Workshops and Seminars

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

Event update.

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 the workshop schedule for 2020, which we hope to replicate as closely as possible for 2021.


Connecting for good.

Volunteer Expo will give visitors the opportunity to choose from a range of over 40 interactive workshops, seminars and Q&A sessions.

Covering a range of topics, from mental health and the environment, to digital fundraising and family volunteering, there is sure to be something for you to explore and learn.

All workshops will take place in Volunteer Expo's three themed Learning Zones:

  • Social and Environmental Impact Zone, sponsored by Royal Voluntary Service
  • Health and Wellbeing Zone, sponsored by Staysure
  • Practical Action Zone

A full schedule is listed below first by day, then by Learning Zone, followed by time. You can click to jump straight to FridaySaturday or Sunday schedule.

All workshops are open on a first come, first served basis on the day of the event. Pre-booking for individual sessions is not available.

 


Friday 1st May

Environmental and Social Impact Zone

11.00 - 12.00

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How to build the power for change

Christian Aid

Participants learn the relationship between power and bringing about change in the world, specifically the power they hold as individuals. Equip yourself with tools to kick-start campaigning in your community to bring about global justice.

12.30 - 13.00

How picking litter built an inclusive community of friends

Rubbish Friends

What started out as a shout out on Facebook has grown into an active community group of 200 people improving areas by litter picking. Discover how to set up a thriving community group run entirely by volunteers using social media.

13.45 - 14.15

The inventors: How communities are helping themselves  

Royal Voluntary Service

In every corner of Britain, Royal Voluntary Service mobilises volunteers to support those in need, in hospital and in the community. Through the gift of voluntary service, their volunteers provide much-needed support for over-stretched public services and for people as they age.

14.45 - 15.15

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Volunteering opportunities in the Army Cadet Force

Army Cadet Force

Discover how the volunteering opportunities in the Army Cadet Force could help you learn new skills, meet people, and take on new challenges. No military background required.

Health and Wellbeing Zone

10.00 - 10.30

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Improving access to medicines around the world - what part can you play?

International Health Partners

In this idea exchange session, you will hear about Europe's largest coordinator of donated medicines, IHP, on how targeted medical donations from healthcare companies can supply vulnerable communities across the world.

11.00 - 11.30

How volunteering can improve mental health

NCVO

According to NCVO's Time Well Spent report, almost 80% of volunteers said doing so improved their mental health and wellbeing. Check out how doing good, does you good!

12.00 - 12.30

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NHS Cadets - Health & Youth Leader volunteering opportunities

St John Ambulance

St John Ambulance & NHS England are working together to introduce a new learning programme for teenagers, NHS Cadets. Discover the opportunities this new programme has to offer to help double the number of NHS volunteers by 2021.

14.30 - 15.30

Volunteering to end homelessness

Crisis

This workshop will showcase the difference our volunteers make each Christmas, and Crisis’ current partnership with The Scouts. Crisis works with 1000’s of volunteers to end homelessness across the UK.

Practical Action Zone

09.30 - 11.00

12.30 - 14.00

15.00 - 16.30

SEAL - Schools Education Activities Link workshops

Beach Guardian

An engaging, workshop that will educate you about the effects of single use plastic. With a variety of practical activities to bring a fun approach to an important message.

Youth Hub

10.00 - 10.45

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Designing community projects for 11 - 18 year olds

Burns Price Foundation

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.

11.00 - 11.30

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Inspiring the next generation of pet owners

Blue Cross

In this session Blue Cross speakers and educational dogs demonstrate the benefits of pets, help teach children about pet care, empathy and how to stay safe around dogs.

12.00 - 12.30

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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.

13.00 - 14.00

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Take action - you can make the difference

PeaceJam

Harness the power of volunteering to create a social change project that tackles issues in your community, as part of PeaceJam’s One Billion Acts of Peace campaign.

15.00 - 15.30

Freedom to create

Joe Jordan

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.


Saturday 2nd May

Environmental and Social Impact Zone

10.15 - 10.45

Inviting the nation to step forward: Rethinking volunteer recruitment

Royal Voluntary Service

In every corner of Britain, Royal Voluntary Service mobilises volunteers to support those in need, in hospital and in the community. Through the gift of voluntary service, their volunteers provide much-needed support for over-stretched public services and for people as they age.

11.15 - 11.45

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One team - At land and Sea

Mercy Ships

This panel Q&A session will give attendees chance to interview Mercy Ship volunteers who have served on board the Africa Mercy, the charity’s mobile hospital ship. Discover Mercy Ships’ medical and non-medical volunteer opportunities.

12.30 - 13.00

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Volunteering opportunities in the West Midlands

RSPB

There is more to saving nature than picking up a spade or a pair of binoculars. Conservation needs all kinds of people, skills and experience. Discover the many ways you can volunteer with RSPB.

