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: www.annleecentre.org.uk.
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
- 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:
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: www.bhf.org.uk.
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 peoples 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: www.cancerresearchuk.org.
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: www.csv.org.uk.
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: www.creativesupport.co.uk.
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: www.fast-uk.org.
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: www.fpa.org.uk.
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: www.gmcvo.org.uk.
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: www.gmcdp.com.
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.
- Kings Camps
Childrens sport and activity camps. Website: www.kingscamps.org.
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,
- Manchester Alliance for Community
20 Swan Street, Manchester M4 5JW. Tel: 0161-834 9823. Website: www.macc.org.uk.
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: www.torturecare.org.uk.
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: www.nacro.org.uk.
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 &
Tootal Drive Post Office, 2 Tootal Road, Salford M5 5FX. Tel:
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.
Womens 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 (below).
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: www.qva.org.uk.
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
Actions 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: www.sareli.org.uk.
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
Tel: 0161-226 7903. Website: www.springboard.org.uk.
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: www.vamanchester.org.uk.
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.
Womens Action Forum aims to support women, in particular ethnic
minority women. They specialise in providing education, training and
employment to local women.
- Womens 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 Womens Aid: 0161-273 4366,
— North Manchester Womens Aid: 0161-953 4075.
— South Manchester Womens Aid: 0161-861 8428.
- Wood Street Mission
26 Wood Street, Manchester M3 3EF. Tel: 0161-8343140. Website: www.woodstreetmission.org.uk.
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
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: www.ymca.org.uk.
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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