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Our vision is of a society where everyone can participate in their local community through volunteering and social action.

We develop and deliver high impact volunteer-led solutions across the UK in response to some of the most difficult challenges facing individuals and their communities today. We engage more than 23,000 volunteers and 115,000 beneficiaries every year through more than 100 active programmes across the UK.

Our work empowers disabled people to lead independent lives, offers security and stability to families and children, helps young people find their direction in life and enables older people to maintain their health and wellbeing.

Find out more about our exciting projects, programmes and policy work by visiting the web pages below.

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Projects & Programmes

Every year we engage nearly 20,000 volunteers in the many volunteering programmes that we develop and deliver. Our programmes recognise and reflect the different level of commitment that volunteers can give.

Policy & Research

We have over 50 years of experience (formerly as CSV) in developing volunteering policy and promoting citizen led volunteering opportunities for people of all ages, which improve and sustain individual and community wellbeing.

Volunteering Matters Scotland

Volunteering Matters have established a number of volunteer programmes in Scotland from befriending young people in care and helping people with disabilities to projects aimed at saving the environment and employee volunteering.

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Volunteering Matters Cymru

We have a long history of social action volunteering across Wales. By investing in people through volunteering we can reduce inequalities and isolation to build stronger more inclusive communities.

Our Work in Europe

Volunteering Matters not only works in the UK but also reaches into European volunteering in policy and practice. We host and support the Secretariat for the Volonteurope Network.

Full-time volunteering

Full-time volunteering is a unique opportunity for those aged between 18 and 35 to undertake the challenge of moving away from home for 6-12 months to volunteer full time.

Support us

Volunteering is a proven way to help people unlock their potential to build brighter futures. We use volunteering’s unique power to resolve the UK’s most pressing social issues. Every day we work with inspirational volunteers and our partners to transform lives in their local communities. With more than 20,000 volunteers supporting over 85,000 people in … Continued

Employee volunteering

As the UK’s leading volunteering charity, our expertise in programme design and evaluation takes the time, stress and risk out of developing and running employee volunteer initiatives.