VOLUNTEERS are being urged to come forward to help a charity shop raise money for the poorest people in the world over Christmas.

Oxfam Glastonbury is appealing for volunteers to help run the shop during the festive season at what is the busiest time of the year in the retail calendar, making millions for Oxfam’s work beating poverty around the world.

Volunteers are needed for a range of roles, such as manning the tills; window dressing; sorting donations; listing items online and updating social media.

Shop manager, Angus, said: “Christmas is the best time of year to be in an Oxfam shop; with lots of festive goodies on sale, our mission is to spread good cheer and raise vital funds for Oxfam's work in relieving poverty.

“Put simply, without volunteers we could not open. Volunteers really are the heart and soul of our shop and we rely on them and appreciate their contribution hugely.

"We do all we can to make sure every volunteer has an enjoyable time, and gets what they hope for out of the experience."

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As well as stocking pre-loved clothes and homewares, books and music, Oxfam Glastonbury stocks an ethically sourced range of new products from the Sourced By Oxfam range that are popular Christmas presents and decorations.

The items, which include cards and gift wrap, are made by craftspeople around the world who are paid a fair wage for their work.

Angus added: “Come and be part of our little ‘Oxfamily’ this Christmas. You can volunteer for as little as four hours a week, on a temporary basis or permanent too. By giving your time, you’re helping to raise money for the world’s poorest people.

“At Oxfam you can gain retail experience, find a supportive community of volunteers on your doorstep, improve your communication skills, and help make a difference.”

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The store, in Market Place, was put under the global spotlight before the 2019 Glastonbury Festival, when posters confirming the headline appearance of rap star Stormzy were put in the window and covered by media around the world.

Oxfam accepts volunteers from the age of 14, but all under 18-year-olds must have the consent of a parent or guardian.