How cultural experiences can improve health and wellbeing

if: Volunteering for Wellbeing at the Whitworth

Our volunteer programme is an essential part of what we do at the Whitworth. We have volunteers who contribute across the whole of the gallery; supporting artists, textile care, art gardening, digitising our collection, cataloguing our library, assisting in the delivery of workshops to large-scale events and much more.

As part of The University of Manchester the Whitworth is constantly seeking ways to provide exciting opportunities and innovative ways to volunteers.

We welcome everybody and hope make each experience meaningful no matter what your background or experiences.

The Whitworth has been a part of if: Volunteering for Wellbeing project since our reopening in 2015 and has continued to draw on our extensive experience of delivering a socially engaged volunteer programme.

We have taken on volunteers from a variety of backgrounds in Greater Manchester to access culture, engage with learning and engagement and develop key transferable skills leading towards increased employability.

We have also taken on many Volunteer placements through organisations such as The Growth Company, One Manchester, Safety for Sisters, Streetwise Opera and MENCAP. We are currently working in partnership with Together Trust where we support young people living with autism in giving them a more varied work placement opportunity within the cultural sector.

We support all our volunteers across all roles with general induction and training opportunities plus regular one-to-ones and often help with CV and job applications.

Through evaluation and measuring the impact of volunteering we are constantly exploring how volunteering can combat social and economic isolation and improve wellbeing.

“Volunteering at the Whitworth has made me a lot happier, given me purpose. I feel like a part of society once more, and making a positive difference in other people’s lives”

Whitworth Volunteer