Oban’s Oxfam opens soon


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Volunteers are needed to help run Oban’s Oxfam shop when it re-opens on Wednesday July 15.

The charity, that has a network of 42 high street shops across Scotland, hopes the majority of them will open that day now that the Scottish Government has given permission for non-essential shops to start trading again.

Oxfam says that protecting staff, volunteers, and customers from Covid  remains priority and measures will be taken to create a safe environment in store including social distancing, readily available hand sanitiser, masks and gloves for staff, screens at tills, regular and frequent cleaning.

Changing rooms will be shut, donated items will be isolated for 48 hours before they are sorted and paying with cash will be discouraged.

The Oban shop is appealing for people to ring ahead first before dropping off donated items and volunteers are needed to work there. Each shop typically relies on a team of 30 dedicated volunteers and one or two staff.

Tom Richardson, Oxfam’s Operations Manager for Scotland said: ‘Oxfam relies on the goodwill and generosity of our volunteer team to help run our shops and we’re always looking for more help. We’ve all got the power to help change the world and everyone who volunteers in our shops is doing their bit, in their own way, to help create a fairer future for everyone.’

Volunteers are asked to give as little as four 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. In advance of Scottish shops re-opening, people are invited to register their interest in volunteering  online at www.oxfam.org.uk‎