Volunteering Matters transforms people’s lives through the power of volunteering. We build projects and programmes that respond to some of the most difficult challenges facing individuals and their communities today. From supporting care leavers to helping the most socially isolated get out and about – our volunteers really do change lives.

our grandmentors appeal

“It has massively changed my life. Having someone that actually gives an interest and wants to help you. It has made a huge, huge difference”  – Cole, young person leaving care supported by a Grandmentors volunteer

Every year over 10,000 16-18 year olds leave care in the UK. They’re at risk of falling into debt, as well as becoming mentally or physically ill, vulnerable and discriminated against as they transition into adulthood.

Grandmentors is an award-winning, inter-generational support programme that helps young care leavers build better futures.

82% of the vulnerable young people supported by our Grandmentors are in education, employment or training within six months of leaving care. This compares to just 51% nationally.

We think all young care leavers deserve the support of a Grandmentor. Help us make this happen. Donate today.

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Fundraise for us

Why not challenge yourself running a 10k, climbing a mountain, or cycling from Land’s End to John O’Groats, while getting your family and friends to sponsor you on behalf of Volunteering Matters?

Leave a gift in your will

Your will is one of the most important documents which you will ever write. Once you have ensured that your family and loved ones are provided for, we hope you will consider leaving a gift to Volunteering Matters.

Give in memory

Donating in memory of a loved one is a personal and special way to celebrate and remember them. Some people choose to collect donations for their chosen charity instead of flowers, to create a lasting impact to a cause that is important to them or their loved one.