Help - I want to volunteer but I don’t know where to start!
When it comes to social action, there’s (fantastically) lots going on in Oxford! You can find a useful overview of all of our projects here, or take our procrasta-quiz to find out "Which Social Action Hero are you?"
I don’t think I can fit in volunteering around my work/netflix addiction...
We have activities taking place at different times on every day of the week. Some are a regular weekly commitment, but others are far more flexible. Take a look at our timetable to see which opportunities could fit with you.
No, volunteering with Oxford Hub is free. If you incur any costs (e.g. you travel by bus or buy equipment to be used as part of an activity) then we will cover this. We run regular drop ins where you can bring receipts and collect your change - your staff contact should be able to tell you when the next one will be taking place.
Can you make adjustments to the volunteering opportunities you offer?
Absolutely - we are an inclusive organisation and can make reasonable adjustments to application processes, training sessions and other activities on a case-by-case basis. We also provide ongoing support for the students we work with, so if you have particular accessibility needs, please do get involved and let us know how we can help.
We regularly collect feedback from volunteers and are always looking for ways to improve our opportunities - if you have thoughts or ideas then do get in touch or pop by the office for a chat.
Is it possible to volunteer remotely?
Yes! Exact opportunities will vary depending on the project, but there are definitely ways you can contribute to the success of a volunteering project regardless of your location. Examples include planning lessons for one of our free English classes for migrants, or running the social media for our regular community dinners Project Soup.
Do I need previous experience?
No. We welcome new volunteers from all backgrounds and think you will bring a lot to the table regardless of whether you have volunteered before. Training and support will be provided (see below).
For a small number of our opportunities, there will be an interview and selection process for volunteers (Impact Labs, the Young Trustees Programme, and the Social Impact Internship Scheme). In these cases, previous social action experience will strengthen your application, so consider volunteering on one of our other projects first, or talk to a member of staff for more advice.
Will I receive training?
A range of training is provided to volunteers, tailored to the specific project they are involved with. This includes training on how to be an effective tutor, how to teach English, and how to befriend older people. If necessary, we'll also request that volunteers get a DBS check, and are briefed on safeguarding. The project leader(s) and Oxford Hub staff will also always be on hand if you have queries throughout your volunteering experience.
Speaking of which, you may decide you would like to take more of a leadership role and get involved in the running of a project. There are plenty of opportunities to pursue this, and we keen to support volunteers to take on more responsibility within projects, for example recruiting and coordinating other volunteers, developing activities offered, and measuring their impact.
Sounds sensational, how do I get started?
For the majority of our projects you can apply online via a short form. One of our project coordinators will then be in touch with details of the next steps. Depending on the activity, you might be able to get started straight away or be invited to some training at Oxford Hub first. For our skilled placements (Impact Labs, the Young Trustees Programme, and our summer internship scheme), we will review your application and invite you to interview with a staff member.
What’s the best way to stay up to date with all of your events and opportunities?
What’s the relationship between Oxford Hub and Turl Street Kitchen?
Turl Street Kitchen is a social enterprise that supports the work we do as a charity. The TSK offers a regularly changing menu offering the best of local seasonal produce, and Oxford Hub volunteers can get themselves a handy 15% discount card - just pop by the office and pick one up! If you’ve got guests coming to stay in Oxford then we can also highly recommend our Tower House Guest House just around the corner on Ship Street.
I’m not an Oxford University student, can I still get involved?
Yes! We are delighted to be broadening our work to involve residents of Oxford (read more here). Get in touch at email@example.com and we’ll be able to tell you more.
I'm from a local community group / organisation, can we collaborate?
We work with a variety of local partners, such as the Oxfordshire Community Foundation, to run our activities. We are grateful for their ongoing support and glad to be making a bigger impact together.
We’re always happy to hear from potential partners. If you’d like to collaborate with us on a project or event, see here for more information or just get in touch. If you’re interested in connecting with our national network of over 30,000 students or would like high quality training for your students and staff, find out more.
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