Priority status is a benefit we offer returning stewards, which enables them to apply before we open applications to the general public. Priority applications usually open a week or two before the main public launch in March and priority volunteers are given specific login details so they can access the online forms early.
As the number of new volunteers increases each year, it has become necessary for us to limit this privilege to our most active volunteers, who generate the most fundraising for Oxfam through festival volunteering.
To qualify, you must have volunteered at 2 festivals in the previous year to have priority for the current year, unless one of the following exceptions applies:*
- You have had a supervisor role at any festival for the last 2 consecutive years
- You have volunteered in 4 of the past 5 years and have volunteered 8 festivals within that period
- You have volunteered at 10 or more festivals in the past 10 years
For the small number of regular long term volunteers who do not meet the exception criteria, due to short term changes to personal circumstances (injuries, weddings, babies, family commitments etc) or limitations due to a reasonable adjustment, please email email@example.com by February to explain your situation. Any exceptions to the rule will be considered on a case by case basis.