Monday, 30 January 2017

Heaton Park Photography Group

Fortnightly on Saturdays 
Heaton Park, Middleton Road, Higher Blackley, M25 2SW 13:00 - 15:30

Interested in photography? The Heaton Park Photography Group meets at the farm centre every fortnight on Saturday afternoons at 1pm to tour the park with their cameras and explore different aspects of photography. 

Group members invite you to: "Feel free to come along, join in and learn new ideas and techniques taking pictures in the unique surroundings of Heaton Park.".

What are you waiting for?

Sunday, 29 January 2017

Wythenshawe University of the Third Age

21 December 2016 - 16 May 2017

Forum Library, Forum Square, Wythenshawe, M22 5RX

10:00 - 12:00


Are you retired? Do you enjoy learning? 

Why not go along and join the U3A group which meets on the 3rd Tuesday of each month in meeting room 1 and has a v
aried program of speakers throughout the year.

Saturday, 28 January 2017

Volunteering Opportunities with Home-Start

Volunteering with Home-Start is a great opportunity to gain skills and experience in dealing with families and children and to do something rewarding through helping local families. If you have a couple of hours spare a week to support a family with young children please contact us.

Home-Start Manchester South is short of volunteers for our next course of preparation for new volunteers. The next course will run on Tuesdays from Tuesday 31st January  9.30-2.30 for 6 weeks (excluding half term week) at The Place, Platt Lane, Fallowfield. 

Once trained our volunteers provide emotional and practical support to families through weekly home visits. Families are frequently isolated, with low self-esteem and confidence and may be struggling to cope for a variety of reasons. Full training and support is given and expenses paid.

If you are interested in becoming a Home-Start volunteer and have parenting or child care experience please ring 0161 945 6832 or email:

Wednesday, 18 January 2017

How can I volunteer in Manchester?

Want to start volunteering but don't really know where to begin?  Volunteer Centre Manchester can help! 

Part of the role of Volunteer Centre Manchester is to provide support and advice on things like; what volunteering is, how you can begin, the kind of things you might need to think about beforehand (see their website) and the different types of volunteering opportunities available in Manchester.

If you're serious about volunteering or just want to ‘dip your toe in’ and find out more, join the next ‘Volunteering Surgery’ which takes place on:

Friday 27th January 2017, 10am-12pm


Manchester Town Hall,
Rates Hall,
Town Hall Extension,
St Peter’s Square,
M2 5PD

The 'surgery' or drop-in is available to anyone interested in volunteering in Manchester and there will be members of the Volunteer Centre on hand to help you register, share advice or answer any questions you may have. Start volunteering in 2017 and cross it off your list!

If you would like to know more about our ‘Volunteer Surgery’ or Volunteer Centre Manchester in general, please visit or ring the office on 0161 830 4770.

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Thursday, 12 January 2017

Autism Friendly Early Openings at Manchester Museum

If you have grandkids with Autism, why not get up early on the second Saturday of the month and take them to See, Make and Do at Manchester Museum?

Early openings at the Museum are aimed at children who have autism and other needs, along with their parents and carers, and siblings. Activities take place before the Museum opens to the general public and there will be a quiet room available too.

See objects, do activities & make creations inspired by one of the Museum’s galleries. A different gallery will be open at each early opening.

In January the Fossils gallery where Stan the T-Rex lives will be open earlier. Go along to enjoy and explore together. Second Saturday of every month. 9.15 to 10.30 am. Drop-in, free. Autism Friendly: for children and young people aged 5-16 with a parent or carer and siblings welcome.

Wednesday, 11 January 2017

'Handmade' at the Whitworth

Sociable craft workshops, produced by and for older people in partnership with Age Friendly Manchester

Fridays, 2pm - 4pm. Free

(Except during school holidays)

Clore Learning Studio, all materials supplied.

Try your hand at a range of traditional arts and craft skills from: woodblock carving, sculpture, printing, painting and more. Each season will focus on a different technique with an artist who will introduce and guide you through the processes. Enjoy a cup of tea and a chat as you try these taster sessions, all skills levels welcome.

Spring 2017

13, 20, 27 Jan, 3, 10 Feb, 3rd, 10, 17, 24, 30 Mar

Summer 2017

21, April, 5. 12, 19 May, 16, 23, 30 June, 7, 14 July

Booking essential as these sessions are very popular, with a limited number of places available. You will need to book for each session you wish to attend (Due to its popularity, you will not be able to book ahead for the whole season of Handmade) To book or for further details on Handmade or any other Age Friendly activities please get in touch with Claire Cowell, Age Friendly Cultural Coordinator:

07776 170 688

Follow us on Twitter - @AFMCulture

Sunday, 8 January 2017

Recruitment Evening for Volunteer Befrienders in Greater Manchester

Go along and attend the informal recruitment and training evening where you can learn more about the work the organisation does to help reduce social isolation and loneliness.

