Manchester Art Gallery

Volunteering for Wellbeing course


Volunteering is good for your wellbeing. Learning, giving time, being creative and connecting with others can all have a positive effect on our mental and physical health.

Manchester Art Gallery in partnership with Recovery Pathways, Greater Manchester Mental Health NHS trust, have developed a 10 week course that introduces people to volunteering, to
different roles at Manchester Art Gallery and provides time and space to develop confidence and wellbeing.

Course leaders

The course is led by creative and mindfulness practitioner, Cathy Fortune from Recovery Pathways and the volunteer manager at Manchester Art Gallery, Meg Parnell.

During the course participants will learn about Manchester Art Gallery, our artworks and volunteering at our venue and other museums and galleries.

Improve your confidence

The programme uses mindfulness, wellbeing tools and creativity to build resilience, increase personal confidence, develop communication skills and improve wellbeing.

On completion of the course participants will have the opportunity to volunteer at Manchester Art Gallery or one of our partner heritage venues on a further 6 week placement.

Who is it for?

For anyone who wants to improve their health and wellbeing and feels that volunteering is something they could build into their life. We will consider applications from anyone in the Greater Manchester area who feels they may benefit from the programme.

Next course dates

The next course will run on Thursdays 10am – 3pm
There will be an information session and one to one chats on Thursday 5 September 2019 10am – 12noon
The course dates are Thursday 12 September – Thurs 14 November 2019
6 week placements (usually one session a week) will follow immediately from the course.

How to apply

Please fill in the application form below or you can be emailed or posted a copy to fill in by hand.
Please apply by Wednesday 4 September and come along to the information session on Thursday 5 September.
At the information session there will be time for a one to one chat with Cathy and Meg to discuss suitability for the course.

For any other questions

Please phone Meg Parnell,
Tel: 0161 235 8855