Bideford’s Oxfam shop seeks volunteers.

Oxfam’s BIDEFORD shop appeals for more volunteers as store braces for deluge of donations.

Oxfam’s BIDEFORD store has issued an urgent appeal for volunteers to help it deal with an anticipated deluge of donations following its re-opening on 12th April 2021.

The shop’s appeal comes as Oxfam estimates it has a shortfall of hundreds of volunteers, with some existing volunteers currently unable to return due to shielding.

The BIDEFORD shop team is bracing for a significant number of donations following lockdown decluttering, combined with people seeking to offload unwanted Christmas gifts. More volunteers are needed to help sort and sell the donations in order to raise as much money as possible for Oxfam’s vital work around the world.

Tom Richardson, Oxfam’s Interim Head of Retail, said: “Money raised by the dedicated staff and volunteers in Oxfam’s BIDEFORD shop 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 good declutter and we’re anticipating a deluge of generous donations. 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.”

The shop typically relies on a team of 20 dedicated volunteers who 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.

As well as volunteers, Oxfam’s BIDEFORD store is also appealing for good quality donations, including clothing, books, music and bric-a-brac.

ALEX LO, Shop Manager in Oxfam BIDEFORD said: “People in BIDEFORD have always been generous in their support of our shop, whether through shopping, donating or volunteering and we’re looking forward to safely welcoming people back through our doors. Given the volume of donations we’re anticipating, the store promises to be treasure troves of gems for savvy, sustainable shoppers.”

Protecting staff, volunteers, and customers from Covid-19 remains Oxfam’s priority, with shop teams continuing to implement strict protocol, 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.

After the BIDEFORD shop re-opening, people are invited to register their interest in volunteering online.

For more information and interviews, please contact: SHOP MANAGER ALEX LO, oxfamshopf3230@oxfam.org.uk & 01237 472581

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