Neighbourhood Volunteering Ambassadors

We need local people who are active in their communities to support other local people to be connected and engaged with everything that’s happening around Withington, Old Moat and Ladybarn. We’re making a network of neighbourhood ambassadors to keep up to date on new groups, upcoming activities, current health messages and new services in order to help our neighbourhood thrive.

To become a neighbourhood ambassador, all you’ve got to do is sign up using this link and help us by filling in this optional diversity monitoring form too. That will give you access to the WhatsApp group and mailing list to share messages and keep up with what’s going on in the neighbourhood. You’ll also get an invite to the free volunteer coffee mornings, to meet other volunteers and learn all sorts of useful skills.

The next coffee morning is Friday 19th of April 10:30 – 12:30 at Ladybarn Community Hub. This session will include a Canva taster session from 12 – 12:30, which is a fantastic free software for postermaking and more. If you’d like to try it out, bring a laptop and make a free account before the session.

Withington, Old Moat and Ladybarn Volunteering Partnership

To help volunteers get the most out of their time and to strengthen local services, volunteer-supported organisations across Withington, Old Moat and Ladybarn are joining the Volunteering Partnership. If you’re interested in volunteering in the neighbourhood, check out the volunteering opportunities available from the Neighbourhood Volunteering Partnership.

If you don’t currently volunteer with a specific service but are more informally active in your community and would like to take part, you are also welcome.

Who’s involved

Ladybarn Community Hub

We are a community centre on Royle Street in Ladybarn, and we run a variety of groups such as coffee mornings, choirs and over 50s lunch clubs as well as hosting other organisations like youth groups and churches. Volunteers are an integral part of the service, helping to run sessions, connect with group members, and spread the word about the service.

Manchester Local Care Organisation

Manchester Local Care Organisation is a pioneering public sector organisation that provides your NHS community health services and adult social care services in Manchester. Part NHS and part local authority, we work as one team across traditional organisational boundaries to achieve this.

Sure Start Children’s Centre

These are all over Manchester and have lots of different things going on, such as Bumps to Babies sessions, baby sensory sessions, baby massage, stay, play and learn sessions and speech and language screening. The friendly staff at Children’s Centres can offer family support and give you advice on English as a second language classes, jobs and money, housing and debt advice.

Together Dementia Support

We support people living with Dementia and their carers and loved ones to live actively, socially and positively. For people living with Dementia, we offer a range of activities such as social groups, walking groups, arts & crafts, music and games groups, as well as one-to-one at home social activity support. For carers, we provide online and in person group support, one-to-one advice and guidance, training opportunities and a friendly ear to listen.

Friends of Mauldeth Road Station

Friends of Mauldeth Road Station is a local voluntary group that aims to make the station and immediate area more welcoming, informative and comfortable. By volunteering to improve the facilities and appearance of the station, we try to promote rail travel and cycle travel and encourage local businesses, community groups and individuals to work with us along the way.

Withington Assist

Withington Assist is a community and voluntary organisation based in Withington. Our priorities are to reduce social isolation in the community by providing activities and services, and volunteering opportunities to enable people to continue living independently.

Running since 1969, we have helped hundreds of older people living locally through befriending, attending social activities and support services.

Southway Housing Trust

Southway is a not-for-profit social housing provider that owns and manages almost 6,000 homes in Burnage, Chorlton, Didsbury and Withington. We provide services for tenants, residents, the environment and wider community of south Manchester and beyond.

Withington Civic Society

The aim of Withington Civic Society (WCS) is to involve residents of all ages in protecting, regenerating and improving the amenities, environment and heritage of Old Moat, Withington, South-East Fallowfield and Ladybarn. We are entirely volunteer run, with volunteers doing everything from committee roles, to litter picking, to promoting local groups and services in the area.

Withington Baths

Withington Baths is your local nonprofit leisure centre. We are an independently run facility, supported by our local community. It features the only fully in-use Edwardian pool in Manchester as well as offering a gym, fitness classes and heritage tours.

Want to be part of the Neighbourhood Volunteer Partnership and list your organisation here? Find out more and fill in the form to join here.