Our volunteers support vulnerable children and families through some of the most challenging stages of their lives. We recruit, train and support volunteers to mentor young people leaving care, befriend children with challenging behaviour and support the families of children with life-limiting illnesses. Our volunteers also support parents with children at risk of neglect and on a ‘child in need’ plan.

With the support of our volunteers, vulnerable children and families are given the opportunity to overcome serious life challenges, rebuild their lives and play a meaningful and productive role in society.

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.

Keep in Touch Project

The Keep in Touch project aims to support families who worry about being able to pay fuel bills, are not warm enough in their house, and are affected by the cold in terms of their health.

Volunteer Centre Newcastle

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

Volunteers Supporting Families

Volunteers Supporting Families projects recruit, train and match volunteers to mentor and support families with complex needs, where children are at risk of harm or neglect.

Volunteers Supporting Families (Greenwich)

Supported by The Royal Borough of Greenwich's Third Sector Commissioning Framework, the project recruits, trains and matches volunteers to mentor and support families with children at risk of neglect or harm.

Volunteers Supporting Families (Lewisham)

Lewisham project, Volunteers Supporting Families has been commissioned since 2012 by the local authority. The project recruits, trains and matches volunteers to mentor and support families with children at risk of neglect or harm.

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.

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.

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.