Greater Manchester Charities & Voluntary Organisations

Including National, Regional and Local Offices.

In Alphabetical Order:

  • Ann Lee Centre
    12 Hilton Street, Manchester M1 1JF. Tel: 0161-235 5221. Website:
    Described as an “innovative new project which aims to strengthen
    and provide community connections for individuals who have experienced
    social exclusion as a result of experiencing severe and enduring mental
    health issues.”

  • Booth Centre, The
    Manchester Cathedral, Victoria Street, Manchester M3 1SX. Tel: 0161-835
    The Booth Centre aims to provide a welcoming and accepting environment
    for people who are homeless, to empower people to make informed choices
    and make positive changes in their lives, to provide positive experiences
    in order to help people to build self respect and self confidence and
    to look to the future. They do this through providing a drop-in and
    activity centre for people who are homeless, offering advice to help
    people resolve their problems and providing a base for activities which
    are creative, therapeutic, challenging and enjoyable.

  • Booth Charities
    Midwood Hall, Eccles Old Road, Salford M6 7DE. Tel: 0161-736 2989. Fax:
    0161-737 4775.
    One of the oldest charities in the North-west, set up at the beginning
    of the 16th century to provide blankets and clothing to the poor and
    needy of Salford as well as catering for their spiritual welfare. Maintained
    by monies from extensive land holdings in Manchester over several centuries.

  • British Heart Foundation
    37 Hankinson Way, Salford M6 5JA. Tel: 0161-736 3679. Website:
    Charity fighting heart and circulatory disease. The BHF funds research,
    education and life-saving equipment and helps heart patients.

  • British Red Cross
    10 Brindley Road, Old Trafford, Manchester M16 9HQ. Tel: 0161-888 8900.
    A volunteer-led humanitarian organisation that helps people in crisis,
    whoever and wherever they are across the world. The Red Cross Movement
    is not a political or religious organisation, so they offer unconditional
    help to all people in need. In times of world disasters and crises,
    they are usually first in.

  • Broughton Trust, The
    Clowes House, 319 Bury New Road, Salford M7 2YN. Tel: 0161-708 0116.
    “Helping to make Broughton a better place to live and work”.
    Aims to make the Broughton district of Salford a strong, empowered and
    safe community, where people have pride and opportunities for well-paid
    jobs and training, where children develop through play. The Trust aims
    to improve people’s quality of life, to stimulate economic activity
    , to deliver a sense of pride in the community and to be a catalyst,
    supporting others who contribute to these aims.

  • Cancer Research UK
    Unit 7400 , The Quorum, Oxford Business Park, Garsington Road,
    Cowley, Oxford OX4 2JZ.
    Tel: 01865 716 655. Website:
    Cancer Research UK is the leading funder of cancer research in the UK,
    supporting research in 35 towns across the country.

  • Childrens Society – Safe in the City,

    166 Plymouth Grove, Longsight, Manchester M13 0AF. Tel: 0161-274 0180.
    Safe In The City works within a child-centred model that assesses and
    identifies the needs, wishes and feelings of the young people who are
    referred to the service. Working in Manchester and Salford, providing
    services to a range of young people, including under 18 year old runaways
    who are referred through their Missing From Home Scheme, or who approach
    them directly, black and Asian young people in Manchester running away
    or at risk, unaccompanied and asylum seeking young people experiencing
    crisis and trauma that puts them at risk, and children and young people
    who are sexually exploited.

  • Christie Hospital Women’s Trust Fund
    for Cancer Research

    11 Hortree Road, Stretford, Manchester M32 8GJ. Tel: 0161-865 3176.
    Christie’s is the charity which raises funds for the Christie Hospital
    – one of the leading cancer treatment centres in Europe. The Christie
    provides high quality diagnosis treatment and care for more than 3.2
    million people in Greater Manchester and Cheshire, world class research
    and education of international renown in all aspects of cancer.

