About us

Attend is a national charity that supports and expands the roles volunteers play in creating healthy communities.

Our Vision: We want to see a world of healthy communities supported by active individuals.

We believe that the world is a better place when no one feels like a “service user”. A world where everyone works together, and with a wider objective than just themselves, to build a better society for all. That may be a real cross-section of people together, such as with our member groups in hospitals, or one distinct community of interest, like our work supporting people with an acquired brain injury.

Our Purpose:  We support and expand the vital roles that volunteers play in creating healthy communities.

We believe that the “gift” relationship is really important in both shaping and supporting a healthy community. All our work has a gift relationship embedded in it, be it giving time, experience, or money. We believe that isn’t always easy for people, especially if they face challenges themselves and so we are particularly keen to support communities that are under-represented. This may be people that face physical or mental health issues. It may be people who are challenged by poor home circumstance, education and financial challenge.

Our Mission Statements:

  • We deliver projects: we deliver volunteering that supports innovation and sets a standard for volunteering . We take risks so that those we support don’t have to.
  • We support those volunteering: membership provides the networks, resources, and expertise that they need to grow and increase their impact in a rapidly changing environment.
  • We spread the word: through conferences and an extensive range of training programmes we can improve volunteering that supports healthy communities, and ensures the potential of communities is realised.

We are an organisation that ‘do’, we change the world by doing, and believe that there is a lot to be done.