SAFE Males – PEER MENTOR VOLUNTEER (GWENT)
Volunteering Matters’ SAFE males project is aimed at males aged 16-35 in Gwent who have a learning need or disability. We need your help in creating fun interactive sessions.
Rural Isolation of citizens in Europe
Over the course of a two year campaign on rural isolation, Volonteurope has been gathering evidence and good practice from the European voluntary sector.
Rural isolation of citizens in europe
This brief aims to introduce the problem of rural isolation, reflect on its realities and negative impact and assess its different dimensions.
Thank you again to players of People’s Postcode Lottery!
£750,000 is helping us to reach thousands of vulnerable older people at risk of loneliness and isolation across the UK!
Volunteering Matters receives funding boost from players of charity lottery
We have been awarded £600,000 in funding from players of the People’s Postcode Lottery to support our work in tackling social isolation and boosting the health and wellbeing of older people across the UK.
Volonteurope builds bridges between young volunteers and big business
VolontEurope, together with partners from several EU states, is launching a program called European Volunteer Inclusion Program (EuroVIP) to help reduce youth unemployment in Europe.
RSVP, Emma Thomas-Hancock, Director of Delivery
At Volunteering Matters our strategy is all about being ‘place based’ and how that impacts communities. The volunteer leaders and organisers of RSVP (Retired Senior Volunteer Programme) have been leading the way and championing this approach for over 30 years! They do this by leading and organising local place-based social action in communities across the … Continued
Jonathan’s story: juggling volunteering with university #iwillweek
Hi, I’m Jonathan Le Fevre, I am 24, I’m from Ipswich but am currently living and studying at University of South Wales in Newport. I have been volunteering at Volunteering Matters in Wales for around 6 months and have completed the Mind Matters training along with attending a sign language event at the office. Before … Continued
Volunteering Matters Collaborates with Mencap to inspire volunteer support
When Mencap asked us to support their initiative to encourage young people with mild and moderate learning difficulties to volunteer, we were excited to help. Volunteering can be as beneficial to the person giving support as it is to the recipient, and we felt this was especially relevant in the case of the Mencap students. Volunteering is … Continued
Government Guidance Regarding Volunteering in England
Statement on Government Guidance Regarding Volunteering During Covid-19 We expect Government guidance will soon be issued for organisations and groups, to support them in understanding how to involve volunteers safely and effectively during Covid-19. This will be in addition to existing Government guidance for volunteers, updated in light of the new national restrictions in England, … Continued
Paul Reddish reflects on Danny Kruger’s report, ‘Levelling Up Our Communities.’
Shifting power to communities and volunteers: Let’s get started This summer we’ve witnessed first-hand the incredible efforts of people in communities, volunteering their time to support others in need during this pandemic – this included emergence of mutual aid groups, neighbours supporting one another, more formalised roles like NHS Responders and volunteers through charities … Continued
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Gethyn Williams on the free, skilled volunteer support available for your charity right now.
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Volunteers are doing things differently
In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic we’ve quickly adapted, identifying new ways to make sure our amazing volunteers can keep supporting their communities. We’re massively privileged to have the trust and regular contact with isolated older people through our projects and programmes. So we’ve utilised this contact to reach out and use the creativity … Continued
Grandmentors: Does it work?
A comprehensive two-year evaluation by Manchester Metropolitan University on Grandmentors explores whether the programme works for young people leaving care.
How can volunteering support better civic engagement?
Public Affairs Manager Martin Jones gave us his thoughts on the House of Lords Select Committee on Citizenship and Civic Engagement.