Council provides free training and support for West Oxfordshire Voluntary and Community Groups

Voluntary and community groups will benefit from free training to help them improve and thrive as West Oxfordshire District Council launches a series of monthly online workshops. 

The sessions will run from January through April covering common key themes such as finding the best structure for your group, managing finances, measuring impact, working well with volunteers and good practice on holding data, amongst others. 

Cllr Jane Doughty, Cabinet Member for Customer Delivery said, “These workshops are in line with our priority to support and build prosperous and inclusive local communities in our district.” 

“It is a great opportunity at the start of a New Year to access good training and advice for the valued work our voluntary and community groups do in West Oxfordshire. I encourage voluntary and community groups to register and attend.”

The free training sessions will cover a range of subjects that have been flagged up as priority areas in conversations with voluntary and community groups. They will be held for two hours on four evenings, delivered by Oxfordshire Community and Voluntary Action (OCVA) in conjunction with Volunteer Link Up (Witney).

The first session will take place on January 19th to provide insight on different operating models for organisations. All four workshops are designed to help up-skill our voluntary and community groups in West Oxfordshire.

OCVA have also been funded to conduct one to one sessions with any groups who may want to talk through issues specific to their organisation, following the monthly training slots.

The training is funded by the Contain Outbreak Management Fund (COMF) from Oxfordshire County Council through West Oxfordshire District Council.

Interested persons can email [email protected] to register.

Contact Information

West Oxfordshire District Council Communications Team

[email protected]

Notes to editors

Community groups across the district are welcome to register to attend the sessions by clicking on any of the course names.      

Find Your Structure 

19th January 6pm - 8pm

You don’t always need to be a charity to get out there and make a difference. Find out about different operating models and what would work best for you. Learn about the basics – how do you manage finances and what do you do about insurance?

What do you do and Why do you do it?

16th February 6pm - 8pm

Build a vision for your group, learn how to identify community need and understand different ways of measuring and showing the impact of your work

People Power – Working with Volunteers

16th March 6pm - 8pm

Attracting and keeping volunteers and understanding your responsibilities on key issues like DBS checks.

Don’t Fear the Data

20th April 6pm - 8pm

Good practice and legal requirements in holding and using information on individuals. Conquer GDPR so it doesn’t become a barrier to action.