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Supported Placements

Due to the current situation these roles are not available. Volunteer in a safe and welcoming environment to boost your skills and confidence.

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About the supported roles we offer

Please note due to the current situation these roles are not available. Please see our news pages as any opportunities will be shared there. 

Would you like support with your mental health?  Maybe you have recently been in hospital, or need help getting back into work. We believe that everyone has value and has something to offer.

Food for All provides supported volunteering placements for people with mental health issues.  Individuals on placement, help to plan, prepare and serve meals to customers, with guidance from workers and other volunteers in supporting roles.

Supported placements are offered to people who may have become socially isolated or who struggle with their confidence or self-esteem due to a sustained period of mental ill-health.  The placements aim to build skills, increase confidence, and improve wellbeing, with a view to supporting people to engage with further volunteering, training, or employment, along with a sustained improvement in managing their mental health. Supported placements are available across all of our food services.


Catering Placements

Working in our cafe team, you will improve your cooking and catering skills, learn about customer service and how to improve your overall wellbeing through better nutrition.

You will able to work with a kitchen buddy to identify and work towards goals, as well as having access to the rest of Manchester Mind services and training courses.

Supported kitchen placement

Person specification

• To be prepared to volunteer in a kitchen environment once a week, between 10am-3pm for between four to 12 months.
• To work with a supporting volunteer and/or volunteer coordinator to explore further voluntary or training opportunities.
• To work in a team.
• Able to commit to meeting with a supervisor once a month, for one hour, for minimum four months.

All placements require a supported referral from a mental health practitioner, Social worker, CPN, Support worker, Teacher, Carer, GP or other professional.

To apply for a volunteering role, or to make a referral:

Please download and complete the application form below. Once completed please email back to us. We will then be in touch to arrange a short, informal interview, so we can tell you more about the role.


Allotment Group

Manchester Mind’s allotment project is for people who have experienced mental health issues and may have accessed mental health services. We use the food grown on the allotment in our community café at the Zion Centre, Hulme. Our café provides healthy affordable meals whilst promoting a greater awareness of how food can positively make a difference to mental health.

Why not come along and help us to grow fresh healthy food whilst learning new skills and having fun at our Chorlton allotment.

Every Tuesday and Thursday from 12.30 – 4pm (Thursdays only in winter)

Please note that we are unable to offer supported one to one placements, however, if you have a key worker who is able to support you please contact Fran Gammon to discuss further.

To apply for a volunteering role, or to make a referral

If you are interested please download and complete a volunteer application, emailing the form back to us.


For more information

If you would like to learn more about any of our volunteering roles please call us on 0161 769 5732




Manchester Mind is still here for anyone who is struggling with their mental health, but now we need your support…

We have recently launched our Covid19 emergency food response appeal.

We are hoping to raise £10,000 so we can buy staple ingredients and equipment to provide over 1600 meals per week to those experiencing severe food poverty.

Every donation will help make a real difference to the most vulnerable people in Manchester.

Find out how you can get involved.