Volunteering for WaterAid in the UK

At WaterAid, volunteers are at the heart of what we do.

From joining a local group, becoming a speaker or helping out at an event, we have a whole host of opportunities available for you.

When you sign up to volunteer for WaterAid UK, you'll be joining a global network committed to one thing: making clean water, decent toilets and good hygiene normal for everyone, everywhere.

We couldn't do it without you – thank you!

All of our volunteering opportunities are based in the United Kingdom.

If you're from a country outside the UK or the Republic of Ireland, you'll need to check whether your visa allows you to volunteer. We advise that you contact the UK Visas and Immigration Agency to find out. We are not able to sponsor volunteer visas.

You must be aged 18 or over to volunteer for WaterAid.

All of our volunteering opportunities are based in the United Kingdom.
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Events volunteering

Give a few hours at one of our events! You could be doing anything from cheering on our event participants, working at our flagship obstacle course event, or bucket collecting at one of our music events.

Find out more about our events

Festival volunteering

Can you inspire others to support WaterAid, whilst delivering vital services at the some of the UK’s most exciting festivals? Are you a happy camper come rain or shine?

Applications to join us in 2023 will open early next year. Register your interest here and we'll let you know as soon as they do!

Speaker Network

Do you have a passion for public speaking? Then you could become a volunteer Speaker, delivering talks and workshops – whether online or in person – about WaterAid. We provide online training, resources and ongoing support.

Find out more about becoming a WaterAid Speaker

During the festive season the Speaker Network operates at a reduced capacity, so we won't be able to process new applications until late January 2023. If you have any urgent queries in the meantime, please get in touch with our Supporter Care team on [email protected] – they'll be happy to help!

Note: this role could bring you into contact with vulnerable groups. WaterAid has a strong commitment towards safeguarding, and as such we will carry out appropriate screening procedures.

University volunteering

Could you be the voice of WaterAid on your campus? As a WaterAid Student Ambassador or society member, you’ll have the opportunity to learn important skills, meet new people and gain valuable experience for life after university – all whist helping to tackle the global water and sanitation crisis.

Find out more about university volunteering

Code of Conduct

WaterAid will do our best to ensure you feel confident, happy and supported during your volunteering role. We will provide you with the information you need to volunteer, and we will be here to assist you if you have any issues or queries.

In return, we ask our volunteers to read, sign and follow our Global Code of Conduct (PDF). Please tick the box below to confirm that you have read, understand and agree with our Code of Conduct.

Communications preferences
We’d love to keep you updated on how your support is making change happen. We will send you information about our work, campaigns, opportunities to get involved and fundraising. Simply let us know how you’d like to hear from us.

WaterAid and WaterAid Trading will use your personal details to communicate with you in the ways you have agreed to, and as explained in our Privacy Policy. We may use the information you share with us and background information about you that we obtain from publicly available sources to carry out analysis (sometimes using suppliers) to tailor our communications to be more appropriate and relevant to your interests. You can withdraw your consent at any time. To change your preferences, or request to stop receiving communications please contact us on 0207 793 4594 or at [email protected]. For full details, including information about your privacy rights, see our Privacy Policy at www.wateraid.org/uk/privacy.