Oxfordshire Community and Voluntary Action (OCVA) launches a new and interesting county-wide initiative for local people in towns across Oxfordshire to become Community Ambassadors.
We’ve all made that promise to ourselves before, that a new year would mean a new, improved, generous self, and a new volunteer scheme through OCVA could see you fulfill that promise. OCVA is looking for volunteer Community Ambassadors to support their local community; enable others to volunteer, make sure local groups have access to all OCVA services and build networks locally. It’s all about helping local charities and community groups do more good work.
Hannah Fenton, Volunteering Project Officer at OCVA, explains more about the responsibilities of the role: “We’ve noticed that not all community groups are accessing OCVA services and that there are still many people not matched up to voluntary positions. We saw a need for these connections to be made between people through someone who knows, understands and cares about their local community. The Community Ambassador will be an important and valued source of information and advice. From home or in a central location in their town, they will help individuals and organisations to access the expertise they need. This might be matching people with volunteering opportunities, finding funding sources and giving basic advice, or encouraging more collaboration locally.”
“Each day you volunteer will no doubt be different – it could involve face-to-face meetings, local networking, telephone conversations, emails or website work. You choose which bits of the role you do – it’s designed to fit together from the individual elements of the role which interest you.”
The role is for six to eight hours per week. Volunteers need to be able to offer a minimum of six months from March 2014, with a comprehensive, skills-building suite of training in February. There will be on-going support for the Community Ambassadors throughout their time at OCVA.
For more information and to request a full role description, please contact Hannah Fenton on 01865 251946 or email firstname.lastname@example.org