Volunteering for Oasis

You can find our current volunteering opportunities on this page or you can email us at info@oasispartnership.org for further information. We are planning a volunteer recruitment drive in August and September as we have some new projects but more importantly One Recovery Bucks is beginning to fully open, after the impact the Covid pandemic, meaning service delivery was limited, impacting the opportunities available. The Recovery Network will be enhanced by a new dedicated support worker focusing on getting the recovery network back to where we were before lockdown, with a wide range of groups and sessions designed to support service users in recovery. This important provision is led by our NHS partners Inclusion, Oasis is able to provide elements of the network and volunteers are key to its success.

History: Oasis has been running a volunteer service for many years and we have Investors In Volunteers accreditation. We know there are many benefits to volunteering, because our volunteers and our beneficiaries tell us. We recruit generic volunteers – able to offer support throughout our services and also specialist volunteers that have certain skills, such as art or cooking, which can be used to train and support others.

Volunteering helps you gain confidence through a chance to try something new and builds a real sense of achievement. You’re able to make a positive difference to someone else’s life, meet new people, be part of the community, learn new skills, give something back and most of all you’ll have fun. Volunteers add huge value to our charity and their support really does make a difference as we can reach and support more people. Volunteering can also be a great stepping stone to, or back into, paid employment.

Some of the placements our volunteers can get involved in include: Volunteer counselling, providing drop-in cover, needle exchange, Schools Drug Education Programme, shadowing and supporting project workers, carrying out initial assessments, group facilitation, running fitness classes, Art groups, public awareness-raising, events, creating media content, music, production, digital support, marketing, phone cover, health promotion and events. In addition to these specific activities, volunteers have provided a wealth of knowledge, ideas, suggestions and moral support over the years, supporting all of Oasis’ services.

We provide a range of services, either on our own or through collaboration with others, and we have premises in Wycombe, Aylesbury and Chesham, all of which utilise volunteers. Two of our most popular volunteer placement opportunities are linked to Arts and Craft as we have 3 art studios in Bucks. Routes to Work is supporting people to overcome barriers to help them gain employment and our Cafe opportunities are linked to healthy eating and healthy living.

For some of our current volunteer opportunities please download and read our role descriptions below. Please note we have many more opportunities to get involved and have some really exciting projects opening up in due course which we will be promoting in August. Get involved now – start the application process and be ready to participate when we can fully open all our services, courses and groups.

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 the volunteer co-ordinator. Please do get in touch for further information about any of our vacancies and to request an application form.

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.”