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Volunteer at The Pankhurst Trust (Incorporating Manchester Women’s Aid)

Volunteering is a great way to support us.  Our team is constantly growing and we welcome applications from applicants of all ages, backgrounds and levels of experience from novice to expert!

Our roles range from helping to welcome visitors to the museum, helping with the setup and running of our drop in service, to helping out behind the scenes.

Please note that as we receive high numbers of applications and are only staffed part time - it can take 6-8 weeks to respond to requests.  Please bear with us. 

Volunteers with greater availability are prioritised.

See below for information about our roles & how to apply.

How To Apply

We have a 2 step application process. Please complete an application form and book a taster session through our website.

Please note that the Volunteer Coordinator is a part-time role so processing applications and responding can sometimes be delayed.

If these dates do not suit, please email with your completed application so that we can arrange an informal interview.

Step 1 :

Download and complete our application form and email it to at least 1 day before your taster session. 

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Step 2 : Test it out

We have taster sessions where you shadow a museum volunteer or a Drop In session.

It’s an opportunity for you to ask us any questions and to get a feel for what we are asking of you, before we proceed to the next stage.

After the session we will book a full induction with the Volunteer Coordinator to discuss your availability and any other roles you may be interested in.

You will only be contacted you if I am not available to chat to you on the day of your session, which I will always try to do.  Otherwise, please just come in.

Book a Taster

March 2019

Heritage, Events & Admin Volunteers Taster Sessions  :

Drop In Volunteers Taster Sessions :

April 2019

Heritage, Events & Admin Volunteers Taster Sessions :

Drop In Volunteers Taster Sessions :

Volunteer Roles

Heritage, Events and Admin Volunteers - Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, Sundays

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Our Heritage Volunteers help to provide visitors to the Pankhurst Centre with an inspiring and informative insight to our building - the birthplace of the Suffragette Movement.

Volunteers also help with events, admin and workshops. You don't need to have any previous knowledge, but if you have an interest or passion for the history of the Suffragettes, you may love volunteering with our Heritage team. 

We are currently looking for volunteers to help with Admin and the launch of the Children's library

Drop In Service Volunteers - Wednesdays

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Supporting the weekly Women's Drop In social group, by setting up,  facilitating activities and advice clinics and providing a safe space for all women.


Garden Volunteers - Thursday mornings

The Pankhurst Centre provides a therapeutic space for service users and the general public in its recently renovated gardens. We welcome volunteers to help maintain the garden and help its general upkeep. If you're green fingered with time to spare, we'd love to have you in our gardening team. 


Other Roles: Not currently recruiting

You can express your interest in other roles at the Pankhurst Trust by completing the application form.

We will contact you as and when these roles become available.

If these roles don’t fit within your skill set, we always welcome volunteers in other areas. 

Please download our volunteer form and email it to

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Volunteer Counsellors

Delivering 1-1 Counselling for women referred through Manchester Women's Aid.

Due to high demand for this volunteer placement role, we recruit twice a year, our last recruitment closed in November 2018. Next round is expected in June 2019.

All our counsellors are required to have their own insurance and to be studying to at least MA level.


Archiving Volunteers 

Supporting the Curator with the preservation and cultivation of the Pankhurst Centre / Manchester Women's Aid Archive

Training will be given.


Volunteer Play Workers

 A current, valid DBS is required for this role.

Supporting trained professionals delivering play sessions to children accessing refuge.

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