Workshops and Seminars

Volunteer Expo Live gives 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. At 2022’s edition of Volunteer Expo Live, workshops […]

Volunteer Expo Live gives 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.

At 2022's edition of Volunteer Expo Live, workshops took place in our three Learning Zones on a first come first served basis:

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

Have a read 2022's workshop programme below and discover the kind of experiences that you can have at Volunteer Expo Live.

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.

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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. 

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.

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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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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.

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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 not 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.

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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