April-May 2021 | News

Volunteer Expo Online: Your ultimate guide

Volunteer Expo Online: Your ultimate guide

The virtual platform, the exhibitors, the speakers, the workshops and more – check out our ultimate guide to Volunteer Expo Online.

Volunteer Expo is the new, national volunteering show, hosted by Rotary in Great Britain and Ireland. Taking place on May 7th and 8th, 2021, this is your ultimate guide to what’s in store. Don’t miss out on this amazing event!

The virtual platform

By taking Volunteer Expo virtual, we want to make sure that visitors still get to experience the things they love about an in-person, live show. This is not a standard programme of Zoom calls!

When you first step into our virtual lobby, there is so much for you to explore. Head into our Exhibition Hall, with over 60 stands for you to visit. Or grab your seat in the Main Stage, where we have a two-day line-up of speaker sessions and Q&As. Or venture into the Workshop Hub and take part in a packed programme of sessions.


The exhibitors

The volunteer sector is so diverse, full of amazing organisations doing life-changing work. We wanted to capture that variety in our virtual exhibition, with over 60 exhibitors waiting to meet you. Chat with the local, national and international charities you know and love, and ones you’re yet to discover.

Plus, Volunteer Expo Online will also celebrate your Rotary favourites! Our very own Rotary-derived projects, including emergency-response box charities, End Polio Now and more.

Our virtual environment allows you to download materials to take away, and engage in live text and video chat with exhibitors.

Volunteer Expo Online will feature over 60 leading local, national and international charities and organisations. Here are just a selection of those exhibiting.


The speakers

Volunteer Expo Online is bringing you leading speakers on society’s biggest issues. Hear from celebrity campaigners such as heavyweight boxer Frank Bruno on mental health, and broadcaster Ben Fogle on the environment.

We’ve got sector leaders, including CEOs Catherine Johnstone (Royal Voluntary Service), Sarah Vibert (National Council for Voluntary Organisations) Matt Hyde (Scouts) and Sanj Srikanthan (ShelterBox) to offer their insight into the current state and future of volunteering.

Plus, we’ve got real life volunteering heroes sharing their incredible first hand experiences of making a difference including Amy and Ella Meek, founders of the charity Kids Against Plastic, whose Plastic Clever scheme has been adopted by over 900 organisations.

Heavyweight boxer Frank Bruno and broadcaster Ben Fogle will headline Volunteer Expo Online alongside a host of other speakers.


The workshops

It wouldn’t be a volunteering show without giving you practical ways to get involved! Our Workshop Hub does exactly that. Run by our exhibiting charities, our free workshops give you chance to delve into the topics you care about, or explore something new.

We’re covering everything from mental health to plastic pollution. From disability-inclusive volunteering to digital fundraising. From wildlife conservation to sanitation. There’s something for everyone.

There is a huge range of topics being covered in our Workshop Hub. These will be shorter sessions hosted by our exhibitors.


The legacy

According to a recent report from the Together Coalition, an estimated 12.4 million people have volunteered during the COVID-19 pandemic, and 4.6 million of those did so for the first time.

As we come out of the other side of the pandemic, the volunteer sector will be at the forefront, supporting people through the recovery. Volunteer Expo is your chance to be part of that legacy.


Book your free tickets and check out more detail on what’s on at the Volunteer Expo Online website.

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