We value all of our volunteers. Every individual really contributes in helping to create more opportunities for the people we support and that is vitally important.
Volunteers are a big part of the charity – helping in our community hubs, social enterprises (including our Tea Room in Blewbury and our Charity Shop in Wallingford), Gardening Project and with fundraising and events. As a volunteer at Style Acre you can develop your skills, gain experience in the charity sector and/or social care sector, build contacts and friendships in your local area, do something good and make a difference to local people with learning disabilities and autism and – of course – have lots of fun!
During the COVID 19 pandemic, our face to face volunteering was unfortunately largely on hold, to ensure the safety of all involved. As restrictions are lifted we are slowly able to return to face to face volunteering and our virtual volunteering is still playing an important role. We are still very keen for help with a range of online activities for people we support, as well as with events and admin-focused remote volunteering roles.
We would love to hear from you if you are interested in volunteering for us. There is no set amount of time that you have to offer and we will do everything we can to work around your availability. You can see our current volunteering opportunities at the bottom of this page. Please complete the expression of interest below with as many details as possible and we will be in touch 🙂
Volunteering - expression of interest
Key volunteer positions we are currently recruiting for:
Charity Shop Volunteer: We are looking for volunteers to help in our charity shop in Wallingford. You will be working alongside a friendly and welcoming team of staff and people we support. It will be a very varied role which will include sorting through donated items, labelling/pricing up stock, putting stock out onto the shelves, handling money and working the till.
SABRe Day Hub Volunteer: Our day hub in Banbury (SABRe) are looking for a volunteer that can get involved with lots of different activities with the people we support that attend. Maybe you like arts and crafts, reading, sewing, playing games, walking, singing, dancing? We love to keep people busy and active whilst learning new skills. https://styleacre.org.uk/what-we-do/day-opportunities/sabre/
Photography Volunteer: We are looking for a talented photographer to help us capture inspiring shots of people we support in various settings.
Events Volunteer: Now that we are able to organise and take part in face to face events and bucket collections we are looking for people to help pre-event, on the day of the event and even support those taking part in third party events.
Pre-event – to help advertise events by putting up posters and banners, delivering leaflets/flyers. Help get prizes for tombolas and raffles. Sort out required equipment.
Event Day – there will be a number of jobs at events from setting up, marshalling, running stalls, handing out medals to helping pack up at the end.
Third Party Events – be part of a cheering squad and cheer on our runners and cyclists taking part in different events from Bike Oxford, Oxford Half Marathon to the London Marathon.
Bucket Collections – Work with staff, people we support and their support workers to fundraise by holding bucket collections through-out Oxfordshire.
Gardening Volunteer: Do you love to potter in your garden at home or on your allotment, maybe you like making bird boxes, wooden planters or painting fences. Could you put your skills to use in our Turnstyle garden or be part of our Green Acre garden maintenance team in Didcot, helping the people we support get to know about plants, wildlife and nature. https://styleacre.org.uk/what-we-do/work-programme/green-acre/
Ways to Wellness Buddy: Would you like to help somebody with learning disabilities to stay healthy and happy? Our Ways to Wellness buddying programme brings together people with learning disabilities and autism with volunteers, to connect and build a caring two-way relationship helping to boost each other’s mental health and to motivate each other to take part in activities that make you both happy, whilst also helping to achieve some health goals. We are especially looking for people who have a keen interest in cycling, trains/transport and walking.
Ways to Wellness Project Volunteer: Are you passionate about health and wellbeing? We are looking for volunteers to help shape and progress our ‘Ways to Wellness’ project at Style Acre. You can find out more about the project at https://styleacre.org.uk/what-we-do/ways-to-wellness/. You will be helping to make a positive impact on the physical and mental wellbeing of people with learning disabilities and autism locally, making a difference to the lives of people we support and our wider community. The role also offers the potential to gain valuable experience working in charitable projects and programmes.
Tearoom Volunteer: Be part of one of our social enterprises! Our tearoom in Blewbury in now back open 6 days a week and are looking for more help with it’s day to day running. Its a great environment to work in helping the people we support gain experience in a working environment. You don’t need any cafe experience (training is given) and there are a number of roles that you can do from taking orders to preparing food. https://styleacre.org.uk/what-we-do/work-programme/tea-room-blewbury/
Baking/Cooking Volunteer: Love baking and cooking, confidant in the kitchen and would like to share your skills! Working with the people we support we need volunteers to help us in our T2 catering kitchen where you will be baking the lovely tasty cakes that are sold at our Tearoom. Provide cooking sessions to teach cooking skills to help with everyday life, healthy eating and kitchen safety. https://styleacre.org.uk/what-we-do/day-opportunities/t2/
Social Media & Marketing Whizz: We are looking for a creative, upbeat and motivated individual to help with our social media channels! Can you help us to spread the word about our fantastic charity and the people we support through social media and on our website? Get in touch today…
To find out more about these or other volunteer opportunities please contact Lisa Hanton, Volunteer Coordinator: email@example.com
As a mum to a young woman with learning disabilities, life had become very difficult and I felt isolated. I decided to volunteer at the tea room to give something back, for everything they have done for Rachel and volunteering made me feel worthy too. I now have a career at the tea room, so Style Acre doesn’t only provide opportunities for the people they support! If you’re thinking about volunteering for Style Acre, I say ‘go for it’ – we will give you a big, warm welcome! Tracy