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Current volunteering opportunities 

Asylum Welcome

Drivers are needed to deliver Food Bank parcels to Asylum Welcome clients in urgent need every Tuesday.

There are also in-person positions located Unit 7, Newtec Place, Magdalen Road. Voluntary shifts are 4+ hours per week (Monday - Friday between 09.00 - 17.00). The required commitment is usually one year. For in-person positions interpersonal and communication skills are required. Depending on the role some additional skills are needed: English teachers require TEFL and experience teaching; and language skills—such as Arabic, Kurdish, Pashto, Farsi, and Albanian—are always useful. 

Please get in touch with Asylum Welcome to find out more; they have many services so are open to exploring where a potential volunteer can help! 

Citizens Advice Oxfordshire

There are roles as advisers, administrators, researchers, fundraisers, or to help with IT. Volunteer advisers spend three months in initial training (once a week) and then up to a further nine months (if they wish) to enable them to deal with more complex cases. Volunteers are asked to contribute 4-10 hours per week. The work can be challenging and satisfying and is all about helping people locally to resolve their problems. Please visit to find out more.

Connection Support

There are both in-person and remote voluntary positions available at various locations across Oxfordshire. They offer volunteering across a variety of roles such as homeless outreach, housing support, refugee resettlement support, befrienders, and violence reduction navigators. Shifts vary and can be adapted to volunteers’ availability. There can also be flexibility with regard to the length and level of voluntary commitment. Please note that the skill set needed varies for the different roles. To find out more about the roles available please visit their website or contact the Volunteer Team at

Edge Housing

There are both in-person and remote voluntary positions available. They are located in Botley/Osney Mead. The time of voluntary shifts are flexible, however, they are mostly sometime between 09.00 - 17.00 Monday - Friday. They ask for a commitment of a minimum of 3 months, however, this may be longer for some roles. There is no specific skill set required. There are a range of volunteer roles available, from doing activities with residents to office-based work. All volunteers will be trained upon induction. Please get in touch with them or call 01865 297460.


Hybrid (Listening Service volunteers) and remote (​Campaign volunteers) roles. You can agree to a shift on Monday, Thursday and Sunday evenings, or Friday mornings. They are ideally looking for a substantial commitment of 2-4 shifts per month (around 12 hours) for a minimum of 18 months. For the hybrid role, the volunteer should be empathetic with good active listening skills and emotional awareness. For the remote role, no particular skills are required, but applicants should have an interest in helping with fundraising activities, working with social media, and raising public awareness of sexual violence Full training will be provided. For further information, please contact


Would like volunteers to help with their winter night shelter project which runs from 1st January until 31st March 2023. The nights are split into three shifts. For more information please contact via email at or by calling 01865 362 799. You can also register on the website.

OWNS - The Living Room

An in-person position located on St Clements Street, Oxford. The timings of volunteering shifts are Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday (09:30 - 12.00 and 13:30 -16:00). They would ideally look for volunteers who can commit to regular shifts (weekly/fortnightly) for at least three months. There is no specific skill set required. Please note that they operate an intimate "Living Room" style day centre so being comfortable in this type of setting and being able to initiate conversation is very important. If you are interested in volunteering, please visit their website

Oxford Hub

There are both in-person and remote voluntary positions available, mostly in Oxford city. Help build a better Oxford through community-building programmes. Tutor local children to help them with schoolwork with ‘Schools Plus’, support people learning English as an additional language with ‘FELLOW’, mentor a young person long term with ‘Big Brothers Big Sisters’, and more.

Most of their volunteering opportunities are flexible in terms of timing, length and level of commitment, depending on what works for you. To find out more about the roles available please visit their website or contact them at

Oxford Mutual Aid

There are both in-person and remote voluntary positions available. Their Hall is located on Cowley Road, Oxford. OMA is a volunteer-based community action network. The time of shifts varies depending on your role. There are several roles from Volunteer Deliveries (regular and ad-hoc deliveries in the car) to Support/Phone Volunteer to Hall Volunteer (packing food parcels restocking). They welcome all types of skill sets and experience. They have a volunteer debriefing system where you can talk through worries or concerns at any time. If you would like to get involved, please fill out their volunteer form

Read Easy Oxford

Secretary required to prepare agendas, take and prepare minutes from meetings, organise the AGM and maintain a database of contacts.

Deputy Team Leader required to work closely with the Team Leader to help with leading the management team.

Coordinator required to join a team of 3. You would be performing a central role at Read Easy Oxford by helping to match up potential readers with coaches and then ensuring that the relationship is working well throughout the time that the person is learning to read. You would be well trained by one of the current coordinators and well supported by the Management Team and Literacy Specialists. This position would take up to 7 hours a week which would be done at home. They are looking for someone with good social and organisational skills.

Team Leader required to join an enthusiastic and friendly Management Team, Coordinators and reading coaches. They are looking for someone with leadership, social and organisational skills to liaise with Read Easy UK and lead the team. The team Leader would be supported by an excellent Deputy Team leader and would be required to put in on average 6 hours per week from home plus the occasional team meeting. 

For more information, please contact Gill at 

Sanctuary Hosting

An in-person position, working at various locations around Oxford. They are looking for a time commitment of 2-3 hours per week, although hours will vary depending upon the situation of the person you are supporting. Commitment would be for one-year minimum. You will be supported by Sanctuary Hosting staff and regular training is provided. Your role might be supporting a guest by helping them get to know Oxford and access local services, or supporting a host by checking in regularly to review how their hosting is going and working with others to solve any issues which arise. To find out more, please email Hannah on

The Gatehouse - Café

An in-person position located on the Woodstock Road. Shifts are available Monday-Friday 4.30-7.15pm & Sundays 3.30-6.15pm. Voluntary commitment is on an as-and-when basis—whatever suits you. No specific skill set needed. They operate as an indoor cafe provided they have enough volunteers to do so—9 or more. When volunteer numbers are low, they operate as a takeaway cafe only. They would ask all new volunteers to read their volunteer policies and complete a new starter form.

They will provide all necessary PPE—gloves, masks (optional) and aprons.

They are also looking for food group donors to supply their cafe with sandwiches and cake. All new food donors must have a read of their food safety policy and sign and send back the food safety agreement. All donations need to be supplied with allergen labels, which will be provided.

For further information, please contact the Operations Manager, Zoe on


The Porch

An in-person position located on Magdalen Road, Oxford. You can agree a shift between 09.00 - 15.00 from Monday - Saturday. They prefer consistency in volunteers so ask for a commitment of at least 3 months minimum. The volunteer must be able to work as part of a team. If a volunteer has a specific set of skills they can offer, they are free to discuss it with the team leader. Please direct volunteering enquiries to

Last updated January 2023