The weekly market is fully staffed by volunteers, including the Market Manager (who gets paid a small fee).
The 'standard' volunteer role is to assist the Market Manager. This involves a variety of jobs, including putting up and taking down the market's street signs, collecting stall rental and other small tasks. There are two shifts, 9:30am-11:00am and 12:00am-1:30pm.
The Market Managers' role is to oversee the market - they need to be there early to ensure everyone is in the right place, and later oversee take down and clean up. During the market they need to be available for questions or to deal with any problems arising. There are two shifts: 8:30am - 11:30am and 11:30am - 2:30pm; the manager gets paid a small fee.
What volunteers say
And here are some comments from our volunteers about their experience of helping out at the market:
“I love volunteering at the market! I get to be part of a great community project and enjoy delicious home-made cake as a reward. It's also a good way to make sure I go over regularly to buy fresh veg and other lovely and locally produced products and to hang out with a bunch of really nice people.” (local resident)
“It's really nice to feel part of the Market gang these days! Happy to be part of something that has had such good thinking put into it.” (local resident)
“This is going to be my last month to help, as I leave Oxford in beginning of June. I hope I can support this my favourite place more as a volunteer in May.” (Brookes student from Japan)
The East Oxford Farmers' and Community Market is a Community Benefit Society, which is a type of Industrial and Provident Society (a co-op would be the other type), registered with the Financial Conduct Authority. This kind of society exists in order to carry on business for the benefit of the community, whether that community are members or not, and not for anyone's private benefit. Profits go towards this aim.
The rules of the society can be found here.
Anyone over the age of 16 can join our co-operative as long as they agree with our Market Manifesto and are either a "Resident" or have a significant involvement in the market, for example as a volunteer, stall holder or staff member ("Non-Resident" member). The residential area is defined as a 2km radius from OX4 1JP, but excluding those areas to the west of the River Cherwell and to the west of where the River Cherwell meets the River Thames.