Mike heads up the Oxfam festivals team who deliver memorable event experiences that create long lasting memories for supporters, volunteers and participants, whilst raising vital funds to end world poverty. The festival operation recruits close to 6,500 festival volunteers to fill roles across stewarding, campaigning and shops at approximately 20 UK festivals each summer. The team also deliver influencing and engagement opportunities at a select number of UK festivals. In 2019 the team launched #SecondHandSeptember at Download, before taking the campaign to Glastonbury, WOMAD, Latitude and Leeds. The Oxfam festival narrative challenged throwaway fashion in a meaningful way, and led to incredible 62,000 people pledging to say no to new clothes for 30 days.
This panel will focus on the recruitment and management of volunteers at festivals- how to incentivise and work with them, retention and the legal perspective.
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