We’re Hiring… ‘Small Steps Assistant’


We are looking for a warm, compassionate and enthusiastic person, with a passion for serving families in our local community to join our Small Steps Team.

If this interests you, please click on the box to download and fill in the application form, and email it to hopeprojects@hopeoxford.org  

(Paper copies of this job pack, are also available from Small Steps, Hope Oxford, OX4 3XD, during opening hours, [Mon, and Thurs, 10am-2pm] )

Link to the job applicant privacy notice.

Click on buttons below for the Job Overview & pdf document of the Application Form.

(If you would like a ‘MS Word’ copy to fill electronically, then please email hopeprojects@hopeoxford.org) 

We partner with generous hearts all over Oxfordshire to bring hope to families in need. 

A clothes and equipment resource providing for children aged 0 to 10. (Open 10am – 2pm, Mondays and Thursdays)

What IS Small Steps?

Small Steps is our first community focused initiative receiving our first referrals in December 2020, from our new home at Templars Square Shopping Centre. 

We stock donations of clothes and equipment for babies and children to help families who may struggle to afford these items, including giving ‘Baby Baskets’ to Oxford mums-to-be.

Any questions, please email us at:       smallsteps@hopeoxford.org

“I had a mother who had nothing other than a babygrow for her new daughter. Small Steps have provided everything she could need to be a new first time mum. She was completely overwhelmed by all the items. I completed the referral on Friday afternoon and the items had arrived by Monday. I cannot recommend this service enough”


Free Support

You can book a slot if your family are impacted by health, financial or other significant need. 

On your first visit, you can refer yourself, but you will need to give contact details of a trusted person who can verify your need. (eg school, nursery, social care or healthcare professionals, community or faith group leaders).

For return visits, you will need a referral completed on your behalf.

Charity shop

 Small Steps is open as a charity shop for good quality, low cost children’s clothing, which has been highlighted as a need within our community.  Open Mondays and Thursdays: 10:00am – 2pm.

There are two ways to get involved.

1: Donate Clothes and Equipment

Please book a time slot for drop off, and check the list below for donations we’re currently accepting. 

Hope Oxford, is Unit 4, The Square, Templars Square Shopping Centre, OX4 3XD.

Find us in the old WH Smith unit, between Poundland and Superdrug in Templar’s Square Shopping Centre)

NB: If second hand, please wash items before donating. We can only accept donations of clothing and bedding from smoke free homes.  

Items for Oxford Baby Baskets (For mums-to-be)

We do not currently need any more items for baby baskets, but we will keep this updated.


We have reached our storage capacity for all feeding items.

Wellies: up to UK Size 3 (EU Size 36)

We have reached our storage capacity for shoes, but we are still looking for wellies.

All Clothes: Ages 6 TO 10 only*

*(We do not have any more storage for clothes aged 0-5 years).

All forms of clothing ages 6-10, including school uniform, coats, outdoor clothing, & new underwear.

If you’re able to sort them by gender and size, and provide a note of this, that would be helpful.

Slings, Pushchairs and Prams

Slings, baby/toddler carriers, All pushchair/ pram items including footmuffs, raincovers, front packs. Please ensure these are clean and fully working. (Please note: we are not able to accept car seats)

Toys and Games

We currently have a surplus of toys and do not have the storage to accept any more,

2: Volunteer

We need all sorts of help: sorting donations, fundraising, serving people who visit us, communications, book keeping, and much more.

We are currently holding Volunteer Wednesdays, and would love to expand the days we are able to open. So if you have spare time on Mondays or Thursdays, then please do get in touch. 


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How Can I Get Involved With Small Steps at Hope Oxford

Charity bike ride

On Hope Vineyard’s 3rd Birthday, 12th September 2020 a team of cyclists set out on a charity bike ride.

1 ride, 2 routes; one route of 111 miles, another of 56, both raising money for ‘Small Steps’.

The aim of Small Steps is to make a significant difference to a number of families currently facing hardship. This number is predicted to increase as the longer-term repercussions of the coronavirus outbreak take effect.

Read the full story in the Oxford Mail

Every child is a Gift from God

Small Steps is an initiative of Hope Vineyard Oxford. We run lots of activities for children, young people and their families.

If you would like to find out more about the value we place on children, or discover more about Hope Vineyard, then we’d invite you to explore the website and get in touch.