As part of Volunteering Matters we bring people together to overcome some of society’s most complex issues through the power of volunteering.

We partner with communities to overcome adversity, tackling social isolation and loneliness, improving health, developing skills and opportunity and making sure young people can lead change.

our Response TO COVID-19

From reducing loneliness and isolation to improving health and wellbeing, our volunteers are working to help those affected by COVID-19.

Find the latest roles so you can help local communities in Wales during the crisis on  our COVID-19 project page.

COVID-19 VOLUNTEER ROLES

 

youth social action response

And we’ve our Youth Social Action volunteering online so that our SAFE, Activ8 and Mind Matters are continuing to run and make sure young people can continue to shape change in Gwent.

TO SPEAK TO SOMEONE ABOUT THE LATEST VOLUNTEERING ROLES CONTACT US ON

T: 029 20 464004

rsvpwales@volunteeringmatters.org.uk

Activ8

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)
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Cars4Carers

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.

COVID-19 Community Response, Wales

In six areas across South and West Wales our volunteers are helping thsoe at risk of loneliness and poor mental and physical health during COVID-19.

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.

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.

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.

Learn Together Cymru

Learn Together Cymru is a project that supported children and young people one-to-one with their reading, maths, languages in schools and community learning settings across Wales. Over 200 volunteers continue to support children in their local primary schools and we are still actively looking for ways to continue to grow this work. 

Mind Matters

Mind Matters is shaping the future of Mental Health awareness for young people in Gwent.
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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

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.

SAFE Male

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.

Welcome Friends

Welcome Friends aims to reduce isolation in South Wales by providing friendship and social interaction for people who may go months without seeing anyone.

Telephone Befriender

We’re seeking Telephone Befriender to support a lonely and isolated people in Merthyr Tydfil, Rhondda Cynon Taf, Newport, Pembrokeshire and Flintshire during the COVID-19 pandemic. Volunteers are needed to provide some telephone company for people who are self-isolating and unable to leave their home as a direct result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Many of these … Continued

Volunteer Organiser

We’re seeking Volunteer Organisers to support a community response in Merthyr Tydfil, Rhondda Cynon Taf, Newport, Pembrokeshire and Flintshire. Right now volunteers are needed help people who are self-isolating and unable to leave their home as a direct result of the COVID-19 pandemic through telephone befriending. Many of these people are already recognised as those … Continued

Community Support Volunteers, Blaenau Gwent

We’re seeking Community Support Volunteers to help a community response in Blaenau Gwent. Right now volunteers are needed to help people who are self-isolating and unable to leave their home as a direct result of the COVID-19 pandemic through telephone befriending. Many of these people are already recognised as those at high risk in society. … Continued

Dog Walking Volunteer, Flintshire

We’re seeking Dog Walking volunteers to support a COVID-19 community response in Flintshire. Right now these volunteers are needed to help people who are self-isolating and unable to leave their home as a direct result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Many of these people are already recognised as those at high risk in society. This could … Continued

Dog Walking Volunteer, Blaenau Gwent

We’re seeking Dog Walking volunteers to support a COVID-19 community response in Blaenau Gwent. Right now these volunteers are needed to help people who are self-isolating and unable to leave their home as a direct result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Many of these people are already recognised as those at high risk in society. This … Continued

Dog Walking Volunteer, Pembrokeshire

We’re seeking Dog Walking volunteers to support a COVID-19 community response in Pembrokeshire. Right now these volunteers are needed to help people who are self-isolating and unable to leave their home as a direct result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Many of these people are already recognised as those at high risk in society. This could … Continued

Dog Walking Volunteer, Merthyr Tydfil

We’re seeking Dog Walking volunteers to support a COVID-19 community response in Merthyr Tydfil. Right now these volunteers are needed to help people who are self-isolating and unable to leave their home as a direct result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Many of these people are already recognised as those at high risk in society. This … Continued

Dog Walking Volunteer, Rhondda Cynon Taf

We’re seeking Dog Walking volunteers to support a COVID-19 community response in Rhondda Cynon Taf. Right now these volunteers are needed to help people who are self-isolating and unable to leave their home as a direct result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Many of these people are already recognised as those at high risk in society. … Continued

Dog Walking Volunteer, Newport

We’re seeking Dog Walking volunteers to support a COVID-19 community response in Newport. Right now these volunteers are needed to help people who are self-isolating and unable to leave their home as a direct result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Many of these people are already recognised as those at high risk in society. This could … Continued

Community Support Volunteers, Flintshire

We’re seeking Community Support Volunteers to help a community response in Flintshire. Right now volunteers are needed to help people who are self-isolating and unable to leave their home as a direct result of the COVID-19 pandemic through telephone befriending. Many of these people are already recognised as those at high risk in society. This … Continued

