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Get into bank holiday festivals for free with Oxfam

16th Aug 2017

Fancy going to some of the UK's top festivals, but put off by the price of a ticket? Then apply to be an Oxfam festival volunteer and get in for free.

Oxfam is recruiting volunteers for Leeds, Reading and Shambala Festivals on August bank holiday weekend, where world-class music acts and jaw-dropping entertainment promise to wow crowds.

 


In working three shifts over five days, Oxfam volunteers can catch live performances from the likes of Eminem and Korn, the world's best beat-boxers and circus acts, or get involved in crafts and yoga workshops. What's more, volunteers camp in a secure designated workers field with clean showers and a 24-hour catering service.

Apply here: https://www.oxfam.org.uk/Stewarding.

Oxfam is paid by festivals for volunteers' time, raising essential money for the charity to carry out its work fighting poverty and suffering around the world. Volunteers work as stewards or campaigners, or help staff an on-site Oxfam shop.

George Upcott, Oxfam's Head of Festivals, said: "Being a volunteer at festivals is a music lover's dream. You do three shifts at each event, and off duty you're free to enjoy yourself like any other festival-goer.

"Oxfam volunteers also get special perks. They camp in a secure field with showers, loos, phone charging, a chill-out marquee, free tea and coffee and meals. We give everyone training including professional skills, like customer relations, which employers value in the real world.

"Best of all, everyone receives a warm welcome and meets a great bunch of like-minded individuals. Volunteering at a festival either as a campaigner, steward or in an on-site Oxfam shop is the perfect way to have a great time and help Oxfam fight poverty around the world."

Volunteer steward Tamsin Harding, 26, first volunteered at Camp Bestival a few years ago. She went by herself but said: "I instantly made friends before I'd even set up my tent, and it's remained that way ever since. The experience made me realise that I'm good at engaging with crowds and lifting the mood of tired festival-goers. It highlighted my administration and organisational skills, which I now use in my job working for a yearly arts fringe event."

An Oxfam festival volunteer steward is there to keep people safe and provide information and advice to festival-goers. Typical jobs include welcoming visitors, checking tickets and wristbands, managing access to stages, and monitoring crowd levels. Our stewards become the face of the festival and look after all areas, including arenas, gates and campsites.

Other festival volunteers staff on-site Oxfam shops or talk about current Oxfam campaigns like Stand as One with refugees, helping draw attention to urgent issues.

Oxfam festival volunteers are asked to pay a deposit for a ticket, which is fully reimbursed within a month. Volunteers also have the opportunity to transfer their deposit to work at Bestival in Dorset if they would like to volunteer again.

All applicants must be aged 18 or over at the festival. Apply online here:
https://www.oxfam.org.uk/Stewarding.

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For more information or interviews please contact:

Press Officers Dominique Lyons or Serena Tramonti

07909 002815 - dlyons1@oxfam.org.uk / 07825 780651 - stramonti@oxfam.org.uk

ASSETS
- Link to Holly and James' vlog - volunteering with Oxfam at NASS Festival: https://youtu.be/QMjIdpizC30
- Link to Gemma's vlog - volunteering with Oxfam at Glastonbury Festival: https://youtu.be/lib2qUz3uGc
- Link to photos (please accredit photographers appropriately) - https://wordsandpictures.oxfam.org.uk/?c=32325&k=774361da55
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Notes to Editors

• Each year, Oxfam sends more than 5,000 stewards to volunteer at UK festivals
• Oxfam raises over £1m each summer thanks to our hard-working, dedicated volunteer stewards - a service that many festivals have come to rely on year after year. The money generated by our stewards' time goes towards our vital work to help people living in poverty around the world.
• Find out more about volunteering at festivals here: www.oxfam.org.uk/festivals
• Follow us on Twitter: @Oxfamstewards
• Oxfam is a global movement of people all working towards the same goal - an end to the injustice of poverty. Together we save and rebuild lives in disasters, help people earn a living, and speak out on the big issues, like inequality and climate change, that keep people poor. And we won't stop until we get there. Join us!