Oxfam shops

What a perfect partnership! Lorraine Keane and Maïa Dunphy team up for Oxfam Bridal

16 June 2021

Want to find a beautiful wedding dress that doesn’t cost the earth? Then book yourself an appointment at Oxfam’s Bridal rooms in Dublin and Belfast.

At Oxfam Bridal, you’ll find wedding dresses for all tastes, whether you prefer vintage, designer or pre-loved. Many of the dresses have never been worn but are donated by bridal boutiques or designers, preventing them from going to landfill. So, if shopping on a budget, you could find your dream dress at a fraction of the cost.

You’ll also find some beautiful pre-loved dresses in the mix, like Maïa Dunphy’s stunning Jenny Packham dress, which she generously donated to Oxfam last year, or Lorraine Keane's beautiful lace detailed dress by Spanish designer Jesus Peiro, which she bought in San Sebastián.

And yesterday the pair donned their dresses once more time to encourage brides-to-be to book an appointment at Oxfam Bridal.

Lorraine Keane and Maïa Dunphy donated their wedding dresses to Oxfam

Lorraine, broadcaster and founder of Fashion Relief with Oxfam Ireland, said: “Your wedding day is a time to celebrate love, happiness and a future together. For many couples, incorporating some sustainable elements or charitable giving into their special day is becoming more popular. It's a great way to have a positive impact on the future of others while you celebrate your love and commitment to that special someone in your life.

“You also don’t have to spend a fortune to look a million dollars. By booking an appointment with Oxfam Bridal today, you can browse and try on a selection of beautiful brand new and pre-loved wedding dresses – including my own, which I just donated to Oxfam! From vintage to the occasional designer gown, Oxfam’s dedicated Bridal Rooms stock all styles and sizes – a selection of which are currently on display at the Frascati Centre in Blackrock – as well a range of bridal accessories and bridesmaids' dresses. And, the extra bonus is, by supporting Oxfam, your big day creates a brighter future for people living with the injustice of poverty.”

Broadcaster and writer Maïa, who recently donated her wedding dress, said: "After wearing my dress during lockdown, to raise a smile and funds for a charity close to my heart, I realised there's no point in keeping my gorgeous Jenny Packham wedding dress locked away in a bag forever. I'm never going to wear it again and feared one day I'll take it down for a peek to find a moth hole in it!

After seeing a call out from Lorraine for donations I decided to donate it, hoping that someone else will get as much joy as I did out of wearing something so special. I would encourage other people out there to consider the same. You can give your wedding dress a second life – and contribute to another Bride’s special day – while also helping vulnerable communities the world over by donating your wedding dress to Oxfam's Bridal Rooms.
Photos: Brian McEvoy

Oxfam Bridal are located on George’s Street, Dublin, and at Belfast’s CastleCourt Shopping Centre. Over the coming weeks, you can also check out a selection of Oxfam's wedding dresses at the Frascati Shopping centre in Blackrock, where you’ll find fabulous outfits for amazing prices at Lorraine's Fashion Relief pop-up shop.

Book your appointment for Oxfam Bridal at George’s Street or CastleCourt today!

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Clearing the clutter or keen to volunteer? Look no further than your local Oxfam shop!

Your donations and time are needed more than ever.

On Monday 17 May, Oxfam shops across the Island of Ireland opened their doors for business. Since then, their top priority has been new volunteers and of course, your pre-loved donations.

Caroline Reid, Communications Manager with Oxfam Ireland, says: “We are calling on people to bag up their donations of pre-loved clothes, accessories and bric-a-brac. We also have a number of specialised shops including Oxfam Books, Oxfam Furniture and Oxfam Bridal, so people can donate anything from a bookshelf to a wedding dress.

“The reality is, after more than two months of closure – your donations are needed more than ever. Our shops play a vital role in raising much-needed funds for our work globally – they are central to ensuring we can continue to protect and support some of the most vulnerable communities in the world."

Volunteers play a vital role in Oxfam’s work globally, while also providing a solution to throwaway fashion by saving items from ending up in landfills here at home. By giving a little of their time and creativity, each one 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.

Caroline added: “I would encourage anyone interested in lending some time at our shops to make an application through our online portal - people can give as little or as much time as they like, and we provide full training. Beyond day-to-day retail duties there are a variety of activities that people can help with from visual merchandising (for anyone with a creative flare for designing window displays) to social media (crafting engaging posts for digital channels).

