Get into Reading Festival for FREE by volunteering with Oxfam

MUSIC lovers who want to give something back to their community could earn themselves a free ticket to this year’s Reading Festival.

Oxfam is looking for friendly people to volunteer at this year’s festival, covering three shifts over the three-day event, raising money and awareness of the charity’s poverty-fighting work.

Typical jobs include welcoming visitors, checking tickets and wristbands, managing access to stages, and monitoring crowd levels. Charity stewards become the face of the festival and look after all areas, including arenas, gates and campsites.

Volunteers have a unique experience, learn valuable new skills, make friends for life, and get to enjoy the festival without buying a ticket.

And if that wasn’t enough, two lucky Oxfam volunteers at Reading Festival will also win a pair of tickets to Latitude where The 1975, Mumford and Sons, and Fleet Foxes, plus many more top artists are playing on July 13 to 16 at Henham Park, in Suffolk.

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.”

All volunteers need to be aged 18 or over at the festival, and training is provided. Apply online here: www.oxfam.org.uk/festivals.

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Phil Creighton

Editor of The Wokingham Paper, and has worked in local journalism for more than 20 years including the Wokingham Times, Bracknell Standard and Reading Evening Post. He's also written for computer magazines, The Baptist Times and, to his delight and probably not yours, interviewed several Doctor Whos.

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