We were back at everyone's favourite farm for Glastonbury 2019.
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This year, we took our biggest ever team of volunteers to Glastonbury, who were split into two teams: The Water Team and The Sanitation Team.
As part of the festival’s ongoing initiative to encourage more people to use refillable water bottles, we were really excited to be providing volunteers for 37 kiosks onsite this year. Volunteers at the kiosks helped keep festivalgoers hydrated by refilling their water bottles with free tap water, and some sold reusable water bottles and other merchandise. As well as engaging festival goers in conversations about our work and the #AccessDenied prize draw.
We were really excited to have a new role at the festival this year! Our Water Welcomers helped keep festivalgoers hydrated from the moment they arrived. These teams dispensed free water from jetpacks (a backpack with a tank and dispenser) at pedestrian gates on Wednesday and Thursday, and then had shifts in our water kiosks.
Glastonbury also introduced self-serve bottle refill points across the site to give festivalgoers even more chance to refill their water bottles. Our brand new Refill Station Team was responsible for making sure these bottle refill points stayed clean and tidy, and reported in any issues.
The WaterAid Stand is right next to the Pyramid Stage. Volunteers talked to lots of festivalgoers, engaging them in activities and giving them information about WaterAid’s work, as well as selling WaterAid merchandise.
The roles in our Sanitation Team wee varied, and we always have enthusiastic volunteers to help keep the festival toilets clean, run the famous female urinals and to support the festivals’ recycling team.
Our Loo Crew role was back for a 3rd year! Our superstar Loo Crew volunteers were responsible for keeping all the long drop toilets and disabled toilets onsite clean and tidy. Volunteers cleaned the toilets, refilled hand sanitiser and talked to festivalgoers about the importance of clean water, decent toilets and good hygiene.
Our female urinal areas are revolutionary and always go down a storm at Glastonbury! Volunteers explained to first-timers how to pee standing up, and helped spread awareness of the importance of decent toilets and hygiene for women and girls around the world.
Armed with their trusty gloves and bin bags, volunteers were responsible for keeping some of the many bars around the festival clean and tidy! Our recyclers play a key role in keeping the festival site clean, by litter picking and making sure waste is properly recycled.