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Headway Oxford supports individuals and families of people who have had traumatic brain injuries due to accidents or assaults and with people with acquired brain injuries through events such as tumours, strokes or infections. We need volunteers to work 1:1 with our members on improving literacy and numeracy skills or computer work; to run workshops on art, drama, or gentle exercise; and perhaps most importantly to have time to listen and chat. We need volunteer drivers to enable our clients to get to and from our centre. We also offer opportunities with our fundraising and publicity team, volunteers can help plan and run events and help us to raise awareness throughout the County. www.headwayoxford.org.uk
Leonard Cheshire Disability exists to change attitudes to disability and to serve disabled people around the world. Our principle activity in the UK is the provision of services in support of disabled people in the widest context. These services include care homes, support living, domiciliary support, day services, resource centres, rehabilitation, respite care, personal support and training and assistance for those looking for work. We operate in all parts of the UK and are the largest voluntary sector provider of care and support services for disables people. www.lcdisability.org
Volunteers are essential to our work, enabling us to provide more, higher quality services for anyone with a mental health problem. We have a variety of volunteering roles including internal and external placements.
Oxfordshire Mind also runs the Chain Reaction Project, which aims to support people from Black and Minority Ethnic Communities into paid employment in mental health services. We want diverse volunteers to start a chain reaction to create more diverse services. Mental health problems can affect anyone from all ethnic backgrounds and we want our services to reflect this: www.oxfordshire-mind.org.uk/help-us/volunteer
We are an Oxfordshire charity that supports people with mental health issues to do the things they want to do. We provide a range of mental health support services including coaching and recovery groups. Our main requirement for volunteers is helping in the Recovery Groups. In these, our service users take part in therapeutic work activities such as gardening, arts and crafts, woodwork and carpentry and cooking (we run a cafe off the Cowley Road). The role of volunteers is to support, motivate and encourage our service users to participate as fully as they are able in these activities whilst showing sensitivity to the issues faced by people experiencing mental health problems. We also have volunteers helping on reception. www.restore.org.uk
Elmore Community Services aims to work with people with complex needs (including mental health) who do not easily fi t into existing service provisions or who need support to access service provisions in their local community. We aim to identify gaps and barriers in current provision and create and implement models of working that address these issues. We work directly with people on the margins of society and aim to enable such individuals to have equal access to the basic rights of society. We are looking for volunteers to help us with the following activities: reception duties, data analysis, data entry, administration tasks. www.elmorecommunityservices.org.uk
Connect supports people with aphasia (a communication disability usually caused by stroke). Each person experiences aphasia differently. Some can no longer read, some have only a few words. Others can no longer write or use numbers. People with aphasia often feel isolated. Connect runs a lively Drop-in, in Oxford, to help people with aphasia to reconnect with life. Here they can catch up with each other over a cuppa, in a supported environment. We need volunteers to help with communication support. www.ukconnect.org
The Archway Foundation is a charity established in Oxford in 1982 to help relieve some of the real distress caused by loneliness. We connect those feeling alienated with a diverse group of volunteers, many of whom know for themselves how damaging loneliness can be.Archway volunteers receive on-going support, supervision and in-house training. We value our volunteers and are more than willing to pay travel and out-of-pocket expenses. We are looking for volunteer befrienders, drivers and social group helpers. www.archwayfoundation.org.uk
LinkAges is a student-led project that encourages and assists students to volunteer and engage with the elderly community in the Oxford city area. There's opportunities to run activity sessions at a local residential home, become a befriender or join our committee. www.brookeshub.org/linkages
Fluid Motion was created by Oxford Brookes graduates and students to provide treatment and support for individuals with musculoskeletal (MSK) conditions and other pain conditions. It delivers aquatic rehabilitation sessions in local swimming pools around Oxford with the goal make sure classes are easily accessible and affordable for all participants. Sessions are interactive, engaging, fun and suitable for all ages and wide range of health conditions and personal needs. Fluid Motion aims to create more self-reliant and resilient communities that can better self-manage MSK health conditions through an individual approach to rehabilitation in groups. Fluid Motion uses technology in the pool to track everyone's progress with feedback-loops that recommend the most suitable rehabilitation programme for each participant. The role of volunteers is working with participants to so they feel comfortable and reassured, joining in with rehabilitation exercises, games and discussions in the pool.
Stroke Association is the leading charity in the UK changing the world for people affected by stroke. Our research, campaigning and support services support our vision for a world where there are fewer strokes and all those touched by stroke get the help they need. Volunteering has an enormous impact on what we are able to achieve and the range of services and support we are able to provide.
In Oxfordshire we are looking for Communication Support Volunteers to work with stroke survivors whose communication has been affected by their stroke to develop new strategies to aid their communication and improve their confidence and independence. We are also looking for Stroke Ambassadors to help us raise awareness of stroke, stroke prevention and the Stroke Association in your local community through delivering presentations and providing information at events.
Oxford Swans is a swimming club for disabled people of all ages. We are a friendly and supportive club. We do a lot of one-to-one work and group activity in the water.
Anyone can help, you don't have to be a proficient swimmer. Just an interest in swimming and helping is needed. The club can teach you all you need to know.
Help support our swimmers in the water. You will work with an experienced instructor at first, and discover how to help swimmers gain confidence in the water and learn to swim.
Gain skills and experience to use towards a career in teaching, health care, working with children, the elderly and people with a range of disabilities.
Regular helpers may choose to undertake the Halliwick Foundation course so you can qualify as a Halliwick Instructor (recognised by the Halliwick Association of Swimming Therapy and the International Halliwick Association).
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