Volunteer Centre Manchester provides information, support and training to Manchester residents who want to volunteer.
We also support Manchester based organisations who want to recruit volunteers, need help and advice to develop new roles, introduce/update policies and procedures or have a training need.
In October 2017, Manchester City Council (MCC) and Macc will be launching an exciting
partnership initiative to link Council employees with Manchester’s local voluntary community and
social enterprise sector (VCSE) organisations.
Could your organisation benefit from short-term support with things like business and marketing
planning; fundraising or support at an event or activity?
“Our People, Volunteering” will support the Our Manchester strategy and the Council Social Value
commitments by offering an employer supported volunteering programme to all staff employed by
Manchester City Council; that supports them to connect with local communities and bring new skills
and resources into the VCSE sector. Our People, Volunteering will also promote participation, and
building capacity and sustainability in the VCSE sector.
Manchester City Council employees will be encouraged to apply for up to 3 days volunteering leave a year. Being launched part way through the leave year initially employees will be entitled to 1.5 days
leave (pro rata) until the start of April 2018 and this will this increase to 3 days leave (pro rata) for
the following 12 months.
This is a great opportunity for VCSE organisations to benefit quickly and easily from the substantial
skills and experience of Manchester City Council employees; by putting forward short-term
volunteering opportunities based on a range of areas and specialisms. The following are just a few
Arbor (Ground Maintenance and Tree Surgery)
Project Management, Surveying and Planning.
Opportunities for “Our People” may also lend themselves to, or enhance an existing volunteering programme:
Mentoring or Befriending
Running training or workshops
Participating in events
General help and support
Our People, Volunteering will give your organisation valuable access to a considerable amount of
support time, skills, attributes and lived experiences.
The Our People, Volunteering offer will also incorporate a group volunteering component; allowing
teams or groups of employee volunteers to support one-off or project-based volunteering
Our People, Volunteering will formally launch on 2 October 2017 and will continue on a rolling basis
for the foreseeable future.
Mike Wild, Chief Executive, Macc, said:
“Macc is excited to be working on this new initiative with Manchester City Council as part of
developing the Our Manchester approach in the city. We particularly welcome the leadership the
Council is showing in setting an example to other employers.
This is a great way to make more of a difference in Manchester. We strongly believe that as well as benefitting hundreds of charities and community groups across Manchester, the Council will benefit from a workforce which will have a huge range of relationships with community organisations. Council employees will also benefit from meeting new people and the chance to get involved in some of Manchester’s amazing local community organisations.”
Volunteer Centre Manchester will be providing the brokerage platform for volunteers and volunteer involving organisations through their Volunteer Engagement and Recruitment Application (VERA);
and can also offer support to your organisation with identifying and developing short-term
volunteering opportunities – we’re here to help!
A guide on how to register volunteering opportunities with Our People, Volunteering; including
GOOD Examples is available to view, download and print at:
If you're organisation is already promoting volunteering opportunities via the volunteer centre, and
think that they would be compatible with Our People, Volunteering, please contact the volunteer
centre via the channels listed below.
For further information about Our People, Volunteering please contact Volunteer Centre
Manchester on 0161 830 4770 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The volunteer centre will also be hosting a number of Our People, Volunteering Workshops to
discuss the programme in more detail, and to support organisations who would like to be involved.
You can read more about these workshops and book a place at: