Argyllshire Advertiser

Oxfam needs shop volunteers

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Sir,

Oxfam’s shops in Argyll and Bute urgently need volunteer to help deal with an anticipate­d deluge of donations as they prepare to re-open from Monday April 26.

Sales from the first day of trading following the re-opening of its English and Welsh shops were up 77 per cent on 2019 figures, with it being the most successful Monday sales-wise for the organisati­on outwith Christmas periods.

Money raised by the dedicated staff and volunteers in Oxfam’s shops in Dunoon and Rothesay helps fight poverty and injustice around the world; providing people with lifesaving essentials like clean water and soap as well as the hope of a better future.

We know from the last lockdown that people will have taken the chance to have a declutter and we’re anticipat

ing a deluge of generous donations. Volunteers are asked to give 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 1,500 volunteers required across the country. As well as volunteers, Oxfam stores are also appealing for good quality donations.

Protecting staff, volunteers and customers from Covid-19 remains Oxfam’s priority, with shop teams continuing to implement strict protocols including social distancing, readily available hand sanitiser, masks and gloves for staff, screens at tills, regular and frequent cleaning, closed changing rooms and encouragin­g contactles­s payment.

In advance of shops re-opening, people are invited to register their interest online via www. oxfam.org.uk – just click on ‘get involved’.

Tom Richardson, Oxfam interim head of retail.

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