Volunteers Supporting Families is an effective programme, proven to reduce the number of children at risk of going into care. By preventing and de-escalating issues, our volunteers help struggling families to turn things around.
Volunteers, recruited from the local community, come from diverse backgrounds and receive extensive training. They act as trusted mentors, providing consistent emotional and practical support to families in their homes every week for six months. Volunteers tailor their support to the unique needs of each family, building on strengths and promoting resilience.
Support is overseen by our professional volunteer managers, who are embedded within the local authority’s children’s services team. This ensures that interventions are seamlessly coordinated and flexible, adding value to professionally delivered services.
IF YOU WORK FOR A LOCAL SERVICE PROVIDER AND WANT TO FIND OUT MORE PLEASE EMAIL
Find out more about Volunteers Supporting Families in your area:
FOR GREENWICH CALL 0208 921 2008 OR EMAIL
FOR Southend CALL 01702 534262 OR EMAIL
FOR WALTHAM FOREST email us at:
THANKS TO OUR PARTNERS
Royal Borough of Greenwich
Southend On Sea Council
Waltham Forest Council
Our COVID-19 Response programme includes projects operating on a local and national level, with new roles to support the community during the pandemic.
If you want to be involved in helping your community through the COVID-19 crisis, but are unsure how to get involved, this is your opportunity. If you are 16-years and older and interested in making a difference, then contact us for more info using the form below.
Due to COVID-19 we are still recruiting, but are operating remotely to maintain social distancing. Please get in touch with our team for more details. Volunteering Matters latest response to COVID-19 Volunteers Supporting Families recruits, trains and matches volunteers to mentor and support families with children at risk of neglect or harm. This could be … Continued
Supported by the Southend Borough Council, the project recruits, trains and matches volunteers to mentor and support families with children at risk of neglect or harm
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.
For Volunteers' Week we asked Engagement Manager Jenna and volunteers Laura and Terry to give us some insight into how volunteering has given them opportunities that have moved them forwards in their career.
"It is lovely that Mum now sees a brighter future for herself and her child. She understands everyone isn’t against her now that she’s had me supporting and empowering her."
260 Volunteers from Volunteering Matters in partnership with Southend Borough Council celebrated ten years of turning around lives of families in the area.
James Donnelly is Project Manager of Family Supporters in Edinburgh. We asked James what it feels like to work at Volunteering Matters. Here’s what he said: My journey with Volunteering Matters started in 2015 as a volunteer with North Lanarkshire Befriending Project. It was my first volunteering role – I was matched with someone to … Continued