  • Community Service Volunteers
    Tib Street, Manchester M4 1LR. Tel: 0161-839 8855. Website:
    CSV supports organisations and individuals in many ways by finding volunteers
    for your projects, finding volunteers to help you live more independently,
    helping to develop a volunteer programme or running it for you, organising
    your employee volunteering programme or organising ‘team tasks’, providing
    professional development for your employees working with volunteers,
    media training for those needing to brush up on how to work with the
    media and promoting your projects and ‘Citizenship in the Curriculum’

  • Creative Support
    6 Weir Street, Manchester M15 5FZ. Tel: 0161-232 7299. Website:
    Creative Support Ltd provides housing and support for people with mental
    health needs and learning difficulties in the UK.

  • First Asian Support Trust (FAST)
    The Waterloo Centre, 389 Waterloo Road, Manchester M8 9AB.
    Tel: 0161-740 3399. Website:
    Responding to the needs and concerns of people with seen and unseen
    FAST works with people with learning difficulties, with physical difficulties,
    with mental health problems and with less-abled people.

  • FPA Voluntary Organisation
    Progress Centre, Charlton Place, Ardwick, Manchester M12 6HS.
    Tel: 0161-273 3681. Website:
    The FPA is a voluntary organisation whose aim is to advance the sexual
    health and reproductive rights and choices of all people throughout
    the UK. It provides a national service in the UK providing information,
    training, research and publications.

  • Greater Manchester Centre for Voluntary

    St Thomas Centre, Ardwick Green North, Manchester M12 6FZ
    Telephone: Tel: 0161-277 1000. Fax: 0161-273 8296. Website:
    GMCVO is the support organisation for the voluntary sector in the sub-region
    of Greater Manchester. Our aim is to strengthen the voluntary sector,
    build bridges with other sectors, and influence local and national policy.
    Our work is representing, promoting and developing voluntary organisations,
    working in partnership with other organisations doing similar work.

  • Greater Manchester Coalition of Disabled

    Aked Close, Manchester M12 4AN. Tel: 0161-273 8141. Website:
    Greater Manchester Coalition of Disabled People campaigns for the rights
    of disabled people and does this through providing information, advice
    and organising events. It seeks to promote the independence and integration
    of disabled people in society, to identify and challenge the discrimination
    faced by disabled people and to encourage and support the self-organisation
    of disabled people.

  • King’s Camps
    Children’s sport and activity camps. Website:
    Cheadle Hulme School, Claremont Road, Cheadle, SK8 6EF. Tel 0845 643
    — and at:
    Bridgewater School, Worsley Road, Manchester, M28 2WQ. Tel: 0845 643

  • Lifeshare Limited
    1st Floor, 27 Houldsworth Street, Manchester M1 1EB. Tel: Tel: 0161-235
    Company No. 2946401 – Registered in England. Registered Charity No.
    1042500, working to help combat the problem, and associated problems,
    of homelessness.

  • Manchester Alliance for Community

    20 Swan Street, Manchester M4 5JW. Tel: 0161-834 9823. Website:
    Manchester Alliance for Community Care is a campaigning organisation
    based in the voluntary and community sector. It aims to promote an inclusive
    society which supports and increases the health and social care and
    well-being of people in Manchester. Their work supports voluntary and
    community sector organisations through services which respond to the
    needs of local communities and to people as individuals. By working
    on the planning, design and review of services, they aim to contribute
    to improving the quality of life and welding of people in Manchester.
    All their services are provided for free.

  • Manchester Mencap
    501 Chester Road, Manchester M16 9HU. Tel: 0161-888 1200.
    Manchester Mencap is an organisation representing the rights and interests
    of people with learning difficulties and their carers. Amongst many
    other things, they aim to get improvements to laws and regulations that
    affect people with learning difficulties, to work for excellent local
    services for people with learning difficulties and make sure that the
    services work together, and to promote the rights and opportunities
    of people with learning difficulties.

  • Medical Foundations for Victims of

    North Square, 11-13 Spear Street, Manchester M1 1JU.
    Tel: 0161-236 5744. Website:
    Founded in 1985, the Medical Foundation for the Care of Victims of Torture
    provides care and rehabilitation to survivors of torture and other forms
    of organised violence.

  • Nacro The Crime Reduction Charity
    Barlow Moor Road, Manchester M21 8AE. 0161-860 7444. Website:
    The national crime reduction charity, dedicated to making society safer.
    Specialist expertise in developing effective solutions to crime and
    stimulating fresh thinking on how best to reduce it, especially amongst
    offenders, those at risk of offending and other marginalised people,
    a positive stake in society through resettlement, housing, education,
    community scheme, activities for young people and employment.

