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WaterAid's Speaker Network
Please note: We are committed to ensuring the health, safety and wellbeing of our volunteer Speakers and the general public during the COVID-19 pandemic. As such, we encourage groups to book online talks or workshops wherever possible; with many of our Speakers preferring to volunteer online, virtual requests are more likely to be fulfilled at this time.
Everything you need to know
The short answer is anyone! We can speak with all sorts of groups, including schools, churches and faith groups, companies, youth groups, and service organisations.
We can deliver face-to-face talks and workshops across the UK, and online anywhere in the world – 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 – and together, they've delivered over 11,000 talks and educational workshops! Our volunteers can speak about a variety of aspects of WaterAid’s transformative work, including COVID-19, climate change, periods and menstrual hygiene, our work with women, the technologies we use, our advocacy work, and much more.
Our Speakers can also focus on key days of the year, such as World Water Day (22 March), Menstrual Hygiene Day (28 May), Global Handwashing Day (15 October) and World Toilet Day (19 November). We can also tailor sessions around topics of your choosing.
Our Speaker-led 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 educational workshops are curriculum-based and can easily slot into your lesson plans. 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. 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.
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 confident public speaker who's passionate about our work, becoming a WaterAid Speaker could be the perfect voluntary opportunity for you!
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.