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NEC to host first-ever Volunteer Expo

by Olivia Powell

The NEC has landed The Volunteer Expo which aims to connect new and existing volunteers with charities and community-interest organisations.

The event will, the first of its kind in the UK, will run from 1-3 May 2020,  will also offer visitors the chance to engage with over 100 local, national and global charities and community-interest organisations under one roof, as well as exhibitor stands, keynote speaker sessions, Learning Zones, workshops and seminars.

In addition, a number of Rotary’s existing events will be incorporated into the event, including their national youth competitions and Champions Awards.

David Gallagher, senior business development manager for the NEC, said: “From our initial discussions with Rotary, we knew that this was a great concept and one that can really flourish at the NEC.

“The charitable sector is growing year on year, creating a need for more volunteer support, and personal growth opportunities for those volunteering. The NEC is not only one of the best-connected venues in the UK for travel by road, rail (or air), but will provide plentiful space for visitors to walk around and talk to representatives of many charities. We want to ultimately make this experience the simplest and best it can be for all those who are investing time into helping worthy causes.”

This announcement follows a new partnership between Rotary and the National Council for Voluntary Organisations (NCVO) who will be the event’s official Charity Partner.

Amanda Watkin, the general secretary of Rotary in Great Britain and Ireland, also commented: “We are incredibly excited to be bring Volunteer Expo to life at the NEC. Volunteering plays a huge part in our society and transforms the lives of millions of people around the country every single year. The NEC provides the ideal venue with its central location and fantastic facilities.

“We’re looking forward to welcoming individuals looking to find out more about volunteering, as well as exhibitors keen to share their story and promote the positive impact they’re making.”

To find out more about Volunteer Expo, and to book tickets, visit their website at www.volunteerexpo.co.uk

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