Volunteers needed to promote waste reduction in primary schools

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1_rcpF3kr-_C4VXoSQiyK6xAVolunteers are needed to lead activities in primary schools to get students thinking about ways to reduce waste. They will work alongside the Oxford Direct Services’ Recycling Team to deliver activities and assemblies on waste reduction, reuse, recycling, composting and food waste. Volunteers will also develop new activities and ways of engaging students. Depending on the volunteers’ interests and skills, these could include games, music, crafts, outdoor activities and more!

Volunteers will gain valuable experience of working with young people and become part of an Oxfordshire-wide network of volunteers who are working to reduce waste across the county. In addition, they will have access to a range of free workshops and training opportunities.

Location: Oxford

Duration: January-July 2020

Closing date for applications: 9am Tuesday 10th December 2019

Time Commitment: One day per month on average

Experience and qualities we’re looking for:

  • Enjoyment — and ideally experience — of working with young people
  • Ideas and enthusiasm for developing new activities
  • Confident leading groups
  • Reliable and organised
  • Passionate about reducing waste!

Training and support:

You will receive an induction and ongoing support from the volunteer coordinator.

Practical considerations:

  • Visits are conducted during school hours Monday to Friday, term-time only. A typical visit lasts 2–3 hours.
  • Due to the time and cost of training volunteers, we ask that you commit to at least 6 months on the project.

Expenses: We will reimburse reasonable travel expenses.

How to apply:

  • Those interested in the role should complete our expression of interest form.
  • Prospective volunteers will be invited to meet the volunteer coordinators to discuss the role in central Oxford on Friday 13th December between 9:00–13:30. If you are unable to make this date, please get in touch.
  • As this role involves working with children, an enhanced DBS (criminal record) check will be processed for all volunteers. Please note that this is to assess an applicant’s suitability for working with children and that criminal convictions will not necessarily prevent applicants from volunteering with us. If you wish to discuss this, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.

Equal opportunities:

We strive to make our volunteering opportunities accessible to people with diverse needs. Please let us know if there are any reasonable adjustments we can make to the application process that would make it more accessible to you.


If you have any questions about the role, please contact the Replenish Project Coordinator at anais@cagoxfordshire.org.uk.

The project is a collaboration between Replenish and Oxford Direct Services.

About Replenish: Our mission is simple — keep good food out of the bin! Our volunteers support Oxfordshire residents to reduce their food waste and compost the waste they do produce. Volunteers are involved in a range of activities, including setting up community fridges, running composting workshops and leading zero-waste cookery classes. Replenish is managed by Community Action Groups Oxfordshire, a network of over 60 community groups and social enterprises at the forefront of community led climate change action and social justice.

About Oxford Direct Services:

The mission of Oxford Direct Services’ Recycling Team is to maximise the city’s recycling rate and decrease the amount of non-recyclables that residents put in their rubbish bins. Our approach is two-fold: raising awareness on how to recycle well and waste less; and of giving incentives — such as prizes — for those who do so. Our work includes door-knocking, hosting roadshows, giving presentations to community groups, etc., including visiting primary and secondary schools. More information here.