Latest News

Volunteering Opportunities

posted 16 Nov 2017, 11:36 by Peter Knight

Don't forget to visit our Volunteering page for ideas for this section of your Award. New opportunities are added whenever we are told about them, so keep in touch if you're in need of suggestions!

Training Courses 2017-2018

posted 10 Jul 2017, 08:05 by Peter Knight

We have published the initial list of leader training courses that we are providing over the next year.

These include Lowland Leader training and assessment courses, and some REC2 first aid courses.

Please see the Training Courses page for more information and a booking form.

A Very Successful First Year!

posted 28 Jun 2017, 12:01 by Peter Knight

The Oxfordshire Open Award charity has completed its first year of operation, having taken over the running of the Award for open groups in the county from Oxfordshire County Council.

Our first year's highlights are as follows:
  • We transferred in many participants who had started their award with Oxfordshire County Council and would otherwise have been unable to complete. In addition the charity has enabled 39 new bronze, 19 new silver and 11 new gold participants to start.
  • During the year 22 bronze, 6 silver and 5 gold participants completed their awards - none of whom would have been able to do so without our assistance.
  • Regular meetings have been established for the benefit of the participants in both Abingdon and Kidlington. We also have a 'Virtual Centre' for participants elsewhere in the county.
  • We have taken over and relocated the DofE equipment store, enabling all DofE groups in Oxfordshire to borrow expedition kit for a nominal fee.
  • We have established a hardship fund for those in need of financial assistance to complete their award.
  • We have organised a number of First Aid courses for Oxfordshire DofE leaders, and have run some Lowland Leader Award courses for new leaders.
We are very proud of these achievements! Looking forward the future looks good, with a growing membership and a steady demand for the provision of DofE
award opportunities. It is expected that years 2 and 3 will be seen as consolidation ones, with the view to ensuring sustainability and viability into the mid and long term.

Many thanks to all our volunteers for such a successful year!

OXPED CIC Expeditions - spaces available

posted 27 Apr 2017, 04:58 by Peter Knight

OXPED CIC still have plenty of space on some of their Silver and Gold expeditions, and have just announced the dates for two more Bronze expeditions near the end of the 2017 season, for anybody who would like to finish their Expedition this year.

Please see the OXPED CIC website for full details.

E-mail Issues

posted 26 Jan 2017, 03:02 by Peter Knight   [ updated 27 Jan 2017, 08:07 ]

We are aware that our 'enquiries' and 'chair' e-mail addresses appear to be being blocked from certain domains (including This is due to a problem with not accepting mail from e-mail forwarders, which is how our e-mail addresses have been set up.

If you are trying to contact us by e-mail and get an 'undeliverable e-mail' message, please send to this address instead and your message will be forwarded appropriately.

First OXPED CIC Expeditions for 2017 Announced

posted 10 Dec 2016, 05:33 by Peter Knight

OXPED CIC is happy to announce that a number of 2017 expeditions are now open for applications.

Please see the OXPED CIC website for full details.

Abingdon Open Group Meeting 10th October - postponed

posted 9 Oct 2016, 09:36 by Peter Knight

Please note that we have decided to postpone the 10th October meeting at the Abingdon Hub until 17th October, to avoid the transport and access problems caused by Abingdon's Michaelmas Fair.

Awards Presentation

posted 7 Oct 2016, 01:30 by Peter Knight

We are planned to hold our inaugural Awards Presentation Evening in January 2017.

Could all participants registered with Oxfordshire Open Award who wish to receive their Award in January please ensure that they have all sections signed off by their assessor by the end of December.

Leader Training Brochure

posted 14 Jul 2016, 10:17 by Peter Knight

We are pleased to announce that the first edition of our Leader Training Brochure is now available from the Training Courses page.

Lowland Leader training and assessment courses are being provided, plus two REC2 16-hour first aid courses. Demand is expected to be high, so please apply early for any of these courses.

Future Leaders Programme

posted 23 May 2016, 02:07 by Peter Knight

A flyer is available below to distribute to Gold-level participants and award holders, advertising an exciting new initiative from the South East Region – the Future Leaders Programme. This course will help young people become the leaders of tomorrow, including certified training courses, practical volunteering, first aid and Young Speaker opportunities.

Due to take place this October, DofE South East are now accepting applications for the programme. Each applicant will need a supporting statement from a DofE Centre Manager or a DofE Leader, which can be completed through the link in the flyer.

Please contact if you have any questions.

The application deadline is 30th June.

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