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

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


Activ8 is a peer-led project delivering 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.

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 offered affordable help to tenants struggling to manage their gardens, creating manageable spaces for people to enjoy and feel safe in.

Befriending Matters

From 2016 – 2018, through the efforts of befriending volunteers, Befriending Matters project helped to tackle loneliness, isolation and poor health and wellbeing in North East London.

behind every kick youth football club hackney

Behind Every Kick

Volunteering Matters was part of the Behind Every Kick pilot from 2016 – 2018. The project has now received charity status and will lead on volunteer management for the project moving forward.

Beyond Transitions

Beyond Transitions was 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 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.


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

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 Matter

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

Futures Midlands

Futures Midlands matches volunteer mentors with young people aged 17-19, who have complex and life limiting illnesses and conditions.

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.

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 was a project that aimed 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.

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.

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 was a study programme for 16-18 year olds, specifically tailored to those who don’t speak English as their first language.


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 Befriending Project ran from 2016 – 2018, and with the power of volunteers, aimed to tackle isolation suffered by hundreds of isolated adults over 50 in the Stockton area.


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

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.

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, 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.

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.

Sex Matters Too

Sex Matters Too ran from 2016 – 2018, and trained volunteers aged 16-25 to deliver peer-led workshops around sexual health, sexual exploitation and healthy relationships to young people in various youth settings across Wales.

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.

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.


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


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.

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.