Bicester volunteers’ network stronger than ever

Community groups from across Bicester have shared their experiences of operating during COVID-19 at the town’s bi-annual volunteers’ forum.

Published: Tuesday, 24th November 2020

Organised by Cherwell District Council’s Healthy Bicester partnership and Bicester Town Council, 14 organisations were represented at Thursday’s virtual meeting (19 November), designed to bring voluntary groups closer together.

Bicester Town Council leader, Councillor Richard Mould said: “2020 has been one of the most difficult in living memory but we’ve got through it thanks to the wonderful contribution Bicester volunteers have made. New groups have been formed and more established organisations have stepped up to support us and this event has given me the opportunity to pass on my thanks, on behalf of the whole of the town, for all the work that they do.”

The volunteers’ forum offers groups the opportunity to interact with each other, sharing ideas and best practice, as well raising awareness of new opportunities available to them including funding streams and publicity tools.

Jan Robins from The Hummingbird Centre said: “We always get so much out of attending the forum. Even though this time it was an online meeting, it was still a very useful event, listening to how other groups have adapted during COVID and how they plan to continue into 2021. The forum helps to reinforce the message that we’re not on our own and by sharing our experiences, we’ll all grow stronger together.”