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Volunteer Expo is back for 2021, taking place online on 7th and 8th May 2021.
This has been a challenging period for everyone, and especially charities, not-for-profits and community organisations, who have so often been on the frontline providing vital services for those who need it most.
We're excited to be welcoming some fantastic organisations to our Virtual Exhibition as part of Volunteer Expo Online.
You'll have a chance to browse all our exhibitors in an easy to use virtual environment, plus you can book meetings, chat with them directly and download resources, just as you would at an in-person exhibition!
Abbeyfield is a charity for older people providing housing and care across the UK and internationally. It is our mission to enhance the quality of life for older people through high quality accommodation in a stimulating environment to maintain a socially active life. Today, over 4,500 volunteers bring their skills and personality to our houses and homes to ‘make time’ for over 7500 older people.
Age UK is the UK’s leading charity for older people. We’re here with expert advice, support and local services for older people and their families. That’s only possible with the help of over 40,000 incredible volunteers, doing many different roles. Come chat to us about how you can get involved.
Alzheimer’s Research UK is the UK’s leading dementia research charity. We’re focusing our energies in four key areas of action:
Together, we’ll bring about breakthroughs that change lives.
Alzheimer’s Society is the only UK charity that campaigns for change, funds research to find a cure and supports people living with dementia today.
As the largest and most influential dementia charity in the UK, we are calling on everyone to unite. Working together we know we will achieve our vision - a world without dementia.
AmbaCare are a Social Enterprise agency, promoting 'whole' well-being by linking health and housing. We provide expert guidance and practical solutions to help people who need support with their health, well-being or housing challenges to enable them to live better. Tacking inequality is at the heart of what we do.
Animal Equality is an international animal protection organisation, working with society, governments and companies to end cruelty to farmed animals. Our vision is a world in which all animals are respected and protected. We are working towards this goal with effective campaigns, investigations and public outreach work.
APS is a life-threatening autoimmune condition that can cause strokes, heart attacks, blood clots on the lung and Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT).
APS is the most significant treatable cause of recurrent miscarriage, and is also associated with high rates of stillbirth, pre–eclampsia, low weight babies and premature births.
For action and adventure, fun and friendship, the Army Cadet Force is hard to beat. With nearly 39,000 cadets (aged 12-18) and 9,000 adults in over 1,600 locations in every corner of the United Kingdom, the ACF is one of the country’s largest voluntary youth organisations. It is also one of the oldest tracing its history back to 1859.
Barnardo’s protect, support and nurture the UK's most vulnerable children. Our volunteers make what we do possible. Whether volunteering in a shop, fundraising or working directly with children, our volunteers make a huge difference to children’s lives. Speak to us about opportunities to join our volunteer team.
The Big Lunch brings millions of people together on the first weekend in June, to share food, have fun and get to know their neighbours and communities a little better. If you want to make friends, feel proud of where you live and gain confidence, come and chat to us!
The Burns Price Foundation makes grants to young people between the ages of 11 and 18. We particularly support projects initiated by young people who want to change lives for good. Grants from £100 to a maximum of £5,000 are awarded for adult-supervised projects that are for the public benefit and have a community-enhancing purpose.
Cancer Research UK the world’s leading independent cancer charity dedicated to saving lives through research, influence and information. While many people support us through donations, others volunteer their time, skills, energy, voice or fundraise to help us beat cancer. We have over 40,000 volunteers supporting our work and couldn’t exist without their generosity.
As the UK's national membership charity for carers, Carers UK is both a supportive community and a movement for change. We connect carers so no-one has to care alone. We provide information, advice and support. We campaign for lasting change, and we innovate to find new ways to support carers.
The Challenge Fund supports cancer registration, treatment, research and the relief of suffering of cancer patients in lower and middle income countries. Its current major project is Project Hospice Nepal which is a Rotary-led initiative to build a new 20 bed hospice in Kathmandu which will also be a state of the art education centre for the training of palliative care health professionals.
Christian Aid exists to create a world where everyone can live a full life, free from poverty. We are a global movement of people, churches and local organisations who passionately champion dignity, equality and justice worldwide. We are the changemakers, the peacemakers, the mighty of heart.
Citizens in Policing is the term used to describe the thousands of people who give up their time to support the police including Special Constables, Police Support Volunteers, and Volunteer Police Cadets. The term also recognises those that volunteer with organisations who are closely aligned to policing and work in partnership with local forces.
Communities Prepared is a national community resilience programme that equips communities nationwide with the knowledge and tools to effectively prepare for, respond to, and recover from, flooding and severe weather emergencies. Led by the charity Groundwork South, the programme provides community volunteers with in-person and online training, advice and support.
The Community Heartbeat Trust are the UK’s leading charity in the provision of community defibrillator solutions. We work to a high standard and ensure governance, sustainability and resilience are addressed in all projects, and the project will be as good in 10 years’ time as day one.
Dementia UK provides specialist dementia support for families through our Admiral Nurse service. When things get challenging for people with dementia and their families, Admiral Nurses provide the one-to-one support, expert guidance and practical solutions people need. We believe that everyone who needs the support of a specialist dementia nurse should get one.
