Lots of Volunteering Opportunities in Greater Manchester!

Volunteering Opportunities; Digest 03/02/2017


Volunteering Opportunities in Greater Manchester

– Follow the links to view each opportunity and apply via the Volunteer Centre Manchester website (you may be asked to login!).
ONLY Volunteers that have attended an Induction Event will be able to apply – to book onto an upcoming Volunteer Induction Event contact the team via Telephone: 0161 830 4770 or E-mail:info@volunteercentremanchester.co.uk.

Theatre Support Volunteer, Manchester Passion

Actors and Actresses, Manchester Passion

Cheers Volunteer, Alzheimer’s Society

Supporting Unpaid Carers, Manchester Carers Forum

Front of House Volunteers, Lyceum Theatre Oldham

Set Building and Decorating Volunteers, Lyceum Theatre Oldham

Box Office Volunteers, Lyceum Theatre Oldham

Fundraising Volunteer, Leonard Cheshire Disability

Desk Driver, North Manchester FM

Volunteer Bucket Collectors, Dream Come True

Smartridge Volunteer, Smartridge Community Interest Company

Befriender, Association of Jewish Refugees

Online Shop Photography Specialist, Oxfam

Online Shop Book Photographer, Oxfam

Online Shop Volunteer, Oxfam

Online Book Volunteer, Oxfam

Online Dispatch Volunteer, Oxfam

Support Volunteer, One Manchester

Volunteer Social Media Marketing Assistant, One Manchester

In Memoriam Secretary, British Heart Foundation

Community Speaker, British Heart Foundation

Schools and Youth Volunteer Speaker, British Heart Foundation

Collection Tin Volunteer, British Heart Foundation

Community Fundraising Group Member, British Heart Foundation

Fundraising Group Leader, British Heart Foundation

Collect and Go Food Bank Volunteers, African Voice in Moston

Cookery Clubc Training Volunteers, One Manchester

Survival Academy Volunteer, Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service

Youth Work Session Volunteer, Stockport Action for Voluntary Youth

Event Volunteers, National Squash Championship 2017

Soft Play Area volunteers, Whitefield Methodist Church

Welcome Desk Volunteers, Whitefield Methodist Church

Kitchen Assistant Volunteers, Whitefield Methodist Church

Children’s Party Volunteer, Whitefield Methodist Church

Promotion and Communications Assistant, Lee Kai Hung Foundation

Event Volunteering Opportunity: Stewards, Flag Carriers and People to help dress floats, St George’s Day Parade, Sunday 23rd April 2017

The annual St George’s Day Parade in Manchester takes place this year on Sunday 23rd April from 9:30 am.

The parade takes in a route from Miles Platting, East Manchester and around the City Centre – made up of floats, vehicles and people wearing costumes.

The St George’s Day Parade is keen to hear from people who would like to lend a hand as Stewards; offering support on the parade route and Flag Carriers; who would like to participate in the parade, as well as from peopel who can help dress floats before the event.

All Volunteers will be provided with refreshments and food.

For further information or to offer your support contact Thelma McGrail via Telephone: 07788606234 or E-mail: thelmamcgrail@sky.com

Become a MAES Reading Champion and Support #ReadMCR

“Read Manchester is a campaign from Manchester City Council and the National Literacy Trust to promote reading and boost literacy throughout the city”.

Want to become a volunteer to help adults with their reading?

Manchester Adult Education Service (MAES) are running a six week course aimed at people who want to become volunteers to help adults improve their reading skills. It will provide you with an opportunity to discover how to help others learn to read.

What will be involved?
The course will run for two half days per week for six weeks. One half day will be spent volunteering on a one a one to one basis, working with adults learning to read.

You will also attend a one day half session per week where you will be given practical help and the knowledge to help adults with their reading. On successful completion of the course you will be supported to run a small reading group once a week.

What qualifications/skills do you need?
You need to have a good standard of English (GCSE or equivalent level). You also need to have excellent communication and interpersonal skills.

