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Deliver inspiring talks to transform peoples’ lives for good!

by WaterAid

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.

To find out more and apply, follow this link -

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.

Organisation description

Clean water, decent toilets and good hygiene are basic human rights. They should be a normal part of daily life for everyone, everywhere – but they aren't. That's why we're here.
WaterAid works with our partners in some of the toughest places in the world. Together, we have reached millions of people with clean water, decent toilets and good hygiene, enabling entire communities to unlock their potential, break free from poverty and change their lives for good.
And while installing taps and toilets is essential to our work, we do so much more. We convince governments to change laws, link policy makers with people on the ground, pool knowledge and resources and rally support from people and organisations around the world, making lasting change happen on a massive scale.


Nadia Nicholas
0207 793 4594


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.

Preferred skills

• 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 (for face to face visits).

Experience gained

• Development of public speaking skills and confidence through public speaking training, presentation resources and presenting opportunities.
• An opportunity to learn from sector specialists, about global issues of water, sanitation and hygiene.
• A personal Speaker Mentor for ongoing development as a Speaker.
• Regular support from the small and friendly WaterAid Speaker Network team, including support via email, webinars, phone and face to face.
• Access to the Speaker Network Facebook group to virtually engage other Speaker volunteers.
• Invitations to supporter “thank you” events.
• Reasonable expenses for travel to training, talks and workshops.
• Joining an established and influential UK-wide volunteering network.
• Personal achievement from volunteering for a well-respected international charity, tackling extreme poverty and working towards transformational change around the world.

Will the organisation carry out a DBS check?


Minimum age


Age focus

  • Adults
  • Young adults
  • Secondary school age young people
  • Primary School children
  • Older people

Time of volunteering

  • Weekdays
  • Weekends
  • Daytime
  • Evenings


  • Mainly indoors
  • To learn new skills and improve my job prospects
  • To share my skills and creativity

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