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

Volunteer with a team that puts women’s rights and welfare at the front of its service. We welcome volunteers from all walks of life and working backgrounds. There’s lots of ways to get involved with our work - from play sessions and group work facilitation to greeting visitors at the Pankhurst Museum. Take a look at what’s available and our Volunteer Coordinator will be in touch to see how you can get involved. 

Email all completed applications to Esther Lisk-Carew, Volunteer Coordinator on

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 availibility are prioritised.

  • Current Roles

    We have a 2 step application process. Please complete an application form and book a taster session / meeting with the Volunteer Coordinator.

    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. 


    Step 2 

    We have taster sessions where you shadow a museum volunteer, or the Drop In and 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.


    Please sign up for a taster session in the Museum / a meeting with the Volunteer Coordinator

    Heritage, Events & Admin Volunteers Taster Sessions January 2019:

    Heritage, Events & Admin Volunteers Taster Sessions February 2019:

    Drop In Volunteers  Taster Sessions February 2019:


    Heritage, Events and Admin Volunteers : Thursdays, Fridays, Sundays

    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 Volunteers : Wednesdays 

    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: Flexible - tbc

    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. 

    We are currently planning a meeting for late February.  Please complete the application form and I will advise of the date of the meeting.

  • 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. 

    Download our Volunteer form and email it to


    Volunteer Counsellors - applications closed

    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 - applications closed

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

    Training will be given.

    Volunteer Play Workers - Various Days applications closed

    A valid, current DBS is required for this role.

    Supporting trained professionals delivering play sessions to children accessing refuge



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