Charity Board Member

Volunteer Position

Make a difference in Oxford and join our Board of Trustees! Donnington Doorstep Family Centre is seeking a Board Members to serve on our Board of Trustees. You will have the opportunity to influence a popular landmark Oxford charity that has been running for over 30 years. The board consists of County & City Councillors, parents, professionals and community members and generally meets 10 times a year. A registered charitable company governed by the Board we support local families with drop-in sessions, youth club and other local and countywide projects.

Background about Donnington Doorstep

Based in East Oxford, Donnington Doorstep provides a safe, welcoming home-from-home environment where children, young people, parents and carers can come freely, play, make friends and get support in an informal way.

Doorstep aims to increase happiness; physical, mental and emotional well-being as well as improving life chances for socially excluded children and young people. We work to develop a strong, safe and integrated community.

Doorstep is a vibrant, dynamic hub – full of colour, noise and laughter. To really get a feel for the place you need to visit. Walk through the doors and you feel a buzz; a great energy that generates ideas and facilitates connections. You’ll quickly understand why so many people want to be a part of it.

The Centre is a very unusual, special place quite unlike anywhere else. We deliver a range of universal services for everyone as well as specialist services that reach and support some of the most vulnerable and isolated children and families in the City.

The charity is highly valued and well-respected by partners and beneficiaries alike with a proven track record of providing effective services for disadvantaged children, young people and families. Doorstep also undertakes multi-agency working with a range of organisations including Oxfordshire County Council and Oxford City Council.

Main duties and responsibilities include:

  • Take part in ensuring that the organization functions within the legal and financial requirements
    • Monitor the financial position of the voluntary organization/charity and ensure that it operates within its means
    • Participate in reviewing budgets & accounts
    • Verify that registration forms and annual returns are submitted to the necessary bodies
  • Take part in setting and reviewing the strategic aims of the organization
    • Considering the organization as a whole and its beneficiaries
    • Ensure participation in organizational policy-making through the democratic process
    • Ensure the service meets the needs of the community
  • Ensure policies and practices are in keeping with aims
    • Attend meetings of the management committee regularly and contribute to discussions
    • Follow the values and principles of the organization when exercising the role
    • Ensure that safeguarding practices are followed, promote the welfare of all children; advocate for children’s right to play, to be listened to & to be safe
    • Take part in approving and reviewing the policies of the organisation
  • Other duties as may be specified from time to time
    • Contribute specific skills, interests and contacts, to further the work of the organisation
    • Actively seek to further the strategic objectives of the voluntary organization/charity in all community contacts
    • Maintain good relations with the staff and volunteers


Approximately 2-6 hours a month, which includes generally 10 evening board meetings a year, which usually are 1-2 hours. Information-sharing emails, and occasionally other meetings & events to attend.

For more information, please see our most recent Annual Report 2018


Send a CV and covering letter, letting us know why you think you would you would suit this role to

Please send your application or ask further questions by email.

NB This post is exempt from the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 and is subject to an enhanced DBS Check. Doorstep is entitled to check with the Disclosure and Barring Service for the existence and content of any criminal record held in the applicant’s name. The disclosure of a criminal record or other information will not debar you from appointment or registration unless we consider that the conviction renders you unsuitable.

Doorstep is not only endless entertainment and freedom for children to express themselves and develop new skills but it's also a refuge for those in need.

A parent

What's on this week - 4th Jul 2022

  • Family Drop In

    Monday 10am - 2pm //info

  • Family Drop In

    Tuesday 10am - 2pm //info

  • Family Drop In

    Wednesday 10am - 12pm //info

  • Youth Club

    5.30pm - 7.30pm //info

  • Family Drop In

    Thursday 10am - 2pm //info

  • Youth Club

    5.30pm - 7.30pm //info

  • Oxfordshire Breastfeeding Support

    Fridays - booking required - no session Friday 3 June //info

Full Calendar

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