Voluntary Work
MAES has centres throughout Manchester and has links with libraries and voluntary/community groups. Your tutor will work with you to identify the right class/centre for you to volunteer at.

If you are interesting in applying or would like further information contact Lorraine Godkin at: l.godkin@manchester.gov.uk.

Volunteering Opportunity: Community Volunteer with Royal Voluntary Service

About Royal Voluntary Service

Every day Royal Voluntary Service helps thousands of older people to live the lives they want. We provide practical services in homes, in hospitals and in communities all across England, Scotland and Wales so people can be independent and active. Royal Voluntary Service is one of the largest voluntary organisations and much of our work is supporting older people. We provide practical solutions to the everyday problems of loneliness and isolation.

Volunteers are vital to the work of Royal Voluntary Service. Without them Royal Voluntary Service simply wouldn’t exist. Our volunteers come from all walks of life, men or women, young or older and we’ve got something for everyone, including specialist roles such as this. Anyone who volunteers for Royal Voluntary Service knows that they are joining a charity which people trust – our style is practical, positive, personal and professional. Royal Voluntary Service is committed to being an Investing in Volunteers organisation.

Currently the pattern of our services varies in different places and we have ambitious plans to join up our services through the creation of more Royal Voluntary Service community hubs in more towns so that people can easily find the help and support they feel they need.

RVS Manchester

The Royal Voluntary Service has a vision for Manchester; that through the power of volunteering we want to be able to offer older people services in all communities across Greater Manchester, and that these services will be flexible to their needs and the community itself. In order to fulfil this vision we need community volunteers in various roles and based in a variety of locations and settings.


To provide practical and social support to older people in a variety of settings including Hospital, in their home and other community venues to maintain contact with others and independence in daily living

Key Tasks May Include:

  • Providing regular, friendly social contact
  • Providing transport or help in accessing
  • Checking on an older person’s welfare upon return home from a hospital stay
  • Helping the older person access / find out about other services if required
  • Taking part in activities such as reminiscence activities
  • Support in the running / organising of a community activity i.e. a social group
  • Visiting an older person whilst in hospital or respite care

Key Skills

  • Friendly personality
  • Good communication skills
  • Confidentiality
  • Non – judgemental attitude
  • Ability to work within/comply with legal boundaries and Royal Voluntary Service guidelines
  • Willingness to learn

Benefits to volunteer

  • Enriching the lives of older people in your local community
  • Contributing to the work of Royal Voluntary Service to help older people get the best out of life
  • Making new friends
  • Developing skills and experience

Time Commitment

  • Flexible according to the needs of the service and your availability with a minimum of 2 hours required per week


  • Online/workbook to be completed covering the following topics; Health and Safety, Safeguarding, Equality and Diversity, Data Protection, Safe Home Visit, Manual Handling & Dementia level 1 and 2
  • Pennine Acute Trust induction (ward visiting only)
  • 2 x face-to-face induction sessions (half-day)


  • Within your local community


  • Expenses will be paid at the rate stated in the expenses policy

Other information

  • DBS check required
  • Occupational Health clearance (ward visiting only)
  • Uniform provided in certain roles

For further information, or to offer your support, contact Maaria Atcha on 0161 871 2011 or Maaria.Atcha@royalvoluntaryservice.org.uk.

Event Volunteering Opportunities with Cancer Research UK

“Cancer Research UK’s vision is to bring forward the day when all cancers are cured. Over the last 40 years, cancer survival rates in the UK have doubled. In the 1970s just a quarter of people survived. Today that figure is half. Our ambition is to accelerate progress and see three-quarters of patients surviving the disease within the next 20 years”.

Become a time hero today…

Right now, in your local community, #TimeHeroes are beating cancer sooner. Join us by volunteering at our events, in our shops, by fundraising and so much more.

Whether you want to meet new friends, gain new skills or just have some fun, become a time hero.

Time is a gift. Be a hero and spend it with us.

