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Whitworth Volunteers

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

'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

Volunteering update

During our closure, we are still engaging our fantastic team of volunteers as they are contributing to our online programming and starting projects with us on the conservation of our collection and exhibitions coming up.

Unfortunately, we don’t currently have any opportunities to volunteer but please register your interest here and we will be in touch when we start recruitment across all our roles.

We do not have the capacity to involve everyone who approaches us, but we are always thinking of new ways to include volunteers whilst making each experience and opportunity meaningful for existing volunteers.

You can find out more about our wider work as the Whitworth’s Civic Engagement and Education team here.

Further information

We welcome interest from local organisations, community groups, and individuals to take part in placements across the gallery. We have had volunteer placements from Streetwise Opera, Venture Arts, Safety for Sisters, Together Trust, and The Growth Company.

For more information please email our Volunteer Manager, Fiona Cariss

The Whitworth Volunteer Programme

Volunteering for Wellbeing
Drawing on our extensive experience of delivering a socially engaged volunteer programme we are constantly exploring how volunteering can combat social and economic isolation and improve wellbeing.

Volunteering for Learning
Helping volunteers to access culture, re-engage with learning, and develop key transferable skills leading towards increased employability.

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