Campaigning FAQs

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The Festival Campaigner role involves engaging people in the work of Oxfam. We want you to help lift people out of poverty by taking our campaign out to the crowds and bringing it alive! You'll be talking to festival-goers all over the site and encouraging them to take part in creative and thought-provoking activities.

To be a success in this role, we need people who are enthusiastic, who have experience of communicating with others and who will brave any weather condition to get out there and engage with festival-goers. Shifts may involve several different activities to keep them interesting. Please note that campaigning if predominantly as roaming role. We will also provide you with one meal voucher for each shift.

Festival Campaigners will be expected to complete four shifts, each shift lasting six hours, and you'll get a break for lunch. The latest you will be required to work is 6pm.

As all campaigners work the same shift times so changing shift time is not possible. If you have any problem with being able to complete your shift you will need to talk directly to the Oxfam Campaign staff onsite as soon as possible.

Festival Campaigning places are allocated according to whether you meet the selection criteria. There is no guarantee that because you have a place, your friend will also have one, so please be prepared to be working with people that you don't know. We work in small groups decided onsite and we mix these up over the week, so you'll be working with lots of different people.

Campaigners may be asked to wear an Oxfam campaign t-shirt, which we will provide. In 2019 we used up-cycled Oxfam t-shirts from previous years campaigns. Apart from that, you will need to bring practical clothes to suit different times of day and weather conditions. Sturdy shoes and a waterproof coat are essential! We will include items we suggest you bring in the arrival information email 2 weeks before the festival.

You must be available until the end of your last shift on Sunday afternoon, as per the campaigning dates you agree to on the application form when you apply. You may leave site after this providing there are no restriction on traffic or gates imposed by the festival - this can be confirmed onsite by the Campaigns Manager.

You can apply for volunteering online via the Oxfam website. You will be able to access our website and complete your application on your smartphone, iPad or tablet device. Check on our festival pages which festivals we will be campaigning at, then login or create account on our website here and select your festival.

To be considered for a campaigner place at Glastonbury you will be required to volunteer at a second festival either as a campaigner, steward or shop volunteer. If you cancel your second festival after Glastonbury, you will lose half of your deposit (unless you have a valid reason and you can provide evidence, in which case a £20 admin fee will apply instead).

Due to a high demand for places at Glastonbury we ask volunteers to show that they are committed to the role by volunteering at a second festival.

We review all applications a few weeks after we launch and aim to get back to you to confirm festival places within a month. Feedback time for applications made after this may vary, so please refer to the website for updated response times during the season. If your application is unsuccessful your deposit will be refunded into your account.

Yes, there will be pre-event training as well as on-site training before each festival opens. All the details will be confirmed in writing to you if you have been successful. We will also send you some pre-festival information 2 weeks before the festival which will include arrival information, briefing times and some documents to read before you arrive on-site.

Yes. We bring a new campaign to festivals each summer, so it is crucial you attend the training. Nobody is exempt from this and if you do not attend a session you will not be allowed to volunteer with us as a festival campaigner.

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