Grab a book and a brew at charity event

Oxfam volunteer Lindsay Rose prepares for a pop up event at the Fossgate Social.

Oxfam volunteer Lindsay Rose prepares for a pop up event at the Fossgate Social.

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CAFE-GOERS can mix their coffee with culture and their beer with books next week, thanks to a new charity drive in York.

Oxfam Books have teamed up with The Fossgate Social in Fossgate, for a two-day venture to raise money for Oxfam's work around the world.

On Thursday and Friday of next week, August 28 and 29, Oxfam Books will set up a pop-up stall in the cafe.

Lindsay Rose, Oxfam Books volunteer, said: “We just want as many people as possible to get their hands on our great selection of books and help raise as much money for Oxfam as we can.

"We are big fans of The Fossgate Social here at the shop and thought it was the perfect atmosphere and setting for a pop-up event like ours.”

The cafe opened in the spring and sells craft beers as well as a wide range of coffee and snacks.

There will also be live music throughout the Thursday afternoon and Friday evening on Friday, including from Indie Folk duo The Lungs, Rory Welbrock of Bull, the soulful tones of Mike Johnson, York favourite Zak Ford and Liverpool based folksters Seafaring Creatures.

The pop-up shop will run from 11am to 4pm on Thursday 28 August and from 11am to 8pm on Friday 29 August.

Oxfam's current campaigns include to bring water and other aid to civilians caught up in the Gaza crisis and its ongoing appeal to bring relief to those affected by the crisis in South Sudan.

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11:03am Mon 18 Aug 14

marvell says...

If people knew what percentage of their income Oxfam spend on admin they would support other leaner more efficient charities. Only 25% of Oxfam shop's income is spent on charitable projects - the rest being absorbed in costs - which is odd given how many of their shops "employ" volunteers.

There are so many better charitable York projects that badly need public support than Oxfam.
If people knew what percentage of their income Oxfam spend on admin they would support other leaner more efficient charities. Only 25% of Oxfam shop's income is spent on charitable projects - the rest being absorbed in costs - which is odd given how many of their shops "employ" volunteers. There are so many better charitable York projects that badly need public support than Oxfam. marvell
  • Score: -11

12:16pm Mon 18 Aug 14

York2000 says...

marvell - There's always one that wants to spoil everything.
marvell - There's always one that wants to spoil everything. York2000
  • Score: 11

12:45pm Mon 18 Aug 14

Fat Harry says...

marvell wrote:
If people knew what percentage of their income Oxfam spend on admin they would support other leaner more efficient charities. Only 25% of Oxfam shop's income is spent on charitable projects - the rest being absorbed in costs - which is odd given how many of their shops "employ" volunteers. There are so many better charitable York projects that badly need public support than Oxfam.
Please provide some evidence.

I had a quick look at Oxfam's website where they state that 9p of every £1 donated goes to admin, but of course that probably doesn't include revenue from the shops.

By all means don't help Oxfam if you disapprove of them helping victims of famine and war, but please don't try to persuade other people to withhold their help with no evidence for your assertions - it looks like malice.
[quote][p][bold]marvell[/bold] wrote: If people knew what percentage of their income Oxfam spend on admin they would support other leaner more efficient charities. Only 25% of Oxfam shop's income is spent on charitable projects - the rest being absorbed in costs - which is odd given how many of their shops "employ" volunteers. There are so many better charitable York projects that badly need public support than Oxfam.[/p][/quote]Please provide some evidence. I had a quick look at Oxfam's website where they state that 9p of every £1 donated goes to admin, but of course that probably doesn't include revenue from the shops. By all means don't help Oxfam if you disapprove of them helping victims of famine and war, but please don't try to persuade other people to withhold their help with no evidence for your assertions - it looks like malice. Fat Harry
  • Score: 14

10:35am Tue 19 Aug 14

heworth.28 says...

marvell wrote:
If people knew what percentage of their income Oxfam spend on admin they would support other leaner more efficient charities. Only 25% of Oxfam shop's income is spent on charitable projects - the rest being absorbed in costs - which is odd given how many of their shops "employ" volunteers.

There are so many better charitable York projects that badly need public support than Oxfam.
The reality is these shops need to pay rent , wages, bills, maintenance etc, if you look at Oxfam's annual report they're pretty honest about the reality of how much money is spent on these things. What a lot of people don't realise is that the shops are only a small amount of their income (10-20% I think) so assuming that fixed costs of a retail premises = inefficiency is a bit of a leap. As someone else said there are numerous charities supporting every cause you can think of, mithering on here about an organisation with a £400 million turnover isn't going to get you anywhere.
[quote][p][bold]marvell[/bold] wrote: If people knew what percentage of their income Oxfam spend on admin they would support other leaner more efficient charities. Only 25% of Oxfam shop's income is spent on charitable projects - the rest being absorbed in costs - which is odd given how many of their shops "employ" volunteers. There are so many better charitable York projects that badly need public support than Oxfam.[/p][/quote]The reality is these shops need to pay rent , wages, bills, maintenance etc, if you look at Oxfam's annual report they're pretty honest about the reality of how much money is spent on these things. What a lot of people don't realise is that the shops are only a small amount of their income (10-20% I think) so assuming that fixed costs of a retail premises = inefficiency is a bit of a leap. As someone else said there are numerous charities supporting every cause you can think of, mithering on here about an organisation with a £400 million turnover isn't going to get you anywhere. heworth.28
  • Score: 5

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