What's on at Volunteer Expo Live?

There is so much for you to see, do and learn at Volunteer Expo Live.

Below you can read our Event Programme from 2022's edition of Volunteer Expo Live to get a taste of the calibre of opportunities available at this event.

We were so excited to host such an amazing variety of speaker sessions and workshops.

Don't forget to also check out the range of amazing organisations we were lucky enough to work with in 2022.


Main Stage


Friday 6th May

Friday Host

Ade Adepitan


10.30 - 11.30

The Power of Sport

Sport is a huge part of the voluntary sector and society as a whole. This section explored the impact of volunteering on grass roots and elite sport, as well as discussing how sport can drive community change and bring people together.

Hannah Mills

Olympic sailing champion and environmental advocate

The world's most successful female Olympic sailor ever, Hannah is passionate about the environment and uses her sport to raise awareness and change behaviour. She founded The Big Plastic Pledge.

Sam Barlow

Founder of Fitmums & Friends and BBC Sports Personality Unsung Hero 2021

Founded Fitmums & Friends in 2009 to bring parents together to get active in a supportive setting. After the loss of her husband, she has run activity settings for those who have lost a loved one.

Phil Smith

Executive Director, Partnerships at Sport England

Phil's wide-ranging role includes helping to fulfil the needs of the country's 7 million sporting volunteers, 1.2 million coaches and 400,000 professional staff, with an emphasis on tackling inequalities.

Steve Brown

Broadcaster and Paralympian

After breaking his neck and becoming paralysed, Steve went on to captain Team GB's wheelchair rugby team at the London 2012 Paralympics. He's now a broadcaster, coach and mentor.

12.00 - 12.30

Launch of Vision for Volunteering

Vision for Volunteering was a new 10-year cross-sector strategy to outline the future of volunteering. Led by five partner organisations, the vision outlined what is needed to ensure volunteering can continue to make a big impact for the next decade and beyond.

Ruth Leonard

Chair of Association of Volunteer Managers (AVM)

Ruth Leonard is Chair of the Association of Volunteer Managers, one of the five partner organisations, launching Vision for Volunteering. Ruth's day job is as Head of Volunteering Development at Macmillan Cancer Support.

14.00 - 14.45

Resilience - Achieving greatness through tragedy

Ben Cohen

Founder of The StandUp Foundation and Rugby World Cup winner

After a hugely successful rugby career, Ben founded The StandUp Foundation in 2012. It is the world's first foundation dedicated to raising awareness of the long-term, damaging effects of bullying.

15.00 - 15.45

Chizzy Akudolu

Actor, writer and mental health advocate

Best known for her role in Holby City, actress and writer Chizzy Akudolu was diagnosed with depression in 2014. After successfully learning to live with and overcome her mental health issues, since then, Chizzy has been a vocal advocate.

Saturday 7th May

Saturday Host

Ellie Crisell

10.30 - 11.30

Rotary Young Citizen Awards

Hosted by Ellie Crisell

These annual awards recognise young people under the age of 25 who have given an outstanding contribution to their community through volunteering. Attendees got to meet 2022's winners and hear their inspiring stories of citizenship and goodwill.

14.00 - 14.45

Jennifer Jones

Rotary International President 2022/23

At the time of Volunteer Expo Live 2022, Jennifer Jones was about to become Rotary International's global President. Rotary is one of the world's leading humanitarian service organisations, leading the way on society's biggest issues including promoting peace, supporting education and protecting the environment

Nicki Scott

Rotary International Vice President 2022/23

Nicki is currently Director of Rotary International, and took the role of Vice President alongside Jennifer Jones in July of 2022.

15.00 - 15.45

Ending homelessness with Crisis UK

Homelessness is devastating, dangerous and isolating. Sadly, it is has also been rising year-on-year since 2018. We were lucky enough to be joined by Crisis, the UK's national charity for homelessness to find out how we can end homelessness together.

Ayo Akinwolere

Broadcaster and Crisis UK Ambassador

After supporting Crisis for many years, Ayo became he became a UK Ambassador in 2021. He's seen homelessness for himself across the world as a broadcaster, and in his native Birmingham.

Matt Green

Director, Crisis UK's Birmingham Skylight project

Matt has been working for Crisis since 2010 as Director of Crisis Skylight Birmingham, which supports people experiencing are at risk of homelessness.


Friday 6th May

People of Action Zone

11.00 - 14.00

Food packing activity for Ukraine

Attendees had the chance to get involved with some on-site volunteering! Hundreds of food boxes were packed and delivered to refugees and displaced people in Ukraine and across Europe.

Health and Wellbeing Zone

10.30 - 11.00

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The Doctor will see you now - A new approach to volunteering
with Marie Curie

11.30 - 12.00

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Admiral Nurses: Leading the way with Dementia care
with Dementia UK

12.30 - 13.00

Establishing and developing a disaster response charity
with Water Survival Box

13.30 - 14.30

Social Prescribing and Volunteering
with Royal Voluntary Service and National Academy for Social Prescribing

The workshop was followed by a 'Cheers for Volunteers' celebration as part of Thank You Day 2022!

15.15 - 15.45

international health partners ihp

How has COVID-19 globally affected access to medicines?
with International Health Partners

Connecting Communities Zone

11.15 - 11.45

Framing Homelessness: how words can change hearts and minds
with Crisis

12.15 - 12.45

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Come on board
with Mercy Ships

14.00 - 14.30

Recognising and rewarding volunteers
with Tempo Time Credits

15.00 - 15.30

Connecting Communities: A place based approach
with Eden Project Communities

Saturday 7th May

People of Action Zone

11.00 - 14.00

Food packing activity for Ukraine

A second day of event attendees helping packing hundreds of food boxes, with the event being covered by Midlands Today!

Health and Wellbeing Zone

10.30 - 11.00

Dementia Friends
with Alzheimer's Society

12.00 - 12.30

mnd association

The power of communities in volunteering
with MND Association

13.00 - 13.30

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Raising awareness of caring and connecting unpaid carers with vital support
with Carers UK

14.00 - 14.30

Connecting Kindness and Crisis - volunteers on the front line
with British Red Cross

15.00 - 15.30

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How to undertake a resilient community defibrillator project
with Community Heartbeat Trust

Connecting Communities Zone

10.15 - 10.45

Guide Dogs: How much do you know?
with Guide Dogs

11.15 - 11.45

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What makes a resilient community?
with Communities Prepared

12.15 - 12.45

burns price foundation

Changing Lives for Good
with the Burns Price Foundation

13.15 - 13.45

Childline - Giving children a voice
with NSPCC

14.15 - 14.45

Let's Talk Volunteering - Future issues and global trends
with International Association for Volunteer Effort (IAVE)

15.15 - 15.45

Abu Dhabi to host the 26th World Volunteer Conference!
with Emirates Foundation