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Volunteer with The Fed

Why do we need volunteers?

“Volunteers are vital to The Fed. We could not survive without them. They’re involved in almost every aspect of our work – directly working with people to help them live full and active lives, and “behind the scenes” as well. Without them we wouldn’t be the same fantastic organisation.”

Diane Richardson, South Manchester, Manager

What’s in it for 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 how good it is for them.”

Juliette Pearce, Time For You Manager

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


 Volunteering makes you feel good because:

  • of the pleasure of feeling part of your community
  • you know you’re making a positive contribution to society
  • it helps you build your confidence and self-esteem
  • it keeps you physically and mentally active

and because:

  • you get to meet new people and form long-lasting relationships
  • it gives you something great to add to your CV or personal statement
  • you develop yourself by facing new situations and challenges
  • it allows you to acquire new skills and improve existing ones

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


Who are The Fed’s volunteers?

All shapes and sizes, all ages and backgrounds, Jewish, orthodox,  traditional, secular, people who aren’t of the Jewish faith.

Busy people and people who aren’t busy enough, people with disabilities or not.

Baking at THE FED

Retired judges, young mums, doctors, students, housewives, teachers, business people, 6th formers.

People with people skills, people with practical skills, arty people, gardening types, people who are into photography, religious learning, IT or baking.

Shy and retiring people, outgoing jokers…

…in other words just about anyone who’s prepared to give us a little time.

Just an hour or two your time, every week or so, can make a massive difference to someone else’s life!

Younger volunteers

We also offer opportunities to young people in years 12 and 13 at school and at university. Many find the volunteering experience is really useful in helping them get on their chosen career path. It is our hope that amongst our young volunteers we will find our future communal leaders.

FED volunteer making challah with a HEATHLANDS VILLAGE resident Volunteer with Heathlands Village resident

Volunteering is good for you

What’s clear, if you ask our volunteers, is that they get an enormous sense of fulfillment from the role. This comes from knowing they’re making a massive difference to the lives of the people who use The Fed’s services.

On top of this we know that volunteering experience helps people to get into uni and to find work.

Recent studies show that volunteers are happier, live longer and have more success finding long-term partners!  Don’t believe us? Here’s the research:

Doing Good is Good for You – 2013 Health and Volunteering Study by United Health Group

Is volunteering a public health intervention? A systematic review and meta-analysis of the health and survival of volunteers.

So what next?

If you’re ready to find out more about becoming a volunteer for The Fed please get in touch here.

Alternatively, call us on 0161 772 4800 or email

We’re looking forward to hearing from you!

fed facts
  • 38%

    Heathlands Village residents over 90 years old

  • £125,000

    annual electricity bill for Heathlands Village

  • 86

    average age of Heathlands Village resident

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