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New Range of Italian Vegan Bags

We have some fantastic news to share with you – and just in time for Christmas too!

We are delighted to announce an exciting new partnership with Miomojo, a multi-award-winning company creating beautiful bags and accessories. Based in Bergamo, Italy, Miomojo designs and produces cruelty-free accessories and bags to the highest standards, with the aim to create “products that never harm animals, humans or our home – this wonderful planet we live on”.

And now you can bag yourself one of their fabulous designs at 80% off the recommended retail price at select Oxfam Ireland stores across Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland.

One of only 5,200 companies worldwide to hold a B Corporation Certificate – meaning the company meets high standards of performance, accountability and transparency – Miomojo shares our belief that the fashion industry can change and play its part in protecting our planet and creating a world free from poverty, inequality and injustice.

Keep scrolling to see a sneak peek of the Miomojo bags for sale in selected stores right now – as well as which Oxfam stockist is nearest to you!

Happy shopping!

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HOW IT WORKS

When you purchase an Unwrapped gift, your donation supports Oxfam’s lifesaving work around the world. Your Unwrapped gift helps people living in poverty gain greater levels of self-sufficiency and control over their lives. Oxfam works with communities to determine what they need to change their own lives. Whether it’s a chicken, a cooking stove or a safe water source.

HOW PURCHASING A GIFT THROUGH OXFAM UNWRAPPED WORKS:

1. You choose your gift - HERE 

2. You choose the card-type (e-card, pdf, or print card) to be delivered to your recipient and personalise the message in the card (optional).

3. You will get a confirmation email after your purchase, containing your receipt.

4. Your symbolic gift is actually a donation - which goes to those who need it most. Because your gifts are considered charitable donations to Oxfam Ireland, your purchases can be tax efficient. For more information, please click here

WHERE THE MONEY GOES:

The money that you, and thousands of others, spend on Oxfam Unwrapped gifts supports the full range of Oxfam's work around the world, from emergency responses to advocacy projects. When you buy an Unwrapped gift, your donation will be allocated to one of four program funds:

1. Saving Lives Fund

We work with communities trying to adapt to climate change by creating emergency response plans and building infrastructure that can better withstand disaster. When it comes to saving lives during a disaster, fast action is critical. Oxfam staff are world leaders in speed and efficiency when it comes to delivering clean water and sanitation, food and shelter in a crisis situation. Oxfam Ireland uses the funds generated by the sale of gifts such as a Cooking StoveCare for a Baby and Support for a Refugee Family to provide life-saving support to communities experiencing emergencies, whether they are man-made crises, such as the ongoing conflicts in Yemen and Syria, or natural disasters like Cyclone Idai. Climate change is increasing the intensity and frequency of natural disasters – communities have to be prepared for when the worst happens.

Your Unwrapped gift provides a range of practical supports such as clean water, sanitation facilities, cash vouchers to allow households to buy food, mosquito nets to prevent malaria as well as personal hygiene items.  We also work to ensure that the rights of the most vulnerable – small children and the elderly, people living with HIV and those with disabilities – are recognised and supported.

2. Supporting Livelihoods Fund

We work with communities living in extreme poverty to develop their own solutions and work with them to make their vision a reality. Oxfam Ireland uses the funds generated by the sale of gifts such as A GoatA Cow and Honeybees to work with poor communities to improve their livelihoods.

Your Oxfam Unwrapped gift helps communities which rely on livestock to earn a sustainable living. However, while the distribution of cows and goats may be the best solution for one community, agricultural training, grain banks or veterinary care might be more beneficial to another. We ensure that families living in extreme poverty have a say in finding the best solution for them and we work with them to make that solution a reality.  Because when people no longer have to worry about the basics, they can provide for their children and plan for their future.  This breaks the cycle of poverty.

3. Water For All - Safe water saves lives

It helps families to thrive. Oxfam Ireland uses the funds generated through gifts such as Safe Water for a FamilyGet Well Soon and Water for a School to give communities access to clean water and sanitation facilities to help keep them safe from disease. Water and sanitation-related illnesses still cause significant health problems, while poor water supply exacerbates waterborne diseases including cholera and diarrhoea. Our water engineers look for the most effective and efficient ways to bring clean water to communities.

Your Oxfam Unwrapped gift could help set up or maintain a safe water supply with pumps, tanks and taps, purification systems or pipes. It can restore supplies after an emergency and provide health and hygiene training. These skills are critical to community well-being, not just now but well into the future.

4. Investing in the Future Fund

We work with vulnerable communities to ensure that they have access to key essential services such as education and healthcare. Oxfam Ireland uses the funds generated through gifts such as Educate a GirlRoad to an Education or Lifelong Learning to ensure that girls and boys, as well as men and women, have the right to the high-quality education and healthcare that can put them on a path to a sustainable future. Your Oxfam Unwrapped gift will help support girls and women of all ages to learn, grow and reach their potential. Girls are more likely to be kept or taken out of school, denying them life-changing opportunities. We are working to increase access to these vital services by advocating for the availability of resources and empowering poor communities to demand greater accountability from their governments on the allocation of funding for services.

Whatever gift you decide to give, we'll ensure that your money gets to the people who need it most.

If you have more questions about Oxfam Unwrapped, please visit our Frequently Asked Questions or contact us at irl-unwrapped@oxfam.org. To learn more about Oxfam, please visit www.oxfamireland.org

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WIN BIG and Shop Sustainably with Oxfam

It’s that time of year again! Second Hand September is here –our sustainable fashion challenge, encouraging people to donate to recirculate and dare to re-wear.

