Volunteering Matters

Volunteering Matters 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.

In 2020 we launched a new strategy – Volunteering Matters Strategy 2020. Based on the impact our volunteers and programmes have in communities across the UK, we are bringing people together through volunteering to build stronger communities so that everyone has an opportunity to thrive.

Our place-based approach, which is shaped by local knowledge, energy and understanding, is designed to support people in their local communities to overcome the challenges they may face and to unlock their potential. We provide a platform for volunteers, young people, and communities to challenge existing structures and work with decision-makers to overcome barriers and inequalities.

Across the Volunteering Matters family – including ProjectScotland, Get The Gen, Volunteering Works and #iwill – we turn local knowledge and energy into action and progress, building stronger communities and a better future for all.


ProjectScotland helps young people in Scotland to get on in life through volunteering.

We’re passionate about young people and their ability to positively transform both their own lives and those of the people around them. But the problems faced by Scotland’s young people are becoming more and more complex. They often have a range of barriers stopping them from realising their potential.

That’s why, since 2005, we have been supporting young people to develop their confidence and skills and move into employment, training or education. ProjectScotland – part of Volunteering Matters – creates a detailed, personal plan for each young person. This includes a volunteer placement with a local charity and one-to-one mentoring, as well as ongoing support from a member of our team.

When we say ‘ongoing support’, we mean it! We’re there for our young people, every step of the way, even after a volunteer placement comes to an end. Because of that, 78% of our volunteers continue on to something better.

Our charity partners get additional skills, talents and enthusiasm and we enable young people to be a stronger part of their local communities and give something back.

Get in touch at projectscotland.co.uk.

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The Levy Centre,

18-24 Lower Clapton Road