Constructive Voices stories

This is a live resource for journalists and anyone looking for stories and story ideas. It contains constantly updating stories, contacts and case studies relating to how some of the big issues we face in society are being tackled by the voluntary sector and the potential solutions emerging. So if you’re covering or planning a story and need a human angle, a knowledgeable contact or just some inspiration, this is the place to look.

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Check out our colourful collection of stories about volunteering. From the volunteers taking vulnerable young people on sailing adventures to the wonder widows offering emotional and practical support to the bereaved. 


The Access Project runs a programme of in-school mentoring and academic tuition by volunteers for 14-18 year olds from disadvantaged backgrounds to help them secure university places.

The Gig Buddies project from Stay Up Late matches socially isolated people who have learning disabilities with volunteers who share the same interests in music or other cultural passions so they can go to gigs together – and hopefully enable ongoing friendships to develop.

Playing Out is a social enterprise that enables residents to make playing out in the street happen where they live. This means children are free and safe to use the street space to play, make friends and build a sense of belonging to their street and neighbourhood, while adult neighbours can meet and build trust.

Here's a selection of some of the ways volunteers are complementing the work of the NHS. 

Maternity Mates in East London  recruit, train and match-up volunteer Maternity Mates with pregnant women in need of extra support in Tower Hamlets, Newham and Waltham Forest, with plans to expand into other London boroughs, and then a nationwide service. 

Royal Free Charity, Young Volunteer Programme offers a selection of roles for younger people, whether they want to pursue a career in healthcareor want to give back to their local hospital.  They currently have 250 young volunteers split between the Royal Free (150) and Barnet & Chase Farm (100) hospitals.

Salaam Peace in East London uses sports, media and education initiatives as a way of bringing together people from diverse backgrounds and tackling issues that could lead to communities becoming polarised.

You wouldn’t normally associate skiing and inner-city deprivation. Or using snowsports as a tool for social change. Think again! Charity Snow-Camp uses snowsports to inspire deprived inner-city youngsters, teaching them life skills and helping them gain qualifications.

Living Streets is a national charity for everyday walking. It encourages and helps people to walk more. It works with schools, community groups and councils to help improve local infrastructure to make it easier for people to walk . 

Call&Check is a scheme launched by the Jersey Post Office in which postal workers check on the welfare of more elderly or vulnerable people and pass on any concerns to the individual’s contacts and support network. The government announced in 2018 it was taking up the model to use as part of its loneliness strategy.

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