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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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Sourced by Oxfam - Ethical & Sustainable Gifts this Christmas

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There are lots of ways to help people and planet this Christmas, and choosing ethical gifts is one of them. Here are some of our favourites.

Ethical gifts are a great way to give at Christmas. Handy then, that sustainable Christmas presents come in all shapes and sizes. There really is something for everyone – even the trickiest and pickiest relatives. Personal and packed full of impact, the right gift can bring joy to your loved one. And help make the festive season as feel-good as possible.

FOR THE HOMEMAKER

Ethical shopping doesn’t have to be limited to your wardrobe. These days, it can influence how you style your entire house. The Sourced By Oxfam range has brand new products for every room.

If you're looking for small decor pieces, this elephant trinket dish can make the perfect stocking filler. We also stock cool statement pieces like these beautiful ceramic hooks. 
If it’s festive you’re after, we have gorgeous Christmas decorations too. Plus you’ll find loads of unique vintage gifts in the Oxfam Online Shop.

 

FOR THE FOODIE

Sweet treats always go down well at Christmas. Sourced By Oxfam has found some delicious stuff – we’re talking chocolatedates, mulled wine, the lot.

For cooking aficionados, how about high-quality ingredients like this Zaytoun olive oil?

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5 Reasons to Volunteer This Winter

With our 46 shops, we need people from all walks of life to volunteer for all kinds of roles that help beat poverty.

You can give as little or as much time as you like. If you’d like to talk to someone about what’s right for you, just pop into your local Oxfam shop and have a chat with the shop manager.

Our shop volunteers are at the heart of our community and they are a part of a powerful movement of people united by one goal – an end to poverty, for everyone.

Without volunteers like YOU we wouldn’t be able to do the work we do.

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It is because of the commitment and enthusiasm of our amazing volunteers that Oxfam can change lives and work toward building a world without poverty.

"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

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HERE ARE 5 REASONS TO VOLUNTEER IN AN OXFAM SHOP THIS WINTER…

1. MAKE NEW FRIENDS

Volunteering is linked to better physical, mental and emotional health – and helps us feel more socially connected.

Volunteer in an Oxfam shop and you’ll meet some amazing people at the heart of your community, who are united by a common cause.

2. MAKE A REAL DIFFERENCE BY HELPING RAISE FUNDS FOR OXFAM’S WORK

It’s the time of year for giving, and what better present to give than the gift of your time? Every shift you volunteer raises vital funds to transform the lives of people living in poverty – helping people around the world to grow more food, educate their children, and lead healthy, productive lives.

3. USE SKILLS AND LEARN NEW ONES

Volunteering works both ways. There are so many benefits to volunteering, whether you’re looking to share your knowledge, meet new people, or get valuable experience that looks great on your CV or UCAS form, talk to us, we’d love to talk to you.

4. SUPPORT SUSTAINABLE FASHION AND JOIN OUR FIGHT AGAINST CLIMATE CHANGE

Oxfam Shops are a great place for buying quality second hand clothes, unique sustainable gifts and cards that help beat poverty – and you’ll be surprised at how much festive fun you can have by helping people find special Christmas presents for their loved ones.

What better way to support sustainable fashion and our fight against climate change than by volunteering during the festive season.

You may even be able to tick off some pressies from your own Christmas shopping list while you’re there too!

5. START THE NEW YEAR ON A POSITIVE NOTE

With a new year just around the corner, you can get ahead of the game and tick off a resolution before 2022 has even started. If you’re in need of some inspiration, volunteering with Oxfam could help provide some fresh perspective. You’ll find people that you can learn from, and who can learn from you.

A Safe Place

All of our shops have safety measures in place to ensure the health and safety of our volunteers and customers. All shops have a suite of PPE: sneeze screens in front of the tills, social distancing measures and messaging throughout the store and a sanitation station at the entrance. Staff and volunteers are wearing masks and have an infrared thermometer in each shop to ensure regular check-ups - as well plenty of handwashing - throughout the day. As part of the overall ‘Covid Compliant Reopening Plan’ which focuses on the Health & Safety of our Staff, Volunteers, Customers and Donors all stock donations will be quarantined for 72 hours before going on sale.

Safety Measures in our Oxfam Shops

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From window dressing to managing our social media, whatever you choose to do, join a friendly team at the heart of your community.

Think you’d enjoy a few hours volunteering this winter?

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