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At Oxford Hub, we partner with local organisations to create social action opportunities that benefit the local community. Whether you have a particular opportunity that our students might enjoy, would benefit from a skilled placement service, or have a fantastic new project idea, we would love to hear from you. Get in touch at firstname.lastname@example.org, or read on below to find out more about our current opportunities for collaboration...
We offer a wide range of volunteering opportunities to students, as well as the relevant training and support (including safeguarding inductions and DBS checks where necessary). With guidance from Oxford Hub staff, volunteering projects are led by student coordinators, who take responsibility for recruiting other volunteers and the day-to-day running of the project. Existing areas of our work include:
Young people - we support children through a range of programmes from Saturday activity days to academic tutoring in schools.
Older people - LinkAges is our inter-generational project, aiming to tackle loneliness amongst socially-isolated older people. Volunteers collaborate with a variety of care organisations, as well as share their skills through IT classes.
Environmental projects - we have a number of volunteering projects promoting sustainability in Oxford. These include community gardens, a pop-up ethical food store, and community dinners using surplus food.
English Language - we run free and friendly language classes for people learning English in Oxford. Additionally, we facilitate skills swaps between Arabic and English speakers.
Summer placements - Organisations often lack the capacity and resources to complete all the work they would like to achieve. Meanwhile students are eager to develop their skills; increase their professional experience and gain insights into the sector. We recruit and train students so that they can undertaken meaningful placements in local social impact organisations.
The Young Trustees Programme - Oxford Hub's Young Trustees Programme connects early career professionals with charities looking to welcome a young trustee onto their board. Despite making up 12% of the UK’s population, 18-24 year-olds account for less than 0.5% of all charity trustees. Because of this, most boards lack diversity and miss the opportunity to widen their collective skills and perspectives.
Impact Labs - Impact measurement is essential for charities to be able to prove the value of their work, but also to improve the services they deliver and ensure they are deliver the best possible outcomes. However, charities often lack the capacity to devote time to this area of work. Our Impact Labs programme recruits teams of volunteers and trains them in key impact measurement skills, so that they can support local organisations to achieve their goals.
Referring a young person to one of our programmes
Oxford Hub takes referrals centrally for most of our youth work programmes. We mostly work with children who already have some support from social services, but are also happy to hear from schools and other youth work organisations who might have potential referrals for us. We review each case individually, you can find out more and make an enquiry here.
Finally, we also support individuals to launch new initiatives responding to social and environmental issues in Oxford. If you have an idea for a social enterprise that could benefit the local community then please get in touch at email@example.com.
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