You will be asked to fill out all relevant paper work to become a befriender and they will get to know you a little better and answer any questions you may have.

You can discuss what you can expect to experience and achieve as a befriender and find out what support and training is offered to enable you to be a confident and successful befriender, making a real difference to an older person’s life.

The training will be concluded with a Dementia Friends session, providing you with some basic information about Dementia.

Contact Alison to book your place!

Saturday, 7 January 2017

Volunteer Handypersons Wanted

Manchester Care and Repair works with and provides services to older people to help them to continue living independently in their own homes.

They have volunteers involved in their work in many different ways, however they currently have opportunities for the role of Volunteer Handyperson. The volunteer handyperson will assist the employed Handyperson Home Safety Operative (HHSO) Team in delivering a range of Handyperson services in an agreed area of Manchester.

The volunteer handy person will complete tasks such as small DIY jobs:

    fitting of safety equipment e.g. grab-rails, stair rails
    fitting of security equipment e.g. locks, spy-holes
    other joinery works
    minor plumbing works – dripping taps, toilet cisterns
    general D.I.Y tasks e.g. curtain rails

Care and Repair provide a full induction program which includes the opportunity to work alongside experienced operatives prior to working alone.

This role would suit someone who has evident DIY or trades skills.

Working as a volunteer handyperson you are directly helping older people and are a part of a respected local service.

This is an opportunity to use your DIY skills developed through either work or hobbies.

To assist you in this role you'll be provided with personal protective equipment (PPE) and reimbursed for your out-of-pocket expenses e.g. travel expenses at .45p per mile, Lunch expenses up to a maximum of £3 per day.  You will be required to provide your own tools and have access to a suitable vehicle which is insured for business.

Volunteers for this role will require a CRB check

A full role description can be found on the Care and Repair website.

If you want to find out more contact: Brian Armstrong – Senior Handyperson.

Tel: 0161 872 5500. Email

Thursday, 5 January 2017

National Trust Manchester Centre events

Methodist Central Hall, Oldham Street, Manchester, M1 1JQ

National Trust Manchester Centre aims to bring together like-minded people with a programme of social events such as enlightening and entertaining talks during the winter months and day trips to properties and gardens in the summer

Recent excursions have included East Riddlesden Hall, Nunnington Hall, Rufford Old Hall and Plas Newydd. There is an annual lunch for members and other ad hoc events in response to members’ requests.

The Centre is self-supporting and they also raise money for the National Trust from their activities. In recent years they have donated over £5,000 to trust appeals.

The Manchester Centre is run by an elected committee, and they welcome new members as well as fresh ideas.

Membership is £9 per year for a single person or £14 per year for dual membership (two people living at the same address).  (There will be additional charges per event.)

Events calendar:

For more information email

Tuesday, 3 January 2017

Learn iMac basics: free sessions at Central Library

Every Wednesday until Wednesday 28 June 2017

City Centre: Central Library, St Peter's Square, M2 5PD

13:30 - 16:30


Do you want to learn how to use an Apple Mac?

Develop your skills in Apple Mac applications such as Calendar, Contacts, iTunes, iPhoto, Numbers, Pages and Photoshop.

Go along to the informal Wednesday sessions in Central Library's Media Lounge and boost your skills.

Need help with your iPad?  You can take that along, too.

For further details contact or book an appointment online.

Sunday, 1 January 2017

Start Up Day! at Central Library - 20 January

Friday 20 January 2017       
City Centre: Central Library, St Peter's Square

09:00 - 17:00                        

    A day of free workshops, talks and events to give you the know-how to turn your great idea into a business.

    Thinking of starting a business? Got a great idea?

    Turn your ideas into actions at the first Start Up Day, a day of free workshops, talks and events to turn your passion into a successful business.

    Featuring special guest Wayne Hemingway MBE.
    Workshops include:
    • Turn Your Passion Into A Business - Wendy Breakell, Break Into Business
    • Starting Up From A Market Stall - Corin Bland, Bottle
    • Make It Big With Your Own Food & Drink Empire - Carla Taylor, Penelope’s Kitchen
    • Becoming a Social Enterprise Champion - Duncan Swainsbury, Bounceback Foods
    • Crowdfunding For Newbies: Raising the Money - Anne Strachan
    • Protecting Your Ideas: Why IP Matters - Andrew Reith, IPO
    Even if you don’t book to join one of the workshops you can go along on the day to meet like-minded people and talk to the business experts and entrepreneurs from the Greater Manchester Growth Hub and Google Digital Garage.

    To book a place on any of the workshops please go to:

    Admin Volunteers Wanted in Sale

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