Crowne Plaza Nottingham

Come along and get some ideas about how you can shake up your volunteering program and stand out above the rest!

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8:45am - 5:30pm
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💣 The UK startup scene is booming 💣
It is brimming with knowledge and skills. Being
part of this community has given us incredible
access to super-smart people.

💣 The UK startup scene is booming 💣 It is brimming with knowledge and skills. Being part of this community has given us incredible access to super-smart people.

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*Please note, these are in-person tickets - we may facilitate a live stream. For more information, get in touch with ash@volunteero.org.

This got us wondering, could we
give charities some of the same access?

This got us wondering, could we give charities some of the same access?

Well here is our answer... We will be bringing top startup operators and founders to speak about areas of expertise that translate well into charity functions and volunteer management. We will also have a number of speakers from within the sector too.

🎤 Top Speakers
💎 Networking
🎁 Goodies
🍇 Food
🍹 Drinks

❤️ What’s not to love? ❤️



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Ashley Staines
CEO and Co-founder

Ash was a volunteer befriender for Age UK and found the whole process could be improved. This sparked an idea that has now grown into Volunteero. Along with his cofounders Luca and Kedar, they are on a mission to make volunteering flexible, accessible and fun through the use of technology.

Over three years of operating we have gone from a team of 5 staff and 5 volunteers to 34 staff and 42 volunteers

How Waffle are putting conversations back into communities and subsidized by Belgian desserts
Matthew Smith
CEO, Co-Founder of The Community Waffle House CIC

Over three years of operating we have gone from a team of 5 staff and 5 volunteers to 34 staff and 42 volunteers

Community is in Matt’s veins. When he was 4, he attended the weekly "Cowley Club" (named after our road) hosted by his Mum in their tiny house for young girls in our neighbourhood that needed a role model.

Later, after studying languages and literature at university and then living abroad, Matt developed a fascination for how language influences culture and community. This passion found an initial corporate home in marketing but he was itching for an opportunity to build a Cowley Club of my own.

In 2018, Matt and two friends left our jobs to set up 'Waffle' - a non-profit Community Waffle House driven by a passion for putting conversations back into communities and subsidized by Belgian desserts.

They have since expanded into a nearby town and working with the NHS have set up a Waffle in a local community hospital.

How Choose Love has supported 5 million people and raised $100m in just 7 years
Josie Naughton
CEO and Co-Founder at Choose Love

Choose Love started as nothing more than a group of friends with a plan. In 2015, absolutely devastated by scenes of thousands of people forced to live in terrible conditions in the Calais refugee camp in northern France, Josie knew she had to do something. Josie studied Anthropology but later decided to pursue a career in the music industry. This career move would see her working with the band Coldplay until the ‘refugee crisis’ in Europe in 2015.

Using her experience and contacts in the music industry, she rallied together friends with the hashtag #HelpCalais. Within a week, they had raised over £50,000 and were soon receiving thousands of donated items every day- Choose Love was born. Josie has gone on to lead the growth of Choose Love as its CEO and the organisation has now supported almost 5 million people via partnering with almost 400 organisations in 33 countries and raising over $100 million.

Josie is a leading advocate for refugee rights in the UK and is seen as a thought leader across the sector, she’s been named as one of Bill and Melinda Gates ‘Global Goalkeepers’ and one of the Evening Standard's Progress 1000 “Changemakers”. She has spoken at events alongside Bill Gates and Barack Obama.


Break time

How to develop stronger partnerships with corporate CSR programs
Kate Buchart
Director of Philanthropy at CVC Capital Partners

Kate oversaw the Credit Suisse Charity of the Year programme for 10 years raising £10m+ working with great oragnisations and colleagues.

Kate has over 20 years of experience in the charity and corporate social responsibility sectors. Kate is currently the Director of Philanthropy at CVC. She is responsible for the CVC Foundation grant programme, employee volunteering and giving and works closely with CVC portfolio companies to help develop their CSR strategies and programmes. In addition, Kate is a trustee of the DHL UK Foundation and a school governor.

