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Stewarding at Glastonbury

Stewarding

Love variety and adventure? Become an Oxfam steward, you’ll play a rewarding role in making sure every festival and event runs smoothly, while helping raise money for Oxfam.

What is Stewarding?

Stewarding is our largest operation, so if you have a favourite festival you are most likely to be able to steward there!

Stewarding is helping make sure the festival runs as planned. You are the eyes and ears of the festival and ensure that everything is running safely. You will usually do three shifts per festival, each shift is eight and a quater hours. You are likely to do one day shift, one evening, and one overnight shift.

You could be positioned on the gates and entrances checking tickets and wristbands, in the campsites directing people or on patrol, or in the arenas on the accessible viewing platforms. Once you have enough experience with us you could even be supervising other volunteers.

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

Log in to your account and when applications open, choose your festival(s) from the drop down menu and pay your deposit, then your place is reserved.

Priority stewarding applications are currently open for 2022. Find out about priority below!

Public stewarding applications will opening in March 2022. We will update you with more details soon.

Then you need to fill in your profile, including 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:

  • Book and attend a training session.
  • Upload a passport style photo for your ID card.
  • Give details of a referee who can give you a reference.
  • Add your shift partners details, if you wish to volunteer the same shifts as your friends.

This needs to be done before the six week cancellation deadline prior to the festival, otherwise you risk forfeiting your deposit and losing your place at the festival.

What is priority?

Our priority system rewards our long term and returning stewards, and gives them a chance to apply to their favourite festivals slightly ahead of the general public. This usually, but not always, guarantees them a spot!

How do I qualify for priority?

You can get priority for 2023 by volunteering at two or more festivals in 2022 (at least one of those volunteer roles has to be stewarding).

Experienced and long-term returning stewards also qualify for priority status, if one of the following applies:

You have held a supervisor role at festivals for us for the previous two years.

You have volunteered at seven or more festivals in the previous seven years*.

*Due to changes in data regulations in May 2018 you will need to ensure that you have opted in to receive communications from us or volunteered in the last three years to remain active on our database.

How does this help Oxfam?

Every year Oxfam Festivals raises an incredible total over the summer thanks to our hard-working, dedicated stewards. We have thousands of stewards who are the eyes and ears of the festival supporting organiser to ensure the smooth running of their event.

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.

For every festival or event we work at, each steward raises almost enough money for Oxfam to provide clean water to 25 people for 1 year.

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.

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