Our projects are tailored to the communities they are in. Through volunteering we’re tackling some of society’s most complex issues and creating sustainable social change.

We turn local knowledge and energy into action and progress, building stronger communities and a better future for all. 

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.

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Projects and programmes we run across the UK

Action Earth

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

Active Volunteering Suffolk

This project is no longer recruiting volunteers. Please enter your postcode in the opportunity finder on our homepage to find more volunteering roles in your area.


Connect+Go is a volunteer transport service funded by Department of Transport, helping to tackle lonelines and isolation in young people.

Employee Volunteering with Volunteering Matters

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.

Equip Mentoring (Ipswich)

Equip Mentoring provide support for young people who are not in employment, education or training (NEET).

Equip Suffolk

Equip Mentoring provide support for young people who are not in employment, education or training (NEET).


EVS (European Voluntary Service) is an international volunteer program funded by the European Commission. It enables all young people legally resident in Europe, aged between 18 and 30 years, to carry out an international volunteer service in an organisation or in a public body in Europe, Africa, Asia or South America for a period ranging … Continued

Family Mentors

Volunteers Supporting Families recruits, trains and matches volunteers who mentor and support families with complex needs.

Family Supporters Edinburgh

Our Volunteers Supporting Families in Edinburgh project offers practical and emotional support to families across the South East, South West, North West and North East localities of Edinburgh, empowering them to face a range of life challenges.

Full-time Volunteering To Close

Volunteering Matters will be closing the Full-Time Volunteering programme in 2023. We have immediately stopped accepting applications from International and UK applicants. Volunteering Matters will continue with other local projects that support communities across England, Scotland and Wales.

Futures Matter

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

Getting Together Matters

From creative writing to seated exercise and weekly quizzes, Getting Together Matters brings older people from across the UK together online to have fun and take part in a range of free events and activities during the pandemic.

filmon grandmentors intergenerational mentoring


Grandmentors: building better futures for young people leaving care in 11 areas of the UK.

Volunteer Grandmentors share their skills and experience with young people leaving care to help them get on in life.

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.

Health Champions Warwickshire

Running for one year in Warwickshire. Harnessing the power of volunteers to engage their local community in healthy living.

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.

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.

Journey Makers

We’re working with local partners to help them recruit Journey Makers, keeping people safe on the transport networks as lockdown restrictions ease.


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.

Match and Mentor

Through our fantastic volunteers, Match and Mentor provides support for individuals with learning difficulties and additional support needs to volunteer.

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.

Parental Employability Support

This programme aims to assist lone parents, families with a disabled parent or child, families with three or more children, ethnically diverse families, and families with a youngest child under the age of one and parents under the age of 25 to improve their quality of life by matching them with volunteers who can help build resilience and aspirations towards employment.

Peer Perspectives Clackmannanshire

Led by volunteers aged 16-25, who have been supported and trained by our team, these young people want to play an active role in their community by championing mental health, whilst developing their own skills at the same time.


Perspectives aims to give marginalised adults the chance to be seen, heard, included and participate in their community.

Our Response to COVID-19


Family support packs free Children Packs User-friendly, informative and engaging packs for primary-school aged children! Two new packs a month for families Each pack consists of 48 pages packed with fun and resilience-building activities free Adult Packs Information around COVID-19 and family activities. Adult packs come in five languages: English, Romanian, Spanish, Portuguese and Polish Order your online-pack today by … Continued

People aged over 50 volunteering


For over 30 years RSVP – Retired and Senior Volunteer Programme – has been enabling people aged 50 and over to contribute their energy, enthusiasm and experience as volunteers for the benefit of their communities.

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 Forth Valley

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

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

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.


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.

Sporting Chance

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

Stepping Stones

Stepping Stones is an exciting new project in Milton Keynes funded by Bucks, Luton and Milton Keynes Clinical Commissioning Group (BLMK CCG). We work in partnership with Service Six to support children and young people aged between 8 and 25 years old transition from inpatients mental health services into their Milton Keynes communities. Often transitioning out of … Continued

Team London Young Ambassadors

By becoming a Team London Young Ambassador they will build brighter futures for themselves, their peers and communities across London.

The Loop

The Loop gives beneficiaries the opportunity to become volunteers. It enables participants to access the social group as and when they need support, progress onto the Goals Group when ready and take their learning further within the Projects Group.

Volunteer Centre Newcastle

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


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.

WASSUP and We Are Patrick, Greenwich

Young people aged 16-19 years (up to 25 for SEND) are working together to educate peers on issues that impact them.

From exploitation to domestic abuse and grooming, these young volunteers are lobbying for change by promoting young people’s voices and raising awareness in Greenwich.

We Are Patrick

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

People gather smiling by a bench from project Welcome Friends

Welcome Friends

Welcome Friends provides friendship through home visits and telephone calls by volunteers, reducing social isolation and improving well-being. We also encourage attendance at local group activities.