Project information

Volunteering: Pathway to Changed Lives

WWV are specialists in the use of volunteering to enable marginalised and vulnerable people to take control of their lives and expand their horizons, enhancing well-being, employability and life satisfaction

Ongoing

Charity information: WorldWide Volunteering (WWV)

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  • Need

    Need

    Our programmes focus on ex-offenders; disadvantaged young people; and wounded service personnel. Although backgrounds can be very different, many of the challenges our clients face are similar. These include low self-confidence, self-esteem and resilience; low education/life skills; lack of support mechanisms; lack of motivation; poor communication skills; lack of career path; mental health problems, anxiety and depression; drug and alcohol abuse; and disengagement from community and society.

    Solution

    Our 1-1 support to clients includes exploration of the individual’s needs, aspirations, abilities and, fundamentally, choice, to ensure that we are matching people with volunteer opportunities in their communities which are going to challenge and stretch them whilst enabling them to grow and flourish. We help people to build self-belief and ability to be self reliant, enabling them to think positively about their futures and take action to change their lives.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    Support disadvantaged people to re-connect and engage in and with their local communities

    Activities

    » 1-1 support for disadvantaged people to find the right opportunity which can turn their lives around.

    WWV has a Theory of Change including long and short-term outcomes and associated indicators. Our robust monitoring and evaluation system collects evidence and measures progress.


    Aim 2

    Improve mental and physical well-being and resilience of disadvantaged people through volunteering

    Activities

    » 1-1 support for disadvantaged people to find the right opportunity which can turn their lives around.

    WWV has a Theory of Change including long and short-term outcomes and associated indicators. Our robust monitoring and evaluation system collects evidence and measures progress.


    Aim 3

    Support the transition to employment or education for disadvantaged and vulnerable people

    Activities

    » 1-1 support for disadvantaged people to find the right opportunity which can turn their lives around.

    WWV has a Theory of Change including long and short-term outcomes and associated indicators. Our robust monitoring and evaluation system collects evidence and measures progress.


    Aim 4

    Promote benefits of volunteering and enable active community participation for everyone

    Activities

    » 1-1 support for disadvantaged people to find the right opportunity which can turn their lives around.

    WWV has a Theory of Change including long and short-term outcomes and associated indicators. Our robust monitoring and evaluation system collects evidence and measures progress.


  • Impact

    Impact

    Our programmes provide intensive 1-1 support to marginalised and vulnerable people to:
    • Re-connect and engage in and with their local communities
    • Improve mental and physical well-being and resilience
    • Increase transition to employment or education

    Risk

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    Reporting

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  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £600,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £600,000 Full cost Full cost of WWV's programmes for 1 year

    Current Funding / Pledges

    Source Amount
    Trusts and Foundations £350,000 Guaranteed
  • Background

    Location

    WWV works across England and Scotland.

    Beneficiaries

    Our programmes focus on ex-offenders; disadvantaged young people, including those leaving care, care-givers, those struggling with drug and alcohol misuse, and those with disabilities; and wounded and injured service personnel and veterans. We work with over 1,000 clients per year. However, we focus on quality rather than quantity, which is hugely important given the vulnerability of many of the clients we work with, and the amount of support they need to make real and long-lasting change.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    WWV is unique in working this way, and over the past 5 years we have gathered feedback from both clients and referral partners which has shown us that the programme is highly valued, and considered as one of the most effective programmes working with disadvantaged people in the target areas by our partners: local councils, national charities, probation and prison services, etc.

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    People

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    There are many people who make our programmes a huge success. We would be happy to provide more details to anyone interested