Community Support Volunteers, Rhondda Cynon Taf

We’re seeking Community Support Volunteers to help a community response in Rhondda Cynon Taf. Right now volunteers are needed to help people who are self-isolating and unable to leave their home as a direct result of the COVID-19 pandemic through telephone befriending. Many of these people are already recognised as those at high risk in … Continued

Community Support Volunteers, Pembrokeshire

We’re seeking Community Support Volunteers to help a community response in Pembrokeshire. Right now volunteers are needed to help people who are self-isolating and unable to leave their home as a direct result of the COVID-19 pandemic through telephone befriending. Many of these people are already recognised as those at high risk in society. This … Continued

Community Support Volunteers, Newport

We’re seeking Community Support Volunteers to help a community response in Newport. Right now volunteers are needed to help people who are self-isolating and unable to leave their home as a direct result of the COVID-19 pandemic through telephone befriending. Many of these people are already recognised as those at high risk in society. This … Continued

Community Support Volunteers, Merthyr Tydfil

We’re seeking Community Support Volunteers to help a community response in Merthyr Tydfil. Right now volunteers are needed help people who are self-isolating and unable to leave their home as a direct result of the COVID-19 pandemic through telephone befriending. Many of these people are already recognised as those at high risk in society. This … Continued

Remote Safety Champion – COVID-19 Response Programme

The SAFE programme aims to raise awareness of personal safety for people with additional learning needs across Gwent. SAFE works with people to deliver workshops around sexual and contraceptive health, the impact of pregnancy, personal safety issues including Mate Crime, internet safety issues including using social media and the effects of pornography and so much … Continued

Remote Media Champion – COVID-19 Response Programme

Our Youth for Social Action (YSA) “survival kit” is an online resource designed to help young people through this anxious time. Content will include art, sport, music and well-being resources – in any online format – film clips, blogs that document young people’s volunteering, live demo’s and performances. Your role as a remote media champion … Continued

Activ8 – Remote NEET Support Champion

Activ8 supports those not in Education, Employment or training (NEET), to help them to develop personally and professionally, using our online platform, with peer-led support from volunteers, and supervision from a volunteer manager.

SAFE: Rhianydd’s Story

Rhianydd has autism and feels she’s a good candidate to volunteer on a project for people with learning disabilities. She says “I am their peer and they engage with me as I understand.”

Learn Together Cymru: David’s Story

David is 79 and has been volunteering as a schools reading volunteer with Volunteering Matters since 2000. He told us about his favourite parts of the role, and shared some stories from his time in primary schools in Wales.

Learn Together Cymru: Tim’s Story

"If you’re not sure whether you’re the right person to be a reading volunteer, then think again.   Some aspect of your life will contribute something to the school and I believe personality and an interest in education matters as much as personal circumstances. Once you give it a go, stay with it – you’ll get more confident and the rewards will come!”

Sex Matters Too: Rhys’s Story

"I think that volunteering with Volunteering Matters and having it on my CV made me stand out from the crowd and more able to get a full-time job."

Learn Together Cymru: Nesta’s Story

"Two hours of my time each week doesn’t seem much, but for me it means that on two days there is a purpose to my day – a reason to get up, shower, change and get ‘out there’."

Making Time – Join In

Join In’s latest ground-breaking research looks at how behavioural science can persuade more people to give their time and volunteer, with a focus on sport.

Volunteering Matters welcomes new Civil Society Minister

Volunteering Matters featured in an article about the appointment of the new Minister for Civil Society, Baroness Barran, in which we stated we looked forward to working with her to ensure that more people can change lives and transform communities trough volunteering.

Volunteering Matters chosen as Charity of the Week by players of People’s Postcode Lottery

  Volunteering Matters is this week’s players of People’s Postcode Lottery Charity of the Week. We feature on their website here. Every year thanks to support from players of People’s Postcode Lottery, tens of thousands of vulnerable and disadvantaged people in communities across England, Scotland and Wales benefit from the support of Volunteering Matters. Our partnership … Continued
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International Day of Older Persons

The 1st of October marks the International Day of Older Persons and we’d like to take the opportunity to celebrate the 8,700 older and retired people who share their time and talents each year by volunteering with us.

Mind Matters team wins at Wales Volunteer of the Year Awards

Our Mind Matters team were awarded at the Wales Volunteer of the Year Awards 2018! The peer-led approach allows for a safe space for young people to discuss worries, concerns and work towards supporting the 1 in 10 children in the UK who are affected by mental health problems.

Volunteering for all – all year round!

