When did you start volunteering at Oxfam Birmingham?
I started volunteering at Oxfam in July 2014.
Why did you start volunteering at Oxfam?
I wanted to do something in addition to gardening, which is what I had been doing previously. I was looking for somewhere I could have more contact with the public and where I could make use of my knowledge and enthusiasm for subjects such as history.
I researched into Oxfam bookshops specifically and, having read positive reviews from customers online, decided that the Oxfam Birmingham shop is where I wanted to volunteer. The first time I visited the shop was actually for my interview! I found the manager and other staff to be friendly and liked the manager’s vision for the shop to be a community space as well as a bookshop.
What’s your favourite book?
‘Treasure Island’ by Robert Louis Stevenson. I first read this book as a child, around when the 1990 film version came out. I like the way the book is written, the characters and the adventurous story.
Jack, can you tell us a little about yourself?
I have lived in a few places around the Midlands, moving from Tamworth to Nottingham and then to Solihull where I am now. I spend most of my time in Birmingham these days, whether it be volunteering or socialising, and aim to move to the city soon.
I have also been volunteering for the last 6 years at Martineau Gardens, a lovely community garden and charity in Edgbaston. If you haven’t been you should visit, they regularly hold events and it’s a great place to come and relax.
Although I have always lived in the UK, I am interested in world affairs and travel. Recently I went on a tour of Guru Nanak Gurdwara in Smethwick with a group of like-minded people. It is the first and largest of its kind in the UK and Europe. Through working at Oxfam I have met people from around the world and I enjoy talking to them about the countries they come from. I am currently learning Italian and would like to visit Italy again in future.