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Manchester Volunteer Advice Partnership (MVAP)

We are excited to be part of a partnership of voluntary organisations to provide free training to Manchester residents who want to volunteer in advice services.

portrait of a MVAP volunteer

About Manchester Volunteer Advice Partnership (MVAP)

Manchester Mind is excited to be part of a partnership of five voluntary organisations, funded by the National Lottery Community Fund, to provide free training and voluntary placements to Manchester residents who want to volunteer in advice services.

We work in collaboration with partner organisations Greater Manchester Immigration Aid Unit, Centrepoint-Manchester, Manchester Refugee Support Network, Cheetham Hill Advice Centre, and Manchester City Council Homelessness Team to share knowledge in order to pursue our shared purpose.

We believe that a just society is achievable

We have developed our advice work training programme to enable volunteers to gain the skills and confidence needed to carry out a range of roles within MVAP.

These skills are transferable and can open up other opportunities through personal development and increased knowledge.

Training opportunities are ongoing whilst you are volunteering.

We also believe:

  • In the potential of every individual
  • In the resourcefulness of communities
  • That no one should live in poverty
  • In the power of effective information and advice

MVAP roles include

  • Receptionists
  • Digital support workers
  • Advice workers
  • Advice support assistants
  • Interpreters
  • Admin workers
  • Recruitment & training assistants
  • Immigration assistants

What you will get from us

Free training and learning programme, day-to-day supervision by advice supervisors, ongoing training, travel and other expenses, plus the skills, experience and confidence to move on to paid work or further training.

Volunteering has not only expanded my knowledge of the welfare system, but has also given me both confidence in my work and confidence within myself.

For more information about MVAP


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.