Workshops and Seminars

Your chance to network with peers and discover how you can help a cause you care about.

Volunteer Expo Live will give visitors the opportunity to choose from a range of over interactive workshops, seminars and Q&A sessions.

Covering a range of topics, from wildlife and dementia, to social prescribing and community resilience, there is sure to be something for you to explore and learn.

Workshops will take place across Friday and Saturday in our three Learning Zones on a first come first served basis:

  • Health and Wellbeing Zone
  • Connecting Communities Zone
  • People of Action Zone

More workshops and exact timings will be announced soon.

Dementia Friends

Alzheimer's Society

Our Dementia Friends programme has been running since 2014 and we now have over 3.4 million Dementia Friends across England, Wales and Northern Ireland. Anyone of any age can become a Dementia Friend, it’s simply about learning more about dementia and then turning that understanding into action. Once a Dementia Friend has joined, we help them to take action in whatever they would like.

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Changing Lives for Good

Burns Price Foundation

Discover how the Burns Price Foundation can help bring projects to life through innovation, community outreach and funding support.

Connecting Kindness and Crisis - volunteers on the front line

British Red Cross

The British Red Cross has been working for over 150 years using the power of kindness to support people and communities in crisis. But what do we actually do?

  • What disasters and emergencies do we respond to?
  • How do we support asylum seekers and refugees?
  • Why are health inequalities so important?
  • What is it like to volunteer on the frontline?

We have a fun-packed session planned where you will get the chance to hear from and question our volunteers who have first-hand knowledge from working on the front line with our services. On top of this we want to hear from you on how the British Red Cross can better meet the needs of people in crisis.

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Raising awareness of caring and connecting unpaid carers with vital support

Carers UK

During our lifetimes two in three of us will become unpaid carers. This session will provide an overview of caring and and the work of Carers UK, including the range of support we provide to unpaid carers. You will also be able to find out how to get involved in our work.

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What makes a resilient community?

Communities Prepared

Join us for an interactive session where participants will come together to share experiences in tackling community emergencies (whether that's flooding, snow or COVID-19), map the gaps in community resilience and consider ways learnings can be taken forward for the future.

Meet the Communities Prepared team, hear the stories of some of the communities we've been working with, and participate in a range of activities to explore questions such as:

  • What is the future of emergencies and are we prepared for them?
  • What is the role of community volunteers and how does this complement the role of the emergency services?
  • What can communities do when there are gaps in support?
  • How has community volunteering been impacted by the pandemic, and how do we build on this going forward?
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How to undertake a resilient community defibrillator project

Community Heartbeat Trust

It is easy to just install a defibrillator. But these are medical devices covered by legislation, and also need a surrounding support and governance scheme. This session will explore best practice and help guide you to a well run and resilience project, in an area littered with different equipment, inaccurate and confusing guidance, and commercial interests.

Framing Homelessness: how words can change hearts and minds 


To end homelessness for good, a powerful new idea must replace old notions of poor choices and inevitability. Crisis' Framing Homelessness Project aims to bring about a fundamental shift in the way homelessness is talked about across the UK. We need as many people as possible to consider what opportunities and conversations they have to put it into practice. From high profile work to your everyday communications - every opportunity to frame effectively will help.  

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Admiral Nurses: Leading the way with Dementia care

Dementia UK

There are currently 900,000 people with dementia in the UK. This is projected to rise to 1.6 million by 2040. Dementia UK provides specialist dementia support for families through our Admiral Nurse service. We believe that everyone who needs the support of a specialist nurse should get one, and that's why we're working hard to increase the number of Admiral Nurses across the UK.

Connecting Communities: A place based approach

Eden Project Communities

Come and discover more about the free resources Eden Project Communities offer to help connect communities and how you can get involved. Learn how simple actions can make a big difference, and how The Big Lunch and The Month of Community (with partners including Carers Week, Refugee Week and Loneliness Awareness Week) delivers real change in communities.

15 million people participated last year, enabling 77% to feel closer to their neighbours; 79% feel a greater sense of community and 75% more likely to get involved in community actives. 

Abu Dhabi to host the 26th World Volunteer Conference!

Emirates Foundation

For the first time in the Middle East, Emirates Foundation will host the 26th IAVE World Volunteer Conference in Abu Dhabi, the capital of the United Arab Emirates. Join us during this session to get to know more about this flagship event.

Guide Dogs: How much do you know?

