Speakers on tap for WaterAid

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A training day for people interested in becoming a volunteer speaker for the international charity WaterAid will be held next month.

WaterAid relies on the work of volunteers to spread the message about the challenges faced in third world countries and to encourage communities to raise much needed funds to help transform lives.

Volunteers who come forward to be a WaterAid speaker are provided with full training and support and are able to choose the location of the events they wish to attend from a range that will cover talks to schools, churches, service organisations, community groups and companies.

The workshop on September 8 will also showcase Yorkshire Water’s work with schools, and will introduce an industry first approach to the joint delivery of workshops in schools.

Yorkshire Water employee Matt Armitage became a volunteer in 2012 and says it changed his life. “Never in a million years would I have thought I’d be hosting schools workshops and spreading the word of WaterAid to the next generation,” said Matt who lives in Hessle, near Hull.

“The Speakers workshop helped me gain the confidence and skills needed to talk about the life changing work WaterAid does. Working with kids gives me a huge buzz and it’s so satisfying answering their questions and knowing they are really interested in what you have to say.

“I was lucky enough to travel to Zambia and see WaterAid’s work in action, the lives it had changed for good, but not only that, the lives it had saved. When I came back I felt a duty to share what I saw with whoever would listen. But you don’t have to have been to a project to talk about what WaterAid do!

“There are lots of speakers out there, just like you, who have had no experience in public speaking before attending a workshop, we aren’t professionals by any stretch of the imagination, we are just passionate about WaterAid’s work and helping people to gain access to safe, clean drinking water and toilets.”

Christine Mellor, partnership manager for WaterAid, agreed. “WaterAid’s Speaker Network plays an important role in maintaining relationships with our supporters across the UK - educating people about the water and sanitation crisis and raising funds for our vital work.

“Thanks to our volunteer speakers all over the Yorkshire and Humber region giving inspirational talks to churches, schools, Rotary clubs and other community groups, we can transform even more lives.”

The sessions will be held at Yorkshire Water’s environmental visitors centre at Esholt Waste Water Treatment Works in Bradford.

To register call the charity on 0845 120 1293 or for more information visit www.wateraid.org/speakers

Yorkshire Water is supporting the delivery of the training for the volunteers as part of its’ Global Safe Water commitment. The company aims to raise £1m to improve clean water and sanitation in Ethiopia over the next 5 years and demonstrates a commitment to this target by enabling employees to get involved in a range of WaterAid projects.

The Bradford based firm is also supporting the charity’s campaign Me As A Girl and the Everyone Everywhere 2030 campaign which initially hopes to raise global issues at the United Nations World Leaders meeting in September. Customers can support these causes by signing the petition at www.wateraid.org/uk/YorkshireEE or by donating just £3 by texting SAFEWATER to 70300.

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