You can read more about how you can help Cancer Research UK via their website at: http://bit.ly/2jIUXn4.

Make Stuff Volunteers with MadLab

“Manchester Digital Laboratory (MadLab) is a grassroots innovation organisation, based in Manchester UK. Our primary areas of focus are science and technology; arts and culture.

We support a diverse range of communities and activities – from monthly meetups and courses through to public experimentation with new & emerging technologies, and collaborating with others to deliver new, interesting and exciting projects“.

Get Involved: Call For Volunteers

After a successful tour of events in 2016 we will be hitting the road again this January and we would like you to be a part of it.

Do you love getting creative? Or getting hands-on with tech? Want to learn new skills, or gain events experience? Then we’d love to hear from you!

Available Roles:

Event Assistant
If you enjoy chatting to the public and getting hands-on with events, then this role is for you. You’ll be a key player in the MadLab team, helping out on MAKE STUFF event days run  from start to finish. Duties will be varied and include anything from setting up rooms, blowing up balloons, running errands, greeting visitors as they check in for workshops, to guiding the public around the event on the day.

Workshop Assistant

If you enjoy passing-on your skills and knowledge to others, working with tech, getting creative or are just keen to gain experience in workshop delivery, then this role is for you. Assist our workshop leaders in setting up spaces and delivering activities from drop-in Minecraft, craft activities, soldering workshops to beginners programming classes.

Marketing Assistant

You’ll be a key member of our promotional team and keen to use your enthusiasm and local knowledge to help promote the MAKE STUFF events. From assisting with distribution to developing marketing databases, we need you to help spread the word!

Please note, we are recruiting volunteers on a rolling basis but we ask for you to get in touch asap via the contact form below if you are interested.

  • All volunteers will be reimbursed for food and travel expenses.
  • You need to be 18 or over to apply.

Any questions please email sarah.unwin@madlab.org.uk or call the Make Stuff team at MadLab on 0161 839 6324.


Event: Inspiring Entrepreneurs: Internet Icons

Date / Time: Tuesday 7 February, 18:00 – 21:00

Venue: Performance Space, Manchester Central Library

Take your business to the next level by learning from the online trailblazers

Online businesses are bigger than ever with entrepreneurs and investors eager to spot the next big internet phenomenon. If you’re a small business owner with big online ambitions, take this opportunity to quiz our panel of internet icons and find out how they have created some of the best-known internet brands.

We are delighted to be joined in Manchester by Marcy Hazell from Parched Tea Bar, who will be speaking about her business, before we join the panel from London.

The panel in London includes:

  • Ella Woodward, founder of Deliciously Ella
  • Aron Gelbard, co-founder of Bloom & Wild
  • Sarah Wood, co-founder and CEO of Unruly
  • Rupert Hunt, founder of SpareRoom

Moderated by Nadine Dereza, Journalist and TV Broadcaster.Follow all the action and tweet your questions on #BLicons

Please note: this is an interactive screening from the British Library in London. The panel will not be at Manchester Central Library.

You can book onto this event via the Eventbrite website at:http://bit.ly/2l3RRd1.

Event: Launch of LGBTQ+ Guide – Overview of Good Practice Guide

Launch of LGBTQ+ guide – Overview of good practice guide along with workshops and training taster sessions

Date/Time: Monday 6 February, 14:00 – 17:00

Location: LGBT Foundation, 5 Richmond Street, Manchester, M1 3HF

Mind’s Equality Improvement Team, in partnership with MindOut and in collaboration with the LGBT Foundation, are pleased to invite you to the launch of Mind’s lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and queer good practice guide.

This new publication offers practical guidance for service providers on how to develop LGBTQ+ inclusive services through the implementation of affirmative practices.

This guide is the result of a strategic partnership between Mind and MindOut, a mental health service run by and for lesbians, gay men, bisexual, trans, and queer people.