As thousands of volunteers are being celebrated up and down the country as part of Volunteers’ Week, we of course couldn’t let the moment pass without three cheers for our incredible volunteers!

We’re challenging young people to start their revolution!

This month sees the launch of our brand new campaign to change young people’s perceptions of volunteering. Titled ' Revolution You ', our campaign aims to challenge preconceived notions of volunteering and encourage more young people to consider a gap year in the UK. 

RSVP takes centre stage in South Korea

KBNe UK, a partner of Korean Broadcasting Network in Europe, are producing a TV documentary about life and opportunities for senior citizens and the importance of the third sector, and sought to highlight our work in the UK. Our RSVP conference provided the perfect backdrop for the production team to meet some of our amazing volunteers.
Help to Health

Happy Grandparents Day!

To celebrate Grandparents Day we caught up with some of our amazing volunteers and staff, grandparents and grandchildren alike, to find out how they’ll be marking the occasion.
AGM Awards

Volunteers take centre stage at our AGM

We have launched many amazing new projects in the past year, all made possible by talented and dedicated volunteers across the UK. We were delighted to shine a spotlight on some of them at the Volunteering Matters 2017 Annual General Meeting which took place on the 28th of September.
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Were you a Full Time Volunteer with us?

We want to tell the stories of our Full Time Volunteers from the last five decades - if you were once a Full Time Volunteer with us, find out how you can get in touch...

Sex Matters Too volunteer Ryan wins Diana Award

Ryan Crewe-Rees, a young volunteer on our Sex Matters Too project from Pontypool (south Wales), was given a Diana Award at the Inspire Wales award ceremony at Cardiff City Hall today.
#givingtuesday

Volunteering Matters mobilises people power on #GivingTuesday

In 2015, #GivingTuesday broke the world record for the highest amount of money donated online in a 24 hour period. We think this is brilliant – but #GivingTuesday shouldn’t just be about giving money so we are asking our supporters to donate the gift of time by volunteering in their communities.
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CARMARTHENSHIRE CANINES ENCOURAGE PUPILS TO READ

On 9th June in Llandeilo Primary School, Carmarthenshire, dogs Riley and Layla enjoyed a star-spangled celebrity reception for the launch of new project, Reading with Dogs associated with Learn Together Cymru and Carmarthenshire Therapy Dogs.

Sex Matters Too Awards Success

Our Sex Matters Too project had a fantastic end to Volunteers Week 2016, deservedly recognised with not one, but two awards.
Read On. Get On. Report for Save the CHildren - two young girls reading

Reading Wales’ Future

Over the course of the next Assembly, an estimated 26,000 children in Wales, including 10,000 of the poorest children, are at risk of leaving primary school unable to read well, if action isn’t taken.
Spirit of 2012 logo #GetOutGetActive

#GetOutGetActive Launch of £4.5 million grant

Spirit of 2012 today announced a UK wide consortium for its latest campaign #GetOutGetActive which focuses on increasing participation in fun and inclusive physical activity.

Volunteering Matters named charity of the year

The national volunteering charity Volunteering Matters was last night (Sep 2015) named charity of the year at the European Diversity Awards (EDAs), held at the Natural History Museum.

Advice for charities

If you work for a charity and need help and advice on topics from financial stability through to fundraising or volunteering, download this list.
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Top Tips for Recruiting Volunteers

We share our top tips for volunteer recruitment in a new area, making sure you can stay safe while providing essential services during the COVID-19 pandemic.

What would a week without volunteers be like?

Volunteers are invaluable. For older and isolated members of the community, young people leaving care, for disabled volunteers, for the NHS, and many more. Out Chief Executive Oonagh considers what a world without volunteers might look like.

New Year, Volunteer!

Our Head of Communications Alison Harvie on how to get that New Year’s resolution off the page and into action.
Mind matters

Shaping the future of mental health for young people in Torfaen

Volunteering Matters is hosting an event for young people to mark World Mental Health Day today. Sianne Morgan, Development Manager at Volunteering Matters tells us why the Mind Matters project is so important for young people across Torfaen, Wales.

Overcoming the barriers to volunteering

Chief Executive, Oonagh Aitken talks about barriers to volunteering and reaffirms our commitment to ensuring that everyone has the chance to transform their lives and the lives of others through the power of volunteering.

Volunteers and Service Quality

Dame Philippa Russell DBE spoke to us about volunteering and the flexible framework and the window of opportunity this model offers to the sector.

10 tips to recognise your volunteers

We share our ten top tips for recognising your volunteers from volunteer certificates to training opportunities so you can celebrate their contribution in Volunteers' Week and beyond!