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Volunteer WaterAid Speaker

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

Speaker volunteers engage people 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 community groups.

To find out the kinds of things Speakers talk about, watch this 4 minute video .

Expectations of WaterAid Speakers

  • Give a minimum of four talks or workshops per year and where possible on key days, including World Water Day, World Toilet Day and Global Handwashing Day.
  • Attend Speaker Network training and adhere to volunteer guidance and best practise.
  • Make use of the latest public speaking resources (such as PowerPoint presentations) included in the Speaker e-newsletter, emails, and online platform.
  • Keep up to date with key messages, appeals, campaigns, fundraising and volunteering.
  • Regularly liaise with WaterAid about talks and workshops.
  • Distribute paying in form to audiences following a talk or workshop, where appropriate.
  • Provide feedback on talks or workshops by completing the online evaluation.
  • Contact local community groups to develop new talk and workshop opportunities.
  • Provide support to new Speakers around their public speaking development.
  • Demonstrate WaterAids's values (see below), including being considerate when representing WaterAid and always leaving others with a positive view of the organisation and the work that they do.

    What is in it for you?

  • A sense of personal achievement through volunteering locally, for an established international charity, helping to tackle extreme poverty and transform people’s lives for good.
  • Becoming part of an influential, UK-wide volunteering network of over 250 Speaker volunteers, reaching around 50,000 people a year with important messages about international development.
  • An opportunity to learn from sector specialists, about international development and global issues around water, sanitation and hygiene. 
  • With Speaker training, develop your public speaking skills and confidence
  • Use the PowerPoint and audio-visual presentation resources and varied presenting opportunities.
  • A personal Speaker Mentor to support your ongoing development as a Speaker.
  • Regular support from the small and friendly WaterAid Speaker Network team, including support via email, phone and face to face in the London office.
  • Reasonable expenses for travel to training, talks and workshops.
  • Invitations to Supporter Thank You events across the UK.

WaterAid’s values provide a guiding philosophy, which drives our thoughts, words and actions:

  • Respect We treat everyone with dignity and respect and champion the rights and contribution of all to achieve a fairer world.
  • Accountability We are accountable to those whose lives we hope to see transformed, to those we work with and to those who support us.
  • Courage We are bold and inspiring in our actions and words, and uncompromising in our determination to pursue our mission.
  • Collaboration We work with others to maximise our impact, respecting diversity and difference in the pursuit of common goals.
  • Innovation We are creative and agile, always learning, and prepared to take risks to accelerate change.
  • Integrity We act with honesty and conviction and our actions are consistent with openness, equality and human rights.


  • 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 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, mid -day educational workshops, evening and weekend talks.
  • Competent in using PowerPoint and email.
  • Ability to travel locally.

Register your Interest


  • Black and Minority Ethnic Communities
  • Children
  • Civic Responsibility and Communities
  • Disability
  • Employment, Education and Training
  • No specific interest
  • Older People
  • Womens Issues


  • Advice and Information
  • Computers, IT and Websites
  • Local Events
  • Marketing and Media
  • Practical Skills
  • Supporting Charities
  • Teaching and Training


  • Accessibility
  • Age restrictions
  • DBS check required
  • Equal Opportunities Policy
  • Expenses reimbursed
  • Health and Safety Policy
  • Ongoing support
  • Training provided
  • Volunteer induction
  • Volunteer Policy
  • Volunteers covered by insurance
  • Written role description


This opportunity can be carried out whilst working from home.

When do I need to be available?

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Availability Details

Delivering virtual talks/ workshops via Skype, Microsoft Teams or other internet conferencing - availability immediate. Face to face Speaker visits to organisations and schools will commence after the New Corona Virus outbreak .

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