Oxfam Pops Up at The Fossgate Social

“We’re popping up so you can pop in.”

On Thursday 28th and Friday 29th August Oxfam Books will be setting up shop at York’s new favourite haunt, The Fossgate Social. For two days only, Oxfam Petergate will be selling their books to the general public in a very special location: the latest addition to Fossgate’s food and drink scene.

Enjoy a cappuccino or a craft beer while browsing a hand picked selection of books as a one off by the local bookshop for summer 2014. There will also be live music from local musicians over both the days.  

Lindsay Rose, Oxfam Books Volunteer said “We just want as many people as possible to get their hands on our great selection of books and help raise as much money for Oxfam as we can. We are big fans of The Fossgate Social here at the shop and thought it was the perfect atmosphere and setting for a pop-up event like ours.”

Running from 11am – 4pm on Thursday 28th and Friday 29th August, pop in to the Oxfam Pop Up at Fossgate Social for a drink, some live music and lots of literary gems.

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Article in York Press.

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It takes all sorts…find out what role fits you, we’re currently looking to add to our Saturday team #york

It takes all sorts…find out what role fits you, we’re currently looking to add to our Saturday team #york

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It takes all sorts… we’re currently r

It takes all sorts… we’re currently recruiting for our weekend teams. If you’re interested let us know http://ow.ly/d/24le #york

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Fall in love with books again

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This Valentine’s weekend we are encouraging their customers to have a blind date with a book. To avoid judging the books by their covers they are all wrapped in plain paper with a few tantalising clues written on them to suggest their identity.

For a donation of two pounds we are hoping customers will fall for the inner beauty of the books. All money raised will go towards provide safe water for those who need it most.

From Thursday 13th February to Sunday 16th February


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Christmas with a Difference

At Oxfam Books, we love Christmas. If you happen to pop into the shop you’ll notice we’ve already got into the swing of the festive season, selling a range of seasonal products from Fairtrade advent calendars to Christmas crackers as the countdown to Christmas officially gets underway! But this year, what we love even more is Christmas with a Difference.

Christmas with a Difference is a special event run by St Michael le Belfrey Church, with the aim being to help you make a difference this Christmas by showing you how your spending can help others. Oxfam will have a stall at the event, which takes place from 10.30am – 4pm on Saturday 23rd November, and we will be selling our range of beautiful Christmas cards and other holiday gifts with all of the profits going towards Oxfam’s work. This event is a great opportunity for us to raise awareness of Oxfam and their fantastic work to eradicate poverty around the world. By purchasing one of our Christmassy items, you can kick-start the holiday season knowing that you are making a difference to somebody living in poverty this Christmas.

Oxfam will be at St Michael’s Christmas with a Difference event all day, so pay us a visit this Saturday and see if anything festive takes your fancy, whilst learning how you can make a difference over the holiday season. With free refreshments provided all day and a whole host of local charities attending, how could you say no?!

Details of the event can be found here.

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New opportunities

It’s been a long, busy summer here at Oxfam Books, which has seen our blog take a two month hiatus. With winter hot on our heels, we’ve finally found time to get back in the blogosphere, and we’re starting by recruiting some new members to join our team (we’re friendly, we promise!).

Although we always welcome new volunteers here at Oxfam Books Petergate, this time we also have some more specific roles opening up in the shop that offer diverse experience with a range of really great transferable skills, and only require a few hours a week of your time!

We’re looking for a few volunteers to help us with the online side of our business, so recruiting online sales volunteers is first on the list of new roles! Developing the online business could involve researching book prices, assisting in photographing items for selling and managing the sales of these items through websites such as eBay and Abe Books. Online sales play a huge role in our shop and volunteering just four hours a week can make a huge difference to eradicating poverty, as well as giving you the chance to really expand your skills. You don’t need to have a business degree to help us with this side of the shop, or even have direct experience – a strong, savvy mind will do us just fine!

We’re also in need of volunteers to offer four hours a week of their time to spend at the shop, whether that be stocking books, selling books or helping run the social media side of Oxfam Books. Volunteering here is varied and exciting – and we even throw in a tea-break every so often!

Oxfam are dedicated to raising money to end poverty, and volunteering for just a few hours a week really contributes towards this. We rely on our dedicated volunteers to keep us running smoothly, so if you’re interested in assisting with our online sales or in the shop, we’d love to hear from you! Pop into the shop for a chat, fill out a volunteer form online  here or send us an email:


Email: oxfamshopf0608@oxfam.org.uk

Tel: 01904 652749

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What Are You Doing This Weekend?


This weekend, an epic endurance test will ensue in Sussex’s South Downs National Park. Trailwalker 2013 is a 100km challenge across the South Downs Way. The walk has to be completed within 30 hours.  Orginally a training exercise for Gurkhas, the walk started 31 years ago and it was only 11 years ago when it became open to the public. The Queens Gurkha Signals Regiment (QGS) partnered with Oxfam in 2002, enabling the endurance challenge to help raise millions of pounds for humanitarian projects around the world, as well as for the Gurkha Welfare Service. The walk is a mental challenge as much as a physical one, and while applications for undertaking the 2013 walk are now closed, volunteer positions are still available. Starting at Queen Elizabeth County Park, Petersfield, there are nine checkpoints where enthusiastic volunteers will be stationed to aid the walkers with everything from moral support and cups of tea to physiotherapy, blister plasters and foot massages. There is over 2,000 people entered into the walk and volunteer support is trailwalker volunteersinvaluable to all the teams. Oxfam reimburse travel expenses up to £60 for all volunteers and it is an excellent opportunity to help out, have loads of fun with friends, or meet new, like-minded people. Click here to sign up. 

If you’re not free this weekend, there are still so many diverse opportunities to give your time to at Oxfam. It’s not just fundraising or helping out at your local shop. There are always exciting and fun one-off events like Trailwalkers. It might be just what you are looking for if you are not able to give your time regularly but are looking for a way to help. A great way of keeping up to date with our event opportunities is joining the dedicated Oxfam events facebook page here.

Not free on the weekends, or fancy gaining some office experience? Another option are the volunteer internships available at one of Oxfam’s regional offices. This is a really exciting opportunity to gain experience of how a large organisation runs and to see things from a different perspective. It needn’t be said that it looks great on a C.V., too. They are usually 2-3 days a week for a period of anything from 3 to 12 months, still making it viable to work elsewhere at the same time. Some internships currently being featured include a Public Relations Intern in London, Research Intern in Oxford and a Public Engagement Intern in Bristol. Why not give it a go and apply? You never know what might come of it.

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