Are you ready for a fun filled summer of festivals?

With only a few weeks until applications open, there has been lots of excitement and activity over on our Facebook group. We’ve rounded up a few of the most commonly asked questions, to help you get ready to join us this summer! 

What roles are on offer? 

Over the summer we attend lots of different festivals and events all over the UK, taking volunteers to steward, run our festival shops, and campaign about Oxfam’s work.

Each role is different; as a steward, you’ll usually be asked to complete 3 x 8 hour shifts, typically one morning, one evening and one overnight, helping festival goers and being the ‘eyes and ears’ of the festival.

As a campaigner, you’ll be talking to members of the public about a cause important to Oxfam, over 4 shifts (1 per day) of 6 hours each. In the shop you’ll help with the set up and pack down of the shop, as well as doing a 6 hour shift each day getting out the best stock, cash handling and talking to customers.  

Oxfam Campaigners at Glastonbury 2019. Credit: Sam Baggette/Oxfam

Can I volunteer with my friends?  

Each individual must apply separately, with their own unique email address. If you are looking to volunteer as a steward, once you’ve applied you can add up to 5 friends to your shift partner group. We will do our best to make sure your shifts are at the same time, but can’t always promise they will be in the same location. If you are planning to volunteer as a campaigner or shop volunteer we can’t guarantee that your friends will all get a place due to the nature of the application process, however if they do we will do our best to put you together on shifts if we can. 

I’m planning to volunteer alone and I’m feeling nervous, what can I expect?  

One of the best things about volunteering with Oxfam is the #Oxfamily and the wonderful volunteer community that exists at our festivals. You’re guaranteed to meet people of all ages, from all walks of life and will certainly leave with some new friends, even if you arrive alone. We have a social marquee which is a great place to grab a brew and say hello to your fellow volunteers, as well as getting the chance to chat whilst you’re on shift. Lots of people who started out solo now come with friends they’ve made along the way!

Oxfam Stewards at Glastonbury 2019. Credit: Sam Baggette/Oxfam

What do I need to do to be ready for the applications opening? 

Before applications open:

If you are applying for the first time, you will need to sign up as a new user here. To do this you will need:  

  • A unique email address 
  • Basic information about yourself (Name, DOB, Mobile Number) 
  • Password (including at least one non alphanumeric character and at least one uppercase letter) 
  • You will also be asked if you have any unspent criminal convictions and how you would prefer we keep in touch with you. Make sure to select yes if you would like to receive emails from us!  

If you’re applying as a previous volunteer, please check you can log in to your account. If you can’t get in, we recommend resetting your password here. Your profile is reset each year, so any information saved here previously will need to be completed again this year. 

When do applications open?  

In 2020 we have three important dates for applications.

29th Jan is Priority Stewarding application opening, 4th Feb is Public Stewarding applications opening, and 11th Feb is Campaigner and Shops application opening.

Applications on each date will open sometime around mid-morning. There have been lots of questions asking for a specific time but currently this is not something we announce in advance, however we will be posting on our Facebook group and other social media channels as soon as applications are open.  

Festival goers having fun exploring the Oxfam treature trove (oxfam shop) at Glastonbury 2017. Credit: Sam Baggette/Oxfam

How do I apply once applications are open?  

  • From the drop-down menu, select your festival and role
  • Pay your deposit if you are stewarding or campaigning (equal to the cost of a festival ticket) 

For Stewards:  

Once your deposit is paid, your place is reserved, however your place is only confirmed once you have completed your profile and have all green ticks. On the day the applications open, the profile will be switched off for a few hours until traffic to the website has eased. In order to get your green ticks you need to: 

  • Select and attend a training session if you are a new volunteer or you have not trained in 4 years
  • Upload a passport style photo
  • Obtain a reference
  • Complete your travel details
  • Add shift partners if necessary

Campaigners and Shops  

For Campaign and Shop volunteers, there is a longer application process so your place is not automatically confirmed. 

For your campaigner application to be considered, you must:  

  • Tell us about any relevant skills and experience
  • Create and link us to a short video of yourself telling us why people should support Oxfam
  • Upload a passport style photo of yourself
  • Obtain a reference
  • Complete your travel details

More information about Campaigner applications and the video can be found here.

For your shop application to be considered, you must have;  

  • Your Oxfam Shop number  
  • Provided a referee email address – please note your reference must be an Oxfam member of staff who has known you for at least 3 months. Without this, your application will not be successful
  • Upload a passport style photo of yourself
  • Complete your travel details 

Once you have filled in your application you will receive an informal telephone interview. This is a great opportunity to talk about your Oxfam experience and ask questions about the festival shop volunteer role. 

Stewards working at Glastonbury 2017 .Credit: Sam Baggette/Oxfam

I’ve got a place at a festival – What’s next?  

Start getting excited for the summer! We’ll be posting more tips on what to pack, the best camping gear, festival fashion and everything in between, so keep an eye on the blog for updates. You can join our Facebook group which is a great place to chat with fellow volunteers about everything from the best bands to see this summer, to planning meet ups and crew bar crawls!

And why not do 2? Volunteer at 2 festivals this year (at least one must be volunteering as a steward) and you will qualify for priority status in 2021 giving you access to applications a week earlier than the public. 

Good luck & see you in a field soon!

Oxfam Festivals Team x

Comments

  1. Hi to the Oxfam team,
    I am a long term Oxfam steward and latterly a campaigner at the last 3 Glastonbury’s and Latitude’s. I can’t wait to sign up once again, really excited.

    I wondered about the campaigner requirement for a short video. I did mine in 2016; seen by Zara Canfield and your team. So just wanting to know if that is accepted, or will you be asking for another video, albeit that you do know me well. just asking, hope that’s OK.
    Cheers, Chris

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