Oasis has proudly been running a volunteer service for many years. We are thrilled to have Investors In Volunteers accreditation. We know there are many benefits to volunteering, not just because our volunteers and our beneficiaries tell us, but because many of our staff were volunteers too.
Volunteering can help you gain confidence through trying something new, sharing existing skills, meeting new people and can build a real sense of achievement. You’re able to make a positive difference to someone else’s life, be part of the community and give something back but most of all you’ll have fun.
Volunteers add huge value to our charity and their support really does make a difference as your help means we can reach and support more people. Volunteering can also be a great stepping stone to, or back into, paid employment.
We provide a range of services, either on our own or through collaboration with others, and we have premises in Chesham, High Wycombe and Aylesbury all of which utilise volunteers.
We are currently recruiting volunteers for our existing and upcoming projects across all three sites. We plan to have a much fuller programme for late February 2023, including gardening, cooking, art, craft, music, book club, games sessions and walking groups.
We are also looking for volunteers for our Rough Sleepers Initiative in Aylesbury and for One Recovery Bucks in Aylesbury and Wycombe. Please do get in touch if you would like to know more and join our friendly and welcoming team!
You can find our current volunteering opportunities below, along with the days and times of the activities or time scale of groups. We have some longer running activities and short courses that require volunteers. Please take a look at each of the Role Descriptions, but if you have a skill you would love to share that isn’t listed, please do let us know! We are very keen to hear from anyone who is willing to teach or support with skills such as musical instrument lessons, singing lessons, digital skills, gardening skills, craft skills, cooking, art and more!
Current volunteer role vacancies:
- Art Box or Desbox Volunteer – Role Description
- Reconnect Café Volunteer (Friday evenings) – Role Description
- Volunteer Administrator & Receptionist – Bagnall Project Role Description
Applying and further information:
An application and interview process takes place before becoming a volunteer, and we also complete a full DBS check, to ensure that you are suitable for the role and to make sure that you are matched to placements that you want to get involved with. Supervision and support is provided by both your line manager for your volunteer project but also from April, our Volunteer Manager.
You can find our application form here, please use the Volunteer Role Descriptions above to help guide your application.
For further information or to apply, please email our Volunteer Manager, April Sarson at firstname.lastname@example.org who is looking forward to hearing from you soon.
From our volunteers:
We are very proud of all our amazing volunteers, who give so much to support Oasis, in so many different ways. Take a look at what they have to say and get in touch if you’d like to find out about the diverse volunteering opportunities we offer.
“I started volunteering with The Oasis Partnership after attending an Open Day back in June of this year. The Open Day showed me how many amazing opportunities there are for everyone, and I would have happily supported any of the sessions available at that time. I came away buzzing and ready to jump in! I assist on reception, am always busy and have the opportunity to meet interesting, gifted and skilled folk from within our diverse community. I thoroughly enjoy being able to use my skills to the benefit of The Oasis Partnership whilst putting back into the community. I have dipped in and out of volunteering over the last 50 years and this year have taken up two new opportunities to share skills and experiences and of course learn more. Every time I am at The Oasis Partnership I value being part of a diverse team and I know they all greatly value their volunteers. Thank you for giving me this opportunity. There are many opportunities in life to give back by volunteering, sometimes we need to step out of our comfort zone. The Oasis Partnership might not be for you but you will never know unless you step through the door and find out more.”
“I’ve been volunteering at Bagnall for 4 weeks leading a social art group. This has been an amazing experience as I got to share my interests with people and inspire a positive environment for chats while doing something creative. It is also something that brought me outside of my comfort zone and allowed me to gain social skills such as good communication.”
“I have been volunteering with the RSI Initiative for 3 weeks, I am currently doing Friday morning’s, 9-1. So far, I have been meeting clients who are currently housed, making sure all is going ok. Checking they have their meds and asking if there’s is anything else they require i.e food, toiletries. I have also collected food parcels and distributed them where needed. Zack did a presentation at Bucks UTC and I was with him while he gave it. It was a presentation to a few students who had volunteered to paint and decorate the cabin next to Unity House. This is so Zack is able to start doing drop in mornings for clients and offer tea and coffee and give them a nice space they can come too. I have learned so much about the project already and about up and coming projects. I would really love a job within Oasis and if I could stay with the RSI project that would be amazing. I am currently doing a level 3 diploma in Family Support Work.”
“I have been volunteering at The Bagnall Project for a couple of months since retiring from my job, which has given me some spare time. I have been mostly working with the Routes to Work team and have helped a few people to write an up-to-date CV and helping them with writing letters to apply for jobs. I have also helped on the front desk when needed. I have really enjoyed finding out all about the wonderful work that the charity does and look forward continuing this work.”