It is because of the commitment and enthusiasm of our staff, volunteers, and supporters that Oxfam Ireland can work towards building a fairer and more sustainable world for everyone.
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Volunteer with your local Oxfam shop

Volunteers Needed!

At the heart of Oxfam Ireland Shops, there is a network of dedicated staff and volunteers – all working together to beat poverty. They play a vital role in supporting Oxfam’s work - and now our global response to Covid-19 – while also providing a solution to throwaway fashion by saving items from ending up in landfills across the island of Ireland. They are planet and people protectors.

Chrissi, one of our incredible Managers, reflects on working at Oxfam on Botanic Avenue in Belfast as she gets ready to reopen shop doors after months of closure. We hope it inspires you to volunteer with your local Oxfam shop.

Q: How long have you worked with Oxfam Ireland?
A: Almost three years - I started managing the shop in Lisburn and now run the Oxfam Vintage shop on Botanic Avenue.

Q: What was your motivation for applying for the job?
A: I have an interest in sustainable fashion and love clothes. I only buy second hand clothing and feel that fast fashion is a real issue. I’m motivated by raising money that goes towards helping others.

Q: How did it feel to have to close your shop?
A: When we were told we had to close I felt apprehensive for the charity sector as a whole and concerned for vulnerable people in the community.

Q: What did you miss the most?
A: I’ve missed the craic from customers and volunteers and of course the fun of never knowing what you will get donated.

Q: What are you looking forward to when you reopen your doors?
A: I’m looking forward to getting the shop into order again and seeing how all the volunteers and regular customers have been.

Q: What is the best thing about working in a charity shop?
A: There are so many things that make it a great place to work. I love my job because I get to meet and work with a diverse range of people and see that people really do care about each other. Of course I’m also obsessed with clothes so get to shop whilst working!

Q: What has been your best moment in the shop?
A: We have had lots of great moments but a real highlight was when two Iranian volunteers got their asylum granted after a long wait. For them to finally have freedom to move forward was lovely to see.

Q: How can people help your business bounce back?
A: By donating good quality items to our shops. If you're like me and you did a massive clear out, we will happily take it! In doing so you are preventing goods ending up in landfill. Of course you can also help by shopping in our shops to find that unique bargain!

Q: Is there anything you would like to say to your customers and/or volunteers?
A: We have uncertain times ahead of us but kindness in the community is so important.

Oxfam shops in Northern Ireland reopened for business on Friday 30 April and are accepting donations.

Oxfam shops in the Republic of Ireland will reopen on Monday 17 May in line with Government regulations.

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Lockdown Three: Your local Oxfam shop needs you

The saying goes, third time’s a charm…but lets face it, there is little charming about the third wave of Covid-19 currently hitting the island of Ireland or the lockdown measures we all must respect to in order to save lives and support our already stretched health workers.

Last year, for the first time in over 60 years, we closed our shops across the island of Ireland to do our part in stopping the spread of Covid-19. As we entered the New Year we also entered our third lockdown, and like so many other local traders, we closed our doors.

Our shops play an invaluable role in raising much-needed funds for Oxfam’s work worldwide – they help ensure we can continue to protect and support some of the most vulnerable people in the world.

However, they’re not just vital to Oxfam’s mission to end the injustice of poverty, each one is community hub that has served and been supported by you for decades.

With our shops closed, we need your support now more than ever.

At this time of continued unprecedented challenges for all of us, our mission remains the same – to let you, our supporters, know how you can help communities facing extreme poverty and disaster. Life-saving work that is only possible because of your support.

We believe that sharing the stories and experiences of the communities Oxfam work with is even more important now as our teams monitor and respond to the threat of Covid-19 in the countries in which Oxfam works. Beyond the immediate threat of the disease itself, countless people are struggling to survive the economic fallout from the pandemic.


 “This virus will starve us before it makes us sick.”

~ Micah Olywangu, a taxi driver in Nairobi

We’re urgently appealing for your help and want to share some ways that you can continue to support your local Oxfam shop, even if its doors are closed.

We still want the things you don’t!

  1. Drop your donations off today at one of our textile or book banks.
  2. Save your donations and drop them in when we’re back up and running – for all of us, hopefully this will be sooner rather than later.
  3. Any Christmas gifts lying about that you know you won’t use - keep them for us too! One person’s junk is another’s treasure.

