Leaders in volunteering policy

Our policy work provides leadership for the sector, ensuring  that volunteers’ voices are heard and able to influence national and local policy development. Our policy knowledge also informs the delivery of our own programmes to ensure that they  fully support individual and community wellbeing.

We lead the Network of National Volunteer-Involving Agencies (NNVIA) which brings together more than 100 national charities, who between them involve more than two million volunteers across the UK.

Volunteering Matters is a member of Voluntary Voices, a unique national partnership between Volunteering Matters, NAVCA and National VoicesTogether we reflect the diversity of  voluntary and community sector (VCS) perspectives across England and provide a feedback loop to test emerging models, levers and drivers nationally and locally around co-production and person-centred care.

Volunteering Matters are active members of the Disability Action Alliance, a cross sector network of organisations committed to making a positive difference to the lives of disabled people. Alongside DRUK (Disability Rights UK), we chair the Volunteering sub-group of the Alliance – a group of members working together to make volunteering accessible for disabled people. In 2014 we launched the Volunteer Charter which sets out the core principles that the group believe organisations should adopt when recruiting and working with volunteers that are disabled people.

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Volunteering Matters leads and chairs the Network of National Volunteer-Involving Agencies (NNVIA), which brings together more than 80 national charities such as Blue Cross, St John’s Ambulance and Join In who between them involve more than 2 million volunteers.

Impact and Evaluation

Volunteering Matters is committed to measuring and showing the effect of our volunteering projects and programmes, click to read current statistics on our four pillars.


We regularly share and publish the findings of our work in policy and in practice. To view and read our latest and more historic reports, click the link.