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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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Time on your hands? Why not volunteer with your local Oxfam shop!

There are two things that keep our network of shops going strong – your amazing donations and your precious time.

And right now, we would love if you could donate some of your time and volunteer at your local Oxfam shop. Volunteers play a vital role in Oxfam’s work around the world, while also providing a solution to throwaway fashion by saving items from ending up in landfills here at home.

By giving us a little bit of their time and creativity, each one of our incredible volunteers makes a huge difference in support of some of the most at-risk communities in the world, while helping our planet a little along the way.

A normal Shift is about four hours, but I always wish it could be longer, because it is amazing to see so many people of all ages take an interest in books and helping charity - Chloe Chu, a volunteer at Oxfam Books in Dublin

Trevor Anderson, Director of Trading with Oxfam Ireland, said: “I would encourage anyone interested in lending some time to pop into their local Oxfam shop and let the manager know - people can give as little or as much time as they like. Oxfam shops are a hive of activity with lots of opportunities to meet new people, learn new skills, and of course, have plenty of fun along the way.

“Our volunteers are the backbone of our network of shops and by giving a little of their time and creativity, each person makes a huge difference in support of some of the most at-risk communities in the world.

“It is because of the commitment and enthusiasm of our amazing volunteers that Oxfam can change lives and work toward building a fairer and more sustainable world for everyone.”

So, why not lend some time to your local Oxfam shop, and see what you can do for people and planet!

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