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Online Dispatch Volunteer (Altrincham)


Oxfam Altrincham is joining the Oxfam Online Shop!

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 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.

Come and join our exciting new team and help Oxfam to end extreme poverty for good. Please be aware that our office is based on the second floor of the shop and unfortunately doesn't have any disabled access.

Ideally, you will be able to volunteer at least two days a week, for an hour each day (the timing is very flexible).

Key responsibilities:

  • Check which items have sold
  • 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:

  • A 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.
  • An opportunity to work for a global organisation.
  • An insight into the processes involved within e-commerce.
  • Opportunity to develop photography and computer skills.
  • References provided for future employers.
  • Lunch and local travel expenses can be reimbursed in line with Oxfam's expense policy.


Sarah Mason

Area Online Support Manager

Oxfam Chorlton

494 Wilbraham Road

Chorlton cum Hardy, Manchester

M21 9AS

Tel: 01618610108

Email: or

Application process:

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

Application deadline:

05 July 2017

Interview date:

To be arranged. 

Start date:

As soon as application and references have been approved.


  • North west


  • Shop

Work Days:

  • Weekdays
  • Weekends

Work Times:

  • Day Time