Book a free online Speaker
Everything you need to know
The short answer is anyone! The Speaker Network can deliver a free talk or workshop to all sorts of groups, including schools, churches and faith groups, companies, youth groups and service organisations.
Our talks and workshops can be delivered face to face across the UK (provisionally restarting in September 2021), or virtually. Our virtual service also means we can provide Speakers globally, as long as you have a strong internet connection!
If you're an educator, we also offer interactive workshops which are suitable for Year 3 pupils onwards.
Our incredible team of 200 trained Speakers are experts in water, sanitation and hygiene. Speakers have delivered over 10,000 face to face and virtual talks and educational workshops. Our volunteers can speak to groups about a variety of aspects of WaterAid’s transformative work including: our work to tackle COVID-19, climate change, periods, our work with women, the technologies we use, our advocacy work, and much more.
Our Speakers can also look to speak with your group on key days of the year such as World Water Day (22 March), World Toilet Day (19 November), Global Handwashing Day (15 October) and Menstrual Hygiene Day (28 May). Additionally, Speakers can tailor their sessions around topics of your choosing.
Our Speaker talks are for any audience interested in learning about WaterAid and our work. Our inspiring and informative talks can vary in length, content and there is no audience too big or small. Our Speakers most commonly deliver talks at school assemblies, fundraising events and service organisation meetings, and for youth groups such as Brownies and Scouts, and more.
Our Speaker workshops are curriculum-based and can easily slot into your lesson plans. Our workshops include educational quizzes, interactive games and learning exercises to inspire group thinking and discussion around clean water, decent toilets and good hygiene as a transformative force for good in people’s lives around the world. Our workshops are for a maximum of 30 learners, are suitable for Year 3 learners onwards and can be tailored depending on the learners' requirements. We also provide free accompanying educational resources developed by teachers.
Due to COVID-19, we're currently only offering virtual Speaker visits.
Although we're unable to offer face to face visits for the time being, you can request one for later in the year. We're hoping to be able to reintroduce in-person visits from September onwards, but please note this is a provisional date only.
Just fill out our Speaker request form, which asks for information such as preferred dates and times. There’s also space to include any subjects you’re particularly interested in hearing about, so our Speakers can tailor their session to you.
Once you’ve submitted the form, we’ll do our best to match you with a Speaker, who will then get in touch with you directly to confirm the details.
If you're a teacher, we also offer interactive workshops which are suitable for Year 3 pupils onwards.
As all of our Speakers are volunteers, sometimes we're unable to find someone who is available. In this instance, we’ll send you a presentation with similar content delivered by Speakers and we may look to offer a Speaker to provide an online talk or workshop for your group.
You can also check out our presentations and resources for different groups including educational resources, faith groups resources, technologies we use in our work and our most popular films about our work.
Yes! You can view our pre-recorded talks for primary school children, and secondary school children or adults:
You can also download our general WaterAid presentations (including on hygiene and handwashing), and browse our full range of educational resources, including presentations, lesson plans, online games, quizzes and songs.
If you’re interested in joining our Speaker Network, we have all the details on our Become a Speaker page.
You can register your interest on our volunteering application form, after which we'll get in touch with an application form and invite you to our online training.
About our Speakers
Our Speakers come from all walks of life, from students to retirees and everyone between. The one thing they all have in common is a passion for sharing WaterAid's work and sparking change, to help people living in some of the toughest places in the world transform their lives.
The assembly and workshop were pitched perfectly. They were delivered in a way that kept the children engaged throughout. The sessions were informative and the children learnt a lot.”