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We regularly post blogs from our own staff, volunteers and key figures in the voluntary sector. Have a browse of our recent blog entries below.

Jonathan’s story: juggling volunteering with university #iwillweek

Hi, I’m Jonathan Le Fevre, I am 24, I’m from Ipswich but am currently living and studying at University of South Wales in Newport. I have been volunteering at Volunteering Matters in Wales for around 6 months and have completed the Mind Matters training along with attending a sign language event at the office. Before … Continued

Abigail’s story: Volunteering with Mind Matters #iwillweek

My name is Abigail and I am a student volunteer with the Mind Matters project. I identified that some of the participants struggled to understand the information and material used. As a student-volunteer, I made it my mission to ensure that accessible resources were created so that everyone, regardless of learning ability, is empowered to … Continued

Ben’s Story: Why Volunteering Matters #iwillweek

My name is Ben Robinson and I am a 17 year old  volunteer at Volunteering Matters. Before I started volunteering, I was a pupil in Abersychan Comprehensive School but I did not do very much in my spare time and I procrastinated the things that I needed to do.  I found out about Volunteering Matters … Continued

Want to make a positive impact in your local community?

Calling all 18-24 year olds! We’ve teamed up with NCS – National Citizen Service – to support the UK Year of Service. If you are aged 18-24 and have a passion for doing good, the UK Year of Service offers work placement opportunities for you. We have 28 paid-for roles available within Volunteering Matters with … Continued

Support from players of People’s Postcode Lottery transformed lives in 2020

Throughout 2020, our volunteers and staff have done an incredible job, repurposing and redesigning our projects and programmes, and in many areas taking part in the front-line response to Covid-19. This wouldn’t be possible without the wonderful support we receive from players of People’s Postcode Lottery. The report below gives examples of some of the … Continued

Volunteering Matters Collaborates with Mencap to inspire volunteer support

When Mencap asked us to support their initiative to encourage young people with mild and moderate learning difficulties to volunteer, we were excited to help.  Volunteering can be as beneficial to the person giving support as it is to the recipient, and we felt this was especially relevant in the case of the Mencap students.  Volunteering is … Continued

Spot our volunteers during Emmerdale on ITV

Keep an eye for our volunteers during the ad breaks in Emmerdale on ITV this winter! From December until January 2021 three of our projects – Norfolk Knitters and Stitchers, Grandmentors in Milton Keynes and Match and Mentor – are featured in the clips, giving a small glimpse of how our volunteers are building stronger … Continued

Government Guidance Regarding Volunteering in England

Statement on Government Guidance Regarding Volunteering During Covid-19 We expect Government guidance will soon be issued for organisations and groups, to support them in understanding how to involve volunteers safely and effectively during Covid-19. This will be in addition to existing Government guidance for volunteers, updated in light of the new national restrictions in England, … Continued