End Polio Now is the global campaign to eradicate polio, a debilitating disease, mainly affecting children under the age of 5, which can cause paralysis and even death. Rotary International spearheaded the campaign at a time when there were over 1,000 polio cases a day in 125 countries. Today, the number of cases is down by 99.9%. Help us make history and end polio now and forever.
Home-Start UK is a network of 13,500 trained volunteers, supporting 56,000 children and 27,000 families a year in local communities across the UK. Whether it’s our home-visiting, family groups, administrative, fundraising or corporate volunteering roles you are interested in, please come and have a chat with us and find out how you can join our family of Home-Start volunteers.
IHP is Europe's largest coordinator of donated medicines, enabling healthcare companies and aid agencies to support patients who cannot otherwise access medicines they need. IHP ships donations to fuel humanitarian work in the world’s poorest and most challenging places, including Essential Health Packs for short-term healthcare projects and disaster responses.
We support individuals to live, learn and work as independently as they choose, whatever their ability. Led by people with experience of disability, we are at the heart of local life. We open doors to opportunity, choice and support in communities around the globe.
Lepra are a UK-based international charity working to beat leprosy, a disease that affects millions of vulnerable people globally. If left untreated it causes life-changing disabilities and attracts discrimination that destroys lives - but it is curable. With support we can help people to overcome this disease and rebuild their lives.
At the Limbless Association, we believe no amputee need cope alone. We offer both practical and emotional support for amputees throughout their pre and post-amputation journey. We understand that navigating the complexities of limb loss can be completely overwhelming. That’s why we believe that with an early intervention approach, we can provide useful, easy to access information and advice as well as supporting and connecting amputees, their families and carers.
We’re here for people living with any terminal illness, and their families.
We offer expert care, guidance and support to help them get the most from the time they have left.
Mary’s Meals works with local communities to set up school feeding programmes in places where poverty and hunger prevent children from gaining an education. Together we are helping over 1.8 million children in 19 countries to learn, thrive and find hope in the classroom. With 64 million children still missing out on an education and millions attending school too hungry to concentrate and learn, our work is only just beginning.
2/3 people cannot access safe surgery when they need it. Mercy Ships is working to tackle this crisis. We operate the largest charity-run hospital ship in the world, delivering free, safe medical care to sub-Saharan Africa. We have visited 56 countries, providing services worth over £1.2billion and trained 42,250 local professionals.
Midlands Air Ambulance Charity is responsible for funding and operating three air ambulances serving the communities of six Midlands counties, and a critical care car which is based in Birmingham and the Black Country.
We rely on support from the public and local businesses to raise the £9 million needed to remain operational.
Mission Aviation Fellowship (MAF) is a Christian organisation operating 131 light aircraft, providing essential flight services in 26 developing countries. For 75 years MAF has been flying over jungles, mountains, swamps and deserts, enabling over 2,000 aid, development and mission organisations to provide medical care, emergency relief, long-term development and hope to isolated communities.
MND Association volunteers provide crucial support for people affected by motor neurone disease throughout England, Wales and Northern Ireland. Based in local communities, together, they provide direct support and information, raise awareness, campaign for change, and raise money for local people and for research to find a cure.
Made up of a diverse community of over 14,000 member organisations, NCVO provides expert support, resources and advice to the sector. They helping their members to further their impact and ensure they are represented, considered and understood by government and policy-makers.
The RNLI is the charity that saves lives at sea. RNLI volunteer lifeboat crews and lifeguards are busier then ever, rescuing thousands of people and saving hundreds of lives around the coasts of the UK and Ireland every year.
The Rotary Foundation is Rotary International's own charity. For over 100 years, it has spent over $4 billion on life-changing, sustainable projects around the world. RFUK supports the aims of The Rotary Foundation by providing funding for its programmes in Great Britain and Ireland.
Royal Voluntary Service is one of Britain’s largest volunteering charities. Today, our volunteers’ time is spent easing pressure on the NHS and supporting Britain’s ageing population to live healthier and happier lives. The support our 18,000 volunteers provide, from setting up a regular lunch club to mobilising patients on hospital wards, help make lives better, communities stronger and relieve pressure on overstretched public services.
Passionate about nature, dedicated to saving it. Since we started on our mission in 1889, the threats to nature have continued to grow, but we've grown to meet them too. Nature is in big trouble, but we've got big plans to save it. Be a part of something big.
The Salvation Army has been protecting and caring for victims of slavery since our early beginnings in the 1880's.
Our Anti-Trafficking and Modern Slavery Unit focuses on PREVENTING Modern Slavery and the trafficking of people; PROTECTING individuals on their journey from victim to survivor and ensuring that in doing so, we PROGRESS the survivors’ journey to sustained freedom.
ShelterBox is an international disaster relief organisation. We provide families whose lives have been devastated by disaster, the tools and training to rebuild.
Every disaster is different and so is every community, so we spend time with those affected to make sure we can offer the right support at the right time to help them recover.
