How you could help
Whatever your skills or interests, there’s something for everyone…
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What does a shop volunteer do?
There are all sorts of things you could get involved with in our shops. From, window dressing, working behind the till, sorting donations, organising pop up shop events to managing our social media - there are so many options.
What experience do I need?
No experience needed. When you apply the manager will ask you to come in for an initial chat, this is not an interview, just a chance to get an idea of what you'd like to do in the shop. From there you can meet the rest of the volunteer team and get involved with whatever area of the shop takes your interest. Volunteering at Oxfam is the perfect way to gain new skills, whether you're looking to improve your CV, take on a new challenge or just have fun!
Can I volunteer with a friend?
Yes! Just let the manager know when you sign up that you and your friend want to volunteer together and they can make sure you get to work together. However, if you don't have anyone to bring with you, with our diverse and friendly shop teams you're bound to find someone like-minded and find new friends instore.
What age do I have to be to volunteer?
We accept volunteers from the age of 14 but all under 18 year olds must have the consent of a parent or guardian. For more information check with your local shop manager. You can also read more about safeguarding in Oxfam shops.
Who can I put as a reference?
Examples can include previous managers, colleagues, teachers, support workers, landlords or another volunteer, but should not include family. At least one referee should know you in a professional (either working, volunteering, or academic) context but the other referee can be a friend. If you are under 18, you only need to provide details of one referee, excluding family and friend.
Think you know shop volunteering?
"It’s really good to develop new roles and skills especially coming out of uni or school when you’re trying to working out what you want to do."
Oxfam Shop Abingdon
"I wanted to give something back to society and to make sure I kept learning and living. Volunteering at Oxfam has made my retirement hopeful and a productive part of my life. I've found new friendships and enjoyed being at the heart of my local community."
Oxfam Shop Kingston upon Thames
"Being at Oxfam in a retail environment has helped me build a whole new set of skills much different to those from my years as an engineer and allowed me to meet new people."
Oxfam Shop Elgin
"The most positive thing about volunteering? Getting to know different kind of people. Experienced, mature people. Nice people."
Oxfam Shop Kingsthorpe
"I was an English teacher so I always liked being around books. I like working here, I can do something useful and enjoyable."
Oxfam Bookshop Chorlton cum Hardy