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In 1962 we placed a volunteer in Glasgow, supporting young people in need.  He became our first Full-Time Volunteer and so Scotland became the birthplace of one of our flagship programmes.

Since then, Volunteering Matters have established a number of high impact volunteering programmes across Scotland: from befriending isolated and vulnerable young people, to keeping older and retired people engaged in their communities through volunteering.  Every year around 7,000 people volunteer with us in Scotland – reaching around 6,000 beneficiaries.

Through volunteering, we have helped to reduce inequalities and social isolation to build a stronger, more inclusive Scotland. Take a look below to see what we’re doing across the country: find out more about our programmes and projects, hear the voices of our volunteers themselves, and see how you too can get involved.

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Action Earth Scotland

Action Earth – Scotland

Run alongside Scottish Natural Heritage, our Action Earth programme empowers people to take action to improve their local environment through volunteering.

Employee Volunteering

Our Employee Volunteering team has over 24 years’ experience of providing tailor-made service support to employers developing their own corporate volunteering and business volunteering programmes.

Full-time Volunteering

Full-time volunteering is a unique opportunity for people aged between 18 and 35 to undertake the challenge of living away from home for 6-12 months.
Get Out Get Active GOGA

Get Out Get Active

Get Out Get Active (GOGA) is a UK wide programme, funded by Spirit of 2012 that aims to encourage disabled and non-disabled people to take part in and enjoy activity together.

Handyperson Project

Our handyperson service runs in Stirling and Clackmannanshire and involves older volunteers who complete small and minor maintenance jobs that some older people cannot do by themselves.

Help at Hand Befriending

The Help at Hand Befriending Projects aim is to help reduce loneliness and to provide older people in the Forth Valley region support and companionship on a regular basis.

Inspiring young disabled people

Our young disabled peoples’ work shadowing programme matches young disabled people with businesses and individuals who mirror the young person’s aspirations.

Learn Together Scotland

Learn Together Scotland hopes to close the attainment gap by involving older volunteers from the local community in Primary and Secondary schools in Edinburgh and Midlothian.

RSVP Knitting

Our knitting groups, are growing increasingly popular with over 5,000 social action knitters across the UK producing in excess of 50 big bin-bags worth of knitted goods per month
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RSVP Reading in Schools

Our Retired and Senior Volunteer Programmes (RSVP) offer volunteering in local schools across the UK, for people aged 50+, where they can support pupils with with reading, maths or specialized subjects.
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RSVP Scotland

RSVP Scotland encourages and assists older people to use their skills and experience to volunteer and keep active in retirement.

Rural Wisdom

A partnership project focussed on tackling rural isolation among older people, developed by Outside the Box, Volunteering Matters Cymru and the National Development Team for Inclusion.

Handyperson Project: Sandy’s Story

Sandy, 70, from Stirling has been volunteering with our Handyperson Project for the past 10 years and he told us what a day in his volunteer role looks like.
Help at Hand

Help At Hand Befriending: Audrey and Mouyra’s story

Audrey, 53, from Alloa, is a volunteer befriender with Help at Hand Befriending. She was matched with Mouyra, 87 also from Alloa, earlier this year and the pair quickly bonded over their shared love of the BBC’s Strictly Come Dancing.

Befriending: Nicol’s Story

'I never thought that I could ever have had so many lovely experiences from a bunch of Scottish children but now that I look back, I am sure that they have taught me more than anyone else.'

Befriending: Evelyn’s Story

'I originally thought as a befriender I was there just to give my young person time out from their family life and to allow them to have some fun whilst also helping them make positive choices going forward in their lives. I didn’t think for one minute how much I would benefit and gain from being a befriender.'

