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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 2026 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 2030

    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. Learn how to do first aid (and get a chance to put it into practice). Provide event first aid cover at numerous events locally and nationally. Be there for when someone is in need.

    We would absolutely love to have you volunteer with St John Ambulance if you are still interested to do so. In summary, sign up here.

     

    To explain a bit further, you apply on a national website. They will then review your application, and then may well invite you to the interview. Here they will discuss with you why you want to volunteer with St John Ambulance, checking that you are interested in the volunteering side of St John (and are not just doing it for a free first aid course). Then, you will become a member, and you will be able to attend our weekly training sessions. You will then get the chance to do a formal first aid course (which takes about 2 weekends) which will give you all the first aid skills you need to be at events. You will then get the chance to volunteer both at local events (e.g. football matches, possibly college Commemeration Balls) and national events (e.g. London Marathon). You will be looked after well at the events with more senior first aiders around, easing your transition from theory to practice. It is amazing fun. If there are any questions, don't hesitate to email me.

    • 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
  • Students4Students logo

    1:1 Maths tutoring with primary school pupils

    Students4Students

    This opportunity is ongoing, with no end date.

    We are looking for volunteers who would be willing to spend one hour each week helping disadvantaged schoolchildren.

    In partnership with local schools in Oxford we target Year 6 pupils who are most at risk of falling behind in the core skills of Maths and English. By providing one-on-one tuition we aim to help pupils improve before they move on to secondary school. We tend to work with the same pupils for a whole term so that we can really see them progress.

    We aim to build a sense of community among our tutors by holding social events and offering advice and support. For those keen to help the charity in a different capacity there are also lots of opportunities to join our committee.

     

    • LocationOxford City
    • Placement LengthOn-Going
    • Area of InterestMentoring, Children, Education
    • Communication
    • Leadership
    • Reflection
    • Positive attributes
  • Students4Students logo

    1:1 English tutoring with primary school pupils

    Students4Students

    This opportunity is ongoing, with no end date.

    We are looking for volunteers who would be willing to spend one hour each week helping disadvantaged schoolchildren.

    In partnership with local schools in Oxford we target Year 6 pupils who are most at risk of falling behind in the core skills of Maths and English. By providing one-on-one tuition we aim to help pupils improve before they move on to secondary school. We tend to work with the same pupils for a whole term so that we can really see them progress.

    We aim to build a sense of community among our tutors by holding social events and offering advice and support. For those keen to help the charity in a different capacity there are also lots of opportunities to join our committee.

     

    • LocationOxford City
    • Placement LengthOn-Going
    • Area of InterestMentoring, Children, Education
    • Communication
    • Leadership
    • Positive attributes
    • Reflection
  • Action Tutoring logo

    Volunteer Tutor (maths or English)

    Action Tutoring

    This opportunity is ongoing, with no end date.

    As an English or maths tutor, you will choose one of our partner schools and work with one or two pupils for an hour a week across the course of a school term. Sessions are either delivered on the school premises or online, at the same time each week. We provide all of our tutors with training and workbooks to use in sessions, and we will also process a DBS check for you.

    Volunteering with Action Tutoring is a rewarding way to make a difference to the lives of young people living in your community. You will be directly supporting disadvantaged young people to build their confidence and help ensure they leave school with the grades needed to build a bright future. 

    Online tutoring is a great option for anyone on a busy schedule, less able to get to school locations or continuing to keep their distance from groups of people. Online tutoring also allows us to expand and recruit tutors from outside of our regions. 

    You need to be a fluent English speaker, and have achieved an A or B at A-Level (or equivalent) in the subject, or similar subject, you are wishing to tutor. Enthusiasm for learning and the subject you’re tutoring is important. Experience working with young people is helpful but not essential. Good communication skills, patient, committed and resilient. We do review all qualifications and experience however and would encourage you to apply - even if you don't meet the exact criteria.

    Through tutoring with us our volunteers are able to develop a wealth of transferable skills whilst making a significant difference. 

    Apply online now: https://actiontutoring.org.uk/get-involved/volunteer-as-a-tutor/

    • Area of InterestAccess/Outreach, Mentoring, Education
    • Placement LengthTermly
    • LocationNational
    • Communication
    • Planning/Organisation
    • IT
    • Problem Solving
    • Leadership
  • Crisis Skylight Oxford logo

    Fundraising Group Member (Oxfordshire)

    Crisis Skylight Oxford

    This opportunity takes place between 08 Nov 2021 and 28 Nov 2022

    Joining a group of dedicated, passionate, empowered volunteer fundraisers to help raise the funds needed for our vital services. You will use your communications, events and teamwork skills to deliver local fundraising events and collections in aid of Crisis.

    The money raised by your Fundraising Group will help fund services including one to one support in finding a home or a job, helping people achieve learning goals, supporting our Christmas events where we offer hot meals, access to essential services, and an introduction to our year-round services to leave homelessness behind for good.

    You will be inspired by our vision to end homelessness, and in turn will inspire others to take action through organising fundraising activities. As well as raising vital funds you will also be helping us to influence your community and their beliefs,challenging the stigma around homelessness.

    We need people who genuinely believe that if society works together, we can end homelessness.

    We encourage groups to meet on a regular basis to co-ordinate their activity, and this can be at a time that suits the group. The time commitment can also vary depending on the time of year, often increasing when the group is organising specific events.

    • Placement LengthFlexible, One Week, One-off, On-Going, Termly
    • LocationOxford City, Oxford College, Oxford University, Oxfordshire
    • Area of InterestFundraising, Homelessness, Marketing and Media, Oxford SU
    • Team Work
    • Communication
    • Positive attributes
    • Leadership
    • Reflection
    • Data
    • Enterprise
    • Problem Solving
    • Planning/Organisation
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