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 80 national charities, who between them involve more than two million volunteers across the UK. We are also active members of the Health and Care Strategic Partnership Programme. The programme enables the voluntary and community sector to work in equal partnership with the Department of Health, NHS England and Public Health England.
Volunteering Matters is a member of Voluntary Voices, a unique national partnership between Volunteering Matters, NAVCA and National Voices. Together 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. Through Voluntary Voices, we are also part of the Realising the Value consortium, working with the Coalition for Collaborative Care, and a strategic partner within the Integrated Personalised Commissioning Programme (NHSE).
Volunteering Matters are active members of the Disability Action Alliance across 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. The Charter already has over 120 organisations pledged to it.