Walk a mile in another's shoes: Volunteering during COVID-19

Posted by Damian Leonard May 21, 2020 2:56:23 PM

Topics: Manchester PR Agency, Manchester, covid19


It goes without saying that during these incredibly trying times, many of us have been focused primarily on doing all we can to get ourselves and our families through each day. But as we continue navigating this ‘new normal’, Mancunians are finding new ways to display their renowned community spirit by helping the less fortunate.

It’s important to remember that not everybody is experiencing this pandemic in the same way.

Whether it’s those who have lost their jobs, the homeless community having no one to turn to, or elderly people suffering from extreme loneliness, there are many people who require extra help as the world adjusts in these unprecedented times. A number of charities and organisations are calling out for donations and volunteers - so you have a number of opportunities to help, if you’re in a position to do so.

Check out these volunteering options or organisations if you believe that you can support those in need in and around Manchester.


Helping the Homeless

Street Support Network works to tackle homelessness in Manchester, and unsurprisingly they have been heavily impacted by the current lockdown as there are considerably less people leaving their homes during the day.

This organisation is continuing their efforts, and recently called out for volunteers to assist them with essential tasks (can range from administration tasks, mentoring, DIY, skill share, or just someone to talk to). If you’re in a position where you are able to assist in volunteering, get in touch at

If you’re unable to physically volunteer, but would still like to assist Street Support Network with their work, they are also in urgent need of donations of the below items;

  • PPE supplies (face masks, gloves etc.)
  • Non-perishable food (e.g. tins, dried pasta, sugar, coffee/tea)
  • Large quantity of take out containers and disposable cutlery
  • Solo activities for adults and children (books, jigsaws, puzzles, colouring pads and pens)
  • Mobile phones and chargers
  • Ready meals
  • Laundry powder
  • Gluten-free and vegetarian food

If you can provide any of the above, please email; And for a more extensive list of donation requirements, check out the Street Support Network COVID-19 page.


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Helping the elderly in the community

The elderly in our communities are especially vulnerable during this time, so we need to do our best to help them if we’re in a position to do so. Age UK Manchester is an independent charity that works tirelessly to support older people across the city, and they are altering and increasing their efforts now that the elderly have been advised not to leave their homes.

Whilst Day Care centres are currently not open for visitors, their premises are now operating as donation and distribution centres for volunteers to supply the most vulnerable with the help and support they still desperately need - providing packs of essentials (food, cleaning supplies, toilet roll, soap, etc) to assist the fact the elderly have been advised not to leave their homes, and making telephone welfare calls to make sure people are safe and well.

As well as repurposing their Day Care centres to provide help, Age UK Manchester is also calling out for donations and volunteers to help them make it through this difficult period. Their requirements include tinned food, toiletries, paper products, cleaning supplies and any other essential products. If you would like to make a donation, please contact Terri Torevell on

The charity is also calling out for volunteers to help with physically assembling the packs to be provided to those in need, as well as collecting and distributing the donations that they receive all over the city. If you feel like you are able to do your bit and volunteer, email Terri Torevell at


Assist your local community

ACORN Manchester is a community-based union, and they have responded to the COVID-19 crisis by organising local volunteers to support people in the community who need shopping, prescription collections, post and anything else they may need if they are stuck at home.

The system is a streamlined one, as volunteers are added to local WhatsApp groups, where they can opt to do deliveries for people in their local area. By volunteering, you’ll know that you’re preventing highly vulnerable people from putting themselves in danger unnecessarily.

Just visit this link if you’d like to sign up.


Get in touch

If you would like to discuss your own PR and marketing activity and find a way to pivot your brand effectively over the next few months, get in touch with us at Roland Dransfield and we’ll be able to help you out.

And if you’re looking for a bit of escapism, you might enjoy our new podcast, We Built This City.  In it, we catch up with notable Mancunians – born, bred or adopted - who helped shape the city we live in today, and find out how they have helped to put the heart into Modern Manchester.  Hopefully it helps inspire you over the coming weeks. Listen live here and please do rate and review. Thank you.


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