Charlee-AnnWhen did you start volunteering at Oxfam Birmingham?
I started volunteering for Oxfam in February of 2016.

Why did you start volunteering at Oxfam?
I recently graduated from uni and don’t have a job yet, so I wanted to feel I was actually doing something. I wanted something to do that would help people. The fact that Oxfam Kings Heath is dedicated to books and music made the decision easy. I love books. I love being surrounded by them. I love when someone brings a book to the till that you’ve read and loved–it’s like sharing a secret with them. I also wanted to do something to push me out of my usual comfort zones and improve my confidence. I can do all this, and at the same time help a good cause. If anything, I think that Oxfam has done more for me than I’ve done for it.

What’s your favourite book?
At any time I’ll always have two favourite books: my ultimate favourite and the last book I read that I loved. My ultimate favourite will always be Alice in Wonderland. My favourite of the moment is Between the Lines by Jodi Piccoult and Samantha Van Leer.

Charlee-Ann, can you tell us a little about yourself?
I’m 22, a recent Creative Writing graduate, and an aspiring writer. I chose to study writing because I wanted to know as much as I could and constantly improve as a writer. I hope to be published some day, and who knows? Maybe one day my own books will be in Oxfam!

In my spare time, I constantly have a new hobby. I knit, I draw, I make jewellery, I’ve just started learning to make my own clothes on the sewing machine. In September, I’m hoping to start a course to train to be a florist.