Sam Baggette/Oxfam

Oxfam shop at Glastonbury

Festival shop volunteering

Welcome to the Oxfam Festival Shop! We are a travelling pop-up shop based at Wastesaver, Oxfam’s Textile Recycling Centre in West Yorkshire. For each festival, we hand-select the best and most appropriate stock for that customer base as well as festival essentials for all weathers; such as waterproofs, jumpers, wellies, flip flops and sunglasses.

Can I be a festival shop volunteer?

To apply to volunteer with the Oxfam Festival Shop you must be either:

  • A current Oxfam Shop Volunteer/Intern/Member of Staff with at least three months experience.
  • Have volunteered at two or more festivals or events with the Oxfam Festival Shop in the past three years.

We cannot process applications that do not meet these criteria. When applying, you will need to provide details for a reference and these must include your Oxfam Manager’s Oxfam email address. Please let your Manager know, so they can look out for an email confirming your Oxfam experience.

Festival Shop Volunteers are required onsite before and after each festival to help with the shop set-up and pack-down. When the festival is open to the public, you will do one 6 hour shift each day. Your shift times will rotate between a morning (9am – 3pm), an afternoon (3pm – 9pm) and an evening (9pm – late) shift. Shop activities include restocking, talking about Oxfam’s work to customers, cash handling and changing the shop stock depending on the time of day and weather.

We love selling amazing second-hand fashion, keeping customers warm and dry, while raising vital funds in our fight against global poverty. We hope you will join us!

What benefits do I get?

In return for the hours you put in helping at the festival, you receive:

  • Secure camping in our very own Oxfam-only campsite.
  • A marquee as a community space in our campsite.
  • Crew only showers and toilets.
  • Free boiling water and tea and coffee supplies.
  • Free phone charging facilities in our campsite
  • A meal ticket for each shift you complete.
  • Knowing that your time helps Oxfam strive towards tackling injustice and poverty.

How to apply

To sign up follow the 'Sign up' button on the website. You need a unique email address to create your account.

Choose your festival(s) from the drop down menu, enter your show reference number, then your place is reserved.

Unlike stewarding this is not first come, first served.

You will then need to fill your basic information on your profile, such as your name, date of birth and mobile number and inform us of any unspent criminal convictions.

Before your place is confirmed, you need to complete your profile:

  • Upload a passport style photo for your ID card.
  • Give details of a referee who can give you a reference, including your Oxfam Shop Manager.

Once we have received a satisfactory Oxfam reference, you will have an informal telephone interview. We will explain the timeframes for sending out festival confirmation or waiting list emails and onsite information. Travel expenses cannot be reimbursed.

How does this help Oxfam?

Every year the Oxfam Festival Shop raises an incredible total over the summer thanks to our hard-working, dedicated shop volunteer. We take the festival shop to many festivals, and even have four separate shop pitches at Glastonbury Festival.

Every volunteer who gives their time to support Oxfam Festivals is making change not just for one weekend at a festival, but for life. Because every shift our volunteers do helps people all over the world to beat poverty for good.

Last year at a glance

  • Over 22.2 million people reached directly in 97 countries. 55% are women and girls.
  • 800,000 people globally took online campaign actions.
  • Nearly 9 million people supported in 31 humanitarian emergencies.
  • Oxfam worked with 3,515 partner organisations.
  • 1.13 million people made a regular donation to Oxfam.

Check out some of Oxfam's work.