You can still help us continue to raise vital funds:

  1. Donate - make a one-off donation or setup a monthly one if you can.
  2. Set up a Facebook fundraiser in solidarity with your local Oxfam shop – and help continue its crucial fundraising work! Couch to 5k? Squat challenge? Anyone?

Make meaningful (and kinda invaluable) resolutions this year:

  1. Pop an email to your nearest Oxfam shop now to express your interest in volunteering with us when we reopen. Donating a little of your time and expertise to our team will have a bigger impact than you might think.
  2. Make a pledge to buy more secondhand clothes and accessories this year by shopping at your local Oxfam. Good for your pocket (and wardrobe!), good for people, and good for our planet <3
  3. Sending a card? Why not choose one from our Unwrapped alternative gift range and send hope along with your greeting.

Yemen Appeal

Our shops also play a central role in publicising our emergency appeals. Right now, we are raising funds to support the people of Yemen. As we battle Covid-19, many Yemeni families are on the brink of famine. Two thirds of the population rely on food aid to survive and the country is also grappling with the largest cholera outbreak on record. Our gravest concern is the widespread destruction of health and sanitation facilities which are vital to halt the spread of deadly diseases such as Covid-19.


"I appeal to the world to have mercy on the children of Yemen and stop this war. We are very tired of living in war for years, we lost everything beautiful in our lives, even the simple hope of peace.’’

~ Ibtisam Sageer Al Razehi, 35-year-old teacher and mother of three

Thank you

Our shops have been a part of local communities as far back as 1956. That is 64 years of providing you with affordable and sustainable clothing, books, furniture and more.

Thank you for all of the ways you’ve supported us over those 64 years from donating and shopping to volunteering your time and talent.

From North to South, East to West and everyone in-between, we hope you will stand with us now and understand why we are asking for your continued support.

We hope to see you in-store once again soon. Until then, stay safe.

Oxfam Shop Teams

Smart shopper? Oxfam has amazing green new deals this Christmas

With the government having eased the lockdown restrictions earlier this week, it’s beginning to feel a lot like… well, Christmas. And if you’re looking for ethical presents, our network of Oxfam shops has got you covered. After being closed for six long weeks, our stores in the Republic have once again opened their doors – and are chock-full of sustainable gifts for young and old.

Drop into any of our shops to see our Sourced by Oxfam range – comprising festive food, gifts and homeware that are made with care, protect the planet, and help the women and men who produce them to earn a decent living. By choosing one of these amazing gifts this year, you’ll be providing these burgeoning producers the opportunity to lift themselves out of poverty and thrive.

Why not give a loved one something sweet this year, like delicious Dark Chilli Chocolates (€6), Hazelnut Truffles (€11) or Dark Flaked Truffles (€11)? Or you could make it a green Christmas for that special someone with a Fairtrade Eco Friendly Worry Doll (from €2) or a Carolyn Carter Bamboo Cup (€14). Our shops also have a great range of educational books for clever kids, including The Sea Book (€10) and Plastic Planet (€9).

As always, you can pick up an Oxfam Unwrapped gift card either in-store or online and support our life-saving work around the world. So, why not splash out this year and buy a life-changing gift like Safe Water for a Family? For just €25, you’ll be helping help to provide clean water, soap and hygiene kits to families during the pandemic as well as information on how to stay as safe as possible. Alternatively, for just €15, you can help give the gift of education to vulnerable children with our Life Long Learning card.

Michael McIlwaine, Oxfam Ireland’s Head of Retail, said:

“We are calling people to shop with purpose this year by visiting their local Oxfam shop and browsing our wide range of gifts that support both people and planet – from Unwrapped alternative gift cards to the beautifully unique ‘Sourced by Oxfam’ items. Each gift makes a lasting impact by supporting small traders the world over while helping to raise vital funds for Oxfam’s global work to beat poverty.

“Every year we give and receive presents that we don’t necessarily need or want. This Christmas, we’re asking people to give something different by shopping more sustainably with us.”

To find your local Oxfam shop, visit oxfamireland.org/shops. But if you’d prefer to avoid the crowds this festive season, you can shop from the comfort of your own home. Our new online Christmas shop is just a click away.

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