The Art of Volunteering

The Art of Volunteering exhibition was launched on National Volunteers Week in May 2018. 15 of our volunteers took over the Collections Centre with a project which explores the breadth of the Whitworth’s collections, of over 60,000 works.

The exhibition gave a personal insight into volunteering, its benefits of wellbeing and the influence it has had on their own art.

The volunteers have come from all backgrounds and diversities from across the city. Many of them have volunteered at the gallery since our re-opening in 2015 and others just the last 6 months – joining from placements through Streetwise Opera, The Growth Company and individuals just looking for company, acceptance, the chance to share their passions with others and meet new people, sometimes as new arrivals to our city.

Other volunteers contributed their time in helping upholster furniture for the exhibition, creating their own artwork and giving time to one another which in turn really made a difference to everyone no matter their background or why they volunteered.

The volunteers were finalists in the category of Creativity in the Community at Manchester’s Be Proud Awards 2018.

“I feel I have a place and purpose that connects me to the outside world. Volunteering gives me a great deal of pleasure and I feel I can find a way to contribute to society in a positive way, which also influences my creativity so it’s a continuing cycle. The Whitworth has been a very influential part of my life as an artist and my love for this gallery grows every time I step into the grounds.”
Julie, the Whitworth Volunteer for The Art of Volunteering

“Volunteering at the Whitworth has made me a lot happier, given me purpose. I feel like a part of society once more, and making a positive difference in other people’s lives”

GROW Volunteer • the Whitworth Volunteer

Volunteering at the Whitworth

Volunteers are at the heart of the Whitworth. We engage over 250 a year in around 12 different roles from conversation to family workshops and gardening to wellbeing events.

We have volunteers who contribute across the whole of the gallery. From supporting artists, textile care, gardening, digitising our collection, cataloguing our library, assisting in the delivery of workshops to large-scale events and much more.

  • Support and Learn

    Support the production of events from the planning to the delivery and to engage directly with staff, guests and visitors to the Whitworth.

  • Collection and Care

    Learning from our conservation team you will be preparing storage rollers, re-rolling textiles, unpicking stitching and taking care of our vast textile collection.

  • Family volunteering

    Come and volunteer as a family. Whether with your babies and toddlers or teenagers and grandparents, we offer fun opportunities to volunteer with your whole family.

Current opportunities

We’re partnered with some of the most prestigious cultural venues in Manchester.

  • Object Handling Volunteer – Science & Industry Museum

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  • Homebased Helpline Call Taker Volunteer

      Do you like helping and talking to people? Do you have a few hours a week to spare?  Would you like to volunteer from Home, yet still be part Read more…

  • Community Fundraising Volunteer

      At Livingstone Tanzania Trust we support communities to breakdown those barriers so that their young people have the opportunity to reach their full educational potential. Volunteers needed to support Read more…

  • Volunteer Coordinator Supporter – Read Easy

      Read Easy UK is a national charity which provides free, confidential one-to-one reading coaching for adults from trained volunteers, through locally-run, affiliated volunteer groups. Read Easy Wythenshawe currently has Read more…

  • Literacy Specialist – Read Easy

      Read Easy UK is a national charity which provides free, confidential one-to-one reading coaching for adults from trained volunteers, through locally-run, affiliated volunteer groups. Read Easy Wythenshawe has been Read more…

  • Volunteer Content Creator – Hullo

      Hullo are a national non-profit organisation. Conversation is at the heart of everything we do. You can chat with our volunteers about anything at all.  Our phone lines are Read more…

  • Fundraising Assistant – Hullo

      Hullo are a national non-profit organisation. Conversation is at the heart of everything we do. You can chat with our volunteers about anything at all.  Our phone lines are Read more…

  • Safeguarding Champion

      Read Easy UK is a national charity which provides free, confidential one-to-one reading coaching for adults from trained volunteers, through locally-run, affiliated volunteer groups. Read Easy Wythenshawe has been Read more…

  • Peer Support Facilitator

      Have you been Bereaved by Suicide? Do you have a desire to help other people who have also been Bereaved by Suicide? Are you comfortable listening to the experiences Read more…

