Teaching and childcare

  • Yellow Submarine

    Yellow Submarine is a small charity that wants to help a large number of people. In fact we'd like to help as many children and adults with learning disabilities and their families as we possibly can. We’re looking for volunteers that would like to assist adults or young people on holidays away or day trips. We are also looking for volunteers to assist with computer training sessions, a young adult club or in our office. Please contact cara@yellowsubmarine.org.uk for more information.



    Jacari provides home teaching for children living in Oxford who do not speak English as their first language and often come from refugee families and those seeking asylum. Volunteers spend an hour a week at their pupil’s home to practise English and support them in their schoolwork. This can transform a child’s self esteem, helping them to achieve things they never thought possible. For more information email coordinator@jacari.org



    KEEN provides a range of sporting and recreational activities for children and young people with special needs. No experience necessary, just enthusiasm! If this sounds like something you would be interested in email keen@keenoxford.org



    Being a One-Eighty volunteer will provide you with an opportunity to see the difference that creative and structured support can make in the lives of vulnerable young people in your community. It is not just for individuals who are passionate and skilled in supporting young people; it is for anyone who simply wants to positively affect the lives of those in need of care and mentorship.


    Quest for Learning

    Despite Oxford’s traditional academic image, there are many children in our county who struggle with reading and writing, and who receive little or no support at home. Reading Quest helps to engage these children in learning, whilst boosting their confidence and self-esteem. We are seeking volunteers to act as Reading Quest ambassadors within their universities. Volunteers are asked to promote the fundraising pack through their university and initiate fundraising activities. We are also seeking a group of office-based volunteers to help us maintain the important work we do. No previous experience is required; it is your enthusiasm and encouragement that has the potential to make a real difference to the children of Oxford who need it most. 


    The children's air ambulance

    The Children’s Air Ambulance the first dedicated helicopter transfer service for critically ill children, providing fast and safe access to specialist treatment centres around the UK. We are looking for enthusiastic, vibrant and fun loving individuals to be part of our Oxford Student Volunteer Group. By donating your time you will have the opportunity to develop skills and gain valuable work experience. You will have the chance to work on several projects in and around Oxford, including organising events, helping raise awareness of the cause and valuable research. As a volunteer you control the time you give and you will be able to fit volunteering in with your study and other commitments.


    Schools Plus

    Schools Plus helps young people to achieve their academic potential by matching them with university student tutors.

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    Oxfordshire FA

    Oxfordshire FA is responsible for football in the Local Authorities of Cherwell, Oxford, South Oxfordshire and West Oxfordshire. We govern, develop and support our leagues, clubs and volunteers. Our clubs and leagues require volunteers in a variety of roles, from coaching and managing teams, to running events such as summer tournaments, ensuring the club is financially stable, and many more. If you’re interested in volunteering in football, please contact Development@OxfordshireFA.com and we’ll help you find your perfect role.


    Oxford Swans Swimming Club

    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).

    Get in touch:  oxfordswans@gmail.com


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    ARCh is a registered charity which trains and support volunteers to help disadvantaged primary school children develop a love of reading.

    Children benefit from two individual half-hour sessions each week during term-time with their ARCh volunteer. The sessions are at school during school hours. The main idea is to make the children feel happy and successful, so they start to think of reading as something they can enjoy.

    With this in mind, ARCh volunteers do a variety of things with the children. In addition to reading, they may play word, board or memory games, make and draw things, help the children write their own stories, or just talk. This all helps to boost confidence.

    The charity provides volunteers with resources, matched to their children's ability and interests. With help and encouragement from their ARCh volunteer, children begin to see themselves as readers and by the end of the year their reading ability and attitude to reading and learning in general improves dramatically.