Player-supported charity Volunteering Matters has been leading UK volunteering for over fifty years. The charity develops and delivers high-impact volunteering projects across the UK in response to some of the most difficult challenges facing individuals and their communities today.
They want everyone, no matter what their age or background, to be able to participate in their community through volunteering and social action. Thanks to support from players of People's Postcode Lottery, the charity has expanded its work reaching even socially isolated and older individuals this year. Their projects – such as Lifelines in Brighton and Hove and Sporting Chance in North-East England – help older people stay more active and involved in their communities.
Volunteers like Richard, a Sporting Chance participant, said, "I have enjoyed, and continue to enjoy the activities we do at Sporting Chance. The project has helped me to make new friends and has helped me learn new skills. I never thought I would learn some of the things we have learnt or take part in some of the activities that we have been able to take part in through Sporting Chance."
This year, the charity engaged with 7,911 older volunteers and reached a further 31,152 older people as beneficiaries.
To date, players of People's Postcode Lottery have raised £1.25 Million for Volunteering Matters.