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We want visitors to leave Volunteer Expo with a spring in their step and ideas in their minds.
That’s why we are organising a programme full of expert speakers and inspiring sessions to get you feeling energised, ready to change lives and take action.
Whether you’re passionate about a certain area of volunteering, or have never volunteered before – there will be something to peak your interest.
Former world champion boxer Frank Bruno has risen above the boundaries of his discipline to win a place in the nation's hearts. After a career going head to head with the likes of Mike Tyson and Lennox Lewis, he has a new fight on his hands: to knockout the stigma associated with mental health. He uses his profile to normalise discussing mental health, something he introduces to young people through the Frank Bruno Foundation.
An actor of stage and screen, in the last decade, Brooke has been a passionate and avid campaigner against knife crime, after her 16-year-old brother, Ben Kinsella, was tragically murdered in 2008. Brooke’s campaigning has generated millions of pounds for anti-knife crime services. She also founded a Trust in her brother's memory, which focuses on early intervention and education.
Karl is Chief Executive of the National Council for Voluntary Organisations (NCVO), who champion, represent and support the voluntary sector in England. Karl speaks widely on the issues facing the voluntary sector and is also a passionate volunteer himself at parkrun and as a volunteer trustee for two charities.
Catherine, took up the role of Chief Executive of Royal Voluntary Service (RVS) in August 2017, an organisation providing volunteer support for over-stretched public services and for people as they age. Prior to her role at RVS, Catherine was Chief Executive of Samaritans. As a trained nurse, she has a passion for front line service delivery.
An infectious and inspirational character, Steve became paralysed after falling from a balcony at just 23 and went on to captain Great Britain’s wheelchair rugby team at the London 2012 Paralympics. Steve is now a popular broadcaster and shares his experiences of being an elite athlete by mentoring young people across the country.
A former member of a notorious Birmingham gang, Simeon now tackles the glamorisation of gang culture to young people. Describing his gangster lifestyle as a “mental prison”, Simeon lifted himself from a life of crime and uses the power of music to educate the lives of others.
Sisters Amy and Ella Meek are Founders of Kids Against Plastic, a charity which is empowering young people to protect the environment. Over the last year they have helped pick up over 65,000 pieces of single use plastic and made over 50 cafés, schools, businesses and festivals ‘Plastic Clever’.
Sanj is the Chief Executive of disaster response charity, ShelterBox. Sanj has been leading teams in adversity over the last two decades; from peacekeeping operations on the Iran-Iraq border, to responding to Ebola outbreaks in Liberia.
Sir Martyn spent three decades as a journalist and television newscaster, alongside many charity sector projects, including being Chairman of the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service. He champions the concept of "Constructive Journalism", to promote positive news stories across the media.
Director of Islamic Relief UK, a charity alleviating suffering from some of the world’s largest issues. Tufail has travelled extensively around the world raising awareness of major emergencies such as the East Africa drought, Pakistan floods and the Syrian crisis.
Exhibitor Spotlight: Royal Air Forces Association
Royal Air Forces Association is just one of many exciting exhibitors attending the Volunteer Expo and Carina Thomas, Volunteer Manager, discusses how the charity provides welfare support and acts as a good friend to 85,000 members each year.