Small Steps Project has been lucky enough to work with Glastonbury Festival for over four years. They have been an incredible support to our little charity in so many ways!
The artists who have performed donate their shoes to our Celebrity Shoe Auction, The Pilton Palais and the Pyramid Stage have shown our documentaries and Glastonbury Festival Recycling and Festival Reboot have worked tirelessly with us to up cycle all the thousands of discarded wellington boots, to distribute to people who are surviving on landfill site with no shoes at all! This even featured on the BBC!
But for us the most important thing about Glastonbury is recycling and the incredible army of litter pickers that work so hard to keep Glastonbury clean.
However for many litterpickers it’s not just a job, but also a way of raising money for their chosen charity. We are one of several charities that Glastonbury gives this amazing opportunity to, where, in exchange for working as a litterpickers, part of the cost of your ticket is donated to the charity and the rest is returned to you when you complete your mission!
So what else do you need to know?
You must be at least 18 at the time of the festival. You will be required to work a 6hr shift on each of the 4 days of the festival, ie 6am-12 noon Fri-Mon (24th-27th June). You camp in Tom’s Field where there are hot showers and a marquee and you get 2 vegetarian meals each working day. The work is hard but the rewards are great!
So what do you need to do next?
Email us at with the subject Glastonbury Volunteer firstname.lastname@example.org with you full name, age, email, phone number and the reasons why you want to volunteer.
The cost is £280 with a minimum donation of £100 from the full price ticket cost which is £230 + £50 holding fee. The full amount minus your donation is returned after you have completed your shift.
And don’t just take it from us, here is what one of our litter pickers said about her experience volunteering!
“Back in Laos where I live a the moment, I work for a NGO called Friends-International. We provide social services for marginalized children and youth and help them to realize their potential, giving them exciting opportunities to build their futures. Some of these children live and work at rubbish dumps doing scavenging. Volunteering as a litter picker in Glastonbury was also an opportunity for me to raise awareness of the important work of Small Steps and Friends-International and the challenges the children and their parents face working at the rubbish dumps”- Venny.