Josh- Gallery Cafe Volunteer in Norfolk

We work in partnership with local organisations and businesses to help disabled people actively volunteer (via supported volunteering if necessary) and contribute to their community. We believe that having a physical or learning disability shouldn’t prevent anyone from volunteering.We offer support placements in many different work environments such as retail, gardening, and hospitals.

We also run flexible training and skills courses, that focus on skills such as socialising, travelling independently, keeping healthy and safe, and many more. Our programmes help to improve social and employability skills, help participants gain confidence and ultimately change lives.

We firmly believe that having a disability should not be a barrier to participating in sport and leading a healthy and active lifestyle. We support the English Federation of Disability Sport #TogetherWeWill campaign and will be working with EFDS later this year to deliver Get Out Get Active – an exciting new initiative to boost activity numbers of people with disability getting active in their community.

Volunteering Matters are active members of the Disability Action Alliance a cross sector network of organisations committed to making a positive difference to the lives of disabled people.  Alongside DRUK (Disability Rights UK), we chair the Volunteering sub-group of the Alliance – a group of members working together to make volunteering accessible for disabled people.  In 2014 we launched the Volunteer Charter which sets out the core principles that the group believe organisations should adopt when recruiting and working with volunteers that are disabled people. The Charter already has over 120 organisations pledged to it.

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Active Volunteering Barnet

Active Volunteering Barnet is a project which empowers adults with a disability, or long-term physical or health condition, to capitalise on their skills, interests and goals for the future.

Active Volunteering Essex

Active Volunteering Essex is a project to support individuals with a learning disability who want to volunteer, but feel anxious about volunteering completely independently.

Active Volunteering Hackney

Active Volunteering Hackney is a project which empowers adults on the autism spectrum, with a learning disability, mental health condition or a physical disability to capitalise on their skills, interests and goals for the future.

Active Volunteering Wales

Active Volunteering Wales supports adults with specific learning difficulties, encouraging them to becoming engaged in their community and to combat social exclusion.

Assisted Gardening Scheme

The Assisted Gardening Scheme offers affordable help to tenants struggling to manage their gardens, creating manageable spaces for people to enjoy and feel safe in.

Beyond Transitions

Beyond Transitions is a volunteer project based in Torfaen, South Wales, set up to support young disabled people through their transition into adulthood.
choices full time volunteers independent living project

Choices

Choices offers independent living support to a wide range of people, including people with disabilities and learning difficulties, older people and families.
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FUTURES

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.
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.
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Headspace

Headspace is a service which helps people make positive changes to their lives. Our programmes enable participants to set meaningful, realistic goals.

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.

Newport Support Partnership

Volunteering Matters is working with other experienced organisations as part of the Newport Support Partnership to provide help for isolated people and carers living in the Newport area.

Vocal

Vocal is a project that provides personalised supported volunteering opportunities for individuals with a learning disability.

Volunteer Centre Newcastle

Volunteer Centre Newcastle acts as a connector between people and communities with a database of opportunities across the city.

Support Volunteer (Barnet)

This role sees the volunteer to support and engage with individuals with learning difficulties or physical disabilities so they feel prepared and comfortable at their volunteering placements.

Group Activity Volunteer (Newport)

Group activity volunteers will assist in running groups aimed at helping older people and people with disabilities remain socially active.

Get Out Get Active – Programme Assistant (Keighley)

ABOUT THE PROGRAMME Get Out Get Active (GOGA) is an exciting new programme that supports disabled and non-disabled people to enjoy being active together. Funded by Spirit of 2012, the programme is focused on getting some of the UK’s least active people moving more through fun and inclusive activities. There are many ways you could … Continued

Community Mentor (Hackney)

Active Volunteering Hackney is a project which empowers adult volunteers with a learning disability, on the autistic spectrum and physical disabilities to engage in volunteering roles tailored to them.

Community Mentor (Barnet)

Active Volunteering Barnet is a project which empowers adult volunteers with a learning disability, physical disability, sensory impairment or long term physical or mental health condition to engage in volunteering roles.

Supported Volunteer (Hackney)

Active Volunteering Hackney is a programme run by Volunteering Matters that allows disabled volunteers to capitalise on their skills, interests, and goals for the future.

