Since Oxfam first started in 1942 we have challenged the underlying causes of poverty, while supporting people to cope when disaster strikes. These principles are just as relevant today, but global challenges like the Covid-19 pandemic and the climate emergency need us to keep evolving to reflect the threats and opportunities of today’s world.
Our new strategy sets out how Oxfam GB believe we can best make a difference to the biggest challenges the world is facing in our efforts to beat poverty for good:
- Focusing on where we can make the most radical difference: tackling extreme vulnerability in the toughest places on earth, and challenging the inequalities that drive poverty.
- Working more in partnership with communities and organisations around the world who are driving change, supporting them with the resources they need.
- Growing a global network that actively shifts spending and decision-making power to the global South.
- Bringing together people and groups who feel part of an international community, to help raise vital funds and to shape how they take action.
And how we work will be as important as what we do as we continue to transform to become safe, feminist and anti-racist.
Tackling extreme vulnerability
It’s predicted that 80% of people facing extreme poverty will live in the most fragile places on earth by 2030.
We’ll urgently focus our work in these unstable and insecure places - where the threat of conflict and violence is high, and there's no basic support for people living in poverty (clean water, healthcare, social protection), despite their incredible resilience and drive for change. We’ll offer support and resources to enable people to survive and thrive, and ultimately to challenge the underlying cause of the injustices they face.
People become Oxfam charity shop volunteers for all sorts of reasons. But there's one thing that unites them: they're one-of-a-kind.
Oxfam retail volunteers make a real impact every shift and help us work towards a kinder and radically better world, one without poverty.
You can volunteer in one of our over 560 shops or hubs across the UK from the age of 14. Volunteering at Oxfam is the perfect way to make friends and gain new skills, whether you're looking to improve your CV, take on a new challenge or just have fun!
Each Oxfam shop and hub is one-of-a kind and offers a range of different roles. Whatever your skills and experience, there is a role for everyone at Oxfam.
As a Sales Assistant Volunteer you will be at the till, serving customers as the friendly face of your shop. You will help people facing poverty around the world by giving great customer service and making everyone feel welcome.
As a Retail Volunteer you will learn all about what goes into making our fantastic shop thrive. You can keep busy in the stockroom sorting and checking donations or be on the shop floor, serving customers and putting stock out on sale.