About Volunteering Matters

About Volunteering Matters

We turn local knowledge into action by working with volunteers and partners across the UK to build stronger communities for all.

We bring people together to overcome adversity, tackle isolation, improve physical and mental health, develop skills and ensure young people can lead change.

What makes us unique is our approach to developing programmes in local areas. Our volunteering programmes are designed by communities, for communities, as they have the power, local knowledge and energy to improve themselves from within.

At Volunteering Matters, we believe that stronger communities mean that everyone has the opportunity to thrive.

We have nearly 60 years of experience in supporting people facing all sorts of life challenges, from financial wellbeing to loneliness or barriers to education and employment. Our projects range from mentoring schemes to social groups, from community drivers to young people raising awareness of the issues that mean the most to them.

At Volunteering Matters we believe that communities have the power, knowledge and energy to improve themselves from within and that we are most effective when we work with people, not on their behalf – and we achieve this with local partners.

Social action involves people coming together to improve their lives and solve the problems that are important in their communities. At Volunteering Matters, this is through volunteering, community organising and simple neighbourly acts.

All our projects are firmly place based, here are just some of the examples of the impact our volunteers have had in their local communities.

Grandmentors Ruby and Bindi enjouing coffee and desserts together on a circle table next to a window

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We work with some amazing partners

Brent Council
Camden Council
CHK Foundation
City of Wolverhampton Council
Clarion Housing
Cronfa Gymunedol Community Fund
Department for Culture, Media & Sport
Department for Transport
Department of Levelling Up
Deutsche Bank
Discover Work
Essex Community Foundation
Ffyniant Bro (Cymru)
Islington Council
Lewisham Council
London Borough of Hounslow
Mayor of London
Merton Council
Milton Keynes Council
National Citizen Service
Newcastle City Council
People’s Postcode Lottery
Perth and Kinross Council
Scottish Government
Scottish Refugee Council
Southend on Sea
Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council
Suffolk Community Foundation
Suffolk County Council
The City of Edinburgh Council
The National Lottery Community Fund
The Royal Borough of Greenwich
VCS Emergencies Partnership
Wales Council for Voluntary Action
Warwickshire County Council
Welsh Government
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