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WaterAid Speaker Volunteer


WaterAid Speakers are trained volunteers that deliver inspiring talks and workshops, to raise awareness about the importance of clean water, decent toilets and good hygiene, to transform peoples’ lives for good.

Our Speaker volunteers engage audiences about the important work of WaterAid, inspiring them to take action, as they speak with schools, universities, businesses, youth groups, religious places of worship, service organisations, and many more.

Expectation for WaterAid Speakers:

•Deliver a minimum of four talks or workshops per year, either online and/or face to face.

•Deliver talks or workshops on key days such as: World Water Day on 22 March, World Toilet Day on 19 November, Menstrual Hygiene Day on 28 May and Global Handwashing Day on 15 October.

•Contact new audiences to organise and deliver talk and workshop opportunities.

•Complete online Speaker Network training and adhere to volunteer guidance and best practise.

•Make use of our public speaking resources (such as PowerPoint presentations) included in our Speaker e-newsletter, emails, and online resource library.

•Keep up to date with our key messages, appeals, campaigns, fundraising and volunteering.

•Regularly liaise with the Speaker Network team about talks and workshops.

•Provide feedback on talks or workshops by completing the online evaluations.

•Provide support to new Speakers around their public speaking development.

•Demonstrate the WaterAid values including being considerate when representing WaterAid and always leaving others with a positive view of our organisation and the work that we do.

Venues are selected in response to local requests for talks, or by the volunteer if they arrange the talk. Talks and workshops are delivered either face to face or virtually using online tools such as Zoom or Microsoft teams. This means that there are opportunities all over Blackpool and the surrounding areas.

What skills do I need?

• A commitment to raise awareness about the importance of clean water, decent toilets and good hygiene and to engage people in the work of WaterAid, inspiring them to take action in support of our work.

• An interest in the work of WaterAid, including our key messages, appeals, campaigns, fundraising and volunteering.

• Passion and enthusiasm for public speaking and confidence to speak publicly to a diverse range of community groups.

• Good availability to volunteer 4 times a year, potentially for morning school assembly talks, midday educational workshops, evening and weekend talks.

• Competence in PowerPoint and email.

• Access to travel locally (face to face visits only).

When do I need to be available?

Morning Afternoon Evening

Times of talks/workshops are flexible - Speaker volunteers are able to choose times and dates that suit them.

Register your interest
  • Ideal for people interested in
  • Education
  • Human rights
  • International Aid
  • Poverty
  • Public events
  • Ideal for people who like
  • Campaigning
  • Fundraising
  • IT
  • Training
  • Youth Work
  • Details
  • Accessibility
    We want to do everything we can to make being a Speaker volunteer accessible for everyone. WaterAid is an equal opportunities, disability-confident organisation committed to achieving the highest standards of diversity, fairness and equality. WaterAid is committed to providing accessible, inclusive, and barrier-free volunteering. We’ll make adjustments or changes for any disabled Speakers or Speakers with long-term conditions that apply to join us and provide resources, training and processes in alternative formats when required.
  • Age restrictions
    Volunteers must be 18+
  • DBS check required
  • Equal Opportunities Policy
  • Expenses reimbursed
    Reasonable travel expenses covered
  • Health and Safety Policy
  • Ongoing support
    Ongoing support provided by our friendly Speaker Network team, as well as a personal Speaker mentor.
  • Training provided
    Volunteers are required to complete an online Speaker training course, followed by a practice presentation and interview with the team.
  • Volunteer induction
  • Volunteer Policy
  • Volunteers covered by insurance
  • Written role description
  • Application Process
  • Application Form
  • Informal Discussion
  • Interviews
  • References

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