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The Gatehouse

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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.

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  • 1:1 Volunteer

    This opportunity takes place between 04 Oct 2019 and 06 Nov 2020.

    The Gatehouse is a local charity that have an exciting extension of hours scheduled. Separate from evening café hours we’ll be solely dedicating 1:1 consultation time for guidance and support on issues such as, but not limited to; housing, health, universal credit, ?nances/budgeting and accessing services to the homeless and vulnerably housed. If you are 18yrs + and have time regularly to support our Guests in a non-advisory capacity, please do get in touch with us either by email or telephone our office Extension of Hours will take place every Friday 11am-3pm at St. Giles Parish Rooms, 10 Woodstock Road, Oxford, OX2 6HT No experience necessary. Support and training will be given

    • LocationOxford City
    • Placement LengthOn-Going
    • Area of InterestAdmin, Mentoring, Disability, Education, Elderly, Family, Health, Homelessness, IT
    • Team Work
    • Communication
    • Problem Solving
    • IT
    • Planning/Organisation
    • Leadership
    • Positive attributes
    • Reflection
    • Data
  • Cafe Volunteer

    This opportunity takes place from 23 Sep 2019.

    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 is a unique homeless service because it’s delivered by volunteers – ordinary members of the public. Our guests (service users) have told us they like The Gatehouse because it’s run by people who choose to be here – you, the volunteers. Allow three and a half hours for a café session. Ideally you need to arrive at 4 pm (Mon to Fri) or 3 pm (Sun) to prepare food for the café and put out tables and chairs. You will be part of a team directed by a Coordinator who is an experienced volunteer and supported by three Project Workers. You will start off in the kitchen, getting to know other volunteers and the way the café works. You can then try working in the servery, in the main hall or on the door. Some volunteers also run our ‘clothes store’ or oversee the computers in the activity room. Normally volunteers have several roles and activities in any café session: washing up, serving tea, giving out sandwiches, collecting plates and ‘mingling’ (chatting to guests). Although the Coordinator allocates roles, you can let them know your preferences. If you’re a ‘backstage’ person you can opt to stay in the kitchen or help sort our clothes store. If you enjoy meeting guests, then you might like being on the door, serving food or ‘mingling’ in the main hall.

    • Placement LengthFlexible, On-Going, Termly
    • LocationOxford City
    • Area of InterestFood, Homelessness
    • Team Work
    • Communication
    • Leadership
    • Positive attributes
    • Planning/Organisation
  • Community Activities Volunteer

    This opportunity takes place from 04 Mar 2020.

    In March 2020, The Gatehouse is launching a brand new community activity programme and we need your help! We are looking for a small team of volunteers on a Thursday evening to help us set up this exciting new project. Running from 5:30pm to 7pm we will be putting on a range of activities for our guests so if you like playing chess, being a bingo caller, getting involved in game of scrabble or hosting the pub style quiz, then this opportunity is for you. If you would like some more information on this volunteering activity, please contact Lu on lu@oxfordgatehouse.org who will be able to give you more details and arrange an induction for you.

    • Placement LengthFlexible, On-Going
    • LocationOxford City
    • Area of InterestHomelessness
    • Team Work
    • Communication
    • Positive attributes
    • Planning/Organisation
    • Problem Solving
    • Leadership
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