13.30 - 14.00

Hedgehogs – Age is no barrier. You can make a difference and stop their decline

Hedgehog Friendly Town

Led by two 14-year-old girls, Hedgehog Friendly Towns show age is no barrier to caring for nature. Learn more about hedgehogs and their lives, what they eat how they sleep, how to care for them, simple things you can do in your own back garden and things not to do!

Health and Wellbeing Zone

11.00 - 11.30

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The power of the voice of the volunteer and how it is helping cure cancer

Cancer Research UK

More information coming soon.

12.00 - 12.30

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Volunteer together - the power of local groups to change lives

Motor Neurone Disease Association

Come to this presentation to learn the secrets of successful self-organised, local volunteer groups. You may even be inspired to join your local MND Association volunteer team.

13.00 - 13.30

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Looking after someone? Carers UK is here for you

Carers UK

More information coming soon.

14.00 - 14.30

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Why becoming a Community Speaker can help you, and the charity you wish to support

Alzheimer’s Research UK

During this session, you will hear from Community Speakers about the role, their personal stories, and how they're making breakthroughs possible for Alzheimer’s Research UK.

15.30 - 16.00

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Flushing away poverty, one toilet at a time

Toilet Twinning

During the session, you will gain an understanding of the global sanitation crisis and learn how you can help Toilet Twinning to empower communities find sustainable solutions to problems keeping communities in poverty.

Practical Action Zone

10.00 - 10.30

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Community Defibrillation – doing it right!

Community Heartbeat Trust

Community defibrillators have undoubtedly saved lives, but around a third are out of action. Find out how you can undertake a community of volunteer group project to  change this to save more lives.

11.00 - 12.00

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Making volunteering inclusive. The journey of some volunteers living with dementia.

Alzheimer’s Society

This interactive session explores the experiences of people living with dementia who recently road-tested Alzheimer’s Society’s volunteering . We will explore the challenges and opportunities they faced and look at how we can ensure volunteering is inclusive.

12.30 - 13.30

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Behind the scenes - role playing the volunteer field programme

GlobalGiving

In this fun, interactive session, we will give you a taste of what you will face as a GlobalGiving field volunteers, doing due diligence on nonprofits from across the UK and Europe.

14.15 - 15.15

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Respond to a First Aid emergency in your community

St John Ambulance

This session will provide you with vital, life-saving skills, increase your general knowledge of first aid and help prepare you for an emergency situation.​

15.30 - 16.00

Family volunteering

NCVO

More information coming soon.


Sunday 3rd May

Environmental and Social Impact

10.15 - 10.45

From small beginnings 

Water Survival Box

Learn how to develop and sustain a significant humanitarian project from scratch, using only volunteers. Gain insight into managing volunteers, establishing a media presence and working with third parties to achieve success.

11.15 - 11.45

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Tackling Modern Slavery

Medaille Trust

Modern Slavery exists in all communities, often right under our noses. Learn to spot the signs of modern slavery so together we can eradicate it from across our communities.

12.15 - 12.45

Change someone's life - your own!

NCVO

Whether you have never volunteered before, or you are looking for a change, this workshop will give you the 5 top tips for finding your ideal volunteering opportunity.

13.15 - 13.45

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Young people taking community action

Burns Price Foundation

Aged 11-18 years with an idea for a community project? Find out how Burns Price Foundation could support you financially to bring that idea to life. Change starts small, don't wait to make a difference.

14.15 - 15.15

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How to build a successful digital crowdfunding campaign

GlobalGiving

This session will introduce you to the basics of crowdfunding and community-led change. Discover GlobalGiving’s Accelerator program, designed to kick start your campaigns. Leave with the practical tools to build and support your digital fundraising efforts.

Health and Wellbeing Zone

11.00 - 11.30

Volunteering is good for you

Royal Voluntary Service

In every corner of Britain, Royal Voluntary Service mobilises volunteers to support those in need, in hospital and in the community. Through the gift of voluntary service, their volunteers provide much-needed support for over-stretched public services and for people as they age.

12.00 - 13.00

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Creating disability-inclusive volunteering

Leonard Cheshire

Disable people are underrepresented in volunteering roles. This interactive session gives you the opportunity to hear strategies to ensure volunteering is disability-inclusive. Speakers will share stories and innovative methods for disability inclusion across your organisation.

Practical Action Zone

10.30 - 11.00

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Supporting our Specialist Dementia Admiral Nurses

Dementia UK

Learn more about this crucial service and how you can support Dementia UK to provide more Admiral Nurses giving expert support, guidance and solutions to those living with dementia.

11.45 - 12.45

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Craftivism - The art of gentle protest

Christian Aid

Join our practical craft session and find out how your act of creating can also be an act of protest. Anyone can help to inspire thoughtful engagement, and create something personal using craftivism.

13.30 - 14.00

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Community Defibrillation – doing it right!

Community Heartbeat Trust

Community defibrillators have undoubtedly saved lives, but around a third are out of action. Find out how you can undertake a community of volunteer group project to  change this to save more lives.


Please note: All timings and content are subject to change

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