Encouraging more people to get involved with their community

We are so lucky in West Oxfordshire to have so many volunteers and groups who want to get involved and make their local community a better place.  Since becoming your MP, I have made a strong effort to highlight all the fantastic work they do; it is these community groups that really are the glue that makes West Oxfordshire such an amazing place to live.  All too often, they are under the radar and many are not aware of the excellent work they do.

Each year I spend a week volunteering with different groups across our area, literally getting my hands dirty and helping out, getting to know the volunteers and those who rely on the services they provide.  I encourage you all to get out and see all the amazing things going on in our area and donating your time to help those around you. Read more about my 2017 volunteering week.


Robert and family visit the Carterton May Day Fete

Robert said, "Absolutely beautiful day for Carterton’s May Day Fete, and great to see a really strong showing from the West Oxfordshire Conservatives Carterton team - Michelle Mead, Maxine Crossland, Nick Leverton, Martin McBride & Jill Bull.

Robert meets with Black Bourton Parish Council

Robert said, "I greatly enjoyed the chance to meet with parish councillors in Black Bourton - we discussed everything from speeding and potholes to local community events.  Thank you to all those that took the time to meet with me."

Adult Scouts volunteers receive awards from Robert Courts

Robert said, "It was an absolute honour to present awards for outstanding work to adult volunteers from West Oxfordshire scouts. Such huge talent on display from scouts and volunteers alike - thank you for everything you do for our communities and for our young people.

Robert visits Woodstock's open air pool

Robert said, "Woodstock’s beautiful open air pool is now open for the summer. I visited with the local team on the first Saturday of the season and enjoyed being shown around by the dedicated team that run this hugely valuable local amenity."

Robert celebrates the ICE Centre moving to Witney!

Robert joined local residents to celebrate the opening of the ICE Centre in Witney.  This excellent local service has helped so many in Carterton and is sure to become a real hub of the community in Witney.

Robert visits Adventure Plus in Clanfield

Robert said, "Great local organisation Adventure Plus kindly welcomed me to their site in Clanfield recently. They give the opportunity for young people to take part in outdoor activities in a positive environment - even doing a 'Witney to Westminster' canoe! A new way for me to get to work?"

Robert discusses dementia support at the Community Roadshow

Robert said, "I recently spent time with the Alzheimer’s Society at the Dementia Community Roadshow in Witney.  I am aware from my work with local charities that there is a wealth of help and support available.  I want to do my bit to help people understand the condition and available assistance,