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After close monitoring of the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) we have taken the decision to postpone Volunteer Expo, which was scheduled to take place from 1-3 May 2020.
This decision has not been taken lightly, but collective health and safety is our top priority.
The event will now take place from 7th - 9th May 2021.
Below gives you the outline programme for the event, which we hope to replicate as closely as possible for 2021.
Volunteer Expo is the first event of its kind in the UK to showcase the power of volunteering, taking place at the NEC, Birmingham from Friday 1st - Sunday 3rd May 2020.
The opening day of Volunteer Expo is dedicated to young people to highlight the benefits that they can get by engaging in social action through volunteering.
We want to welcome Key Stage 3 and 4 students to Volunteer Expo's Changemakers Day on Friday 1st May 2020.
Volunteer Expo is hosted by Rotary in Great Britain and Ireland, who have been championing good causes in communities for over 100 years and helping unlock the potential of young people.
Young people benefit from taking social action. It is a special moment for all young people when they find something that inspires and motivates them. That’s something volunteering can offer.
The programme for the day includes speaker sessions featuring some of the UK's youngest social activists, inspiring campaigners and role models in our 1,000 seat arena.
We also have a number of workshops centred on curriculum-based topics, hands on volunteering taster sessions and a huge exhibition of leading charities with opportunities to offer.
Students will leave inspired, empowered and ready to Change Lives and Take Action!
Maddie is a YouTube filmmaker and BAFTA winning presenter, passionate about curiosity and creating educational content for young people.
Kids Against Plastic
Sisters Amy and Ella Meek founded the charity Kids Against Plastic to empower young people to protect the environment.
An infectious and inspirational character, Steve captained Great Britain’s wheelchair rugby team at the London 2012 Paralympics. He is now a broadcaster and youth mentor.
A former member of a notorious Birmingham gang, Simeon now tackles the glamorisation of gang culture to young people.
Empowering young people with the knowledge and effects of Single Use Plastic through an educational, fun and practical workshop. These sessions are run by co-founders of the Beach Guardian project, Rob and marine biologist, Emily.
Burns Price Foundation
Designing Community Projects for 11-18 year olds
Spark your imagination to create projects in small groups that can benefit a community. This workshop will equip young people with the skills to turn these ideas into a reality and even apply for a financial grant to make it happen.
Inspiring the next generation of pet owners
Pets bring so many benefits to children and young people, from improving mental health to building confidence. Meet some furry friends and learn more about volunteering, self-development and the benefits of pets.
Freedom to Create
After taking part in a Rotary Youth Exchange as a teenager, it inspired Joe Jordan to travel the world and follow his dreams. Joe's musical session will inspire and teach others how they can use creative practices to overcome challenges.
City Year UK
City Year UK empowers 18-25 year olds, through a year of full-time volunteering, to make a difference to pupils from disadvantaged communities, while gaining valuable leadership experience and boosting their own career prospects.