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Volunteering For Homeless Charities In Manchester

Volunteering For Homeless Charities In Manchester

The UK has a serious problem with homelessness. There are charities in Manchester doing wonderful work to try and solve it. If you're looking to get involved with some volunteering, Manchester has a number of options where you could help out.

Volunteering can be an incredibly rewarding thing to do, teaching you some worthwhile new skills as you build up your experience and meet new people. Take a look at some of the homeless charities Manchester has to offer below and start planning how you're going to donate your time to this important cause.



Established in 1967 in response to a growing homelessness problem, Crisis has since helped tens of thousands of people emerge from homelessness.

Also campaigning for change, the charity carries out pioneering research and offers several services, including its Skylight centres. Find out how you can volunteer with Crisis.

Depaul UK

With more than three decades worth of experience in helping homeless people, Depaul UK was founded in 1989 to combat a growing problem in London. It quickly became a national charity and has expanded its operations to tackle homelessness in other countries such as America, France, and the Republic of Ireland.

You could help out by volunteering with Depaul UK as a Nightstop host or at Safestop Manchester, or by getting involved with its Get up and Go sessions.


This local Manchester charity began in 2013 in response to the death of one of the founding member's brothers due to a heroin overdose. Coffee4Craig initially provided hot drinks but soon began offering food three evenings a week, as well as providing rough sleepers with advice and helping them access hostels.

The charity's street kitchen transformed into an indoor drop-in centre that's open seven days a week and provides cold weather relief. By volunteering with Coffee4Craig, you may find yourself cooking, taking care of reception or serving hot drinks and food at the drop-in centre on Oldham Street. You could also help the charity by sorting donations and keeping the food bank organised.

Vision Care For Homeless People

With a clinic on Denmark Road just to the south of Manchester city centre, as well as other places across England, Vision Care for Homeless People was founded in 2003 to provide eye care services to homeless people and other vulnerable people.

The charity relies on volunteers for both professional services and other support, including optometrists, dispensing opticians, clinic assistants and fundraisers. There's something you can do whether or not you have specialist qualifications if you'd like to get involved with Vision Care for Homeless People.

Booth Centre

With its mission to bring about positive change in the lives of homeless people, those who've been homeless in the past and others at risk of homelessness, the Booth Centre provides activities which can help to rebuild confidence while also offering the chance to build up social connections.

The charity runs arts, employment and skills sessions from its centre at Edward Holt House on Pimblett Street. You could volunteer with the Booth Centre and help the charity to put on a range of activities and events.


If you'd like to know more about getting involved in volunteering in your community, take a look at our Local Causes page and find opportunities near you.

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Last updated: 12/08/2021

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