‘I feel like I can be myself but challenge myself at the same time’

Oxfam has been fighting poverty and injustice since 1942.  

We couldn’t do this vital work without our incredible team of over 1,000 volunteers who work in Oxfam shops across Scotland.  Rory Fairweather, manager of our Books and Music shop in Dumfries, caught up with one of his volunteers, Marie, to find out what volunteering with Oxfam means to her.  

What is your role in the shop?

I’ve been doing a deputy shop manager internship and I have learned so much.  I help to keep everything running smoothly (and try not to go mad whilst doing that!)

What do you enjoy most about your job?

It’s everything. Creating order out of chaos, finding customers the book they want, developing friendships with the other volunteers, and knowing we are helping others all around the world at the same time. It is all just wonderful. I love it!

What is your dream job?

I would love to continue working within Oxfam. I really feel like I can make a difference here, our values are consistent – I love how we empower people and how we aim to find ways to help not just those in desperate need, but how we just encourage and support every one of our volunteers to realise their potential. I feel like I can be myself but challenge myself at the same time.

What is your biggest accomplishment so far?

Overcoming post-natal depression and finding strength within myself.

Find out more about volunteering with Oxfam here.