle the root causes of poverty and create societies where empowered individuals can thrive. We will always act, we will speak out, and we won't live with poverty.
Oxford and District Mencap (ODM)
ODM is a local charity affiliated, but financially independent from National Mencap. We run 5 separate weeks of residential holidays for people with a range of learning disabilities every summer from mid July - mid August.
Most of the holidays are at Hill End Camp, a rural setting, just outside Oxford. Our guests, the campers are each allocated a volunteer to help them participate in the many activities and trips on each camp week. Each camp also has two leaders, a medic and a cook. If you are interested in spending a week of your holiday volunteering for us do get in touch.
We are a local social action and volunteering charity in Oxford City. We run a whole range of volunteering projects, social enterprise support, and placements at local charities. Make a difference in Oxford while learning new skills, meeting new people, and becoming a part of the community.
Oxford SU is the official representative body of the Oxford University student body. We offer a wide range of volunteering opportunities from Returing Officer who oversee our elections to Student Trustees who sit on our Trustee Board and look after the whole organisation.
We're Oxfordshire Mind, your local mental health charity. We're here to make sure anyone with a mental health problem has somewhere to turn for advice and support.
Oxfordshire Mind runs a wide range of services for anyone over the age of 16 who is affected by mental health problems. Our services include peer support groups, short courses, benefits advice, housing, an information line, physical wellbeing activities and much more.
Raise and Give
Raise and Give (RAG) is the home of student fundraising in Oxford.
Restore is an Oxfordshire-based mental health charity that supports people to take control of their recovery, develop skills and lead meaningful lives. We offer recovery groups, training and employment coaching to make this possible.
We are one of the longest established and most highly regarded community rehabilitation services in the UK. Founded in 1977, we are part of a partnership of local mental health organisations with a commitment to helping people to recover, stay well and participate in and con
Shared Interest transforms the lives of smallholder farmers and artisans. Based in the UK we aim to alleviate poverty by helping people in remote and disadvantaged communities in developing countries, to trade, and earn a living. We use investment from people living in the UK to provide loans to fair trade businesses worldwide. Last year we lent nearly £70 million to over 200 customers across the world.
St. John Ambulance
St John Ambulance is the nation’s leading first aid charity.
Every year, more than 400,000 people learn how to save a life through our training programmes, including hundreds of thousands of young people.
Our volunteers provide first aid in their communities, keeping people safe at events, and working alongside the NHS in response to 999 calls. We’re also always campaigning to raise awareness of first aid and directly educate the public.
Target Schools is Oxford SU's access scheme which runs regular shadowing days with undergraduates and sixth form students from schools which don't traditionally send students to Oxford.
The Gatehouse is a drop-in cafe with an open door for anyone who is 25 or over. It is open Monday – Friday 5.00-7.00 pm, Sundays 4.00-6.00pm, at the St Giles Parish Rooms, 10 Woodstock Road, near the centre of Oxford.
The Gatehouse could not operate without the generosity of those who support it financially, make food, and work during sessions. Volunteers are highly valued in this organisation, which prides itself in being volunteer-led. We hope you will find that working at the cafe is a privilege and actually good fun.
Trust for Oxfordshire's Environment (TOE)
We are an independent envrionmental funder based in Oxfordshire. We raise funds from a range of sources for immediate and long-term investment in countywide projects that enrich nature, connect people to green spaces and enable more sustainable ways of living.
Universify is a charity committed to educational equality. We inspire Year 10 students from non-selective state schools to strive for, apply to, and be accepted at highly-selective universities. Our intervention starts earlier than most outreach programmes, giving students the time to develop their goals and achieve the required GCSE grades to make a good application to
university. Students attend academic sessions, delivered by academics, and undergraduate volunteers provide student welfare support and ongoing coaching throughout the programme.
Yellow Submarine is an award-winning Oxfordshire charity that believes people with learning disabilities and autism deserve to live life to the full.
We tackle the problem that many people with learning disabilities leave school with limited life skills and as a result poor life chances. This often leads to isolation and being marginalised.
We run evening social clubs and daytime work skills projects from the age of 11 up, to help people build social skills, confidence, independence and employability.
Oxford adult club: Mondays, 5.30-9pm
Oxford youth club: Thursdays, 5.30-8.30pm