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Age UK Manchester relies on volunteers to help us offer vital services in the local community. Would you like to lend a hand?

Available volunteering opportunities

Harpurhey Hub Volunteers

We are opening a new charity shop and advice hub at Harpurhey Shopping Centre and need volunteers to help us set up the premises and stock the shop ready for an early December opening. Once open, volunteers are needed to help the manager run the shop, serve customers, process and merchandise stock, as well as assist us in developing activities and services to support the needs and wishes of local older people. 

Training will be provided and the role offers an opportunity to develop excellent transferable skills as well as to make a real difference to the lives of older people in the City.

For more information, complete an application form below and return it to:

Age UK Manchester
Unit 2, Burgess House
Harpurhey Shopping Centre
M9 4DH

Or email for further details. 

Information and Advice Volunteers

We are currently looking for volunteers to work within our Advice Team helping older people to overcome a range of problems, particularly relating to welfare benefit entitlements.

Volunteer roles include:

  • Generalist Advisor
  • Form filling visitor
  • Outcome checker

Training will be provided and the role offers an opportunity to develop excellent transferable skills as well as to make a real difference to the lives of older people in the City.

In return, we ask for a commitment of 6 hours per week (or more!) and the office hours are 9-5, Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday. An enhanced DBS check will be required for this role but there is no cost to the volunteer.

If you are interested in finding out more about the opportunities on offer within our Advice Team then please contact our Advice Manager, Alyson Patchett, on 0161 833 3944 or email

Kitchen Assistant Volunteers

Openshaw Resource Centre requires volunteers to assist the cook to provide meals for day care service users and for older people in the community.

This role would involve serving, cleaning, washing up and possibly some food preparation.

This opportunity is Monday to Friday generally between 9 - 2pm.

Can you spare a few hours for one day or more? We pay out-of-pocket travel expenses and support is provided.

Due to the nature of our business volunteers will need to submit to a DBS check, no cost involved.

If you are interested in volunteering to support our lunch services for older people please contact Colin Ratcliffe on telephone 0161 205 3851

Gorton Day Centre Volunteers

Gorton Day Centre is looking for volunteers to assist our Support Workers, who provide Day Care for approximately 30 older ladies and gentlemen with Dementia.

These roles are very varied and could involve making tea and toast, serving breakfast, lunch and afternoon tea, clearing tables, washing up and joining in activities such as bingo, quizzes and ten pin bowling.

We pay out-of-pocket travel expenses. Due to the nature of our business, volunteers will need to submit to a DBS check.

If you have a few hours to spare each week and would like to join a happy, friendly and caring team, please contact: or call 0161 223 6062.

Colin Ratcliffe

Why volunteer

Why volunteer?

Volunteering is a great way to meet new people, learn new skills, and support the work we do in the community.

Who can volunteer?

Almost anyone can be a volunteer. We have a wide range of roles which suit different people and different skills.

How much time do I need to give?

It depends on the volunteer role you are interested in. Some people give an hour a week, other people do more.