Every year we engage more than 30,000 volunteers and 100,000 beneficiaries through the 100+ volunteer projects and programmes that we develop and deliver. We recognise that our volunteers are diverse, and offer a wide range of volunteer opportunities to meet their needs. From full-time (35 hours a week) to part-time (a few hours a week or month) and employee volunteering (we create bespoke solutions to match an organisation’s corporate vision and the needs of local communities).

You can explore our programmes using the map and listings below. Many of our projects cover areas greater than those indicated on the map. If you would like to find projects operating in your area, then use our opportunity search.

Alternatively, to just view projects linked to one of our four pillars (young people, disabled people, families and older people), simply click the relevant link in the sidebar on the right hand side of this page.

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Projects and programmes we run across the UK

Action Earth Scotland

Action Earth – Scotland

Run alongside Scottish Natural Heritage, our Action Earth programme empowers people to take action to improve their local environment through volunteering.

peer-led project activ8


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

Active & Connected Communities

Active & Connected Communities improves quality of life for older people by supporting them via one to one befriending and encouraging them to become more socially active within their community.

supported volunteering active volunteering barnet preparing to volunteer course

Active Volunteering Barnet

Active Volunteering Barnet is a project which empowers adults with a disability, or long-term physical or health condition, to capitalise on their skills, interests and goals for the future.

Active Volunteering Essex

Active Volunteering Essex is a project to support individuals with a learning disability who want to volunteer, but feel anxious about volunteering completely independently.

Assisted Gardening Scheme

The Assisted Gardening Scheme offers affordable help to tenants struggling to manage their gardens, creating manageable spaces for people to enjoy and feel safe in.

Befriending Matters

Befriending Matters will address loneliness, isolation and poor health and wellbeing in North East London by matching vulnerable older people with volunteer befrienders to provide support and improve quality of life.

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Behind Every Kick

Behind Every Kick is a project run across London and Hertfordshire, supported by a wide range of partners, including ourselves offering competitive sport coaching and support to young people in the community.

Beyond Transitions

Beyond Transitions is a volunteer project based in Torfaen, South Wales, set up to support young disabled people through their transition into adulthood.

cars4carers driving scheme


Cars4Carers is a Pembrokeshire based social car scheme that provides transport for unpaid carers via volunteer drivers, whether it is a food shopping trip, or just going out to socialise.

choices full time volunteers independent living project


Choices offers independent living support to a wide range of people, including people with disabilities and learning difficulties, older people and families.

Clackmannanshire Befriending Project

The Clackmannanshire Befriending Project recruits and trains volunteers to befriend vulnerable and disadvantaged young people (aged 8-18) in the local area.

Employee Volunteering

Our Employee Volunteering team has over 24 years’ experience of providing tailor-made service support to employers developing their own corporate volunteering and business volunteering programmes.

Full-time Volunteering

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

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 Volunteer Mentors cutting trees


The FUTURES project enables young people with additional support needs to access communities and realise their potential through the support of community and peer volunteers.

Futures Suffolk

The Futures Suffolk project works with groups of young disabled people to gain more confidence and independence within their local community through the support of volunteers.

Get Out Get Active GOGA

Get Out Get Active

Get Out Get Active (GOGA) is a UK wide programme, funded by Spirit of 2012 that aims to encourage disabled and non-disabled people to take part in and enjoy activity together.

Give More Get More

Give More Get More aims to support young disabled people transition from full time education to the next stage in their life through support from an older volunteer and a person-centred plan.

filmon grandmentors intergenerational mentoring


Grandmentors is an innovative mentoring project pairing volunteers aged 50 and over with young care leavers to empower them to achieve their full potential.

Handyperson Project

Our handyperson service runs in Stirling and Clackmannanshire and involves older volunteers who complete small and minor maintenance jobs that some older people cannot do by themselves.

headspace peer mentors june 2016


Headspace is a service which helps people make positive changes to their lives. Our programmes enable participants to set meaningful, realistic goals.

Heather’s Hair

Heather’s Hair is an RSVP project that creates hairpieces and weaves for people experiencing hair loss due to chemotherapy or other reasons.

Help at Hand Befriending

The Help at Hand Befriending Projects aim is to help reduce loneliness and to provide older people in the Forth Valley region support and companionship on a regular basis.

