Our Community Development team work on projects across the city to help improve the health and wellbeing of our residents. There are lots of opportunities to get involved in activities which you can find out more about on this page.
The team also help great ideas get off the ground by working with partners like the discounted food and grocery project, Community Grocers, as well as community venues like the Aquarius Centre. There are also fantastic volunteering opportunities with a range of roles in these venues and others across the city so take a look at what's available.
We're passionate about people having the opportunity for self-development. That’s why our Community Development training platform offers a range of free online digital courses covering:
- IT Skills
- Sales and Service Management
- Personal Development
- Teaching and Learning
Courses are easy to follow and can be completed at your own pace. If you're part of a community group who wants to make sure your group has the correct training, or an individual who wants to improve your own skills, this might be just what you need. To register your interest, please fill in the form below.
Reading and writing is something many people take for granted, but if you struggle it can make filling in forms, finding work and many other day-to-day tasks difficult. So where can you turn for support?
We know people can learn at any age, all it takes is time, trust and help; yet the difference it can make to people has sometimes brought us to tears.
That’s why we work with Read Easy. Run by a registered charity, they provide targeted one-on-one learning where a learner and Read Easy volunteer are matched together. Reading is carried out at the learner’s pace and starts with something they want to understand, so whether it’s knowing how to read a bus timetable or get stuck into one of the classics, goals are set and worked towards together. Volunteers give their time freely and can spend over a year together with a learner.
Everyone can learn to read; it just takes time and patience and a will to help others succeed, all of which Read Easy has in abundance.
If you are interested in volunteering, you can contact Read Easy on firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you would like help with your reading and writing or know someone would benefit from some extra support, please call Lesley on 07984 493 515.
Do you know your desktop from your downloads, your hashtag from your history?
If so, One Manchester have some fantastic opportunities to share your knowledge and help others gain digital skills. By volunteering you’ll be helping housebound people shop online, old friends re-connect or providing peace of mind to people that need to access their bills and bank accounts day or night.
Any amount of time can make a difference so call the Customer Involvement team on 0161 230 1013 or email email@example.com
We want people living in our communities to have access to the cultural opportunities on offer in Manchester. That’s why our group of cultural ambassadors are helping us spread the word about ways to get involved in art and culture to improve your health and wellbeing for all ages. If you would like to enjoy performances at venues such as the Royal Exchange, Contact Theatre, Manchester Camerata music project and Home, then get in touch.
Allison Forbes, aged 77, has loved theatre, dance and music all her life and now uses that passion in her role as a cultural ambassador:
“Getting involved as a cultural ambassador has given me the chance to continue and widen my interest, as well as introducing other people to what Manchester has to offer because I don’t think a lot of people make the most of the opportunities in the city. It’s worth making an effort especially as you get older because you make a lot of friends through getting involved too.”
If you want to get involved and become part of our Cultural Ambassador team, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Would you like to feedback on the work we do in our communities?
We offer lots of opportunities for our customers to help us to deliver great service across Manchester. Our Scrutiny Panel is a group of customers and members of the wider community whose role is to challenge us to be the best we can be, and make sure we are always improving.
Scrutiny Group Objectives
- Ensure our service areas meet customers’ needs
- To act as a representative for customers
- Share the vision to create an inclusive environment for the entire community
What does being a key member of our Scrutiny Panel involve?
- Attending group meetings as well as working on individual tasks
- Reviewing and analysing written information
- Preparing reports and monitoring progress on recommendations
- Constructively challenging and reviewing our performance
- Be committed to the assigned report
If you would like to know more about the panel please contact the Customer Involvement team by emailing email@example.com or phone on 0161 230 1013.
We know what a difference pleasant green spaces make to the community and the wellbeing of tenants, so investing in the environment around our neighbourhoods is very important. We do this in many ways such as redeveloping derelict spaces into community gardens as well as running regular training days to help residents and schoolchildren learn to grow their own produce.
To get involved in green projects, email firstname.lastname@example.org
The Travel for Greater Manchester (TfGM) website has plenty of helpful tips and advice for getting around the city. From sustainable methods of transport to travel passes, you will find lots of information on there.
There is help with travel for people who are not working, as well as children and over 65s. If you are looking for work, our One Future team offer training and Job Clubs and links to employers, so take a look at how they can help you.