Employee Volunteering: Stewart’s Story

“I’m currently working within the Co-op’s Leadership, Talent and Learning team as one of our Lead Learning Designers.  I’ve been in the field of Learning and Development for the past 10 years and it’s something that I’m really passionate about.  When the Skill Share volunteering programme was created by our team in partnership with The … Continued

Full-time Volunteering: Nicol’s Story

"I would never have thought that I could ever have had so many lovely experiences from my time with these young people but now that I look back, I am sure that they have taught me more than anyone else!"

Help at Hand : Katie’s Story

"Loneliness is something that can affect anyone at any time, and it is projects like this that are so important in helping to stop it."

Making Time – Join In

Join In’s latest ground-breaking research looks at how behavioural science can persuade more people to give their time and volunteer, with a focus on sport.

CSV – 50 Years in Scotland

CSV’s Action Earth campaign enables people to become engaged in practical activities that improve and protect Scotland’s outdoor spaces.

RSVP takes centre stage in South Korea

KBNe UK, a partner of Korean Broadcasting Network in Europe, are producing a TV documentary about life and opportunities for senior citizens and the importance of the third sector, and sought to highlight our work in the UK. Our RSVP conference provided the perfect backdrop for the production team to meet some of our amazing volunteers.
Help to Health

Happy Grandparents Day!

To celebrate Grandparents Day we caught up with some of our amazing volunteers and staff, grandparents and grandchildren alike, to find out how they’ll be marking the occasion.
AGM Awards

Volunteers take centre stage at our AGM

We have launched many amazing new projects in the past year, all made possible by talented and dedicated volunteers across the UK. We were delighted to shine a spotlight on some of them at the Volunteering Matters 2017 Annual General Meeting which took place on the 28th of September.
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Were you a Full Time Volunteer with us?

We want to tell the stories of our Full Time Volunteers from the last five decades - if you were once a Full Time Volunteer with us, find out how you can get in touch...
#givingtuesday

Volunteering Matters mobilises people power on #GivingTuesday

In 2015, #GivingTuesday broke the world record for the highest amount of money donated online in a 24 hour period. We think this is brilliant – but #GivingTuesday shouldn’t just be about giving money so we are asking our supporters to donate the gift of time by volunteering in their communities.
North Lanarkshire Befriending project beneficiaries, nominated for VOSCAR awards

We’re going to the VOSCARS!

Our North Lanarkshire Befriending project has been shortlisted for the Voluntary Action North Lanarkshire VOSCAR awards - the voluntary sector Oscars!
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#GetOutGetActive Launch of £4.5 million grant

Spirit of 2012 today announced a UK wide consortium for its latest campaign #GetOutGetActive which focuses on increasing participation in fun and inclusive physical activity.

Volunteering Matters named charity of the year

The national volunteering charity Volunteering Matters was last night (Sep 2015) named charity of the year at the European Diversity Awards (EDAs), held at the Natural History Museum.

Overcoming the barriers to volunteering

Chief Executive, Oonagh Aitken talks about barriers to volunteering and reaffirms our commitment to ensuring that everyone has the chance to transform their lives and the lives of others through the power of volunteering.

Volunteers and Service Quality

Dame Philippa Russell DBE spoke to us about volunteering and the flexible framework and the window of opportunity this model offers to the sector.

10 tips to recognise your volunteers

We share our ten top tips for recognising your volunteers from volunteer certificates to training opportunities so you can celebrate their contribution in Volunteers' Week and beyond!

Happy Volunteers’ Week!

Our Communications Manager Haylie Read looks at what we’ve got planned for Volunteers' Week 2017!
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Top Tips for Recruiting Volunteers

We share our top tips for volunteer recruitment in a new area, testing our traditional methods of recruitment and testing new routes through our work with partnership programme, Get Out Get Active.

How can male volunteers positively influence vulnerable young people in Scotland?

Young people often benefit from having an adult role model they can talk to and trust. Understanding the benefits of a male role model to these young people and, in a bid to ensure their young users can find a positive role model that suits them, the North Lanarkshire Befriending Project is calling out for more male volunteers.