Volunteering Matters (Forth Valley)

Charity registered in Scotland SC039171

Volunteering Matters is a national volunteering and social change charity. We believe 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 adversity, tackling social isolation and loneliness, improving health, developing skills and opportunity and making sure young people can lead change. And because we’re a national charity, we 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. In October 2020 we launched new strategy – Our Manifesto for Change.

Based on the impact our volunteers and programmes have in communities across the UK, we will bring people together through volunteering to build stronger communities so that everyone has an opportunity to thrive.

Volunteering Matters have operated services in Clackmannanshire for over 2 decades. Our current work includes EQUIP – a mentoring service for young people in need of employability/emotional/social and practical support, and Peer Perspectives - a youth social action programme around youth mental health.

We also operate a voluntary handyperson service for older and disabled people, as well as the Retired and Senior Volunteer Programme (RSVP) which encourages and supports older people to take part in local community volunteering. This includes volunteering in local primary schools, NHS hospitals, via a healthy walking group and charitable knitting activities.


Current opportunity

At Volunteering Matters we believe 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 adversity, tackling social isolation and loneliness, improving health, developing skills and opportunities. We recognise the potential of young people across Clackmannanshire. We know their aspirations and goals, but are aware that they may not have the tools or guidance needed to realise them. The effects of COVID-19 on many young people across Clackmannanshire means we are seeing increased social isolation, loneliness, poor mental and physical health. Our volunteers offer practical and emotional support to young people across Clackmannanshire, such as CV writing and interview skills, as well as building confidence, resilience, and independence. By meeting with their allocated volunteer regularly to work on a set of goals and ambitions, chosen by the young person, for the young person, they are able to develop new skills, knowledge and experience relevant to their chosen pathway. We recognise that every young persons journey and needs are different and so the length of each match depends on this, though usually lasts for around 12 months. Throughout this time, volunteers are supported at every step of the way by our friendly staff team, who offer on-board training, 1-1 support and supervision and regular catch-ups.