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Volunteering Matters

Learning Disabilities Framework Provider

Framework provider of day, evening and weekend activities for people with learning disabilities and autism

Coronavirus Support

Across the country we have connected with other community projects to reach out to the most vulnerable and isolated. We have and continue to recruit volunteers who are a lifeline to many. Our volunteers are providing essential shopping services, prescription collection, telephone befriending and activities, promoting positive mental and physical health. We are now connecting people through our Getting Together Matters programme which digitally brings people together to enjoy shared activities. We have also introduced our new Journey Makers programme helps keep travellers safe as lock-down eases by providing support and guidance for the public at participating transport hubs across England.

The tenacity of our volunteers is irreplaceable. We've seen Mentors become Drivers. Drivers become Befrienders. Befrienders run elderly activity groups. Our Youth Social Action volunteers offering peer support. Mentees supporting Mentors. Handyperson volunteers delivering shopping & prescriptions. Older men holding exercise classes on Zoom.  Our volunteers are also supporting other charities, the NHS & local authority partners. 

Our volunteers are helping at-risk families in Ipswich that are most isolated, become connected with other parts of our community and sending out family packs with activities for children (reception – year 6), resources for families and useful health and wellbeing tips. The family packs will help parents maintain wellbeing, ensure they feel supported and increase protective factors in the home. This is of particular relevance to our emerging communities in the town.

Under Covid-19, it is vital to maintain existing mentoring activity with young people. This included continuing volunteer activity within the Grandmentors project, which empowers and supports young people within the care system, and through Equip Mentoring for young people who are not in education, employment or training. In both programmes, mentors support the young people they are matched with to achieve outcomes within housing, finance, education, employment and training, and health and wellbeing.

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General Details

At Volunteering Matters we believe that everyone in the UK should have the opportunity to thrive. We bring people together to overcome some of society’s most complex issues through the power of volunteering. 

Our work enables older people to maintain their health and wellbeing, empowers disabled people to lead independent lives, offers security and stability to families and helps and children, young people find their direction in life.

We are a trusted provider of high impact projects where 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. We are a national charity and do this at scale, sharing our expertise and building partnerships to make an even bigger impact. We turn local knowledge and energy into action and progress, building stronger communities and a better future for all.



Who to contact

Volunteering Matters
01473 418014
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Simply put your postcode into our nifty opportunity finder above to filter our volunteering opportunities across the UK and find one close to you. You can filter by how much time you have to spare and what you feel passionate about. Or take a look at our project map and scour locally, regionally or even nationally to see what type of projects we have going on in communities across the UK.

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Where to go

Area served
All Suffolk
Parking available

Days & Times

Monday - Friday 10 am - 4pm

Other details

Referral required?
Age Groups
Adults, Young people
Disabled Parking, Wheelchair Access, Adapted Toilet

Our projects include:

  • Grandmentors provides care-leavers (age 16-24) access to unique intergenerational mentoring that helps them to address the challenges and choices they face on their journey leaving care. These can range from career goals, job applications, CV’s, UCAS forms, budget planning, housing, dealing with conflict, and more.
  • Equip Mentoring provides mentor support for young people who are not in employment, education, or training (NEET). Our mentors help young people learn new skills, build their CV’s, provide support with application for their futures and more.
  • Getting Together Matters brings older people who may be struggling with isolation or loneliness together to have fun and take part in a range of free online events and activities. They offer a range of fun and engaging activities every week, from seated Pilates, quizzes, and singing sessions, to reminiscence sessions, arts activities, and coffee mornings.
  • WASSUP is a youth social action project which brings together young women (age 18-24) who are passionate about raising awareness of sexual exploitation, domestic abuse, honour-based violence, and gang grooming. The project helps young women to learn new skills, increase their confidence, self-esteem, interpersonal skills and develop their character.
  • We Are Patrick is a youth social action project which brings together young men (age 18-24) who are passionate about raising awareness of sexual exploitation, domestic abuse, honour-based violence, and gang grooming. The project helps young men to learn new skills, increase their confidence, self-esteem, interpersonal skills and develop their character.
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