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.

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.
new migrant families primary aged children support keo

Knowledge Equals Opportunities

The Knowledge Equals Opportunities (KEO) project supports new migrant families in the area with primary school aged children and aims to enable parents support their children with their education.

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.

Futures Midlands – Volunteer Mentor

Futures Midlands, running across Birmingham, Worcester and Walsall, matches volunteer mentors with young people aged 17-19, who have complex and life limiting illnesses and conditions.

Volunteers Supporting Families – Support Volunteer (Brent)

Brent Volunteers Supporting Families has been running since 2017. Supported by the Brent Council, the project recruits, trains and matches volunteers to mentor and support families with children at risk of neglect or harm. As well as gaining experience working with families, volunteers have the chance to undertake further training depending on their interests and … Continued
Volunteers Supporting Families

Volunteers Supporting Families: Maria’s Story

Maria, 32 from London, works in education as a Sports Premium Lead, supporting primary schools in their development and provision of physical activity, health and school games. She explains how her career inspired her to become a volunteer on the Volunteers Supporting Families project.

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

We’re challenging young people to start their revolution!

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. 

Ipswich Through the Looking Glass

Volunteering Matters took over Christchurch mansion in October 2017 to showcase our volunteering projects running across Suffolk.
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.

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.

Families’ Focus Week

As part of our Families’ Focus Week, our Director of Strategy Paul Buddery paints a powerful picture of why our volunteer support for families is needed now more than ever.

New Year, Volunteer!

Our Head of Communications Alison Harvie on how to get that New Year’s resolution off the page and into action.

Grenfell Tower and the contribution of volunteers

Gethyn Williams was Co-Chair of the National Network of Volunteer Involving Agencies (NNVIA), and in August he reflected on what we can learn from the contribution of volunteers in the immediate aftermath of the Grenfell Tower disaster.

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.

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.