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Volunteer for us

Use your skills to become a Matthew Project superhero!

Our volunteering programme offers brilliant, rewarding, and sometimes life-changing experiences for people who are interested in supporting our community or learning skills related to social care, education, and mental health.

The Matthew Project empowers young people and adults to overcome drugs, alcohol, and mental health issues so they can live their lives more fully, including specialist services for both family members impacted by others’ substance misuse and for veterans. Our people are committed to making a difference to others' lives through giving hope and providing professional, creative, and compassionate support. 

Our volunteers are an integral part of the Matthew Project team.  We offer volunteering opportunities at our Norwich headquarters and at other venues across Norfolk. Volunteer roles can vary from regular long-term commitments to ad hoc or one-off involvement.  A comprehensive list of possible roles is included in the Volunteer Application Form.  

We welcome volunteers with diverse skills, knowledge, and experience from all backgrounds and walks of life. We are dedicated to equality, diversity, and inclusivity and we ask all potential volunteers to complete our online EDI Monitoring Form. Please click here to access the form.

Please note that for certain client-facing volunteering roles you will be required to have an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check prior to starting your volunteering.  Other roles usually require a basic DBS check. 

The Matthew Project will provide the necessary training and support to enable you to fulfil the requirements of your volunteering role(s) and to ensure safeguarding requirements are met. We will also reimburse you for certain expenses.

Our current volunteering opportunities are listed below. They include a link for our online application form or click here to go straight to the form

If you are unable to apply online or need information or an application form in a different format, please contact the Volunteer Coordinator at: [email protected],  or telephone our reception: 01603 626123. Alternatively, you can visit us at our offices: 70-80 Oak Street, Norwich, NR3 3AQ.

Get in touch 

01603 626123

70-80 Oak Street, Norwich

NR3 3AQ

Browse our current volunteering opportunities

Fundraising team

We are looking to build a team to support our fundraising activities. Tasks may include:

  • Organising fundraising events of your choice within the local community

  • Encouraging people to join in

  • Ensuring events are run in line with Health and Safety and Safeguarding policies and procedures

  • Sharing ideas and successes to inspire and support other Community Fundraisers

  • Working with the Fundraising Team to engage community, organisations and businesses

Allotment and wellbeing team

More than just the fruits of labour...

We have 2 allotments in Norwich and are looking for a team of volunteers who are interested in allotments, horticulture and wellbeing, sharing time and skills to help us with general allotment tasks and supporting people engaging with the Matthew Project.

Horticultural expertise can be basic or with flare! Enthusiasm and friendliness important.

As well as the practical side, volunteers may engage with service users to support their recovery.

(Next Steps) building trade skills

We are looking for volunteers to support Next Steps Recovery Hub members to learn new skills in building trade skills for enjoyment and/or to college entry level. Also enabling members to increase their confidence, make a positive contribution to their own ongoing recovery and the wider community and increase their employability. The Recovery Hub will be open 7 days a week so activities can be during the day, evening or weekends. No group work experience is necessary but you do need to be able to encourage everyone to join in and feel comfortable.

(Next Steps) mechanical repair

We are looking for volunteers to support Next Steps Recovery Hub members to learn new skills in engineering for enjoyment and/or to college entry level. Also enabling members to increase their confidence, make a positive contribution to their own ongoing recovery and the wider community and increase their employability. The Recovery Hub will be open 7 days a week so activities can be during the day, evening or weekends. No group work experience is necessary but you do need to be able to encourage everyone to join in and feel comfortable.

(Next Steps) upholstery and furniture 

We are looking for volunteers to support Next Steps Recovery Hub members to learn new skills in upholstery and furniture repair for enjoyment and/or to college entry level. Also enabling members to increase their confidence, make a positive contribution to their own ongoing recovery and the wider community and increase their employability. The Recovery Hub will be open 7 days a week so activities can be during the day, evening or weekends. No group work experience is necessary but you do need to be able to encourage everyone to join in and feel comfortable.

(Next Steps) creative/therapeutic writing group facilitator

We are looking for volunteers to support Next Steps Recovery Hub members to learn new skills in creative writing for enjoyment and/or to college entry level. Also enabling members to increase their confidence, make a positive contribution to their own ongoing recovery and the wider community and increase their employability. The Recovery Hub will be open 7 days a week so activities can be during the day, evening or weekends. No group work experience is necessary but you do need to be able to encourage everyone to join in and feel comfortable.

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