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Who can steward?

  • Can I apply while I am out of the country ?

    Yes, you can apply online. Please see our 'Before you apply' section for everything you need to know and have prepared beforehand.

    You will still need to pay the online deposit by card. If you have problems doing that from abroad, you will need to phone us on +441865 472611 during office hours to make your payment over the phone.

  • How old do you need to be to volunteer at a festival ?

    You must be 18 on the day you arrive on site for your first festival. Our system will not allow you to apply if you are not 18 on the first day of the festival. You will need to bring valid photo ID to every festival to prove your age - if you do not bring ID you will not be able to volunteer and will not be able to stay at the festival. Valid ID includes a full or provisional UK/overseas driving license, a passport, or a proof of age card available from your local authority or their appointed supplier. You can attend a training session at 17 if your 18th birthday will be before the arrival date of the first festival you wish to volunteer at. 

    There is no upper age limit! If you are a more mature volunteer who is still young at heart and would like to be involved, then we would love to have you on the team. We value your experience and support, so please call us on 0300 200 1266 if you have any concerns or questions.

  • Can I apply if I'm not a British citizen ?

    Certain visa restrictions apply. If you are from the European Union, you are free to volunteer in the UK. For those from outside the EU, you will need to check that your visa allows you to volunteer.

    Oxfam cannot support volunteer visas, as we do not have the correct licence to do so.  We may need to ask you to send proof of visa in advance of the Festival, so will be in touch if that is the case.

    Please note, you will not be able to volunteer as a volunteer if you are not eligible to volunteer in the UK.

  • I am a deaf and/or disabled person, can I still apply to steward ?

    Oxfam festival volunteering opportunities are open to everyone. We aim to create an environment that realises, challenges and utilises everyone's skills.

    As part of the application process we would like to know if there are any reasonable adjustments we can make to ensure you are able to volunteer with us.

    Adjustments we can and have made in the past include but are not limited to:

    • Providing a seat for people that cannot stand up for long periods of time.
    • Organising a buggy to get you to the start and pick you up at the end of shifts (where possible).
    • Having a Personal Assistant place (please be aware Oxfam is unable to find or provide Personal Assistants).
    • Ensuring that you have adequate light to work if you are visually impaired.
    • Ensuring you are not working in a loud location.
    • Providing assistance in finding a secure location for medication (where possible).
    • Providing charging points for power chairs in the Oxfam campsite.
    • Making adjustments to the lengths of shifts where a specific access requirement for a shortened working period has been identified.
    • Making adjustments to the lengths of break during your shift where a specific access requirement has been identified.

    At Leeds and Reading festivals we also work in liaison with an organisation called Attitude is Everything who "improve access to live music" and recruit volunteers to volunteer alongside us.

    For further information about or to discuss your requirements please contact  stewards@oxfam.org.uk or call us on 0300 200 1266.

  • Is it true that if I am colour blind I cannot apply to steward ?

    No. We need to know if you're colour-blind because we've had problems in the past asking people who are colour blind to check tickets. If you do have colour blindness please let us know and we will allocate you a role that doesn't require you to differentiate between colours or spot ticket forgeries. There is a space for you to let us know if you are colour blind when you apply.

  • I am pregnant can I still steward ?

    You can steward, although we would request that you consult with your midwife closer to the time of the festival, and get them to sign to say they support your decision to attend the festival. There are considerably more health & safety issues related to pregnant volunteers, and the facilities we need to provide to fulfil our duty of care.

    If you are going to be more than four months pregnant at the festival, please let us know on the application form, so that we can discuss any reasonable adjustments that we may need to make to your role onsite.

  • I'm a parent – can I bring my child(ren) to a festival with me if I steward ?

    For more information about this, please select the specific festival in the Festivals area here, as each festivals policy on bringing children is different, however Oxfam's general policy on bringing children to festivals is:

    • You must check the individual festival website to see if your child needs a ticket and obtain this yourself if necessary (ages of adult and child tickets vary from festival to festival).
    • Each adult volunteer can bring two children under the age of 13, as long as you can arrange for childcare whilst you are on shift.
    • In addition, each adult volunteer may bring up to two children between the ages of 13-18 to camp in the volunteers' area if they have purchased a festival ticket.

    There is a form to complete, as part of the application process, which is linked within the festival you are applying for on Stage 1 of the festival application. Any children that are brought to site must have a legal guardian on site. If you wish to bring your child(ren), but need to be allocated on opposite shifts to your partner we can arrange this, so please contact us at the volunteering office stewards@oxfam.org.uk. Please note that it is not possible for two people to share one set of shifts. If two stewards bring a child, you must both be prepared to complete all of your shifts.