St John Ambulance works at the heart of communities, providing first aid, keeping people safe at events and working alongside the NHS in response to 999 calls.
Every year, hundreds of thousands of people learn first aid and how to save a life though our training, education and youth programmes. We are a team of 18,000 volunteers and 1,600 employees, united by our goal of saving and improving lives through first aid.
Utility Aid is one of the largest energy brokers operating in the UK, and the only one operating entirely in the not-for-profit and charity sector. We specialise in energy procurement and cost recovery. We also provide other ancillary services including but not limited to Voiding and COT support.
Volunteers’ Week is an opportunity to celebrate volunteering in all its diversity and a time to say thank you for the fantastic contribution volunteers make. It takes place 1 – 7 June every year. NCVO leads this UK-wide campaign along with Volunteer Now (Ireland), Volunteer Scotland (Scotland) and WCVA (Wales).
Wellboring is a volunteer-led charity that bores wells in Primary Schools in sub-Saharan Africa – mostly in Kenya – guaranteed with maintenance contracts. Our target is to complete 250 projects by the end of 2021, so over 250,000 people will have access to safe water for the first time. ‘Water is Life!’ Please join our team of volunteers to help run the charity and/or raise funds.
Volunteer Expo Online is hosted by Rotary in Great Britain and Ireland, one of the world's largest membership and humanitarian organisations.
As part of our virtual exhibition, we'll be showcase a host of incredible Rotary-derived projects and charities who are changing lives locally, and around the world.
Aquabox was founded in 1992. It is a volunteer-led, Rotary charity based in Derbyshitre, and has a long and successful history of helping those in desperate conditions gain access to safe drinking water. Our filters turn contaminated water into water that is safe to drink, cook with and wash in.
CALMED stands for Collaborative Action in Lowering of Maternity Encountered Deaths. This project is preventing maternal and new-born mortality in under served countries.
Disaster Aid UK & Ireland is one of the founding partners of Disaster Aid International (DAI). DAI is an international organisation, involving Rotary clubs around the world, with the mission to respond to disasters with the supply of humanitarian aid to the affected communities and/or individuals. Their aim is also to provide an infrastructure that allows affected communities to regain their normal lives.
Global Sight Solutions is an avoidable blindness charity. It was registered by members of the Guildford Rotary Club, the aim being to work with Rotary clubs in the developing world and together establish financially sustainable eye hospitals which can provide a full range of eye care, free to the world’s poorest.
Education is a child’s right. It is the only way children have a chance of working their way out of poverty, to have a better future. But, conflict, disease, famine, flood and disasters conspire to prevent millions of children from exercising that right. Literacy in a Box is a project designed to give orphans and the children of desperately poor families around the world a better life through education.
Peace Advocate Project is created to RECOGNISE the innate expertise of young people, ENABLE them to resolve conflict and embrace success, and EMPOWER them to become Peace Advocates and leaders of the 21st Century.
Rotarians Eliminating Malaria in Tanzania aims to raise funds to provide chemically impregnated nets, insecticides and medicines as well as HaemaCue machines to check for malaria. Funding will be provided also for education and awareness through the training of local workers who will go into the villages to educate the local people in the way of symptoms, treatments and prevention.
There are over 40 million enslaved people, according to Walk Free’s Global Slavery Index. That’s four times more than those taken out of Africa during the 400 years of the Atlantic Slave Trade. Modern slaves, however, are disposable, cheap, and being hidden from plain sight have no human rights.
The Rotary GB&I Disaster Recovery Trust offers a long term helping hand for communities affected by disaster both home and abroad. Rotary knows that helping rebuild communities in the long-term is just as important as responding to the immediate aftermath of disasters. Rotary can use the Trust’s funds to help in the long-term rebuilding of sustainable community development projects, both home and abroad.
Rotary Jaipur Limb’s principal activity is the raising of funds in order to finance limb camps and limb centres in Africa, the Indian sub-continent and other areas of the world in need of help, as determined by the trustees. This is achieved through donations from Rotary clubs, Inner Wheel clubs, other organisations and private individuals.
Formed by Rotary members over 25 years ago to assist the orphans in Romania, gradually we have developed, to supply small acts of kindness in several countries in Eastern Europe, for people who are disadvantaged. We are all volunteers, with no paid employees, and have delivered over 1 million boxes since we started.
As a Rotary charity we have been promoting LifeStraw as a product for safe clean drinking water for the last 15 years. LifeStraw® is a portable water filter that effectively removes all bacteria and parasites responsible for causing common diarrhoeal diseases. It requires no electrical power or spare parts and can be carried around for easy access to safe and clean water away from the home.
Tools for Self Reliance is an international development charity in the United Kingdom which recycles and refurbishes tools and sewing machines and supplies them to partners in Africa in conjunction with training programmes.
A Rotary club-led rapid response for families with no access to safe drinking water and who have lost everything in a disaster. Volunteers undertake the management of the project and all practical work.
Wrap Up UK is an annual project run by Rotary clubs working in partnership with Hands on London. Its sole aim is to collect warm coats for distribution to charities supporting people across the UK who struggle to keep warm during the winter months.