Oxfam appeals for volunteers to help at its Dalkeith and Penicuik shops

Oxfam has issued an urgent appeal for volunteers to help its shops deal with an anticipated deluge of donations as it prepares to re-open its Dalkeith and Penicuik stores from Monday (April 26).

Tuesday, 20th April 2021, 6:00 am
Oxfam Shop, Shopping Precinct, Penicuik.

The charity says it has a shortfall of hundreds of volunteers in Scotland with some existing volunteers currently unable to return due to shielding.

Tom Richardson, Oxfam's interim head of retail, said: “As we prepare to get back to business in a Covid-safe way we’re encouraging people from all walks of life who want to live in a fairer, more sustainable world to consider giving one of the greatest gifts of all: their time.”

Volunteers are asked to as little as a few hours a week of their time and can take up a range of vital roles, from serving customers to sorting donations and arranging window displays.

Each shop typically relies on a team of 30 dedicated volunteers and one or two staff, with more than 1,400 volunteers required across the country.

To register your interest as a volunteer for Oxfam, go to https://actions.oxfam.org/great-britain/shop-volunteering/register-interest/.