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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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.