The launch event will feature presentations from people who contributed to the development of the guidance, as well as from representatives of the LGBT Foundation who will share learning from their quality assurance initiative “Pride in Practice“.

Other experts will join us to contribute to meaningful and productive discussions.

This event will be useful to volunteers, staff, service providers and senior management. The event will introduce key learning in providing LGBTQ+ affirmative practices as well as offering a short training session.

This event has been co-produced by Mind’s Equality Improvement Team, in partnership with MindOut and in collaboration with the LGBT Foundation, are pleased to invite you to the launch of Mind’s lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and queer good practice guide.

Free booking via Eventbrite at https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/launch-of-minds-lgbtq-good-practice-guide-tickets-30844955091

Job Opportunity: Area Play and Youth Worker with Manchester Young Lives

“Manchester Young Lives (MYL) is a registered charity that has been working with children and young people in some of the most disadvantaged areas of Manchester for over 40 years”.

We are looking to appoint an Area Play & Youth worker to work as part of a mobile team providing both open access and targeted play and youth work activities. Our after school provision is Ofsted registered and provides activities for 5-14 year olds. Alongside this our youth provision works with young people age 12-19 during the evenings up to 9.00pm.

There is a requirement for staff teams to work across a number of locations.
1 x 20 hour post (Moss Side, Hulme and Newton Heath)

The successful candidates will have enthusiasm and passion for working with children and young people. A commitment to making a difference to local communities is key to the success of this post. Hours of work include after school and evenings Monday-Friday.

Closing Date: Monday 13th February 2017 – 9am

Please note CVs will not be considered as part of your application for this position. Application forms must be returned either via email to info@manchesteryounglives.org.uk or by post to Manchester Young Lives, The Addy Young People’s Centre, Woodhouse Lane, Wythenshawe, M22 9TF.

A Job Description and Application Pack are available to view, download and print at: http://bit.ly/2kwOZIH.

Fastlaners Programme for 18 – 25 year olds from UpRising, Manchester

“UpRising is a UK-wide youth leadership development organisation. Our mission is to open pathways to power for talented young people from diverse and under-represented backgrounds. We equip them with the knowledge, networks, skills, and confidence to fulfil their leadership potential, find new opportunities and transform the world around them through social action”.

Fastlaners is for 18-25 year olds who might have some sort of work experience or qualification, but who are struggling to find a meaningful job that will kick start their career.

Age 18 – 25?  Looking for a job?

Apply today for our free employability programme!

Fastlaners is an eight day training and personal development programme, giving you all the skills and confidence you need to get a job you love.  

84% of April’s participants found jobs, training or volunteering within 3 months!

We’ll be delivering Fastlaners in Manchester from Monday 27th March – apply as soon as possible to secure your spot!

The free programme includes:

  • Mock interview and feedback with a HR professional
  • CV review and support with application forms
  • Networking and panel discussions with a range of potential employers
  • Mock assessment centre to practice group interview & team assessments
  • Confidence building & personal development from a range of trainers (our April and November programmes included ITV, IBM and Brother UK)
  • A trained mentor for six months to share their networks and top tips
  • One-to-one job support for six months to secure the opportunity you want!
  • Support with travel expenses
  • Free lunch every day!

Key Information!8 days full-time: Mon 27 – Thur 30 March Oct – and Mon 3 – Thurs 6 April
6 months of support:
1-2-1 job support plus mentoring until September 2017

Application deadline: Wednesday 22 March, 5 pm.  

Go to our website or get in touch to let us know you’re interested, and we’ll send more info!Fastlaners is an eight day training and personal development programme, giving you all the skills and confidence you need to get a job you love.

Want to know more?

To find out more about Fastlaners or our other programmes, visit our website.

Phone or email Lydia Burke, Manchester Fastlaners Coordinator

lydia.burke@uprising.org.uk, 07943 735238

Apply now!  

Go to uprising.org.uk/fastlaners and click ‘express an interest’ to be sent your application form!

