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.

We have several opportunities available this year:

1. Sugar Smart Oxfordshire Support

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.

For January and February, we will be out and about in market towns of Oxfordshire – interviewing the public with teams of volunteers for The Great Sugar Debate on their opinion on sugar consumption and what we should be doing to reduce the amount of sugar consumed in soft drinks.

Volunteers can also get involved in social media campaigns, publicity, project admin and regular public engagement stalls at events from now until June 2020.

No prior knowledge required, only an interest in public health and behaviour change and a keen desire to work in a small, dynamic team. Get in touch to find out more. 

2. Cooking Course Tutors

If you are a passionate cook and interested in adult learning, support us in teaching free community cooking classes with our Good Food Cooking Toolkit. If you are ready to teach adults or parents & children, we have resources you can borrow and we can support you in finding a venue and advertising your courses. When, how often and where classes take place is up to you to plan according to your convenience. Get in touch to find out more. 

If you are interested in becoming a cooking course but would require training to get you started, please get in touch and we will keep you informed about future opportunities for training with us.

3. Oxford Green Week Support 

We are looking for event volunteers to join our Oxford Green Week team for a few hours between the 6th and 14th June 2020. Responsibilities will include publicity, social media campaigns, event management, public engagement at our stalls and documentation. Get in touch to find out more. 

4. Office & Fundraising Support Volunteer

Ongoing support with our funding applications, comms and social media, documentation, website content maintentance and database management is always welcome. Please get in touch and talk to us about what your interests are so we can tailor the role to you.

For all roles, you can download our general volunteering info here.

GFO stall at festival

Volunteer for Replenish OxfordshireReplenish logo

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.

People cutting vegetables during cooking class

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


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


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


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


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 10583868_10153863004822720_1159865926551360533_n 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
Incredible Edible Oxford


Incredible Edible Oxford aims to make Oxford more edible, through two main activities: creating growing spaces where there is currently nothing growing; and placing raised beds and growing areas prominently around the city to raise the profile of growing food and the importance of local food production Anyone is welcome to come and grow!
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.
Relish10690099_339448476242698_2077321752143000657_n 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 OxfordshireReplenish logo 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 Caférestore+logo 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 Shop272636_192158057505520_733078_o 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.
Student projects
Food Justice


Food Justice is a student group that aims to raise awareness of food waste and food sustainability issues through running speaker events and connecting students with local food-related initiatives. College reps and committee members.
OxCo-op12507535_1010706945660145_7900910337423554107_n 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.
Project Soup


Project Soup is a series of microfunding dinners in Oxford. After dinner four local community groups will come and give a brief ‘pitch’ to the attendees, followed by a brief Q&A. Votes will be cast and the winning group will receive the funds raised at the event. Organisers and soup makers.