Key Facts

10 projects running across England and Wales enabling young people to take control and build brighter futures.

Young people today face a wide range of complex and challenging issues, from gang culture and knife crime, to poor mental health and sexual exploitation. And often their voices are not heard.

We empower young people to take control of their lives by tackling these issues and others through Youth Social Action.

Our transformational projects harness the drive, energy and inspiration of young people and the authentic understanding and genuine connection that only come from ‘someone who has been through it’.

Inspirational young volunteers design and develop their own solutions, shaping positive change in their communities and becoming role models who inspire others.

We have many Youth Social Action programmes running across the UK. Find one near you in the list below.

Support Youth Social action

If you want to find out how you can fund a Youth Social Action project or would like to make a donation please contact Miranda Ryan on 020 3780 5909 or emailMIRANDA.RYAN@VOLUNTEERINGMATTERS.ORG.UK

Activ8

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

Futures East

Futures East is a project focused on enabling young people between the ages of 16-25, who have learning disabilities, on the autism spectrum or have additional support needs, to take part in exciting and worthwhile voluntary roles within their local communities of Hackney and the surrounding Boroughs. 

Futures Matter

Futures Matter trains and supports volunteer leaders to devise and run volunteering initiatives for the benefit of their local community in Ipswich.

Mind Matters

Mind Matters is shaping the future of Mental Health awareness for young people in Gwent.

No…SH! (Sexual Harassment)

No...SH! aims to improve understanding of sexual harrassment for female volunteers and beneficaries who have a learning need or difficulty. Running across schools, colleages and youth centres in Gwent, Wales.

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.

SAFE (Sexual Awareness for Everyone)

The S.A.F.E project (Sexual Awareness For Everyone) is for women living in Gwent aged 16 – 35 who have a learning need or disability. The project aims to give vulnerable young people the tools to identify appropriate and safe relationships.

SAFE Male

Volunteering Matters’ SAFE (Sexual Awareness For Everyone) male project is aimed at males aged 16-35 in Gwent who have a learning need or disability.
WASSUP

WASSUP (Women Against Sexual Exploitation and Violence Speak UP)

WASSUP is a project run by local young women in Ipswich. They focus on raising awareness of sexual exploitation, domestic abuse, honour based violence and gang grooming. They also prioritise lobbying for changes to social policy and practice on these issues promoting young people’s voice.

We Are Patrick

Inspired by Ipswich-based project WASSUP, We Are Patrick is a youth social action programme delivered by young men in Ipswich.

Activ8 – Youth Volunteer (Gwent)

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

Futures East – Community Mentor (London)

Futures East is a project focused on enabling young people between the ages of 16-25, who have learning disabilities, on the autism spectrum or have additional support needs, to take part in exciting and worthwhile voluntary roles within their local communities of Hackney and the surrounding Boroughs.

SAFE – Peer Mentor Volunteer (Gwent)

The SAFE (‘Sexual Awareness for Everyone’) project running across Gwent will help improve the personal safety and good sexual health of young women (aged 16 to 35) with learning difficulties through peer led workshops, one to one peer support and through the production and distribution of a SAFE card.

‘Youth Cast’ giving young Londoners a voice

Covering a whole range of exciting, high-impact activities, the term ‘Social Action’ can mean everything from campaigning and fundraising to volunteering. At Volunteering Matters we refuse to see young people as anything other than as asset, whose voices should be heard and ideas taken on board. This is why we focus on youth social action … Continued
#iwill

Our pledge in support of the #iwill campaign

Along with so many youth social action organisations and movements, we are celebrating #iwill week, marking the 2nd anniversary of the #iwill campaign for youth social action and calling on other organisations to join us. We pledged to support this growing movement that aims to make involvement in social action part of life for more 10-20 year-olds around the UK. Read more about our pledge to involve volunteers in this campaign. Written by Laura Bell.