At Guide Dogs we provide many services to people living with sight loss. The best known of these services are our amazing guide dogs.

Our demonstration will showcase some of the behaviours we teach our dogs during their training with opportunities for audience participation on stage. We will give you an insight into the world of dog training at Guide Dogs with the positive training methods we use to keep our dogs happy, healthy and thriving.

We will tell you all about many of our other life-changing services that we provide, including services specifically designed for children and young people, and how these services give confidence and opportunities to those living with sight loss to live the life they choose.

Let’s Talk Volunteering - Future issues and global trends

International Association for Volunteer Effort (IAVE)

IAVE believes that the COVID-19 pandemic has emphasised how volunteers as agents of change provide the practical action that builds hope and resilience, improves lives, and strengthens communities. This workshop will enhance understanding of global trends in volunteering by exploring the synergies between some key global research published in 2021, including IAVE's 'Leadership for Volunteering: the COVID-19 Experience; Forum's COVID-19 and the Future of Volunteering for Development; and UNV's (United Nations Volunteers Program) State of the World's Volunteerism Report 2022: Building Equal and Inclusive Societies. Showcasing the findings within these strategic reports and considering the issues they jointly highlight and what this means for the future of volunteering. 

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How has COVID-19 globally affected access to medicines?

International Health Partners

Before COVID-19 two billion people already did not have reliable access to essential medicines – undermining healthcare provision and costing lives. The pandemic has now further reduced access to quality medicines in lower-income countries. In this session you will get to hear about Europe's largest coordinator of donated medicines, International Health Partners, on how targeted medical donations from healthcare companies can supply disaster hit and vulnerable communities around the world.

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

Marie Curie

We know that health care professionals are dealing with increased workload and many conflicting priorities. GP practices, hospices and other healthcare settings are at the heart of the community and there is a real wish now to create a more compassionate community led approach. This session explores the importance of having meaningful conversations around what matters and what is important to us throughout life. Highlighting the importance of this as people near the end of life.

Being able to ask ‘what matters most’ or ‘what’s important to you’ is so important as we provide personalised care and support especially at the end of life.

This workshop will include:

  • How talking about sensitive issues, like end of life wishes, can be approached within day-to-day conversation
  • Explore how communities can support individuals in a more holistic way and ensure we know what is important to our members
  • Find out from the doctors’ perspective how volunteering supports their role and the people that they care for day-to-day


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Come on board with Mercy Ships

Mercy Ships

Mercy Ships needs volunteers to help run our ship, from nurses, to school teachers and everyone in between we have a role for everyone. Come along and find out more about volunteering with Mercy Ships onboard one of our ships. Volunteering abroad not for you but want to be involved? Join our UK volunteer network and help us by joining our UK volunteer network delivering talks and attending conferences.

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The power of communities in volunteering

MND Association

Perhaps our most vital asset at the MND Association is our passionate, dedicated community who are committed to creating a world free from MND. This session will explore why an active community is so important to our work, examples of how our community has mobilised to create a significant impact on a local and national level and will explore our plans for the future to expand the range of opportunities for our community to engage with us as an organisation and with each other.

Childline - Giving children a voice


Find out more about Childline, a life-changing service provided by the NSPCC. During this interactive session you'll be able to engage with staff and volunteers from the NSPCC who will give insight into what it's like to volunteer at Childline, what the role entails, how the service operates and how you can get involved. There'll also be a chance to ask any questions about volunteering with the NSPCC.

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Nature is in Crisis. Your time and talents can save it.


We are all connected by the wonder of nature. The health of the natural world is fundamental to the survival of all species and has a right to flourish. Nature is in crisis. Find out how people's time and talents are helping to save it and how you help save it too!

Social Prescribing and Volunteering

With Royal Voluntary Service and National Academy for Social Prescribing

In this workshop participants will help design how best to support people in becoming volunteers where this has been suggested as a great way to improve their health and well being.

The workshop is followed by a 'Cheers for Volunteers' celebration as part of Thank You Day 2022! Please note this element of the workshop will take place in the Network Hub.

Recognising and rewarding volunteers

Tempo Time Credits

Volunteers are sometimes taken for granted. Learn about Tempo Time Credits and how they can recognise and reward you for volunteering. They also help reach new volunteering audiences and retain existing volunteers. We will also identify how volunteering contributes to the UK economy and what your contribution adds up to.

Establishing and developing a disaster response charity

Water Survival Box

How to develop a disaster response project and manage success.

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