We’re excited to say that this year you can shop sustainably and WIN BIG at the same time as we’re issuing a fun competition as part of the campaign! To all those wannabe stylists out there –dress yourself in items from one our shops across the island of Ireland and be in with a chance of winning one of three €100 vouchers for our online tech shop! All you have to do is visit your local Oxfam Ireland shop, browse the rails and find your perfect:

  • Work look (for the office or at home!)
  • Any occasion outfit (and we mean any, from festival fun to wedding chic!),
  • or Everyday ensemble (let’s hear it for jeans and a nice top!)

And then share your amazing pre-loved finds by posting a picture of your look on your Facebook or Instagram page, tagging us @OxfamIreland with the hashtag #SecondhandSeptember

Simple, sustainable fun! More details, as well as the T&Cs, can be found here: oxfamireland.org/shs-win

We hope you’ll join us for Second Hand September this year and get the triple-whammy feel-good factor by:

  • freshening up their wardrobe from our rails of high-quality preloved clothes, shoes and accessories
  • helping to protect our planet by diverting items from landfill
  • and supporting people to beat poverty by raising vital funds for our work worldwide.
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12 REASONS TO VOLUNTEER WITH OXFAM

Photo: Glen Arkadieff/Oxfam

Oxfam’s work fighting poverty is crucial, and none of it could happen without our dedicated team of volunteers. People just like you!

Volunteering benefits go both ways – helping others can be the best way to help ourselves.

By volunteering, you'll meet new people and build new strengths. There are many more reasons to volunteer with Oxfam – we've listed 12 reasons to volunteer below.

You can give as little or as much time as you like, just chat to your local Oxfam shop manager about what’s right for you.

Volunteer with Oxfam Ireland

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1. MEET NEW PEOPLE

Volunteering in an Oxfam shop is a great way to meet some amazing people. People united by a common cause. There are people from all walks of life, including a wide range of backgrounds and age groups, who you might not otherwise get a chance to meet in your professional and social circles. Finding the things, you have in common could just surprise you!

2. IT'S GOOD FOR YOUR HEALTH!

Volunteering is linked to better physical, mental and emotional health. It keeps you in contact with other people. And feeling more socially connected can reduce stress, depression and isolation. For elderly volunteers, volunteering can promote wellness by keeping mobile and active – though we are committed to accommodating a range of abilities at our shops. And you only need to do what you can.

3. HELP THE PLANET

Oxfam shops help to reduce and recycle waste. With your help, we divert 47 million items of clothing from landfill every year. So, when you volunteer with us, on the one hand, you are raising funds to help people around the world fight the climate crisis. And on the other, you’re helping tackle the causes of pollution and over-consumption head-on.

4. GAIN CONFIDENCE

As a volunteer, there's no pressure to have any professional skills. So, it’s a great opportunity to try out new things in an environment where help and guidance are always available. Interacting with other volunteers as well as customers can help boost your self-confidence. And you can be proud to know you’re helping transform the lives of people living in poverty with every shift.

5. GET PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

You don’t need any previous experience to start volunteering. But you can gain some experience by volunteering! This valuable professional experience looks great on your CV. Volunteering helps to show that you’re truly motivated to help others without a financial incentive. It’s a great sign for any employer.

6. ALWAYS WORKING TO HELP

Together, we've helped tackle crisis, conflict and poverty. Last year, Oxfam Ireland reached 12 million people across 9 countries. So, you know that the money you help raise goes directly to the people who need it most.

7. FIND A NEW INTEREST

You might pop into Oxfam with an interest in fashion and textiles. Or a passion for rare books. And leave with detailed knowledge of antique jewellery, or classic vinyl. There’s so much variety to what we stock. And so much knowledge shared between our volunteers. You’re bound to pick up something you didn’t know before. Find something fascinating amongst the donations. Or uncover a curiosity for something completely new!

8. JOIN OUR COMMUNITY

Our shop volunteers are at the heart of our international community, a powerful movement of people united by one goal – to end poverty, for everyone. It’s easy to become overwhelmed by a constant stream of bad news. But volunteering can help you feel connected with everything that Oxfam, and all our partners, are doing to make things better. Because you are part of the team that’s making it happen.

9. MAKE THE MOST OF YOUR SKILLS

We love to make the most of our volunteers’ potential, whatever your hobby or professional knowledge! Maybe you have a great artistic eye for creating beautiful displays or you are passionate about photography and video making and can develop interesting content for our store's social media pages. Anyone who loves to chat would be great at engaging and welcoming our customers. Whatever your strengths, we’re keen to help you use your skills and experience to the best of your abilities.

10. FIND THE ROLE THAT SUITS YOU BEST

A lot goes into the day to day running of our shops, depending on the location, size and type. We have around 46 shops across the island of Ireland. Some dedicated to books, and others to furniture, you can choose what kind of donations you’d prefer to work with. We rely on volunteers to sort, price and display donations, to work the tills, and to keep things neat and tidy. So, find your best fit, and get stuck in!

11. DISCOVER HIDDEN GEMS

Oxfam is a great place to find rare, new tech and unusual items. If you're already something of a charity shop 'magpie', you'll love the chance to handle and research some really unique vintage, antique and designer pieces. You might even find some bargains for yourself!

12. HAVE FUN!

Volunteers with Oxfam are highly valued – without you, none of our vital work could take place. We aim to create a welcoming, inclusive and friendly environment for volunteers at our shops, so you can enjoy your experience, and get the best out of it.

To apply, visit a shop near you or apply online.

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