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Volunteers are vital to The Fed. We could not survive without them. They’re involved in almost every aspect of our work – directly supporting people to live full and active lives, and ‘behind the scenes’ as well.

Without them, we wouldn’t be the same fantastic organisation.

How does volunteering help? Watch Caroline’s Story….


We don’t want any person in need to have to wait for help. Even though we currently have more than 550 volunteers, we are still very stretched and need to increase our volunteer numbers.

I love coming to volunteer at Heathlands Village – I ALWAYS walk away with a big smile on my face.

Who volunteers for The Fed?

The Fed’s volunteers are from a range of backgrounds, are all different ages and with a variety of skills and interests.

We have retired judges, young mums, doctors, students, housewives, teachers, business people and young volunteers who are still at school.

Shy or outgoing, a Fed volunteer is anyone who can spare a little time.

An hour or two every week or so. That’s all we need – and that can make a massive difference to another person’s life.



  • Enrich lives by befriending people who feel isolated and alone.
  • Help people with their shopping.
  • Support people who need to be escorted for medical treatments or check-ups.
  • Entertain residents at Heathlands Village or help to run other activities.
  • Help to run our mental health Drop-In and Community Cafe sessions.
  • Help to run our children’s play-schemes and activity days.
  • Give full-time carers a break by sitting with the person they look after or by taking them out.
  • Help to run our “coffee-stops” – social get-togethers for people in need of extra company.
    Support children with special needs, taking a little pressure off their parents and carers.
  • Help in our offices – answering the phones or doing admin tasks.
  • Help to run The Fed’s charity shop, The Charity Box.

These are just a few examples. If you want to volunteer for The Fed there’s bound to be something to suit you.

Volunteering is a two-way thing: volunteers get as much out of it as the people they support. They tell us repeatedly how much joy it brings to their lives.

And it’s good for you because it:

  • Helps you to feel part of your community.
  • Gives you a sense of purpose.
  • Makes you feel happy knowing you’re making someone else’s life better.
  • Builds your confidence and self-esteem.
  • Keeps you physically and mentally active.
  • Helps you to meet new people.
  • Gives you something great to add to your CV or personal statement.
  • Can help you choose your future career path.
  • Helps you to acquire and learn new skills.


That’s a lot of good reasons to volunteer for The Fed!

I don’t think she, I or the rest of my family could have predicted just how much good it has done my grandma. Volunteering, in her words, ‘gives me a reason to get out of bed in the morning.

Would you like to chat about becoming a volunteer? This doesn’t mean you have to make a commitment straight away. Call us today on 0161 772 4800 or email us.

We’re looking forward to hearing from you soon!

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