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Oxfam Festival Campaigning


Can you inspire others to do something for Oxfam? Register your interest for 2018!

Massive thanks to everyone who volunteered with us this summer, we'll be in touch again in the New Year.

If you are new to campaigning and want to join us at festivals next year, please register your interest and we will let you know how and when to apply for 2018

Register your interest for 2018 

Frequently asked questions

Oxfam Festival Campaigners

Why be a Festival Campaigner?


This summer's festivals will provide some of our best opportunities to reach a huge audience with news of our work; and we try to do it as creatively as possible. Over the years we've painted people blue, covered them in tattoos and got green paint all over the festival site, all in support of our campaigns, and we have more exciting plans for this year.

Your Campaigner role onsite will be to engage people in Oxfam's Emergency work. We want you to 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.


  • Free entry to the festival - a chance to go to sold out festivals of the summer.
  • Fun - it's a great way to meet like-minded people and experience festivals in a new way. Many return year after year.
  • Daytime shifts - so you don't miss the headline acts.
  • Meal vouchers and - at some festivals - hot showers. Need we say more.

Key responsibilities: (HINT - please talk about these in your application)

  • Passionate about Oxfam's work
  • Able to engage people you don't know in a conversation about Oxfam Enthusiasm with the capability of inspiring others to get involved with Oxfam
  • Strong team player and happy to work in a team
  • Results driven and personally committed to engaging with as many festival goers as possible to maximize success
  • Friendly, reliable and trustworthy.
  • Happy working in a festival environment (rain or shine!)
  • Sales experience and knowledge of Oxfam are desirable, but full training will be provided.
  • The most important thing is willingness to learn and share this knowledge in a way that engages the public.
  • Multimedia experience, with experience of capturing video content would be an advantage
  • Enjoy it!

Recruitment process

1. Application form

Complete the online application form. This form provides an opportunity for you to demonstrate how you meet the skills and competencies outlined in the "Why be a Festival Campaigner" section. Your application will be scored against these. We will be asking you the following:

  • Why me? Please give a brief description (no more than 200 words) of why you're right for this role, giving examples of any skills and experience that will convince us to get you on board.
  • Introduce yourself - In less than a minute, create a short video of yourself telling us why people should support Oxfam. Please upload it as an unlisted file to YouTube and paste the URL address into the box below.

We often receive a high volume of applications for festival campaigners, so please apply early. As part of the selection process, we may also contact applicants by phone to discuss their application in more detail.

2. Paying a deposit

You will also be asked to pay a deposit after completing the application form which will be returned providing you fulfil all your responsibilities and uphold the Standards of Behaviour. We'll return your deposit at the very latest six weeks after your final festival with us. This is in line with arrangements made between festivals and Oxfam to reduce the risk of wristbands being obtained by individuals who don't intend to, or decide not to, fulfil the role for which they were recruited.

PLEASE NOTE: by applying to be a festivals volunteer, you are agreeing to adhere to the Standards of Behaviour outlined. We reserve the right to withdraw our offer of a volunteering place, or to withdraw your wristband once onsite, if we have reason to believe you have not acted in accordance with these standards.

3. Festival training event

All volunteers will be required to participate in training on-site before Campaigning at a festival and to complete the necessary reading before the event. We want to make sure that you go out feeling confident, prepared and part of a passionate and committed team. Your campaigning place will not be confirmed until you have attended the on-site training event.

The training will be an opportunity to learn more about Oxfam and find out about this year's new campaign. To get the most out of your volunteering experience, and to do Oxfam's work justice, you will need to participate in this session openly and wholeheartedly. We hope it will give you a chance to understand more what Oxfam aims to achieve by getting people involved at festivals, understand your role in this, feel inspired to be part of the campaign and also meet some of your fellow team members.

What happens after submitting your application form?

After submitting your application form, you will receive an email from Oxfam: this will confirm your application and deposit. If you do not receive this please check your Spam/Junk folder. If they are not in this folder, please get in touch with us immediately to confirm your application. You can contact us by email or phone 0300 200 1266 (lines are open during office hours).

We will review all applications a few weeks after launch and aim to get back to you to confirm festival places within a month. You will then be sent a second email to tell you whether you have been successful. If you are not successful, we will let you know as soon as we can and we will refund your deposit.

Talk to the team

Telephone: 0300 200 1266
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