We believe that children and young people can make all the difference to their communities and their lives through the power of volunteering. Our young (aged 10–25) volunteers support people with physical or learning disabilities, befriend older and socially isolated people, participate in a Children in Care Council (which makes decisions for looked after children and young people), and deliver peer-led sexual health awareness workshops.

We match volunteers with young people in (or on the edge of) care. Our volunteers advocate on their behalf, or act as an Independent Visitor (a volunteer mentor or befriender, as set out in the Children Act 1989). Volunteering with young people, and empowering them to volunteer, enables them to make a positive difference in their communities. It not only boosts their confidence and expands their social circle, it enhances their life skills and future employability.

We also have an established history of providing learning opportunities alongside the promotion of volunteering and social action. In Ipswich we run a number of learning opportunities under our Learning Matters brand.Lock Up A iwill young people youth social action volunteering

                                                                                                                                                               

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Activ8

Activ8 is a peer-led project that delivers bespoke and tailored activities to young people, aged 18 – 24 years, who are not in education, employment or training (NEET).
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Behind Every Kick

Behind Every Kick is a project run in Hackney, supported by a wide range of partners, including ourselves, offering football coaching and support to young people in the community.

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.

Derby Independent Visitors & Advocates

Under the 1989 Children Act, children and young people who are looked after are legally entitled to an Independent Visitor if they want one. Derby Independent Visitors & Advocates provide this service.

Full-time Volunteering

Full-time volunteering is a unique opportunity for people aged between 18 and 35 to undertake the challenge of living away from home for 6-12 months.
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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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Grandmentors

Grandmentors is an innovative mentoring project pairing volunteers aged 50 and over with young people to empower them to achieve their full potential.

Hounslow Allies

The Hounslow Allies project recruits, trains and supports adults from the local community to become allies (Independent Visitors) to looked after children and young people.

Learn Together Cymru

Learn Together Cymru is a project supporting children and young people one-to-one with their reading, maths, languages in schools and community learning settings across Wales.

Learning Matters

Learning Matters covers a wide base of learning opportunities for young adults who want to enter employment and get on the career ladder but are missing the vital qualifications they need.

Positive Futures London

Positive Futures London is a youth-led programme offering fantastic volunteering opportunities for young people aged between 13 and 25 years old as volunteers or leaders.
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RSVP Reading in Schools

Our Retired and Senior Volunteer Programmes (RSVP) offer volunteering in local schools across the UK, for people aged 50+, where they can support pupils with with reading, maths or specialized subjects.

Sex Matters Too

The Sex Matters Too project works volunteers aged 16-25, delivering peer-led workshops around sexual health, sexual exploitation and healthy relationships to young people in various youth settings across Wales.

Volunteer Centre Newcastle

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

Sex Matters Too (Blaenau Gwent)

Looking for volunteers aged 16-25 interested in delivering sexual health information to young people aged 13-25. We use a peer led approach to help raise young people’s awareness of issues surrounding healthy relationships, whilst aiming to increase protective factors against potential exploitation.

Activ8 Volunteer (Torfaen)

Are you aged 18 to 24? Looking for support to gain experience and help you get skills to move into employment, education or training?

Grandmentors (Folkestone)

Looking for older volunteers who want to use their lifetime of skills and experience to support vulnerable young people to find work, continue in education or begin training.

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

Behind Every Kick Mentor

Behind Every Kick aims to combine competitive football (at U16 level) with a creative and exciting off the pitch syllabus involving volunteer mentors for young people in Hackney.

Classroom Mentor (Ipswich)

Our study programme , run by Learning Matters is for 16 to 18-year-olds designed to help young people to enter employment or further education

Learn Together Cymru (Across Wales)

Learn Together Cymru places volunteers in primary and secondary schools, after school clubs and community learning settings to support children and young people with their basic skills.

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.

Full-Time Volunteer Opportunity (All over the UK)

Full Time Volunteering is a unique opportunity for people aged 18 and 35 to assist on social care projects across the UK – developing skills, improving self-confidence, meeting new people and changing lives.

Hounslow Allies (Hounslow)

Recruiting volunteers to build a one-to-one relationship with looked-after children based on trust and mutual respect.

