Volunteer Spotlight

Alison Volunteer SpotlightAlison

Alison recently became the Shop Manager at our Acocks Green branch! Just goes to show the job skills and opportunities here at Oxfam!

When did you start volunteering at Oxfam Birmingham?
I started volunteering at Oxfam in September this year after coming into the shop and having a chat with Ladi, the manager.

Why did you start volunteering at Oxfam?
I wanted to build up skills after a long period of unemployment for health reasons and felt volunteering would be a great, mutually-beneficial way to do so. When I spotted the shop I knew it was ideal for me as both a charity I believe in and a bookstore, which suits a bookworm like me down to the ground.

What’s your favourite book?
A couple of my all-time favourites are Roald Dahl’s “Matilda” and Lewis Carroll’s “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland”, which I collect different editions of. More recently I fell in love with “The Book Thief” by Markus Zusak but I have varied tastes and like to try new genres.

Alison, can you tell us a little about yourself?
I was born and raised in Lincolnshire with my parents and two older sisters. I moved down to Birmingham in 2002 after finishing my GCSEs to live with my now-husband, Chris. I love to read and frequently worry that I may one day be buried under a pile of my unread books. I have recently signed up to study English Language and Literature via the Open University next year to eventually gain a BA Honours degree. I’m impatient to get started!


Lift Lives

Lift one person through Oxfam, and they will lift others. Before long, whole communities are feeling the impact. With your help, one good thing leads to another.

Oxfam Kings Heath has become a second-home to many of us. It’s a place where donated books and music gain new life by inspiring you to create, to learn, and to imagine.

That simple act of sharing not only lifts lives around you, but across the world in other communities. Our contributions to Oxfam support such vital projects as paying for midwives in Ghana; providing cell phones to women leaders so they can receive vital farming information, such as weather reports and market prices; and installing a few hundred toilets in Kenya to stop the spread of disease, create jobs, and even help farmers grow food.

When you visit our shop, you also brighten the lives of our volunteers! Each of us brings a unique skill set and background that we enjoy using to connect you with the perfect book, a unique gift, or a new sound. Our shop runs on the creativity and effort of our volunteers and we couldn’t do it without them.

Our goal is to not only be a place to browse and shop, but also a place to participate in events such as author readings by Birmingham’s ex-poet laureate David Hart and The Minimalists, or a fun workshop on creating paper Christmas trees from upcycled books. Over the next year, we plan to host even more events.

In this blog, we’ll share with you fascinating new donations and keep you updated on future events. You can also like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter for updates.

So stop by and help Oxfam lift communities one person at a time!