Oxfam unveils plans for reopening of charity shops
Oxfam will begin reopening its network of high street shops in England from 15 June.
The charity is aiming to have as many shops operating as possible by the end of July. Shops in Scotland and Wales will remain closed for the time being in line with their respective governments’ Covid-19 restrictions.
Oxfam said the phased approach will enable shop teams to follow government advice and create a safe environment in store. This will include having enough space for social distancing and the provision of PPE for staff and volunteers. All surfaces, doors and equipment will be regularly cleaned and donated items will be isolated for 72 hours.
The charity is appealing for volunteers to help get the shops back up and running. Each shop typically relies on a team of 30 volunteers and one or two staff, with more than 20,000 volunteers required in total. Oxfam is encouraging people register their interest in volunteering on its website.
Danny Sriskandarajah, Oxfam GB chief executive, said: “Our shops are a much loved part of their communities and, at this difficult time, we can’t wait to reopen our doors and reconnect with our supporters and shoppers. Our shop staff and volunteers are working hard to make sure we can welcome the public back into Oxfam stores safely.
“By donating to, shopping in or volunteering with Oxfam, people will be helping us to respond to Covid-19 around the world, providing vital support such as hand washing facilities, clean water, toilets and soap in the most vulnerable communities.”
Oxfam has 595 UK shops which last year raised £17.4 million.