With 650 shops, we need people from all walks of life to volunteer for all kinds of roles that help beat poverty. Even Aisling Bea has volunteered in an Oxfam shop…
“I came along for a taster. I fell in love with it straight away,” says Regan, an Oxfam volunteer.
As one of 20,000 shop volunteers at the heart of our community, Regan is a part of a powerful movement of people united by one goal – an end to poverty, for everyone.
Without volunteers like Regan we wouldn’t be able to do the work we do.
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.
Sales of our Christmas cards last year alone went towards funding things like a 3-year sanitation project in Ethiopia.
As Mary, 57, who volunteers in London says, “It’s not one person on their own who can make big changes in the world… together people can have an impact… [those] who come into the shop really want to help [the] charity to make a difference.”
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.
Sam, 24, a volunteer in Northampton says, “One of the classes I was doing at uni was sociology and we had to do a minimum of 4 hours volunteering. I had fun doing it and just carried on.”
Radha, 72, who has volunteered in our Kingston shop since 2012 says, “In a world in which our environment is under threat, it is more important than ever that we make the very best of what we have. I found that volunteering for Oxfam I am making the best out of what I have too.”
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.
“Volunteers spend a great deal of energy and imagination moving things about. Welcoming the public in – and they do come in with great pleasure. It’s a very popular place to visit. If you like decorating, you’ll love our shops at Christmas. Whether it’s creating festive product displays, decking the shop floor or turning window displays into a winter wonderland there are many opportunities to sprinkle a little festive fairy dust. And there is plenty of fun to be had sorting through a treasure trove of stock donations… you never know when you might unearth a Christmas gem!” Says Pat, 93, an Abingdon shop volunteer.
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 2020 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.
Maybe you’ll enjoy it so much that you don’t want to leave, like Shop Volunteer, Jill;
“I’ve been volunteering here for eight years. I was offered a six-month placement through the Job Centre and when it finished I came back because I love it here.”
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?