Where do we fit into what Oxfam does?
Oxfam’s aim is to reduce poverty and suffering for everyone in the world. There are two broad approaches that Oxfam takes to the problem:
- By directly helping people to help themselves, supporting local organisations in poor parts of the world. Oxfam also carries out major disaster relief work.
- By campaigning for national and international policy changes that will help the world’s poor.
The Cambridge Oxfam Group is a group of volunteers in the Cambridge UK area who, in their spare time, help Oxfam by local fundraising with events and collections to pay for emergency and development work in the developing world.
What are the different parts of Oxfam in Cambridge?
Oxfam has several identities in Cambridge, and it can be confusing at first.
Oxfam shops – The most obvious presence of Oxfam – there are four in Cambridge. These are on Bridge Street, Mill Road, Sidney Street (a bookshop) and Burleigh Street.
Cambridge Oxfam Group – Our group of volunteers who have other day jobs. We work closely with the regional fundraising department of Oxfam (currently based in London) and sometimes with local shops.
What does the Cambridge Oxfam Group do?
Basically anything that we can think of that will help!
Fundraising events are our main focus – These can include gigs, pub quizes or street collections.
What does helping with the group involve?
There are lots of different things you can do within the group, according to what you’re interested in and how much time you have
- Organising/supporting events
- Promoting events in the media – newspapers, local radio and TV
- Making posters and publicity materials
- Running the group
- Enlisting the support of friends and colleagues
- Sending e-mails to, talking to and working with your MP or MEP
Some people in the group help out very occasionally, maybe once a year, and others are very active and come to every meeting. It’s up to you what you want to do, but the more you put in, the more you get out.
Why not get involved?