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Oxfam Representative


Do you have the passion and drive to change lives?

Volunteer as an Oxfam Representative and become part of a movement of people who won't live with poverty. You'll share your love and enthusiasm for Oxfam by delivering talks and learning activities in your local community. From schools to churches, youth groups to Oxfam shops, the possibilities are endless! You'll be given fantastic training and have great support along the way. If you have the confidence to speak in public and want to inspire others to create lasting change then we want to hear from you.

To be able to fulfil at least 6 speaking events over one year + planning time.

Key responsibilities:

As an Oxfam Representative you will visit schools, Oxfam shops, and adult / youth groups in your local area to deliver talks on the work of Oxfam. You may  be asked to deliver interactive activities about:

  • The work of Oxfam
  • Inequality
  • Climate Change
  • Education

You will also:

  • Assess how each talk has gone and always look for ways to improve
  • Be invited to carry out talks and activities when requests are received in your area and communicate with Oxfam Representative Coordinator  to accept or decline them
  • Generate requests from schools and community groups in your local area
  • Inspire people to join Oxfam's movement to end global poverty
  • Inform schools and youth organisations about the fantastic support and resources offered by Oxfam
  • Use your creative skills to adjust your talk to suit different types of audience
  • Keep up to date with new resources and be contacted regularly by the coordinator of the scheme

You must be able to:

  • Attend training
  • Adhere to Oxfam's volunteering, safeguarding and child protection policy
  • Comply with an enhanced DBS check (previously CRB) through Oxfam's preferred provider
  • Travel within your local area - we will pay your expenses

Evaluate and feedback on the success of talks and activities completed

Skills and competencies:

It is desirable that volunteers will possess some or all the following skills:

  • Excellent communication skills and the confidence to speak in public
  • Flexible and independent approach
  • Commitment to Oxfam's aims and values and an interest in Oxfam's work
  • Passion and enthusiasm about the promotion of Oxfam
  • Experience of working with young people and community groups would be desirable
  • Basic understanding of global issues
  • Experience of using Powerpoint to deliver presentations

 Due to the nature of this role which potentially involves contact with children, applicants must agree to an enhanced DBS check.

What this role can offer the volunteer:

Oxfam will support the volunteers with:

  • A training course to introduce you to the knowledge, skills and techniques required (training dates tbc)
  • Practical materials, guidelines, and useful information
  • Ongoing support from the Oxfam Representatives Coordinator and other staff members

 Volunteers will:

  • Be contributing towards Oxfam's goal of a building a just world without poverty
  • Be able to build skills, confidence and experience in effective communication and facilitation techniques working with various groups
  • Have the opportunity to represent a leading development agency in its public engagement work
  • Be able to claim expenses in line with Oxfam's Policy.


Louise Waters

Oxfam Representative Coordinator

Supporter Relations Team

Oxfam House

John Smith Drive






Application process:

Please complete and send the Volunteer Application Form (92KB DOC) along with a covering letter and CV to the address above. 

In your covering letter, please explain the extent to which you posses the skills identified above.

Application deadline:

31 January 2017

Interview date:

To be arranged between 1st Feb - 8th Feb 2017

Following an initial telephone interview, short listed candidates will be invited to a training day in Lancaster on 14th Feb 2016

Final selection of volunteers will be made after the training

Start date:

As soon as possible after 20th Feb 2017


  • North


  • Home and community

Work Days:

  • Weekends
  • Weekdays

Work Times:

  • Day Time