  • Retail Stock Room Volunteer

      Here's a little bit more about us: The BHF is here to Beat Heartbreak Forever. We are working towards a world free from the fear of heart and circulatory Read more…

  • Voluntary Team Leader for volunteers

      The Widows Empowerment Trust is a charity dedicated to tackling loneliness and social isolation within the widowed community We feel that no one should have to grieve alone which Read more…

  • Dementia Group Volunteer

        Together Dementia Support is a Manchester charity supporting people to live positively with Dementia. Role Description The Group Volunteer is an assistant position. You will arrive 30mins approx Read more…

  • Cracking Good Food Volunteer

      Cracking Good Food launched in 2010, with the aim of encouraging and supporting more people to cook affordable, seasonal and nutritious homemade food from scratch. Driven by our belief Read more…

  • BAME support

      About Us Home Start Manchester Work To Help & Support Families During Times Of Need! About the role: All our volunteers must be parents themselves or have parenting experience. Read more…

  • Kidscan Collection Volunteer

      Help raise money for vital childhood cancer research Are you confident and outgoing with a passion for fundraising? Do you love to socialise and meet people from all different Read more…

  • Phone Volunteer

      Hullo are a national non-profit organisation and conversation is at the heart of everything we do.  Being a phone volunteer with us at Hullo would primarily consist of chatting Read more…

  • Festival and Event Welfare

      W.E.L.Safe CIC is a not for profit organisation that provides confidential and non-judgemental information and support around issues such as drugs and alcohol, sexual health, mental health and wellbeing Read more…

  • Inclusion Ambassador

      At Healthwatch Manchester we are aware of disparities between health and social care services for protected groups and inclusion health groups. This role has been developed to help us Read more…

  • Volunteer with Cancer Research UK

      WE NEED EVENT DAY VOLUNTEERS After a year where vital cancer trials have been delayed, the Race for Life is more important than ever. We couldn't make these events Read more…

  • Race For Life Event Volunteer – Cancer Research UK

      Each year over 700,000 people join the fight against cancer by taking part in an event and fundraising in aid of Cancer Research UK, they can't cross the finish Read more…

  • One Manchester Gardening Club

      One Manchester Volunteering Programme A volunteering programme following a full growing season at Platt Fields Market Garden. The sessions will be every Thursday from 10:00AM-4:00PM with a catered lunch Read more…

  • Manchester Cathedral Welcomer

      As a Cathedral welcomer you are the first person to meet and greet our visitors to Manchester. We are proud of the warm welcome our visitors receive, whether they Read more…

  • Literacy Champion

      As part of Read Manchester, we are looking for people in Manchester to become Literacy Champions in their local communities. What is a Literacy Champion? Literacy Champions want to Read more…

  • Manchester Day – Event Volunteers

      On Sunday 19 June, tens of thousands of people will fill the streets to celebrate our fantastic city as Manchester Day returns. We are looking for enthusiastic people to Read more…

  • Manchester Day – Creative Volunteers

      On Sunday 19 June, tens of thousands of people will fill the streets to celebrate our fantastic city as Manchester Day returns. We are looking for enthusiastic people to Read more…

  • Business Development Support – Hullo

      Hullo are a national non-profit organisation. Conversation is at the heart of everything we do. You can chat with our volunteers about anything at all.  Our phone lines are Read more…

  • Power Up- Event Support Volunteer

      Power Up is back for 2022! We are looking for a team of enthusiastic volunteers, with an interest in gaming. Volunteers will act as event hosts, helping to ensure Read more…

  • Planting Stories: Garden Volunteer

      The Science and Industry Museum is currently going through a transformative period of masterplan projects that includes: The Power Hall (upper yard), The 1830 Warehouse and the new Special Read more…

  • Manchester Jewish Museum Volunteers

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  • Reading Nature’s Library

    Help Manchester Museum discover the treasures in its collection and help us unlock this information and release our collection’s potential. This is an exciting opportunity to volunteer from home with Read more…