Current Volunteering Vacancies

We welcome volunteers at The Matthew Project.  Volunteers enhance our work and contribute to us achieving our mission and vision.  As a volunteer you will be part of a growing volunteer team that is helping to make a real difference to people's lives.

Our volunteering opportunities are rich in variety and satisfy a large range of interests, skills, availability and motivators for volunteering.  We structure volunteering around the needs, talents, aptitudes and wishes of the volunteers and the Matthew Project so that both parties gain the most they can and enjoy a rewarding relationship.

All volunteers are invited to an initial meeting to discuss opportunities and match time, commitment and aspirations with the opportunities and consider individual circumstances.

Volunteers must be able and willing to attend Induction and Safeguarding training.  This will usually be approximately 6 hours and preferably within a volunteer group. Ongoing training will be available and encouraged where appropriate.

Student Volunteers: We will endeavour to support any student to meet specific criteria for their course where possible.

Volunteering with The Matthew Project could be an ideal opportunity for someone who wants to gain experience in the social care field, mental health, teaching, psychology or simply for a CV.

The majority of our volunteers will need references and an enhanced DBS check.  A criminal conviction does not preclude you from applying.

Browse the opportunities below, and if think you have appropriate skills and experience contact us on 01603 626123 or email


On Track Mentors

We are currently looking for community volunteers to support young people aged 16-24 in our On Track project and help young people to keep their employment, training or education.

The On Track project is funded by the Big Lottery Fund and the European Social Fund. The project was created to clear barriers to work for young people with multiple and complex needs in Norfolk. On Track is a partnership project led by The Matthew Project with ACE, GYROS, NANSA, The Prince's Trust and YMCA Norfolk.

The role involves supporting 16-24 year olds who have previously received coaching from an On Track member of staff. The young person will have completed a programme of coaching and will either have moved or be in the process of moving into employment, education or training.

You will provide support to the young person by listening to their concerns, encouraging their employment or training achievements and helping them to find answers to questions. You will communicate with young people to help them to achieve and sustain their career goals and support them to develop.

You will be able to communicate with the young person via text messages, phone calls and face to face meetings between office hours and in a public space. We would like to hear from people who have at least one hour once a week to spare, between the hours of 9am to 5pm, for at least a nine month period. You will also need to be able to attend induction training.

Due to the nature of the role you will need to be 18+, complete a DBS check and provide two references.

In return you will have supervision every 6-8 weeks, be provided with development opportunities, and be reimbursed for out of pocket expenses.

If this sounds like an exciting new challenge then we want to hear from you!

For further information and to apply for a volunteer position please email or telephone 01603 723845







Volunteer Befriender, Unity (young people)

We are looking for Befrienders who can support a young person who either has, or had, a substance misuse issue or is affected by someone else's use.  This opportunity is mainly during the day and may be in the community or at a school/college.

Commitment: 1-2 hours/week, or ad hoc, depending on the needs of the young person.

Where: covering Norfolk

Skills and experience: approachable, able to keep boundaries well, ability to encourage and support, happy to volunteer on a 1:1 basis in the community.


Veteran Support Volunteer, Outside the Wire (veterans and veteran families)

This role is only for veterans or ex-military family members.


The volunteer will provide regular support on a 1:1 basis to a veteran and/or their family or other significant people.  Support may be in person or on the phone (usually a combination of both), and can include meeting for a coffee and chat, supporting access to services and navigation through statutory systems and following up on the needs shared during a support group or with their Matthew Project Worker.

Commitment: 1-3 hours/week, or ad hoc, depending on the needs of the client.

Where: covering Norfolk and Suffolk

Skills and experience: approachable, able to keep boundaries well, ability to encourage and support, happy to volunteer on a 1:1 basis in the community.

Volunteer Workshop Facilitators, Recovery Support Programme (adults)

Do you have any skills you would like to share?  We are looking for volunteers to facilitate a wide variety of activities providing fun groups, social interaction, employability skills, motivation and meaningful activity.

Do you have any skills you would like to share?

- music

- catering
- counselling
- group therapy
- employability and interview skills
- art and craft
- training and enterprise
- education and learning
- outdoor activities
- signposting, advice and guidance
- health and wellbeing
- exercise

Think laterally - all ideas will be considered

Commitment: this depends upon the workshop.  It may be 1-2 hours/week or 1-2 hours every 6 weeks.  We would discuss this with you.