Sex Matters Too (Monmouthshire)

Looking for volunteers aged 16-25 interested in delivering sexual health information to young people aged 13-25. We use a peer led approach to help raise young people’s awareness of issues surrounding healthy relationships, whilst aiming to increase protective factors against potential exploitation.

Sex Matters Too (Caerphilly)

Looking for volunteers aged 16-25 interested in delivering sexual health information to young people aged 13-25. We use a peer led approach to help raise young people’s awareness of issues surrounding healthy relationships, whilst aiming to increase protective factors against potential exploitation.

Sex Matters Too (Torfaen)

Looking for volunteers aged 16-25 interested in delivering sexual health information to young people aged 13-25. We use a peer led approach to help raise young people’s awareness of issues surrounding healthy relationships, whilst aiming to increase protective factors against potential exploitation.

Sex Matters Too (Newport)

Looking for volunteers aged 16-25 interested in delivering sexual health information to young people aged 13-25. We use a peer led approach to help raise young people’s awareness of issues surrounding healthy relationships, whilst aiming to increase protective factors against potential exploitation.

Grandmentors (Islington)

Looking for older volunteers who want to use their lifetime of skills and experience to support vulnerable young people to find work, continue in education or begin training.

Grandmentors (Hounslow)

Looking for older volunteers who want to use their lifetime of skills and experience to support vulnerable young people to find work, continue in education or begin training.

Grandmentors: Ed’s Story

"Mentoring gives us an opportunity to continue to deploy our skills and knowledge, but in a very different environment."

Sex Matters Too: Rhys’s Story

"I think that volunteering with Volunteering Matters and having it on my CV made me stand out from the crowd and more able to get a full-time job."

Employee Volunteering: Simon’s Story

"Getting involved with this project has been one of the best decisions I have made during my time at Pearson, and I am grateful to the company for its support."

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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Heritage Camps : Lizzie’s Story

"As a student I could spend a week of my holidays binge watching TV, or I could do something like this, which is so much more rewarding."

Sex Matters Too volunteer Ryan wins Diana Award

Ryan Crewe-Rees, a young volunteer on our Sex Matters Too project from Pontypool (south Wales), was given a Diana Award at the Inspire Wales award ceremony at Cardiff City Hall today.
#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.

WASSUP win big at the House of Commons

Women Against Sexual exploitation and violence Speak UP (WASSUP), our Ipswich-based youth volunteer project, has been named runner-up in the British Red Cross Humanitarian Awards.
North Lanarkshire Befriending project beneficiaries, nominated for VOSCAR awards

We’re going to the VOSCARS!

Our North Lanarkshire Befriending project has been shortlisted for the Voluntary Action North Lanarkshire VOSCAR awards - the voluntary sector Oscars!

CARMARTHENSHIRE CANINES ENCOURAGE PUPILS TO READ

On 9th June in Llandeilo Primary School, Carmarthenshire, dogs Riley and Layla enjoyed a star-spangled celebrity reception for the launch of new project, Reading with Dogs associated with Learn Together Cymru and Carmarthenshire Therapy Dogs.

Sex Matters Too Awards Success

Our Sex Matters Too project had a fantastic end to Volunteers Week 2016, deservedly recognised with not one, but two awards.

Employee Volunteering

Deutsche Bank and Volunteering Matters are celebrating 15 years of working together to support young people from economically deprived areas through a Volunteering in Schools Programme.
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Reading Wales’ Future

Over the course of the next Assembly, an estimated 26,000 children in Wales, including 10,000 of the poorest children, are at risk of leaving primary school unable to read well, if action isn’t taken.

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.

How can male volunteers positively influence vulnerable young people in Scotland?

Young people often benefit from having an adult role model they can talk to and trust. Understanding the benefits of a male role model to these young people and, in a bid to ensure their young users can find a positive role model that suits them, the North Lanarkshire Befriending Project is calling out for more male volunteers.

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.

Behind Every Kick: How it all began

Behind Every Kick brings together competitive football with a creative and exciting ‘off the pitch’ syllabus, incorporating resilience-building, time management skills, and the development of key character traits.
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Apathy or Action: Young Europeans Take a Stand

We’ve just closed the 25th annual Volonteurope conference here in Nantes, France. Our conference this year was all about young people, but it turned out also to be very topical and wide-ranging in the themes and issues covered.