When we asked you what you most valued about these lunchtime forums, the opportunity for networking with other Charities and Community groups in the Didcot area came high on your list. At the annual Voluntary and Community Sector Forum organised by South Oxfordshire and Vale of White Horse District Councils, the need for volunteers and improved links with local businesses and their employee volunteering programmes was strongly emphasised.

Taking these comments on board, for our September lunchtime forum we will be focussing on volunteering and improving your links with business as well as giving you valuable time to network.

Anne Richardson, Corporate Projects Officer at South Oxfordshire and Vale of White Horse District Councils will be talking about the successful relaunch of the councils’ employee volunteering programme and how your organisation can benefit. She will share her own volunteering experience and those of her colleagues, including some of the difficulties they face in trying to volunteer.

We will also be hearing from Grant Hayward who will be sharing some useful tips on how to improve your approach to business when looking for their help, including some real life case studies and challenges. He will also direct you to organisations who can support you to get the most out of employee volunteering so everyone benefits.

And, of course there will be good time for you to network together over lunch and after our talks and Q and A.

Date and Venue: Monday 18th September 12.30-2pm at the Northern Community Centre, Dan Read Parade, Great Western Park, Didcot OX11 6AS

Cost: £5 including lunch

Parking: There are 10 parking spaces, including two disabled spaces (if these aren’t being used they can hold three cars). If you find you are short of parking spaces outside the centre then there are more space on Blackthorn Road (just past the centre opposite the shop) or at the old Taylor Wimpey sales office. Please do not park on Dan Read Parade. For directions to the Community Centre see


Capacity is limited so please confirm your attendance by emailing David Bates at davidb@didcotfirst.org.uk