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Everyone in the UK should have the opportunity to thrive. So we bring people together to overcome some of society’s most complex issues through the power of volunteering. 

We partner with communities to overcome adversitytackling social isolation and lonelinessimproving health, developing skills and opportunity and making sure young people can lead change. 

And we turn local knowledge and energy into action and progress, building stronger communities and a better future for all. 

Find out more about our exciting projects and programmes below.

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Projects & Programmes

Every year we engage nearly 20,000 volunteers in the many volunteering programmes that we develop and deliver. Our programmes recognise and reflect the different level of commitment that volunteers can give.

Our Impact

We have over 50 years of experience (formerly as CSV) in developing volunteering policy and promoting citizen led volunteering opportunities for people of all ages, which improve and sustain individual and community wellbeing.

Volunteering Matters Scotland

Volunteering Matters have established a number of volunteer programmes in Scotland from befriending young people in care and helping people with disabilities to projects aimed at saving the environment and employee volunteering.

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Volunteering Matters Cymru

We have a long history of social action volunteering across Wales. By investing in people through volunteering we can reduce inequalities and isolation to build stronger more inclusive communities.

Our Work in Europe

Volunteering Matters not only works in the UK but also reaches into European volunteering in policy and practice. We host and support the Secretariat for the Volonteurope Network.

Full-time volunteering

Full-time volunteering is a unique opportunity for those aged between 18 and 35 to undertake the challenge of moving away from home for 6-12 months to volunteer full time.

Support us

Throughout the pandemic we have worked with local and national government, the health and education sector and many other organisations to make the biggest impact. We also partner with businesses, Trusts, Foundations and dedicated individuals. By working together we can keep supporting communities to overcome adversity, tackle social isolation and loneliness, improve health, develop skills … Continued

Employee Volunteering

As the UK’s leading volunteering charity, our expertise in programme design and evaluation takes the time, stress and risk out of developing and running employee volunteer initiatives.