Arts, Languages & Cultures


If you are looking for volunteering opportunities related to your degree in languages, arts or culture then Manchester has lots to offer as a multicultural, historical and diverse city. Manchester is full of cultural institutions, many of which need volunteers daily to operate. From Manchester Museum and the Pankhurst Centre to the Whitworth Art Gallery and Elizabeth Gaskell’s House, the rich heritage of the city offers exciting volunteering opportunities.

There are also opportunities to get involved in language-based projects where you can use your skills in your native or learned language to support the local community, for example in a conversation club for those with English as a second language or through research activities with Multilingual Manchester.

You may also want to think about specific skills you want to develop as you may be able to do this through volunteering opportunities that are not necessarily related to your degree.

Multilingual Manchester

This project offers a number of activities related to celebrating Manchester’s language diversity, including research, public engagement and community events. Volunteering for Multilingual Manchester can be recognised on your Higher Education Achievement Report (HEAR).

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Manchester Museum

Volunteers contribute to the Museum in many different ways. The roles available vary from visitor facing roles on the galleries to providing essential support to staff from the Museum’s curatorial, learning and engagement departments.

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Whitworth Art Gallery

Volunteers are an essential part of the Whitworth and support and contribute to a number of areas across the whole of the gallery, from art gardening and family workshops to digital collections and textile care.

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Contact us

If you’re not sure about what volunteering you would like to do or you would like to chat through some of these opportunities, the Volunteering Team is here to help!

Drop in to the Atrium (1st floor University Place) Mondays 12-1pm or Wednesdays 1-2pm. If you can’t make a drop-in, you can call or email us to arrange a meeting.

Bokyung, from South Korea, volunteers with Enactus and with Multilingual Manchester, opportunities she found through the Volunteering Fair in her first year. Both projects focus on improving the participants’ spoken English, which fits well with Bokyung’s discipline, Linguistics.

"Volunteering has had so many positive impacts that I didn’t expect. One of the best things about volunteering is that it works two-ways. Volunteers help other people, but I have also gained skills from volunteering, including one that I really appreciated – time management! I can now use my time effectively, so I can balance my social life, volunteering and studying."