  • Next Step Project, The
    Fitzwarren Court, Salford M6 5LN. Tel: 0161-607 1888.
    The Next Step Project is the leaving care service for young people,
    aged 15½ through to 21, who have been in care. They work in partnership
    with Salford City Council and the NCH children’s charity. The Next Step
    Project was won an award in the Community Care Awards in the “Improving
    Life Chances For Looked After Children” category.

  • North of England Bone Marrow &
    Thalassaemia Association
    Tootal Drive Post Office, 2 Tootal Road, Salford M5 5FX. Tel:
    0161-745 7671.
    The association was set up in Blackburn in 1989 to help people with
    thalassaemia and to increase awareness of the condition. It now serves
    the whole of the North of England and has recently moved to a new base
    in Manchester Royal Infirmary in the Denmark Road Building. They have
    a programme of family events and conferences, as well as offering support
    and information to anyone affected by thalassaemia.

  • North Manchester Women’s Aid
    Unit 26, 23 New Mount Street, Manchester M4 4DE. Tel: 0161-953 4075.
    Women’s Aid provides a strategic “expert view” to government
    on laws, policy and practice affecting abused women and children. We
    consult with both our national network of local services and with survivors
    to inform our policy positions. See also: Women’s
    Aid Outreach Workers

    Number Three, 3 South Langworthy Road, Salford M50 2PW. Tel: 0161-743
    The NSPCC was set up to protect children from cruelty, support vulnerable
    families, campaign for changes to the law and raise awareness about
    abuse. The NSPCC currently has 177 community-based projects and runs
    the Child Protection Helpline and ChildLine in the UK and the Channel
    Islands. Most of their work is with children, young people and their
    families. But they also work to achieve cultural, social and political
    change – influencing legislation, policy, practice, public attitudes
    and behaviours and delivering services for the benefit of young people.

  • Princess Royal Trust (for Carers)
    Salford Carers Centre, St Philips Place, Salford M3 6FA. Tel: 0161-833
    The Princess Royal Trust for Carers was created on the initiative of
    HRH The Princess Royal in 1991. At that time people caring at home for
    family members or friends with disabilities and chronic illnesses were
    scarcely recognised as requiring support. The largest provider of comprehensive
    carers support services in the UK.

  • Progress Trust
    Manchester Enterprises Ltd, Lee House, 90 Great Bridgewater Street,

    Manchester M1 5JW. Tel: Tel: 0161-245 4850. Fax: Tel: 0161-237 9458.

    Progress Trust is a unique and innovative voluntary sector organisation
    which came into being in 1996. It was established to work with and give
    a voice to Manchester’s black and ethnic minority communities.

  • Quaker Voluntary Action
    6 Mount Street, Manchester M2 5NS. Tel: 0161-819 1634. Website:
    Reg Charity No. 1083412 and a Company limited by Guarantee (No. 3908675)

    Set up to provide practical opportunities to put faith into action and
    to develop new ways of volunteering that meet the challenges of our

  • Refugee Action
    Dale House, 35 Dale Street, Manchester M1 2HF. Tel: 0161-233 1200.
    Refugee Action has over 25 year’s experience in the reception, resettlement,
    development and integration of asylum seekers and refugees. Refugee
    Action’s Asylum Advice teams provide a reception service for newly
    arrived asylum seekers, as well as advice and advocacy. Our Choices
    service provides independent advice to asylum seekers considering returning
    voluntarily to their country of origin.

  • Salford Childrens’ Rights Service
    73 Sycamore Court, Salford M6 5FR. Tel: 0161-743 0744.
    Part of Spurgeons, a registered international charity. Working with
    children and young people who are in Care or Leaving Care, who are from
    Salford. Salford Children’s Rights Service is funded by Salford Children’s
    Services. The service was set up in 1995 and has grown substantially
    in recent years, and depends upon volunteers who they train and support
    to become Independent Visitors (IVs).

  • Salford Refugees Link
    Ordsall Community Café,172 Tatton Street, Salford M5 3PS.
    Tel: 0161-872 7303. Website:
    A charitable organisation established by refugees in November 2004 to
    support French speaking refugees and asylum seekers coming from more
    than 17 African nationalities who are living in the UK.