Active Volunteer (Blackwood)

Active Volunteering is a partnership with Reach based in Newport and Blackwood and aims to engage more people in their community.

Active Volunteer (Newport)

Active Volunteering Wales volunteers support people to engage more in their local community and to live as independently as possible.

Vocal Support Volunteer (Swaffham)

Enable young people and adults with learning disabilities to volunteer within their own community, which helps increase their confidence and social and employability skills.

Vocal Support Volunteer (Dereham)

Enable young people and adults with learning disabilities to volunteer within their own community, which helps increase their confidence and social and employability skills.

Vocal Support Volunteer (Norwich)

Enable young people and adults with learning disabilities to volunteer within their own community, which helps increase their confidence and social and employability skills.

Vocal Support Volunteer (Diss)

Enable young people and adults with learning disabilities to volunteer within their own community, which helps increase their confidence and social and employability skills.

Vocal Support Volunteer (Attleborough)

Enable young people and adults with learning disabilities to volunteer within their own community, which helps increase their confidence and social and employability skills.

Vocal Support Volunteer (Thetford)

Enable young people and adults with learning disabilities to volunteer within their own community, which helps increase their confidence and social and employability skills.

Vocal Support Volunteer (Brandon)

Enable young people and adults with learning disabilities to volunteer within their own community, which helps increase their confidence and social and employability skills.

Vocal Support Volunteer (Hunstanton)

Enable young people and adults with learning disabilities to volunteer within their own community, which helps increase their confidence and social and employability skills.

Vocal Support Volunteer (Downham Market)

Enable young people and adults with learning disabilities to volunteer within their own community, which helps increase their confidence and social and employability skills.

Cars4Carers (Pembrokeshire)

Many people rely on our volunteer drivers to help them do everyday things that most of us take for granted. A simple trip to the shops can be complicated, if not impossible, for some people without the support of a volunteer driver.

Assisted Gardening Scheme (Bristol)

Volunteers have the opportunity to get creative and transform green spaces into fresh, colourful, blooming gadrens. This is a fantasic way to support and befriend local residents who are no longer able to manage their own gardens.

Supported Volunteer (Barnet)

Disabled volunteers have the chance to capitalise on their skills, interests, and goals for the future. We work in partnership with local organisations and businesses to provide volunteer placements in diverse work environments such as retail, gardening and hospitals.

Futures Volunteer Mentor (Norfolk)

Volunteer mentors increase the confidence and raise the aspirations of young, disabled people by supporting them to identify and explore post-education activities for leisure, learning, employment and volunteering.

Vocal Support Volunteer (Kings Lynn)

Enable young people and adults with learning disabilities to volunteer within their own community, which helps increase their confidence and social and employability skills.

Volunteer Mentor (Basildon)

Looking for Community Volunteer Mentors to support adults with learning disabilities and mental health issues

Volunteer Mentor (Brentwood)

Looking for Community Volunteer Mentors to support adults with learning disabilities and mental health issues

Volunteer Mentor (Harlow)

Looking for Community Volunteer Mentors to support adults with learning disabilities and mental health issues

Futures: Richard’s Story

"Volunteering gives me a sense of pride and makes me feel I am doing something worthwhile – I would definitely recommend it to others."
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Futures: Chris’s Story

"His confidence and abilities grew more with each visit and he showed a keen interest in learning new things. He soon started to use his own initiative, and towards the end of his placement he really seemed to enjoy himself."
#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.
Spirit of 2012 logo #GetOutGetActive

#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.

Continued austerity a threat to communities

Worries of continued austerity, calling for the next government to acknowledge the value of the volunteering sector given its critical role in helping to promote and sustain the well-being of individuals and communities.

10 years of full-time volunteering with Mencap

Our full-time volunteers have been supporting people living with a learning disability in Stratford-upon-Avon for 10 years. Our Regional Volunteer Manager Jenny Szewiel spoke to Heart of England Mencap Manager John Morton to find out more…

What did we learn from our volunteers this summer?

This summer, we asked our volunteers, why they volunteer, what they think about the training and support we offer, and what benefits they have gained from the experience. Here, Oonagh discusses the results.

Harnessing social action to support older people

The Nuffield Trust recently published a key report, entitled ‘Harnessing social action to support older people’, to present the findings of their evaluation of seven social action projects funded by the Reducing Winter Pressures Fund.