Volunteers

Join us as a volunteer and help us make Oxford a better place. You might like to get involved with one of our Working Groups, or maybe contribute to an ad hoc project.

“I became involved in the Society by accident really, but I’ve never regretted that. As a newcomer to Oxford, I found this a wonderful way to meet people and discover more about my city. The people are friendly, welcoming and from all walks of life, while their enthusiasm is infectious. It’s good to be part of a team.” A volunteer.

Listen to an interview with two of our volunteers on BBC Radio Oxford.

If you’re looking for something enjoyable to get involved in, here are our current opportunities.

Press Officer

As you will see from this website we are involved in a wide range of local issues and initiatives. We need a Press Officer who can represent the Society to the media and also serve as a Trustee. The Press Officer will respond to enquiries from journalists, write press releases, try to interest journalists in the Society’s stories and campaigns, arrange for spokespeople to speak to the press, and monitor media coverage. There is no ‘average week’ but a commitment of about 10 hrs a week is a rough indicator. Full details are here. If you are interested please contact Vernon Porter for an initial discussion.

OxClean

The OxClean team will welcome helpers for a variety of tasks:

  • Work in schools – we need a couple of people willing to pay short visits to about 10 primary schools each once a year to assess the cleanliness of their grounds;
  • Spring Clean – we need helpers to support this two-day March event;
  • Campaign work – we need more people to join the campaign side of this work, for example to lobby local authorities and encourage press coverage.

For all the above contact Vernon Porter.

Communications group

This team of six people runs the websites and social media accounts, publishes the newsletter and manages publicity. We’d welcome anyone with photography or graphic design skills to support our work as needed. If you’re prepared to let us use your super shots of the city, or design the occasional poster, do get in touch: contact Hilary Bradley.

Trustees

We are always looking for new Trustees to help us to manage the Society’s affairs. If you might be interested please contact Vernon Porter.

Other ways to help

Even if you don’t think any of the opportunities above are right for you but you’d still like to get involved please get in touch. We are always pleased to hear from people and will be delighted to talk to you about how you could help. The same applies if there’s an issue which you think the Society should give more attention to and where you’d be willing to take the lead. To get in touch, email us at info@oxcivicsoc.org.uk

“All of us who take part in the Society’s activities find our involvement interesting and stimulating, a way of keeping in touch with what really goes on in the city, and meeting like-minded people. Do join us – we can promise you a warm welcome and friendly colleagues.” Peter Thompson, former Chairman.