Volunteers’ Week is a chance to say thank you for the fantastic contribution millions of volunteers make across the UK and is an opportunity to celebrate volunteering in all its diversity. Here in Manchester we're celebrating with a range of events and activities to get people together to learn new things, showcase volunteering in all its diversity, get people thinking about how they can do good and useful stuff in the citty.
Here's one of our Volunteer Development Workers, Shanna, talking about our volunteering fair for Volunteers' Week!
Over the week we'll be highlighting stories of volunteers from across Manchester - from different backgrounds, bringing different perspectives and life experiences to volunteering, all with different volunteer roles in different organisations and who got involved for a myriad of different reasons.
Friday 1st June - Volunteer Meet Up
5pm - 7pm
To kick off Volunteers' Week 2018, the Volunteer Centre Manchester are hosting a social for anyone who currently volunteers for any organisation across Manchester - and those looking to do some volunteering - to come together, share experiences, learn about opportunities across the city, celebrate Volunteers' Week and meet others doing good stuff in Manchester.
Volunteers are the best people to know because they know everything that's happening and have the best stories - whether it's the best cultural events and festivals in the city or to how to plan the perfect event on a shoe string.
We've got lots of ideas for the evening (and there will most definitely be a cuppa and a slice of cake on offer), so join us and other folks who like to get involved and help us get Volunteers' Week 2018 off to a flying start.
Monday 4th June - Volunteering Fair
Manchester Central Library, Performance Space
10.30am - 2.30pm
Want to find out more about volunteering? Want to celebrate the great work volunteers do?
The performance space in central library will be taken over by voluntary/community social enterprise organisations doing great work across the city looking for people to get involved. Organisations include:
o Transport for sick children
o Men's room
o Back on Track
o LGBT Foundation
o Diversity Role Models
o National Football Museum
o GM Fire and Rescue
o Manchester Carers
Come along and learn more about the different types of volunteering available and to get involved!
There will also be ten-minute ‘lightning talks’ from organisations on this year’s theme of 'Volunteering for All', including from a volunteer who went from sleeping rough on the streets of Rochdale to becoming an ambassador for volunteering.
Thursday 7th June - Introduction to Youth Work Volunteering Taster with GMYN
Macc Offices, Swan Street
12.30pm - 3.30pm
Greater Manchester Youth Network are providing an introductory session about youth work volunteering.
Free training open to anyone looking to volunteer with young people and wanting to get the basics down or anyone currently volunteering with young people wanting some insight from Greater Manchester Youth Network.
GMYN's Volunteer Infrastructure Project (VIP) offers bespoke packages of support to organisations across the city of Manchester to aid them in their involvement of volunteers in young people's settings. VIP have a strong history of delivering Introductory Youth Work training programmes and are once again offering short taster session focusing on an ‘Introduction to Youth Work Volunteering’ this June.
All Week - Art of Volunteering
The Whitworth Art Gallery
10am - 5pm
volunteers take over the Collections Centre at Whitworth Art Gallery with The Art of Volunteering, a project which explores the breadth of the Whitworth's collections, of over 60,000 works. This exhibition gives a personal insight into volunteering, its benefits of wellbeing and the influence it has had on their own art. Volunteers will be on hand to walk you through the gallery and there will also be a chance to get your hands with works of art through their Tactile Too collection.
Don't forget that you can register any volunteer across Manchester for one of our certificates (hopefully) signed by our new Lord Mayor! Just send us over some details, including a message telling them how brilliant they are and we'll do the rest!
Lucky enough to have more than one fabulous volunteer? You can use fill in the sheet at the bottom of the page and send it over to us at firstname.lastname@example.org
A big thank you to all of the wonderful folks across the voluntary, community and social enterprise sector who, on top of their own brilliant work, worked with us to bring this programme of events together:
Greater Manchester Youth Network
Manchester Metropolitan University Students Union
Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue
National Football Museum
And our brilliant volunteers
Help us spread the word by using the resorces below to get collegues, freidns, family and otehr volunteers involved. Feel free use these to spread the word on social media, through newsletters or print outs.