Community Tips

New Year, new opportunity!

While everyone else is making their new year’s resolutions, why not seek out a fantastic new challenge? Volunteering is a great way to meet new people, develop new skills, learning something about yourself and enhance your employability. We’ve put together some of the most exciting opportunities you can get involved in across Manchester from the Union’s Volunteering website that will give you a brand new challenge…
1. Helping your community
Rusholme and Fallowfield Community Forum are looking for Good Neighbours for their LINK project. You would be making a huge difference to the lives of isolated older people as a befriender. For more information go to LINK Volunteers at: http://www.rfcf.org.uk

2. Getting active
Greater Manchester Riding for the Disabled is part of a national voluntary organisation dedicated to making a real and lasting difference to the lives of disable people, enabling them to ride or carriage drive to benefit their health and wellbeing and to achieve their goals. They’re looking for volunteers to assist with horse care and helping riders. You can apply here:
http://www.theunionmmu.org/your-opportunities/volunteering/opportunity/251/

3. Sharing your expertise
City South Housing Trust are looking for volunteers to help the over 50’s develop their digital skills. So, if you’re up for sharing your computing and internet skills with some people new to the digital world you can apply here: http://www.theunionmmu.org/your-opportunities/volunteering/opportunity/271/

4. Giving something back
The Macmillan Solutions Project helps people affected by cancer to find answers to their everyday needs. They’re looking for volunteers to help perform a wide variety of tasks from gardening and shopping to taking someone to appointments at hospital. If you’re interested in getting involved, go to http://www.theunionmmu.org/your-opportunities/volunteering/opportunity/50/

5. Getting creative
Stitched Up are a creative organisation engaged in upcycling, reusing and all things fashion. They’re looking for volunteers to help them create and run sustainable fashion workshops! Apply at: http://www.theunionmmu.org/your-opportunities/volunteering/opportunity/181/
And if you can’t quite see something that inspires you, why not have a look at the full range of opportunities advertised at http://www.theunionmmu.org.uk/volunteering or email volunteering@mmu.ac.uk for more detailed advice.

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