Focus On: Oxfam

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OxfamGB/Leading UK charity fighting global poverty

If you have been following this blog for a while you will be aware that I volunteer in my local Oxfam.  This is why there are a few posts about Oxfam in this blog.  It’s a place I understand!

Did you know Oxfam’s motto is: We won’t live with poverty?  This means anywhere, including here in the UK.

As stated before in a previous post, Oxfam stands/stood for Oxford for famine relief.  Since humble beginnings the charity has grown to be a big organisation.


Oxfam will take donations of virtually anything.  Did you know they will take ladies bra’s to send out to Africa, and will also recycle anything that is not saleable here, by using a service called wastesaver.  This keeps as much as possible out of landfill.


Where I volunteer in my local Oxfam, we are only one of eleven stores nationally that will take small electricals.

The reason, we have volunteers who are willing to test these items for the Portable Appliance Testing (PAT) so that they are legal to sell on.  Without these volunteers, our store would not be able to do this.


You will all be familiar with the Oxfam Shops on the high street, some of which specialise in Books only.

What you see in these stores is the culmination of hard work behind the scenes to make sure that items are saleable at the best price possible for yourselves and the charity.


As pointed out again in my previous post, your £1 donation is split like this:

For every £1 you spend in Oxfam

83p goes directly to emergency development and campaigning work

10p is spent on support costs

7p is invested to generate further revenue

If you Gift Aid your donations, you effectively add another 25% of the money we receive, from the sale of those donations.


Although some donations will not be suitable to sell, Oxfam will not let it go to landfill.

Everything however small will help.


If you are having a New Year declutter, please do think about donating to charity whether it’s Oxfam or elsewhere, it will do more good there than in landfill.  Helps you to keep your space tidy, earns money for the charity, and recycles your items for someone else.

Go and checkout your local high street, see what bargains you can find. 

Checkout the online store too.

Let me know in the comments what you found.



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