leysdvpc@hotmail.com 01865 712299

Are you looking to get more involved with your local community?

Do you enjoy working with young people and children?

Are you passionate about big issues affecting society today and building children’s awareness and self-confidence to cope with the challenges of tomorrow?

If this sounds like you the Dovecote project needs you!

Our out of school play facilities operate all year round. Our two main playscheme operate during the Easter holidays and first four weeks of the school summer holiday. You will be supporting the delivery of good quality, low cost safe play opportunities and activities underpinning children’s learning and development including disabled children, aged 4 to 12 years old.

What does this entail?

We know that your time is precious; we will work with you to make sure you to get the most out of your experience with us.

  • To aid the inclusion of disabled children into our out of school play facilities.
  • To actively encourage positive play, recreational and social experiences for children.
  • To observe confidentiality in your work for Dovecote Voluntary Parent Committee
  • To work as part of a team, and to attend team meetings.
  • To adhere to settings policies and procedures in all aspect of your volunteering role.

We will support you to participate in training you feel will support you in your volunteering role e.g. safeguarding, paediatric first aid, food and hygiene, etc.

If you would like to find out more, please contact Carol Richards on 01865 712299 or email leysdvpc@hotmail.com


Dovecote is a project delivered and developed by the residents of the Leys, supported by other, organisations and professionals such as Leys Housing Consortium, Oxford City Council, etc Local parents recognized the need for these essential facilities and came together in 1996 as a constituted group to form the Dovecote Voluntary Parent Committee in order to meet the needs of their community. We are pleased to announce we are now a CIO (Charity Incorporated Organisation since March 2017. Without help and support from local residents these vital facilities will not be available.

We would like to hear from parents, carers and local residents who would be interested in being involved in our committee. Example of some of the things you  would be involved with would be helping to fund-raise,  admin, helping with community fun days, recruitment of staff to work in our afterschool club and playschemes along with overseeing the day to day running of our out of school play facilities supported by our full time Children & Families Services  Manager. Training is available for those who join. Joining the Committee could also benefit you! You could learn new skills, make new friends, support the learning and development of children and young people and much, much more. Being on the committee would only require a little of time throughout the year, a little more time would be required leading up to and during the running of our Easter and Summer play schemes.

Trustee details

Rachel Partlett – Chairperson

Amie Prior – Secretary

Jacob Brain – Trustee

Tara Collier – Trustee

Hilary Miles – Trustee

Craig Logan – Trustee

Dwayne John – Trustee

Jacob Brain – Trustee

Committee roles and responsbilities


  • Is the public face of our committee, representing the setting.
  • This person takes charge of committee meetings and has the task of keeping committee meetings on track.
  • Making sure any committee decisions reflect the organisations aims and comply with current legislation.
  • This person must support the treasurer and regularly check bank statements and financial forecasts.


  • Deals with the group’s official paperwork except for accounts
  • Ensuring everyone knows, in good time, about the date, time and place of committee meetings
  • Keeping and producing minutes of meetings 


  • Works closely with the group to ensure the long term sustainability of the group.
  • Ensure accounts are audited and examined as appropriate
  • Maintain accurate financial records, i.e payments, receipts,  cash withdrawals and raising cheques for authorised invoices.
  • Raising invoices as appropriate and maintaining credit control.

Other Committee Members: 

  • Jointly responsible for all decision making and financial transactions
  • Fundraising
  • Policies & procedures in place and reviewed regularly.
  • Recruitment of staff
  • Attending meetings and training when available
  • In consultation with staff ensure that Ofsted registration requirements are being met
  • Marketing the setting to the wider community

Most importantly becoming a committee member can be very rewarding. Committee participation brings together a wider variety of  viewpoints from within the community. As a member, you can make a difference in your community. We are friendly and welcoming group of people who have many good times together. We not only support the project we also support each other organising social events to get together to get to know each other and enjoy each other’s company