How To Volunteer

We’re always keen to add more members to our team, so if you’re got some spare time and would like to help out, get in touch.

Volunteering in our shop can be a great way to learn a new skill, put something back into your community, help Oxfam fight poverty, or just a way to meet some new people and have some fun.

We ask volunteers to do either a morning, afternoon or full day shift. We train volunteers in a number of positions, from working the till and sorting donations, to doing window displays and general cleaning and tidying.

If you’re interested, the best thing to do is come into the shop and have a chat with us. If you’d like to be super-prepared, email us to request an application form. If you don’t have access to a printer, don’t worry, we have copies in the shop you can fill out!

We’ve also started to explore internship programmes where people work with us for several days a week for a set length of time – we’ve taken on business students from France for extended work placements the last two summers, and it’s worked well for both us and our interns. We are reluctant to institute a permanent internship programme because we don’t want to disrupt our team’s balance too much but we’re quite flexible — so if you’re interested in getting some more intensive experience of the retail environment then get in touch and talk to us about what you’re interested in. Some areas that interns have worked in previously or we’ve talked about moving into: internet selling, market research, product sourcing, events, recruitment.

Another reason that we are reluctant about internships is that we can’t offer much in the way of remuneration (we can offer lunch and travel expenses if you work full shifts) we don’t want to contribute to the culture of using unpaid labour in place of paid staff. (Something most relevant in the media sector just now, but the issue applies to all kinds of work.) However! We also understand that this can be a useful way to gain experience in a short space of time, and provide opportunities that might be otherwise inaccessible, so, again, we’re open to discussing this with anyone interested.

Click here to find out more about Oxfam volunteering in general.