You can read more about Fastlaners via the UpRising Website at:www.uprising.org.uk/fastlaners

A flyer for this opportunity is available to view, download and print at:http://bit.ly/1XzQgIw

Team Programme from Prince’s Trust

“We believe that every young person should have the chance to succeed. So, we help 13 to 30 year-olds who are unemployed or struggling at school to transform their lives”.

Boost your confidence with Team

If you’re unemployed and between 16 and 25, you can meet new people, gain new skills and train on our Team programme.

Three out of four people on Team go on to work or college courses within three months.

How it works

Join Team, our 12-week personal development programme, for the chance to gain new skills, take a qualification and meet new people.

When you come on board, you’ll be challenged to:

  • Take on your own group community project, making a positive difference to the place where you live
  • Take part in an action packed residential trip
  • Get two weeks’ work experience in something you’re interested in
  • Develop your English and Maths skills

As part of the course, we also spend some time developing your interview and CV skills to ensure your confidence is sky-high for when taking the next step.Not sure whether to dive right in?

It’s completely free and won’t affect your Jobseeker’s Allowance.

Next Manchester Programmes starts Monday 6th February 2017 at:

Greater Manchester Fire & Rescue Service

Manchester Borough

Cassidy Close


M4 5HU

For further information – or to get involved, contact Jessica Hall on 07966 024891 or Debbie Gibbison on 07769 931 914

A flyer for this opportunity is available to view, download and print at: http://bit.ly/2jLQNxM.

Activities at Whitemoss Youth Club and Community Centre

“First established in 1956 as North Manchester Boys & youth Club, the club started off in the ‘Green Tin Hut’ over at St. Marks Church. In 1967 it transferred to the current premises on Southdown Crescent. The club has grown enormously over the years and now boasts a total member base of over 100+ children and young adults”.

Whitemoss Club Youth Club and Community Centre

Southdown Crescent



M9 7DQ

Activities at White Moss Youth Club and Community Centre

Dodge Ball sessions:

Tuesday Evenings 7-30 pm to 8-30 pm (Professional Coach Present)

£1 Fee (with other activities young people also available 12-15 year old).

Thursday Night Sessions at Whitemoss

Are you at a loose end and you want to make new friends in a pleasant environment and you are between 14 and 18 years?

Then Pay £! entrance fee and visit Whitemoss Youth Club every Thursday!

Luncheon Club:

Friday’s luncheon Club for over 50’s 12pm Bingo too. £3.50 you get 2 course meal as well as 2 games of Bingo.

We have 4 places available at our Luncheon Club, to book a place call 0161 278 1240 and ask for John Biggs.

You can read more abour Whitemoss Youth Club and Community Centre via their website at: http://bit.ly/2kaeO1E.

Blue Run from City in the Community

Calling all Manchester City fans

If you love City. If you eat, sleep, breathe City. If you’re a blue through and through…Here’s your chance to be blue from head-to-toe!

This season City in the Community will host the UK’s first all blue colour run as part of its 30th year celebrations.

Providing fun for all the family, the latest addition to the CITC event calendar is 5km run where thousands of City fans will be doused in blue powder.

Stroll, skip or run around the Etihad Campus as you’re covered in your favourite colour and join us in City Square afterwards for the post-race party.

Open to all ages and abilities, we’re encouraging all participants to fundraise for City in the Community, who are using the power of football to give 50,000 Manchester kids a better shot at life this year.

Any fans who fundraise over £100 will be refunded their registration fee.

Registration is now open below and here is everything you need to know:

Date: Sunday 26 March 2017 at 1pm

Start location: City Square, Etihad Stadium

Price: Early Bird prices (If registered before Tuesday 31 January, 2017)

Adults: £19.97

Children: £9.57

Full price

Adults: £25.25

Children: £12.74

The registration fee includes your fundraising pack, a Blue Run t-shirt, and a medal.

There’s no better way for friends, family and fellow supporters to come together to show their love for the club and the colour that is part of our DNA.

