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Online Dispatch Volunteer (Chorlton Cum Hardy)


Oxfam Online Shop sells exciting donated fashion and books to a world-wide audience. We are looking for organised and dedicated volunteers who are can package and post our parcels to their new homes. You will package the sold items, weigh them, and use online accounts to pay for postage from our fully-equipped new base above the Chorlton shop. You will also take the packages to the local post office.

It is a great opportunity to join a brand new project and develop basic computer and admin skills. You'll have training with the computer programmes, and be guided through the packaging standards for Oxfam Online Shop. There are also opportunities to try photography and listing, if you want to expand your volunteer role.

Ideally, you will be able to volunteer 2 hours a day, one day a week (but the time of day is very flexible). 

Key responsibilities:

  • Be available to check if items have sold at least 2 times a week (for an hour)
  • Package items in accordance with Oxfam Online Shop guidelines
  • Use parcel information to pay for postage using online programmes 
  • Take parcels to the local post office (small amount of manual handling and outdoor time) 
  • We will provide training for all the equipment and computer programmes, as well as an introduction and guidance to the Oxfam Online Shop

Skills and competencies:

  • An methodical and organised approach
  • Basic IT skills and competency
  • Attention to detail
  • Ability to work independently, but with guidance and support
  • This role does require a minimal amount of manual handling, and travel (250 metres)

What this role can offer the volunteer:

  • You will be helping Oxfam in its mission to build a just world without poverty.
  • References provided for future employers.
  • An insight into the processes involved within e-commerce, including administration and warehouse skills
  • The opportunity to develop computer skills
  • Lunch expenses and reasonable local travel costs can be reimbursed in line with Oxfam's policy.


Sarah Mason

Area Online Support Manager

Oxfam Chorlton

494 Wilbraham Road, Chorlton cum Hardy , Manchester , M21 9AS

01618610108 or

Application process:

Please complete and send the Volunteer Application form to the address above.

Application deadline:

31 March 2017

Interview date:

To be arranged

Start date:

As soon as application and references have been approved.


  • North west


  • Shop
  • Office

Work Days:

  • Weekdays

Work Times:

  • Day Time