  • Samaritans, The
    72-74 Oxford Street, Manchester M1 5NH. Tel: 0161-236 7730. Website:
    Samaritans provides confidential non-judgemental emotional support,
    24 hours a day for people who are experiencing feelings of distress
    or despair, including those which could lead to suicide. Whatever you’re
    going through, whether it’s big or small, don’t bottle it up. We are
    here for you if you’re worried about something, feel upset or confused,
    or just want to talk to someone.

  • Sanctuary Trust
    Operations Team, 9 Champness Hall, Drake Street, Rochdale OL16 1PB.

    Offers a range of services to some of the most socially excluded people
    in the community including offenders, young people at risk and substance

  • Society of African Missions
    378 Upper Brook Street, Manchester M13 0EP. Tel: 0161-224 4949. Website:
    The Society of African Missions (SMA) is committed to preaching the
    good news of Jesus Christ chiefly in Africa and to people of African
    “We regard solidarity with the poor and the powerless, commitment
    to reading the signs of the times, activities for justice and peace,
    and dedication to building a better world, including care for the environment,
    as constitutive dimensions of witnessing to the good news. We do this
    through education, health care, development projects and conscientisation
    for justice. We also help in caring for African immigrants in Europe
    and the USA and draw attention to those structures that oppress them
    and other people of the Third World.”

  • Springboard for Children
    Based at Claremont Primary School, Claremont Road, Moss Side, Manchester
    M14 7NA.
    Tel: 0161-226 7903. Website:
    Springboard is an educational charity with a Christian ethos, run by
    part-time volunteers to help Manchester primary schoolchildren who are
    struggling with literacy in the classroom.

  • St Vincent de Paul Society
    Henesy House, Sudell Street, Manchester M4 4JF. Tel: 0161-832 0259.
    Founded in 1971, St Vincent’s provide and manage affordable housing
    across the North West of England. From their offices in Manchester,
    Bolton, Rochdale and Nelson. They deliver a whole range of services,
    including general homes for rent, sheltered housing for older people,
    supported housing for particular needs, (eg. young single mums), homes
    for part ownership, part rent, foyer housing for young people (Blackburn
    and Manchester), adapted housing for people with disabilities, as well
    as larger houses for black and minority ethnic families.

  • Support for Wigan Arrivals Project

    A voluntary sector organisation which assists migrant community members
    into the Borough of Wigan.

  • Voluntary Action Manchester
    Green Fish Resource Centre, 46-50 Oldham Street, Manchester M4 1LE.
    Tel: 0161-234 2929. Website:
    Voluntary Action Manchester is a council for voluntary service, offering
    advice, information and support to voluntary and community groups in
    Manchester including an information enquiry line as well as an email
    bulletin and website.

  • Women’s Action Forum
    97 Princess Road, Manchester M14 4TH. Tel: 0161-232 0545.
    Women’s Action Forum aims to support women, in particular ethnic
    minority women. They specialise in providing education, training and
    employment to local women.

  • Women’s Aid Outreach Workers

    These workers can support you if you wish to stay in your own home.
    They can offer advice, support and signposting to relevant agencies
    who can help you.
    — Central Manchester Women’s Aid: 0161-273 4366,
    — North Manchester Women’s Aid: 0161-953 4075.
    — South Manchester Women’s Aid: 0161-861 8428.

  • Wood Street Mission
    26 Wood Street, Manchester M3 3EF. Tel: 0161-8343140. Website:
    Wood Street Mission is a registered children’s charity based in the
    centre of Manchester. They provide free, practical help for families
    affected by poverty in Manchester and Salford. They help those in need
    with free
    children’s clothing, bedding, toys, books and baby equipment all year
    round, plus free school uniform in the summertime, toy and food parcels
    at Christmas and chocolate treats for kids at Easter..

  • Young Men’s Christian Association

    80 Demesne Road, Alexandra Park, Manchester M16 8PH.
    Tel: 0161-226 5011. Website:
    From providing housing, training and community health and fitness facilities
    to supporting young people and their families, YMCAs in over 250 communities
    in England encourage, support and challenge young people to become all
    that they can. The website has a local branch finder.

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