Why Volunteer at a Children's Charity in Manchester?
While many might associate child poverty with developing countries, it's unfortunately something that still exists in the UK. It's particularly a problem in larger cities such as Manchester, where it was reported in 2017 that 44% of kids are growing up in relative poverty.
Children's charities are wonderful resources that can make life better for many children across Greater Manchester. Whether they're growing up in a disadvantaged community, have been the victims of abuse, or face a disability that makes life challenging - with your help, these kids can get the support they need.
People's Postcode Lottery players provide vital funding to many UK-based charities, allowing them to continue with their amazing work. Money from ticket sales goes towards hundreds of good causes, including local Manchester charities. But if you wanted to go the extra mile, you could even lend a helping-hand by volunteering in Manchester with one of a range of organisations that assist deprived, disabled or ill children.
Children's Charities in Manchester That Need Your Help
Ho Shin Do Youth Project
This local community-based project was set up with the sole aim of empowering and growing the confidence of underprivileged young people in the Manchester area. It does this through activities like martial arts classes that teach young people responsible self-defence techniques, with the ultimate aim of discouraging violent behaviour.
Ho Shin Do's classes take place in various schools and locations around South Manchester, and it strives to involve young adults that come from a difficult or disadvantaged background.
We're incredibly proud that People's Postcode Lottery players raised £1,800 for the organisation last year. You can also promote the good work of this youth project by spreading the word about its classes on social media, or through word of mouth.
Barnardo's is a well-known children's charity, renowned for its life-changing work. Since starting up in London more than 150 years ago, as a school for the less fortunate, it has gone on to help millions of children. Barnardo's pledges to never turn a child in need away by providing invaluable support services in cities and towns across the UK.
From children who are victims of domestic or sexual abuse to those who have been orphaned or taken away from their families, Barnardo's is dedicated to looking out for and protecting some of the nation's most vulnerable people. The charity tries to assist parents and carers where they can, and runs programmes that aim to give children with disabilities more opportunities.
As a large children's charity with a presence in Manchester, there are many things you can do to show your support for Barnardo's. Involving yourself in fundraising is just one way to do this, or you could decide to volunteer in one of its Manchester-based charity shops. Other volunteering opportunities include helping to run youth groups in your area, teaching English to young asylum seekers or simply befriending a family in need.
Manchester Young Lives
This fantastic charity has been running for over 40 years. It's committed to providing kids and young adults, who are at risk of social exclusion, access to leisure and education facilities. From building adventure playgrounds, to developing youth engagement projects and opening up an independent school, it's able to assist over 3,000 kids each and every year.
Manchester Young Lives is one of many local charities that have benefited from player support. The organisation has received £16,799 in funding from our players so far. But, if you'd like to help out in a more hands-on way, it's always after volunteers to help run programmes as well as to act as mentors.
How Can You Help?
When you sign up to play People's Postcode Lottery, you'll be contributing to some incredible, worthy causes. If you'd like to see what else you could do to help, explore what's going on in your area with our Local Causes directory.