Volunteering

The Drop In Centre has a committed and enthusiastic team of volunteers and are always keen to recruit new people.

We offer a safe and supportive environment with regular ongoing training and supervision and are committed to the personal development of our volunteers. During the year we provide a number of opportunities for social events as a thank you for all the hard work of our volunteers.

We value our volunteers, without whom the centre would not be able to function.

If you would like further details about volunteering opportunities please contact the office on 0161 737 8775 or download and fill in the application form

  Volunteers Application Form.pdf

In normal times, volunteers are a vital help of the day to day life at Drop-In Centre. At the moment, because of Covid-19, we are having to operate without that kind of help on site. But there are other ways that you can volunteer. Perhaps you have video and media skills that could help put together short videos for our social media; food collections; help with fundraising activities such as organising sponsored sports activities.

How you can help

 Tasks performed by volunteers:

  • Assisting in the kitchen and serving food and hot drinks
  • Befriending and listening to clients
  • Supervising areas such as toilets/showers and lounge
  • Maintaining high standard of cleanliness within the building
  • Manning the laundry and assisting clients with their laundry
  • Greeting visitors, receiving/logging food and clothing donations
  • Sorting and storing food donations in the food storage areas
  • Manning and keeping tidy the clothing store
  • Assisting in the office with general admin tasks
  • Supporting client activities e.g. bingo, reading group, first aid, job club etc
  • Help with the cleaning down of the centre at the end of the day
  • Supporting clients with use of telephone
  • Assisting support work team, as directed by designated staff
  • We are also looking for volunteers with fundraising skills or ideas to support the fundraising team and/or Friends Group
  • If you have any of the following skills i.e. in Human Resources, Finance, Management, Policies, Welfare, Funding, Managing Budgets etc and would consider joining our Board of Trustees, please include this on your application

Your commitment to the centre

  • To agree to a short induction programme.  This will include some advice on health and hygiene issues, fire safety etc. as well as a look round the centre.
  • That you will make contact with the volunteer co-ordinator in the event of illness, holidays, absences, etc.
  • To make a firm commitment to work regularly in the Centre (whether this be on a weekly or fortnightly basis).
  • To follow guidelines when given by staff members in the centre.
  • To work within the centre’s Policies and Procedures and to subscribe to its aims and objectives.

Our commitment to you

  • During the shift there will be a minimum of two staff members working with at least four volunteers.  A supported and supervised environment will be provided.
  • One to one support by the Volunteer Co-ordinator on request
  • Your training needs will be seriously considered and met if at all possible.
  • To be able to take holidays or time out (please give notice of at all possible)
  • That during the course of the year we will provide a number of opportunities for social events for the whole team e.g. team training opportunities, Christmas social etc
  • That the Centre continues to work towards equal opportunities guidelines that will include volunteers.
  • To be involved in decision making, principally via the volunteer representative on the management committee and at volunteer meetings
  • That you will gain from this experience as well as give to it. That you will share in the privilege of receiving from those who use the Centre and will be enriched by this experience.