Resources for volunteer speakers

Thank you for all the work you do as a volunteer speaker. Your energy and enthusiasm are really valuable in helping to raise awareness and support of our work with vulnerable children.

We have a selection of resources to help you give inspiring talks.

These resources include:

  • Our updated speaker pack with presentation cards and PowerPoint slides. Speak to your regional fundraiser if you do not have one. (Read an excerpt from the pack.)
  • A poster to display in on notice boards, in church or community centres to help get more bookings.
  • A speaker feedback form which must be completed after every talk to give us a record of who has received a talk.

New resources

We’d like you to introduce our new Big Summer DO fundraising appeal to your audiences. Here are some PowerPoint slides to support your talks.

For more information about the fundraising appeal, have a look at our Big Summer DO pages.

Additional resources

For other resources such as t-shirts, houseboxes and balloons, please get in touch with your regional fundraiser. (If you're unsure of how to do this, contact our Supporter Care team - call 0300 303 7000 or email supportercare@childrenssociety.org.uk.)

If you are not a volunteer speaker, please learn how you can apply to become one

Excerpt from speaker pack

What follows is a passage of our speaker pack. To get the full text, please contact your regional fundraiser.

Children’s talk suggestions

They’re not mini-adults!

Even when they are bored, adults are usually polite enough to look engaged. Children get distracted easily! Keep their attention:

  • Be visual – a picture or object can help to hold attention. Producing objects out of a bag will help create anticipation.
  • Use your voice – If you’re telling a story, give each character a different accent; vary the pace of your delivery; use whispers or silence to build a dramatic pause.
  • Invite participation – can something be acted out? Does something need to be held up or passed around? Can you incorporate a game or activity? With older children, invite discussion about how they might respond.
  • And smile!