Be part of the team – About the roles

Oxfam Festivals has a wealth of opportunities to get involved with next  summer from stewarding,  campaigning and volunteering in a festival shop.  With many different roles and a variety of festivals across the UK, we hope that you join us as a volunteer next summer! Keep reading to learn more about how you can get involved with the #Oxfamily.

Stewarding

What is involved? Oxfam has been stewarding at festivals since Glastonbury 1993. As a steward you’re the eyes and ears of the festival, supporting the smooth running of the event. Stewarding responsibilities are varied, including helping festival-goers, checking wristbands, monitoring venues, and patrolling campsites. You might also find yourself working on accessible viewing platforms and fire towers.

What are the shifts like? You normally do three shifts over the festival, and each shift is eight hours long. Dependant on the festival you will usually do a one day shift, one evening shift, and one night shift across the course of the entire event.

Do I need any previous experience? We welcome volunteers from from every background, and while relevant experience is useful, we take on hundreds of new volunteers who are fresh to stewarding every year. You will receive a full training programme prior to arriving onsite, which will cover the stewarding basics, and ensure that you are prepared for every occasion.

Campaigning

What is involved? If you loving talking to the public and have a passion for making a difference in the world then campaigning may well be for you! As a volunteer campaigner, you will not only be raising awareness of Oxfam’s work, you’ll be inspiring people to help beat poverty too, in creative and thought-provoking ways. Campaigning is a predominantly roaming role within the arena, festival village and public campsites. We also have a campaigning hub with glitter, wristbands and space for the public to chat to us about Oxfam’s work. You will also get to meet hundreds of festivals goers, also other like-minded campaigners, whilst enjoying the festival!

What are the shifts like? In this role, you will normally do four daytime six-hour shifts, so the evenings will be yours to enjoy! (Result!) Unlike stewarding you will need to send us a short video letting us know why you would make a great Oxfam campaigner along with a short description.

Do I need any previous experience? Knowledge and passion for Oxfam’s work are desirable and you will need to be confident in inspiring the public. The campaign changes each year and you will be provided with all of the key info you need beforehand. There will also be a briefing when you arrive on site where you will find out more on the campaign, meet other campaigners and prepare yourselves with the support of the campaigning lead.

Shop volunteering

What is involved? If you have a passion for fashion and an eye for bargains then this could be the role for you. To join the festivals shop team you will need to have three months’ experience working in one of our high-street shops.

You will be joining the team to help sell our amazing festival stock. From wellies to hoodies or sunglasses and sequins, we curate our stock for each individual festival. Some of the best finds and amazing treasures are brought in from all our high-street shops. You could be helping set up and dress the shop, serving customers, handling cash, and packing up the shops fixtures and fittings. It all helps raise vital funds in our fight against global poverty.

What are the shifts like?  You may do three to five shifts across the course of the festival. There are a limited number of spaces and a selection process following your application.

If you have any questions about volunteering you can ask questions in our Facebook community forum, email us at festivals@oxfam.org.uk or call us on 0300 200 1266.

We hope to see you join us in summer 2019!

Oxfam Festivals Team

Comments

  1. Dear sir/madam

    Please include myself and my closest friend in assisting with the smooth running of any role towards the work required at any event !

    1. Hi Julia,

      Thanks very much for your interest in volunteering with Oxfam at Glastonbury. Our applications will be going live on the 12th February. You will need to register your interest first and sign up for our email updates: https://www.oxfam.org.uk/stewarding-forms/register-your-interest
      You can also join our Facebook community group here for updates: https://www.facebook.com/groups/oxfamfestivalsteam/

      Glastonbury is extremely popular so we cannot guarantee everyone will be selected, but please consider volunteering at some of the other festivals we work at too!

      We hope to see you this summer.
      All the best, Sam – Oxfam Festivals Team

  2. Dear Sir/Madam

    Myself and husband are looking forward to volunteering.
    We are both professionals with numerous transferable skills.
    Happy to help attitude in all areas of life.
    I currently volunteer at the local dog rescue centre in my spare time.
    Please let me know if you require any further information.
    Kind regards
    Melanie (Mel) Stagg

    1. Hi Mel,

      Thanks very much for your interest in volunteering with Oxfam this summer. Our applications will be going live on the 12th February.
      You will need to register your interest first and sign up for our email updates: https://www.oxfam.org.uk/stewarding-forms/register-your-interest
      You would both need to do this.
      You can also join our Facebook community group here for updates: https://www.facebook.com/groups/oxfamfestivalsteam/

      We have our volunteers at plenty of festivals over the summer so I’m sure we have one (or a few!) that will be perfect for you and your husband!
      All the best, Sam – Oxfam Festivals Team

    1. Hi Keith,

      Thanks for getting in touch and thanks for the question. Everyone who registered interest will have received an email (unless they opted out of email communication). Those with priority will have an email titled “You have priority”. Looking at our database it seems you have not stewarded with us before, therefore you won’t have qualified. Applications for the general public open on 12th February.
      Please see our website here to check the qualifying criteria: https://oxfamapps.org/festivals/faq.php
      You can stay up to date by joining out facebook group, there are plenty of regular volunteers who can answer any of your queries: https://www.facebook.com/groups/oxfamfestivalsteam/

      Look forward to seeing you in the summer!
      All the best, Sam – Oxfam Festivals Team

  3. Hi James,
    Look forward to hearing back from you. I am currently in the sixth form, and would like to volunteer for the summer – so for 1 festival or more would be great, and in local shop if possible. I would love to help at festivals in the shops, as looking to also work in merchandising.. so could help, but if not any other job – as would love to help. Many thanks.

    1. Hi James, to volunteer at a festival you need to be over 18 years old and to volunteer at the festival shops you will need at least 3-months experience working in an Oxfam shop. Applications open next week on 12th. Thanks- Zara

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