It takes a lot of wonderful people to run a bookshop as great as ours. Without our hardworking volunteers, the running of the shop would come to a halt. The plentiful books lining our shelves? They would be resigned to a never-ending pile in one of our sorting rooms. The friendly faces at the till? Gone. In short, without our volunteers the wonderful people of York would have one less place to buy books, and one less place to support the brilliant work of Oxfam. And we can’t have that, can we?

This is where you come in. Yes, you – you there, lovingly reading this post.


Do you love books? Do you think Oxfam’s work is valuable and worth a few hours of your time a week? Do you have your own vehicle? Then you are exactly the kind of person we need!

Oxfam Books, Petergate, is in need of a driver. Since we are located on a road which is pedestrianised most of the time, members of the public find it difficult to bring their donations to the shop. To combat this, we make collections from private addresses. This is why we need drivers – to make these collections and help us source quality stock.

This is a varied and interesting role which would suit someone with good organisation skills and an interest in books. You will be required to make collections from a variety of locations in the York area, so some local knowledge would be useful but not essential.  Applicants will need to be physically able as there will occasionally be some heavy lifting involved.

Applicants will be required to work at least one afternoon a week, but hours and timings will vary so flexibility is important. Volunteers must have their own vehicle and a valid UK driving license. Petrol costs will be reimbursed.
If you are interested in applying or have further questions about the role, please email the shop manager, John McKay, at

Oxfam Books, Petergate is located in the centre of York. The shop sells a wide variety of books and DVDs, as well as gifts, cards and fair-trade products.
As part of Oxfam Trading UK, their remit is to make as much money as they can to help towards Oxfam’s global fight against poverty.