Volunteering Matters, formerly known as CSV, is a national charity leading UK volunteering in policy and practice.
We know that people are experiencing social isolation and huge inequalities in their communities. We also know that by investing in people through volunteering we can reduce inequalities and isolation to build stronger more inclusive communities.
By focussing on the needs of 4 groups of people; disabled people, older people, young people and families we inspire our committed and ambitious volunteers to power change in their communities. We do this by delivering targeted, innovative and professional programmes nationwide.
Our vision is of a society where everyone can participate in their local community through volunteering and social action.
Our mission is to invest in people through volunteering and social action; to reduce inequalities and isolation, improve health and wellbeing and so build a stronger more inclusive society.
When Nigel Potter stepped onto the train from London to Glasgow in the summer of 1962, to start volunteering full-time in an ‘approved school’ for children who had committed criminal offences, he became our first Community Service Volunteer. A year later a small group of organisers founded CSV. To celebrate 50 years of volunteering and learning we celebrated our birthday in 2013 with the Queen at St James’s Palace. In April 2015 we changed our name to Volunteering Matters.
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