Volunteer with Photo Oxford Festival
Do you want to spend some time in exhibition spaces, making industry contacts and talking all things photography? Photo Oxford Festival are looking for friendly, reliable volunteer invigilators, stewards, photographers and videographers for exhibitions and events this Autumn. Support the arts, meet new and old friends, and play a vital role in facilitating Photo Oxford Festival by donating your time and talents, whilst gaining industry experience!

About Photo Oxford Festival:

Founded by local photojournalist, Robin Laurance, Photo Oxford was established to bring internationally acclaimed photography and photographic debate to the city of Oxford. Photo Oxford hosts exhibitions, events and professional development opportunities in collaboration with local, national and international partners to bring photographic excellence to the region, develop new audiences, nurture talent, and promote investment within the sector.

Photo Oxford will deliver a continuation of their 2020 Festival, Women and Photography – Ways of Seeing and Being Seen, from 15 October to 15 November 2021.  This month-long festival will complete and enhance the programme that could not be fully presented in 2020 due to the Covid-19 restrictions. Future festivals will be biennial.


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What volunteer roles are you interested in? *
What times are you available?
Please select all that apply.
Friday 15 October
Saturday 16 October
Sunday 17 October
Monday 18 October
Friday 22 October
Saturday 23 October
Sunday 24 October
Monday 25 October
Friday 29 October
Saturday 30 October
Sunday 31 October
Friday 5 November
Saturday 6 November
Sunday 7 November
Saturday 13 November
Sunday 14 November
Monday 15 November
General weekdays tbc
Do you have any access requirements or things you would like us to be aware of whilst you volunteer with Photo Oxford?
Please tell us (in a paragraph or less) about any relevant skills or experience you might have. It is not essential to have experience, but we're interested to know!
What would you like to get out of volunteering at Photo Oxford? *
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During Photo Oxford Festival we will be taking photographs and video footage. Inevitably, this means that some volunteers may be featured across Photo Oxford socials or in media coverage. Therefore, I hereby grant permission for Photo Oxford to use in evaluation and marketing materials photographs and/or videos that include me and are taken during Photo Oxford Festival. *
I have read the PHOTOGRAPHY OXFORD SAFEGUARDING POLICY (below) and can comply with its requirements. *
1. Photography Oxford (PO) Trustees recognise their responsibility for ensuring that everyone who engages with, or comes into contact with Photography Oxford, is protected from harm. Trustees will endeavour to create and promote a fair, open and positive culture around all the activities of the Photo Oxford Festival, to ensure all those involved are able to report any concerns, and ensure that such concerns are fully considered and responded to.

2. Safeguarding is the responsibility of everyone who works for or with PO. Trustees will ensure that this policy is brought to the attention of all who work for or with it, and provide access to relevant training.

3. This policy applies to all trustees, freelance staff, and volunteers (PO personnel) and focuses on the following elements:
· Ensuring that everyone who comes into contact with PO through its work is protected from abuse or mistreatment of any kind, as described in the relevant Government guidance: https://www.gov-.uk/guidance/safeguarding-duties-for-charity-trustees
· Ensuring that staff and volunteers are recruited through procedures that conform to the requirements of safe recruitment, especially where there may be unsupervised contact with children, young people or vulnerable adults.
· Any staff or volunteers who are likely to have unsupervised access to children, young people or vulnerable adults must be in possession of the appropriate DBS certification through their host organisation, or if not attached to a separate organisation through the charity.
· Ensuring that PO, and the organisations we work with establish a safe and nurturing environment where children, young people and vulnerable adults feel safe and happy.

4. Online training is available for trustees and others involved in PO’s work via https://knowhow.ncvo.org.uk/studyzone. Availability and suitability of training will be reviewed at key points in the development of PO’s work.

5. We recognise that staff and volunteers who work regularly with children, young people and vulnerable adults are best placed to notice changes in behaviour and/ or physical injuries. PO staff and volunteers will therefore:
· Report any concerns to the relevant member of staff at the host organisation supervising the relevant children, young people or vulnerable adults, and to the PO Safeguarding Officer (see below).
· The PO Safeguarding Officer will contact the relevant host organisation to ensure that the concern raised has been followed up.
The PO Safeguarding Officer will report any incidents or matters of concern to the Board of Trustees in a timely manner. PO Personnel will follow the Oxfordshire Safeguarding Children Board procedures in all cases of suspected abuse. These can be found at www.oscb.org.uk

6. If a member of PO Personnel has any concerns that another member of PO Personnel is abusing a child, young person or vulnerable adult he/she should raise this concern immediately and in confidence with the PO Safeguarding Officer or with The Local Authority Designated Officer (see https://www.oscb.org.uk/practitioners-volunteers/schools-safeguarding-team/)

7. PO Safeguarding Officer can be contacted at: info@photooxford.org
This policy will be reviewed annually and will be kept in line with Government guidance.
Any other comments and/or questions?
Helen Muspratt Photographer at Weston Library, 2020. Photo by Cate Elwes.
Oxford Photo Festival launch with projections outside the Old Fire Station, Gloucester Green 2020. Photo by Uwe Ackermann.
Oxford International Links, Covered Market 2020
Photo Oxford would not be possible without the support of Arts Council England, Bern Schwartz Family Foundation, and Oxford City Council.
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