You can read more about the Blue Run and register via the Eventbrite website at: http://bit.ly/2iP2a3E.

Manchester City Council Budget Planning to 2020

We need your final views on firmer budget proposals for 2017-2020

The Council is consulting further on its budget for 2017-2020. There are now firm proposals with £30million of savings needed. But changes can still be made and the Council is inviting final comments and questions until 10 February, ahead of finally setting the budget in March.

Council Tax

The Government has changed the rules to allow Councils to increase Council Tax by slightly more in the next two years to help pay for the increasing demand for services for older people and vulnerable adults.

Read more on proposed Council Tax increases


The proposals take into account resident feedback, whose priorities were ‘frontline’ services for vulnerable adults, children and schools and roads and cleaner neighbourhoods as well as services to support skills and employment.

Generally, cuts perceived as ‘back office’ efficiencies were supported with the strongest disagreement for options seen as affecting vulnerable people or neighbourhood-based services.

Read more on budget proposals

What happens next?

The next stage of consultation on the budget 2017-20 has now begun, asking people for their final comments on the detailed proposals.

For more information and to take part, visit manchester.gov.uk/budget.

The consultation runs until 10 February.

The final budget for 2017/18 to 2019/20, taking into account the responses to this consultation, will be set at the full Council meeting on Friday 3 March.


Consultation: funding for Voluntary and Community Sector Organisations in Manchester

Manchester City Council fund many voluntary and community sector organisations. They’re an important part of the city providing care, support and help to Manchester people.

Manchester City Council wants to make sure they get the best value for money, and provide that money in a way that helps organisations to do good work.

Over the past few months Manchester City Council have been working with a ‘co-design group’ made up of people from the council, voluntary and community sector organisations and the NHS, to come up with some new options for funding the voluntary sector in Manchester. The remit of the ‘co-design group’ is to generate options to be shared more widely for discussion and debate with the VCSE sector. Click here for more information about the ‘co-design group. The Council have based these proposals on the Our Manchester Strategy.

Now the Council wants your views.

Specifically the Council wants your views on their proposals for:
the priorities they think they should have for voluntary and community sector funding
the principles they will follow when deciding who to give funding to
two options for funding schemes they could use
infrastructure support – the support, advice and training they give voluntary and community sector organisations on things like management, finance and volunteering, and giving those organisations a voice

You can also see the areas of funding affected by these proposals.

Read through the proposals and have your say on an online form. The consultation closes on Sunday 12 February.

For further information and to give your views, visit: http://bit.ly/2jHTYX8.

Event: Greater Manchester Ageing Conference 2017

This is a landmark event organised by the Greater Manchester Ageing Hub, bringing together a wide range of influential Greater Manchester (GM) leaders, world-leading academics and community sector innovators to discuss prospects for building an age-friendly city-region.

The conference also marks GM’s five year partnership with the Centre for Ageing Better and its long-term collaboration with the World Health Organisation.

The conference will take place on 16th February 2017 at the Museum of Science and Industry (MOSI) in central Manchester.  Please register using the Eventbrite page, which can be found at http://tinyurl.com/jzklnek.

You can find out more about the conference by following our Twitter account@GMAgeingHub and #GMconf17

The conference’s aims and objectives are to:

  • Launch the GM Ageing Hub to key policy-makers and social actors
  • Present findings from new GM Ageing Foresight and Policy reports
  • Showcase GM as an international centre of excellence on ageing
  • Promote GM and external best practice in ageing research, policy and practice
  • Promote GM’s partnership with the Centre for Ageing Better
  • Be a platform for taking action across GM agencies and communities

Speakers include:

  • Anna Dixon and Lord Filkin – Centre for Ageing Better
  • Alana Officer – World Health Organisation
  • Prof. Chris Phillipson – University of Manchester
  • Jon Rouse – GM Health and Care Partnership
  • Prof Martin Vernon – NHS England
  • Tony Lloyd – GM Mayor
  • Steven Pleasant – Chair, GM Ageing Hub, CE Tameside Council

If you require further information, please contact Gareth Williams at g.williams3@manchester.gov.uk.

