Charities & community organisations


Volunteering roles with charities and community organisations usually count towards the "Make a Difference" part of the Stellify Award.

Volunteering with a community organisation or charity gives you lots of choice regarding the sort of volunteering you can get involved with. There are literally hundreds of organisations in Manchester providing all sorts of services to the local community. You can volunteer for a range of causes including environment, arts and culture, vulnerable people, education and healthy living.

Volunteer Hub

Many of these organisations actively look for student volunteers and advertise with us via our Volunteer Hub.

There are hundreds of volunteering opportunities across Greater Manchester available to you. You can search for volunteering roles by filtering by:

  • The type of organisation
  • The type of volunteering role
  • Your availability
  • Distance and location.

Available to you on each advert are details of the specific volunteer role, including information about the organisation, when you are required to volunteer, location and how to apply.

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Volunteer Days

The Volunteering and Community Engagement Team at the University run Volunteer Days that you can take part in.

They are one-off opportunities, perfect if you have a busy timetable or want to try volunteering for the first time. They are a good way for you to gain hours towards the Make a Difference (volunteering) part of the Stellify Award and/or the Manchester Leadership Programme. Volunteer Days are also a great way for you to meet new friends and get a taste of different types of volunteering.

Volunteer Days are easy to access as transport is usually provided from campus and there will be staff on hand to support you throughout the day.

To find out more search for “Volunteer Day” on Volunteer Hub or just click the button below.

Find Volunteer Days on Volunteer Hub

We also sometines have one-off Volunteer Projects that last longer than a day. These may involve developing a marketing campaign, organising an activity session for a group of service users, or hosting a fundraising event.

Volunteer Projects are also advertised on Volunteer Hub. You can search "Volunteer Project."


Emily spent last summer volunteering for a hedgehog rescue. As well as going into the rescue centre on a daily basis, Emily also fostered two litters of baby hoglets at home.

“Hedgehog numbers in the UK have halved in the last two decades and although their constant care was challenging, the opportunity to do my part to help wildlife and to give back to nature was a wonderful and rewarding experience."