Want to do more to make food healthy, fair and sustainable in Oxford? Get volunteering! If you would like to chat about any of these opportunities, or if you’re an organisation looking for volunteers, please get in touch.
Due to the COVID-19 lockdown, all our public events are on hold, but you can sign up now to support us with events later in the year (for instance Oxford Pumpkin Festival in October/ November), or check out our current remote volunteering opportunities:
1. Online Content Creators
Are you a chef or cooking instructor, food vlogger, Instagram buff or online games developer? During these times of lockdown, we are looking to create more engaging online content to promote food growing at home, cooking and eating more veg. Get in touch with your creative ideas.
2. Research Support Volunteer
Are you interested in sustainable and healthy food and local food systems? We are looking for support with research on topics like local veg box schemes, resources on growing food for beginners and other topics. Online research skills and experience of wordpress or a desire to learn are is essential for this role.
3. Cooking Course Tutors
If you are a passionate cook and interested in teaching adults or kids how to cook healthy, veg-based meals from scratch, you can support us in teaching free community cooking classes with our Good Food Cooking Toolkit. We are looking to create an online format for these cooking classes and would love your creative input.
If you would like to teach real-life classes later this year, or are interested in getting trained as a cooking course tutor before starting to teach yourself, let us know now and we will keep you informed of future opportunities.
4. SUGAR SMART Oxfordshire Support
Our public engagement activities for the SUGAR SMART Oxfordshire campaign are currently on hold due to the COVID-19 lockdown, but do get in touch now if you’d like to be contacted once we start going out and about again with our Sugar Game and other activities. This is a great opportunity to get involved in our public health campaign Sugar Smart Oxfordshire which is part of the national Sugar Smart Campaign.
No prior knowledge required, only an interest in public health and behaviour change and a keen desire to work in a small, dynamic team.
5. Office Support Volunteer
Ongoing support with our comms and social media, documentation, website content maintentance and database management is always welcome. This is a great opportunity for volunteering from home with flexible hours, learning new admin and comms skills and getting to know the operational details of a small organisation.
Get in touch now to find out more or apply with a short motivation letter and CV. All roles can be tailored to your skill level and interests. For all roles, you can download our general volunteering info here.
Volunteer with Replenish Oxfordshire
Replenish Oxfordshire aims to tackle food waste by sending our team of Food Waste Ambassadors to public-facing events in order to provide people with practical tips on how to reduce their food waste and start composting. Let’s feed the planet, not the bins! Get trained on home composting, reducing food waste, sourcing and cooking with food surplus – and then share your skills with your community.
Volunteer for one of our member organisations
If you would like to volunteer for one of our member organisations, please contact them directly:
|Organisation||Type of organisation||Type of volunteering opportunity|
|Abundance Oxford is a not-for-profit community harvesting, redistributing & preserving group. We harvest excess fruit & veg from back gardens across Oxford, redistribute it to community groups who want & need fruit, & organise skill-shares to preserve the rest of the fruit & care for the trees from which they came.||
Looking for people to join core team, to help keep harvests, preserve-making, outreach workshops and more rolling like a foraged-jam roll.
|Barracks Lane Community Garden is a beautiful green space and eco building at the heart of a vibrant community in Oxford. It is for everyone to use and enjoy by visiting, booking for a private function or by coming along to one of the many events and activities that are held throughout the year.||
Garden Guardians and Trustees.
|Disco Soup is a free Cook-up & Feast to live music: part of a grass-roots international movement to raise awareness of food waste||Organising crew, food preppers and servers!|
|Donnington Doorstep is based in East Oxford and aims to increase happiness, physical, mental and emotional well-being as well as improving life chances for socially excluded children and young people. We work to develop a strong, safe and integrated community.||Volunteer trustee and board roles, and variety of other roles. Get in touch for latest.|
|East Oxford Farmers’ & Community Market||East Oxford Farmers’ & Community Market has been selling fresh, local produce sourced from within 30 miles of Oxford, along with some Fairtrade goods from further afield, every Saturday morning for more than 7 years||Saturday market volunteers. Two shifts: 9am to 10am and 12pm to 1pm|
|Oxford City Farm
|Oxford City Farm aims to build on a rich tradition of city farms across the country. Used by thousands of urban dwellers annually, city farms provide a myriad of educational and recreational opportunities. Oxford City Farm is working to establish a Community Orchard in the Florence Park area!||Admin support, volunteer co-ordination and fundraising support.|
|Oxford Community Soup Kitchen
|Oxford Community Soup Kitchen provides hot food and clean dry clothing every Wednesday and Saturday.||A variety! Get in touch for details.|
|Oxford Food Bank
|Oxford Food Bank collects good quality fresh surplus food from local supermarkets and wholesalers and delivers it for free to around 60 registered charities in the Oxford area.||Drivers, helpers, base coordinators, admin, fundraising, trustees.|
|Oxford Food Surplus Cafe
|Oxford Food Surplus Cafe is a not-for-profit pop-up café that aims to help redress the imbalance in our food system by reclaiming surplus food and transforming it into delicious healthy meals for all.||Volunteers to organise in the run-up and/or help on the day with sourcing, publicity, cooking, coordinate volunteers, prepare the space and more!|
|Oxford Homeless Project
|Oxford Homeless Project aims to give something back to those less fortunate in Oxford, providing a curry lunch with a smile every other Monday 12-2pm. Located at Asian Cultural Centre Manzil way, OX4 1DJ.||To donate food: Must be alcohol free and meat dishes must be halal, otherwise any other sweet or savoury dishes accepted.
Anyone is welcome to volunteer on the day and can just turn up but it’s better to text Shabnam in advance on 07888659924.
|OxGrow is Oxford’s Edible Community Garden. Since January 2011 we have been transforming two unloved tennis courts right in the heart of Oxford into a thriving food garden.||All welcome to grow, or get in touch to offer specific skills.|
|Relish||Relish is a social enterprise, created to support and initiate food-related work in and around Oxford.||Supporting local groups or helping develop Relish behind the scenes in administation or fundraising.|
|Replenish Oxfordshire||Replenish Oxfordshire aims to tackle food waste by sending our team of Food Waste Ambassadors to public-facing events in order to provide people with practical tips on how to reduce their food waste and start composting.||Let’s feed the planet, not the bins! Get trained on home composting, reducing food waste, sourcing and cooking with food surplus – and then share your skills with your community.|
|Restore Garden Café||Restore Garden Café overlooks our award-winning therapeutic garden, which is managed by The Beehive Recovery Group. We are open to customers between 10am and 4pm, Monday to Friday. Our menu makes use of seasonal, organic and local products – come and sample our delicious food and quality coffees.||Cafe volunteers.|
|Sandford Talking Shop||Sandford Talking Shop sell lots of great local produce – fresh bread, cakes, fruit & veg, eggs, juice, honey, jams, meat – as well as the Saturday papers. We have guest slots for local producers, lego and art stuff for kids and we run the friendliest tastiest breakfast cafe.||Cafe and shop volunteers.|
|OxCo-op||OxCo-op is a way of communally bulk-buying more socially and environmentally sustainable food. Working together, we have the power and capital to have much more of a say in where our food comes from and which ethical standards it must reach, by choosing to buy directly from wholesalers instead and cutting out the supermarket middle man.||Organisers and stall volunteers.|