Spirit of Manchester Photography Competition

What makes up the Spirit of Manchester?

We are holding a photography competition on what makes the spirit of the city. Upload your photo highlighting the communities across the city, the great work and community spirit. The top 10 photos will be printed and exhibited at 5 events across Manchester. You will be invited to attend one of these celebration events which will be screening of films highlighting the spirit of the city.

Upload your photos to Instagram or if you aren’t on Instagram email hannah@macc.org.uk.

You can send us more than one entry to our competition and entries will be used in promoting the Spirit of Manchester across the city, so it’s your opportunity to showcase your work/talents.

Deadline for photos: 28 Feb 2017

Still looking for Volunteers

Event Volunteering Opportunity: Events Volunteers at National Squash Championship 2017The National Squash Championship returns to Manchester from 7-12 February 2017. With the country’s best squash players here to battle for the national titles it is guaranteed to be exciting championship. The National Squash Centre will be hosting the championships for the 15th year. The event will feature a full masters championship with categories from Men’s & Women’s Over 35’s up to and including the Men’s Over 80’s which is set to make its debut. We require a team of volunteers to give the top level support required for this major event.

The National Squash Centre will be hosting the championships for the 15th year. The event will feature a full masters championship with categories from Men’s & Women’s Over 35’s up to and including the Men’s Over 80’s which is set to make its debut. We require a team of volunteers to give the top level support required for this major event.

You can read more about this volunteering opportunity and apply via the Volunteer Centre Manchester website at: http://bit.ly/2iJpbJo.

Volunteering Opportunity: Home Visiting Family Support Volunteers

Homestart is an Early Intervention Service and recruits and trains local parent volunteers to support families in the community with at least one child under 5.

Volunteers will visit a family in their home to offer 2-3 hours support once a week; emotionally, practically and out with the family in the community.

Volunteers need to complete a training course and are subject to an enhanced DBS check.

Volunteering with Home-Start is a great opportunity to gain skills and experience in dealing with families and children and to do something rewarding through helping local families. If you have a couple of hours spare a week to support a family with young children please contact us.

Home-Start Manchester South is very short of volunteers for Home-Start’s next course of preparation. Once trained our volunteers provide emotional and practical support to families through weekly home visits. Families are frequently isolated, with low self-esteem and confidence and may be struggling to cope for a variety of reasons. Full training and support is given and expenses paid.  

The next course will run on Tuesdays from Tuesday 31st January  9.30-2.30 for 6 weeks (excluding half term week) at The Place, Platt Lane, Fallowfield.  

If you are interested in becoming a Home-Start volunteer and have parenting or child care experience please ring 0161 945 6832 or email:admin@homestartsouthmcr.org.uk.

You can read more about Home Start Manchester – South via their website: www.homestartinmanchester.org.uk.

Volunteer Centre Manchester is ‘On the Air’ with North Manchester FM – tune in 10 am – 12 pm on the First Wednesday of every month!

“North Manchester FM 106.6 is a community radio station, broadcasting to the communities of North Manchester and beyond. All of our presenters are volunteers who are trained at the station, providing a platform and a voice for the local community”.

Recently, the Volunteer Centre began hosting a regular monthly slot about volunteering, social action and community – VCM FM (Working Title).

Our first show featured guests from Manchester Community Transport, social media discussion, shout outs, music and information about volunteering.

If you missed our radio debut, you can catch up with all of the fast and furious action via the North Manchester FM Listen Again service at: http://bit.ly/2hmnhxg and http://bit.ly/2hcgllG.

If you’d like to join us as a guest to talk about volunteering or any action you take in your community, or if you have suggestion for the name of our show (“you’ll get a shout out on air!”), contact Barkery on 0161 830 4770 or Email barkery@macc.org.uk.

