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 joins Bladon to help plant a community orchard

Robert said, "I recently joined Bladon Parish Council, Bladon Primary School and the Village Hall Committee, all working together to provide village play facilities and a community orchard for their planting event - great to plant one of my own trees!"

Robert Courts help collect for Combat Stress

Robert said, "It was good to see my friends & colleagues from Oxfordshire Combat Stress in Witney recently, and to join them in spreading the word on the work this outstanding mental health charity does, locally & nationally."

APPG for Air Ambulances Annual Reception

Robert said, "It was a real pleasure to welcome the wonderful team from Thames Valley Air Ambulance to Parliament with Ed Vaizey MP this evening for annual air ambulance reception."

Robert meets with Westwell Parish Councillors

Robert recently met with local parish councillors in Westwell at Glebe house to discuss local issues.  Robert said, "I greatly enjoying discussing the issues which directly affect residents of the rural community - and I particularly appreciated the home-made biscuits!

Robert team-builds with the 1st Carterton and Brize Norton Scouts

Robert Courts joined the 1st Carterton and Brize Norton Scouts Spitfire and Hunter Troops for an evening of team-building at their hut in Carterton - great fun was had by all!

Robert said, "I had great fun with team-building exercises at 1st Carterton and Brize Norton Scouts recently!"

Local coffee morning run by Age UK and Specsavers welcomes Robert popping in

Robert said, "I enjoyed my recent visit to Chatterbox, a social morning for over 65’s.  The group meets at the Corn Exchange in Witney on the first Thursday of every month, and offers a great chance to meet with others, have tea and take part in entertainment.  This event is run in partnership wi