Volunteering

Volunteering
Please let the webmaster know of any volunteering opportunities you hear about.

Programme planners, Activity ideas lists and Session planners relating to the Volunteering section may be downloaded from the DofE website.

Fairtrade at St Michaels Oxford

NEW Fairtrade at St Michaels fair trade shop in Oxford is looking for regular volunteers to help in the shop, serving customers, pricing up goods, or sorting and cleaning the lovely goods in stock. DofE students find it a really worthwhile and enjoyable activity:

"Volunteering at the Fairtrade shop has been the most rewarding part of my Duke of Edinburgh Award to complete. Everyone is so friendly and welcoming that I never felt out of my depth or lost, even when learning new skills and working hard. It's a great way to gain some experience in retail as well as raising your awareness about the importance of Fairtrade for international communities. Since beginning my volunteering here I have become much more confident in myself and my abilities. I would recommend it to anyone and everyone who wants to learn new skills, build in confidence and make a difference to people all across the world."

Enquire at Fairtrade at St Michaels, Cornmarket St, OX1 3EY, or on 01865 72250, or via info@fairtradeatstmichaels.co.uk

Barnardo's

Barnardo’s have some opportunities for volunteering in Abingdon and Witney.

They are specifically looking for people who can help in their After School Clubs which operate between 3pm and 6pm during the week, and their next half term Holiday Playscheme which is during the week beginning 23rd October between 10 am and 3pm.

They need people who are enthusiastic, fun, communicative, lots of energy, skills in music, outdoor activities, sports, arts and crafts etc.

Please contact Wendy Foster on 07834 774809 or wendy.foster@barnardos.org.uk for further information.

vinspired

vinspired This is a national scheme that allows 16-25 year-olds to gain recognition for the number of hours they spend volunteering, through the award of certificates. The scheme also aims to link young people with organisations that provide volunteering opportunities, so is a useful place to start looking for suitable placements for your DofE Award Volunteering section.

Please see the website (http://vinspired.com) for further information about vinspired.

do-it

Another place that people can register and find opportunities to volunteer is the do-it website: http://www.do-it.org.uk.

Bicester Green

Bicester Green: Centre for Skills, Sustainability & Second Hand Stuff has a workshop where volunteers of varying abilities come to learn or share how to fix either bikes, furniture or electrical items. They have some DofE participants undertaking their Volunteering section at the centre already, and would be happy to host more young people in this way.

To get a good idea of the centre, their website is www.bicestergreen.org.uk, which includes a short video introduction.

Bicester Green would love to have more over 16s (they are insured for 16s and over) to come and join them. For further information, please contact Emma Gordon, Centre Manager on (tel) 01869 388564, (mobile) 07591 754787, or e-mail emma@bicestergreen.org.uk.

Blue Cross

Blue Cross is a national pet charity, and couldn’t help so many sick, injured and homeless pets without the amazing support of volunteers. They have a large variety of volunteer roles in many areas and can offer valuable experience whilst making a positive difference to the lives of sick and unwanted pets.

If you would like to help Blue Cross in order to fulfil your Volunteering section, please see the poster below for details, or contact the local Blue Cross administrator:

Heather Kallinga
Volunteer Administrator
Blue Cross
Shilton Road
Burford
Oxon OX18 4PF
0300 777 1980

Goring Heath Scout and Guide Group

The Goring Heath Scout & Guide Group is looking for Volunteer Leaders to support their Brownies, Guides, Beavers Cubs and Scouts.

If you are interested in becoming a volunteer as part of your DofE volunteering section, please contact Ken Groom (tel. 01491 680873, mobile 07950 082856, ken.groom@tiscali.co.uk) for further information.

Hinksey Park Football Club

Hinksey Park Football Club has some opportunities for Duke of Edinburgh’s Award participants who are interested in volunteering to support the running of grass roots football in Oxford.

The club has been rapidly growing over the last 5 years and accommodates both male and female teams. Hinksey Park Football Club is a FA Charter Club, with FA Level One qualified coaches and fully vetted staff/volunteers.

Volunteering opportunities include coaching support for teams, running a tuck shop at weekends, supporting database developments and website/social media events.

If you would like to undertake this as your DofE Volunteering programme contact:

Mick Conmy
Hinksey Park Club Secretary
36 Campbell Road
Florence Park
Oxford
OX4 3PF
07795 847898
e-mail: hinkseyparkfc@gmail.com

South Oxford Adventure Playground (SOAP)

South Oxford Adventure Playground (SOAP) is a popular space for children aged 7-12 years, and we aim to create a rewarding and challenging experience in a fun and safe environment for all children, including those disadvantaged and who experience limited opportunity. Our play workers run activities and provide an unobtrusive guide to free play. Your role will include helping children from different backgrounds and with different abilities to fully participate in activities, and make new friends. Activities range from big outdoor art activities and scrap modelling, to climbing, to the annual summer SOAP Olympics, to football matches and square ball, to outdoor cooking and fire making. SOAP is open through Easter, half-term and summer holidays, as well as after school (if we have funding).

You will learn valuable skills such as teamwork, communication, building relationships, as well as display a commitment and passion for helping children access activities and opportunities they might not normally experience.

This is not just a fantastic opportunity to enhance your CV and learn new skills, but offers you the chance to make new friends, be outside and be creative!

For more information contact: Megan Douthwaite on 01865 251419, or e-mail soap@soapoxford.org.uk

Wootton and Dry Sandford Youth Club

A team of volunteers help run the Wootton and Dry Sandford youth club, on Tuesday evenings from 7 to 9, during term time.

They are looking for more volunteers to help and would be interested in meeting any DofE participants who are looking to complete their Volunteering section. The youth club is for 11 to 16 year olds, so this opportunity is best suited to Gold Award participants, or anyone over 16.

If you are interested in helping, please contact Kerrie Stevens on 07903 701748, e-mail kezmoan@hotmail.com.


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Peter Knight,
2 Mar 2016, 04:00
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