volunteering opportunities

Volunteering can be brilliant for meeting new people, developing skills, gaining experience and giving something back to your community. At Manchester Youth Zone we value the fantastic work that our volunteers undertake for us, we couldn’t do it without them!

Below you’ll find details of what Volunteers, Young Leaders and Mentors do and how to apply for these roles.


Volunteers are vital to what we do and enable us to reach more young people and to improve what we provide young people.

We are passionate about volunteers being able to take us to the next level in terms of delivering the best quality provisions for young people. If you can do this by offering your time and skills we will be pleased for you to apply!

On Session: Each session at MYZ offers Volunteers the chance to get involved in supporting a range of activities. Whether you are interested in arts and crafts, sports, reception work, helping young people with additional needs, performing arts, youth work or helping with specific projects, we can accommodate you! You can choose which age group you work with and you can support activities that are already running or create groups of your own.

Behind the Scenes: If you are looking to volunteer but would prefer to not work directly with young people, you can help out behind the scenes. We are always happy to hear from people interested in helping out with admin, fundraising or event days. Our office is open whenever the centre is open which means we can be flexible when accommodating admin volunteers.

As you would expect we apply the same standards to the recruitment and selection of our volunteers as we do to our full time colleagues. As a volunteer you will undertake a training session to make sure you are equipped for your role, confident and feel integrated into our team. You will also have the opportunity to undertake further ad hoc training. You will need to undergo an enhanced DBS check before being able to start in your role volunteering.

As a corporate, one-off volunteer, you will be accompanied by Manchester Youth Zone staff at all times, and so will not need to undertake full training or a DBS check at an enhanced level. If this becomes a regular commitment we will ask you to partake in our full volunteer process.

Apply: If you’re interested in volunteering at Manchester Youth Zone, please complete our Online Application Form. 

Young Leaders

Recruiting now for 2019!

Learn2Lead is a 4 week leadership and volunteering programme for young people aged 14-19 (or up to 25 with additional needs). After four weeks of training, you can start volunteering on our Junior sessions as a Young Leader. You’ll be able to help out in the same way a Volunteer does and you’ll gain great experience working with young people.

If you want to give back to the community, but don’t fancy helping out on our Junior sessions, there are volunteering options available elsewhere, for example at The National Football Musuem, North Manchester FM, The Moston Miner’s Community Arts and Music Centre, Turkey Lane and Monsall Community Centre and many more places of interest. There is then a disability awareness workshop for which you receive a certificate, followed by a variety of further training opportunities and trips.

Apply: Complete the Learn2Lead application form and return it to Sarah Errey. Alternatively, you can pick up a form from reception.


Help a young person achieve their goals and make a smooth transition into adulthood. Volunteer Mentors meet weekly with a member and help them deal with any issues they may be facing. This is a six month voluntary commitment and you must be 21 or over to take part. You will have the choice between working with our Junior members (aged 8-12) or Senior members (aged 13-19, or up to 25 with additional needs).

Apply: Complete our Online Application Form – you can also download an application form or pick one up from Reception. 

textiles volunteering
gym mentoring
art volunteering

If there is a way in which you would like to help out, and you can’t see it on this page, don’t hesitate to contact Amanda Cross, our People Manager, who will try and organise this for you.