Let’s talk about Social media, content and Influencers
Luke Hodson
Founder of Nerds Collective, the Gen-Z Culture Marketing Agency

Forbes and Campaign 30 Under 30 Winner

An award-winning culture marketing specialist, passionate about placing brands at the heart of street culture whilst empowering the grassroots communities that drive it. Founder of youth culture marketing agency Nerds Collective and Dyslexic.Nuanced Insight. Cultural Strategy. Unorthodox Creative.

Mathew Lewis-Carter
Gingernuts Creative co-founder

Co-founder of Gingernuts Creative and a Diabetes UK brand ambassador

Mat is a content creator and the co-founder of Gingernuts Creative, a social first content creation agency, creates digital content for brands social media channels and advising them on the minefield that is (or can feel like) social media.

Mat is also a brand ambassador for Diabetes UK and seeing the social growth on their channel because of creators like himself is so rewarding! Matt also had over 10 million views of a duck putting on a CGM (continuous glucose monitor) to my arm…


Lunch time!

Our Dementia Choir

Our Dementia Choir is a UK charity based in Nottinghamshire supporting people living with dementia. They will be performing a few well-known hits to get folks up for the afternoon session! If you’d like to know more about them, checkout their website here: https://www.ourdementiachoir.com/

Dragons Den for Good

Watch 4 amazing grassroots organisations pitch live on stage for the chance to win £10k in funding from our generous donors as well as free use of Volunteero. We hope this will be an exciting and different style of session and a chance to give a boost to a wonderful cause.

The Henry Allen Trust was started in memory of Henry Allen who lost his battle to MYCN Amplified stage 4 high-risk neuroblastoma in 2013 to bring 'happiness' to children and families battling childhood cancer. Everyone involved within the trust works tirelessly to ensure no family is alone during their journey. Check out their application video here.

The Anne Robson Trust is a small charity dedicated to bringing comfort and compassion to people in the last days of their life. They mobilise volunteers in hospitals and the community to support people who are dying, many of whom have no one else to talk to. Check out their application video here.

Givto is an innovative charity fundraising platform run by a charity and built by volunteers. It enables people to donate to a different charity each month with one simple Direct Debit. And it helps charities of all sizes to reach new donors and promote their cause. Check out their application video here.

Little Green Pig (LGP) supports children and young people facing challenging circumstances in deprived Sussex communities through creative writing programmes. By improving writing skills and raising aspirations we believe we can change lives and break the cycle of inequality. LGP is supported by a team of volunteer Story Mentors. Check out their application video here.


Break time!

How to boost the profile of volunteering in your organisation
Meryl Davies
Chief Executive Office at Re-engage

Rebranding the charity has helped us to be taken seriously by funders and partners in a way that we never could have been before

Meryl joined Re-engage after several years with international development organisations. Her work at Re-engage is very much influenced by her experience working with many different volunteers and other stakeholders in the UK and elsewhere. Harnessing technology is at the heart of Re-engage's strategy and Meryl has overseen a digital transformation at Re-engage which is focussed on sustainability and scalability in the future

Panel Session
Helen Keenan
Head of Volunteering at Marie Curie

Helen transformed volunteering whilst in leadership roles at DofE and Prince's Trust, she now leads the charge at Marie Curie to digitize and diversify volunteer roles.

Craig Harman
Deputy Chief Operating Officer and Director of Operations at St John Ambulance

Craig was responsible for the rapid onboarding and engagement of 26,500 volunteer vaccinators who stepped forwards to protect the public from Covid-19 in just 12 weeks.

Rob Jackson
Director of Rob Jackson Consulting Ltd

Global thought leader with almost 30 years of experience in volunteer engagement.

Ben Hughes
Volunteer Systems Lead at Guide Dogs

Ben previously configured and deployed a volunteer management system (VMS) to over 650 charity retail stores across the UK (including delivering face-to-face training to every manager) within a 4-month period.

Complimentary drinks

You’ve made it this far, why not stick around for some complimentary drinks!