Activ8 is a peer-led project delivering bespoke and tailored activities to young people, aged 18 – 24 years, who are not in education, employment or training (NEET)
Volunteering Matters was part of the Behind Every Kick pilot from 2016 - 2018. The project has now received charity status and will lead on volunteer management for the project moving forward.
The Clackmannanshire Befriending Project recruits and trains volunteers to befriend vulnerable and disadvantaged young people (aged 8-18) in the local area.
The FUTURES project enables young people with additional support needs to access communities and realise their potential through the support of community and peer volunteers.
Grandmentors is an innovative project that sees older volunteers use their lifetime of skills and experience to support vulnerable young people leaving the care system. This opportunity is for Grandmentors Wiltshire.
With the help of Full-Time Volunteers on the Student Choices programme, Ellie is studying at the University of Warwick.
'My young person told me she saw me as the older sister she never had, and felt that she could confide in me and come to me for advice if anything was bothering her.'
Stephanie wanted to be or do something 'more', but didn't know what that looked like. Volunteering with Clackmannanshire Befriending Project is the 'more' she was looking for, and says it totally exceeded her expectations.
James (whose official name is Chih-Chien Chiang) is a full-time volunteer from Taiwan, who is based in London. He supports a BBC journalist with his everyday routine at work.
Sandy spent a year as a full-time volunteer on project Vocal, supporting people with learning disabilities to become actively involved in their community by volunteering.
Ever wondered what a full-time volunteer actually does? Each opportunity is different, and we heard from Larry who volunteers for the disability and well being service at the London School of Economics.
Meeting on the pitch for training sessions before one-to-one mentoring helped Rosalind to build a positive relationship with her Behind Every Kick mentee.
'After I graduated volunteering as a befriender gave me a sense of satisfaction and reward that no desk job ever could – giving your time to someone who just needs a pal is an amazing gift, and one that a young person will remember forever.'
David is 79 and has been volunteering as a schools reading volunteer with Volunteering Matters since 2000. He told us about his favourite parts of the role, and shared some stories from his time in primary schools in Wales.
Karen heard about Grandmentors through the local business community, and is already seeing a great difference in her mentee, only a few weeks into supporting her as a volunteer.
'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.'
A toolkit to help health and social care organisations engage with young people as volunteers. It is designed to foster and support ambitious work through practical advice, easy to follow guidance and inspirational case studies.
We've launched a new edition of our toolkit aimed at encouraging more young people in to volunteering within health and social care
We’re very proud to announce that our Grandmentors project has received another award nomination, this time for the Good Help Awards from Nesta!
We are delighted to announce that Volunteering Matters has won the award for ‘social care, advice and support’ in the 2018 Charity Awards for our Grandmentors programme.
We have joined forces with Waltham Forest Council to launch Volunteers Supporting Families in the local area! We will be recruiting and training volunteer mentors to support families with children at risk of significant harm through neglect, who are in crisis or who need extra help.
Volunteers from across Hackney came together at Pembury Community Centre to celebrate the launch of our Futures East project.
This month sees the launch of our brand new campaign to change young people’s perceptions of volunteering. Titled ' Revolution You ', our campaign aims to challenge preconceived notions of volunteering and encourage more young people to consider a gap year in the UK.
To mark National Careers Week, The Petchey Academy sixth form students were joined by volunteers from professional services firm Deloitte for a day of activities designed to develop key employment skills.
Both Stockton Council and Wiltshire Council will be teaming up with Volunteering Matters to launch Grandmentors in their area, providing new inter-generational mentoring to young people leaving care.
We’re delighted to announce that our work with and for young people across Ipswich has been given a boost this month with the arrival of a new youth volunteering project in the area – Positive Futures.
In this short film we heard from Emma Thomas-Hancock, Director of Volunteering Delivery, about how her work started with young people, how the volunteering landscape has changed and gave her volunteering predictions for the future.
Our Director of Strategy Paul Buddery reflects on what we can learn when we focus on empowering young volunteers in health and social care
This World Mental Health Day, Development Manager Sianne Morgan explains how youth volunteering work across Gwent is being enhanced by a new accreditation.
Our Development Manager, Dr. Angela Schlenkhoff Hus, who is based in London, shares her experience of mentoring a young refugee in a small town in Germany, thanks to a new digital platform.
Volunteering Matters is a proud supporter of the #IWill campaign. Alongside over 700 organisations – everyone from charities and businesses through to councils – we are committed to ensuring that as many 10 - 20 year olds as possible benefit from participating in meaningful youth social action, which includes volunteering.
This Mother’s Day we celebrated a member of our own staff and her daughter – who together show how a passion for volunteering can clearly run in the family!
For seven days, imaginatively titled “Young People’s Focus Week”, we’re going to be shining the spotlight on just this area of our work.