The Museum's volunteer programme encourages people of all ages and walks of life to play an active role in the day-to-day activities of the Museum.
We currently have 60 volunteers who help as guides, shop assistants, teachers, gardeners and collection assistants.
We have recently completed a succesful volunteer project called 'Building Bridges', ‘Building Bridges’ was an inter-generational volunteer project that targeted young unemployed people in Manchester. The project ran from July 2012 to April 2013.
The project recruited young unemployed people to work alongside the Museum’s current volunteers to develop new skills and gain confidence working with the public. New young volunteers ‘buddied-up’ with older volunteers and were trained to work in the Museum shop, guide visitors around the Museum and work in the Museum garden.
The project aimed to make a difference to the community in three main ways: giving people better chances in life, building stronger communities and making people healthier and more active.
A full project evaluation report can be found here.