FREE Training for Manchester Volunteers from Volunteer Centre Manchester

Take a look at our Training Programme now!…

Volunteer Centre Manchester is putting on a series of training programmes over the next year (April 2016 – March 2017) for both, organisations and volunteers.

For volunteers we have a ‘Mental Health Awareness’ training session, which will enable people to recognise signs and symptoms of mental health problems and how to respond appropriately. “Learning to speak better in public” is another piece of training and there will be several more training sessions on offer throughout the year.

Although the training sessions we will deliver are important, we do promise to keep them as fun and engaging as possible!

You can view the Training Programme and book places on courses via the Volunteer Centre Manchester website at: http://bit.ly/1rsvU3e

For further information contact the volunteer centre on 0161 830 4770 or info@volunteercentremanchester.co.uk

Other Newsletters / Mail Outs:

Manchester Community Central Bulletin
The information and support service for Manchester’s voluntary and community sector.“Our bulletin provides a selection of items uploaded to the Manchester Community Central website over the last week. It includes news, events, job opportunities, training opportunities, volunteering and links to our information and resources”.

The latest ‘Manchester Community Central Bulletin’ – 30th January 2017 is available to view at: http://bit.ly/2cJnYN1.

Voluntary Youth Manchester

“Voluntary Youth Manchester is an inclusive network that supports voluntary, community and faith organisations who work with young people in Manchester, and works in partnership with a range of others to ensure that young people receive the best possible outcomes. As such, participation in our network meetings, events, conferences, practice development opportunities, training, receiving bulletins, is open to frontline youth workers, managers, trustees, partner organisations, across the voluntary, public and private sectors”.

The latest ‘Youth Bulletin’ is available to view at: http://bit.ly/2bDzjjC.

Sport England

“Sport England is committed to helping people and communities across the country create sporting habits for life.

This means investing in organisations and projects that will get more people playing sport and creating opportunities for people to excel at their chosen sport.

You can read the latest ‘Latest from the Pitch’ at: http://bit.ly/29YAKUu.

Joseph Rowntree Foundation

“The Joseph Rowntree Foundation is an independent organisation working to inspire social change through research, policy and practice”.

You can read the latest ‘Weekly Round-Up’ at: http://bit.ly/2bnvJcS.

Working Class Movement Library

“Based in a former nurses’ home just a 15 minute walk from Manchester city centre, the Working Class Movement Library is a charity with a social conscience and a fascinating history”

You can read the latest ‘News from WCML’ at: http://bit.ly/23ucOg6.

Age Friendly ManchesterThe Age-friendly Manchester Older People’s Board (formerly known as the Valuing Older People Board) is made up of older people (50+) who are residents of Manchester. They meet every 6 weeks, are constituted and have a variety of working groups looking at issues such as loneliness and isolation.

The Board is active in consultation and engagement within the city and get involved in range of work such as budget consultations, changes to Council services and national campaigns.

You can read the latest ‘Age Friendly Manchester E-Bulletin’ at: http://bit.ly/29wLSJb.

YoungMinds“YoungMinds is the UK’s leading charity committed to improving the emotional wellbeing and mental health of children and young people. Driven by their experiences we campaign, research and influence policy and practice”.

You can read the latest ‘Young Minds Newsletter’ at: http://bit.ly/1S7tdk6.

European Volunteer Centre

“The European Volunteer Centre (Centre européen du volontariat, CEV) is the European network of over 80 national, regional and local volunteer centres and volunteer support agencies across Europe. Through our network we work together to promote and support volunteering through advocacy, knowledge sharing and capacity building & training”.

The latest ‘CEV News’ is available to view at: http://bit.ly/1UJbjco.

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Volunteer Cenre Manchester can provide support and information about these opportunities and how to apply, if you have not attended an Induction Event with us, please visit www.volunteercentremanchester.co.uk, login to our website and visit www.manchestercommunitycentral.org/volunteer-centre-manchester/inductionevents to register your attendance at a future event!


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