Blog
We regularly post blogs from our own staff, volunteers and key figures in the voluntary sector. Have a browse of our recent blog entries below.

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

Launching Great Grandmentors

Our Grandmentors volunteer their time, skills, compassion and expertise to help young people coming out of the care system so that they can become independent adults. To mark Care Leavers Week 2020 we’re launching the next phase of this award-winning programme – Great Grandmentors. Over the past 3 years we’ve seen our Grandmentors going above … 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

RESPECT Project

RESPECT Project – sourcing & donating educational packs to support families’ home-learning. One of the many things we’re doing in response to COVID is RESPECT. Based in Suffolk, our volunteers are creating activity packs for children. These are helping families with home-schooling, especially those who may not have English as their first language. The packs, … Continued

Reflections on Blackout Tuesday

On the day that TV and radio stations observe 'Blackout Tuesday' to show that racism of any kind cannot be tolerated, our Chief Executive Paul reflects on practical changes needed to tackle every day inequalities.

Numeracy coaching during lockdown

We are in lockdown, but the future of young people cannot be on hold. In April, the Support my Future Programme promoted by Volunteering Matters in partnership with Deutsche Bank and Harris Academy Bermondsey moved online. “Young people may experience increased feelings of isolation, uncertainty and anxiety, it is therefore vitally important for us to engage and connect with them continually … Continued

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.