Where: Norwich

Skills and experience: able to develop and facilitate a workshop (with support), encouraging and empowering, able to keep good boundaries.


Client Support Volunteer, Team 180 (community based offenders)

The Client Support Volunteer will provide support to the clients on an individual basis.  This many include mentoring, guidance, life skills, social skills, or, if appropriate for the volunteer's skills, specific support such as housing, training, employability etc.  This opportunity is based with Norwich Probation and supports our clients within the criminal justice system. We remain independent from Police and Probation but work in partnership with them and other organisations.

Please note that volunteers would also require a Police Check and they are unable to accept recent ex-offenders (approx. minimum of 5 years spent) or people currently within the judicial system.  If this applies to you, please look at our other opportunities.

Commitment: Ideally 1 day/week (could be half day)

Where: Norwich Probation Services, Centenary House (this building is near the Cathedral)

Skills and experience: approachable, able to keep boundaries well, ability to encourage and support, happy to volunteer on a 1:1 basis and work within a team


Recovery Connector, Recovery Support Programme (adults)

We are looking for self-motivated volunteers to support the Recovery Hub service users to recognise and utilise their skills and make a positive contribution to their own ongoing recovery and the wider community and to support the general operating of the Recovery Hub.

This may include support for groups and workshops, signposting, supporting service users to access services, e.g. set up a bank account, register with a dentist, assisting public transport use, go for a walk together etc., listening, supporting and motivating individuals (service users and affected others), help set up rooms  or making tea and coffee.

Commitment: Ideally 1 day/week

Where: Norwich

Skills and experience: approachable, able to keep boundaries well, ability to encourage and support, happy to work within a team, be able to support with general life and social skills.


Community Connector, Unity, West Norfolk (young people)

This role will provide an information and signposting "drop-in'' service for members of a community, such as a school, college or community building etc. around West Norfolk.  Training will be given to enable the volunteer to fulfil this role and understand the boundaries. Please note that this role does not include counselling or befriending.

The role is mainly during the day but there may be occasional opportunities for evenings, for example, information sessions at youth based clubs.

Commitment: ½ day to 1 day per week or fortnight

Where: West Norfolk

Skills and experience: approachable, able to keep boundaries well, ability to encourage and support, reliable and able to arrange diary with the place being visited, happy to volunteer in the community.



Allotment Team Volunteer, Recovery Support Programme (adults)

We have a brand new allotment in Norwich! We are looking for a team of volunteers who are interested in allotments, horticulture and wellbeing who can offer some time and share their skills to help us with initial planning, development and maintenance of the allotment.

The allotment will support people in recovery from drug and/or alcohol addiction or misuse.

Horticultural expertise can be basic or with flare!

As well as the practical side, Volunteers may engage with service users to support their recovery by, for example, signposting to other activities and motivating individuals.

Volunteers may also need to interact with partner organisations, members of the public, other allotment users and individuals involved in our projects, and help support staff with applying health and safety policies.

Hours can be alongside clients during the day, or outside those hours if preferred. Equipment is provided.

Where: Norwich

Skills and experience: practical gardening/allotment care, approachable, able to keep boundaries well, ability to encourage and support, happy to work within a team, be able to support with general life and social skills.


Smoking Cessation Advice and Support (young people)

Can you help young people stop, or consider stopping smoking? We provide support, information and signposting for young people wishing to cease smoking (tobacco) on a 1:1 basis and/or attend events to promote the service and pass on referrals? Volunteers must complete an online programme (1 session) and then, if becoming a support volunteer, a level 2 training day. 

 We are also looking for 11-18 year olds to join a focus group and produce a film to support the service.


Voicebox Driver

Can you drive our Voicebox trailer (Cat B on licence) and complete regular safety check on it - just passing on what needs doing (unless a qualified mechanic), such as checking oil, indicators, tyres etc.?  If you wish (but you don't have to), you can also get involved with the activities and pass on information and guidance at the various events.  This is on an "as needed'' basis so we can have a few willing drivers and see who is available.


The Matthew Project is well known for its excellent work with people in need in Norfolk and Suffolk. We provide support to those who are affected by their own, or another's, use of drugs or alcohol.

The Matthew Project is a caring charity with a Christian ethos and we welcome applications from all sections of the community.

Registered charity no. 1122801