Volunteer FAQs

 

Who can get involved with your projects?

We are delighted to be open to everyone! Whether you are an Oxford or Brookes university student, a long-term resident of the City or a newcomer just settling in, we welcome you to participate in our programmes.

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! On our website you can find opportunities broken down into practical volunteering (with the environment, young people, or the wider community), skilled placements (where you can be a consultant for a local social impact organisation) and incubation (where you can set up your own initiative!),

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. The majority are a regular weekly commitment for 1-2 hours, but others are far more flexible and some programmes can be more intensive. Further details of each opportunity can be found on their project page, and staff are happy to chat if you have any questions.

Will volunteering cost me money?

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 volunteers 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. 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 helping us measure our impact.

Sounds sensational, how do I get started?

For the majority of our projects you can apply online via a short form. A staff member or 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 meet or attend some training at Oxford Hub first.

What’s the best way to stay up to date with all of your events and opportunities?

The best way to keep track of what’s going on at Oxford Hub is by signing up to our newsletter and following our Facebook page.

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