Hounslow Allies

The Hounslow Allies project recruits, trains and supports adults from the local community to become allies (Independent Visitors) to looked after children and young people.

Inspiring young disabled people

Our young disabled peoples’ work shadowing programme matches young disabled people with businesses and individuals who mirror the young person’s aspirations.

Keep in Touch Project

The Keep in Touch project aims to support families who worry about being able to pay fuel bills, are not warm enough in their house, and are affected by the cold in terms of their health.

new migrant families primary aged children support keo

Knowledge Equals Opportunities

The Knowledge Equals Opportunities (KEO) project supports new migrant families in the area with primary school aged children and aims to enable parents support their children with their education.

Learn Together Cymru

Learn Together Cymru is a project supporting children and young people one-to-one with their reading, maths, languages in schools and community learning settings across Wales.

Learn Together Scotland

Learn Together Scotland hopes to close the attainment gap by involving older volunteers from the local community in Primary and Secondary schools in Edinburgh and Midlothian.

learning for life together bristol

Learning for Life Together

Learning for Life Together is an intergenerational oral history and social action project, linking older people (aged 50+) with a class of young people at a school near Dundry Slopes in Bristol.

Learning Matters

Learning Matters covers a wide base of learning opportunities for young adults who want to enter employment and get on the career ladder but are missing the vital qualifications they need.


Lifelines project in Brighton brings together people aged 50+ both as volunteers running activities and as participants in the wide range of volunteer-run activities.

Mind Matters

Mind Matters aims to improve the mental health and well-being of young people aged 14 – 25 living across Torfaen through peer-led workshops in youth settings.

Newport Support Partnership

Volunteering Matters is working with other experienced organisations as part of the Newport Support Partnership to provide help for isolated people and carers living in the Newport area.

Norfolk Knitters & Stitchers

Norfolk Knitters and Stitchers provide support to charities at home and abroad with hand knitted items as well as creating a community & friendship for isolated individuals.

One Small Step Befriending Project

One Small Step is a befriending project which with the power of volunteers, helps break isolation suffered by hundreds of isolated adults over 50 in the Stockton area.

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.

RISE project driving scheme befriending ryedale


RISE provides transport for older and vulnerable who may struggle to travel independently and who do not have family or friends always available or nearby.

Patient Driving Schemes volunteer RSVP

RSVP Driving Schemes

Driving schemes are a lifeline to some older and more vulnerable people living in the UK who may not be able to get around easily.

RSVP Knitting

Our knitting groups, are growing increasingly popular with over 5,000 social action knitters across the UK producing in excess of 50 big bin-bags worth of knitted goods per month

reading in schools volunteering

RSVP Reading in Schools

Our Retired and Senior Volunteer Programmes (RSVP) offer volunteering in local schools across the UK, for people aged 50+, where they can support pupils with with reading, maths or specialized subjects.

RSVP Scotland volunteers group shot

RSVP Scotland

RSVP Scotland encourages and assists older people to use their skills and experience to volunteer and keep active in retirement.


RSVP West is a key region for our RSVP (Retired and Senior Volunteer Programme) and covers Bristol, North Somerset, South Gloucestershire, Bath & North East Somerset.

Rural Wisdom

A partnership project focussed on tackling rural isolation among older people, developed by Outside the Box, Volunteering Matters Cymru and the National Development Team for Inclusion.

Sex Matters Too

Sex Matters Too volunteers aged 16-25 deliver peer-led workshops around sexual health, sexual exploitation and healthy relationships to young people in various youth settings across Wales.

sporting chance middlesbrough

Sporting Chance

Sporting Chance invites older men in the North East to join in activities and exercise groups from walking football to arm chair exercise, Aquasize to reminiscence sessions.


Vocal is a project that provides personalised supported volunteering opportunities for individuals with a learning disability.

Volunteer Centre Newcastle

Volunteer Centre Newcastle acts as a connector between people and communities with a database of opportunities across the city.

Volunteers Supporting Families

Volunteers Supporting Families projects recruit, train and match volunteers to mentor and support families with complex needs, where children are at risk of harm or neglect.

Welcome Friends

Welcome Friends improves quality of life for older people by supporting them via one to one befriending and encouraging them to become more socially active within their community.