Christmas Project 2021

Become a Volunteer!

The need for the Christmas Project in Manchester has not gone away. If anything there will be more people in Manchester facing up to homelessness, poverty, and loneliness than ever. Our seven ay provision brings people indoors for freshly cooked meals, hot showers, warm clothes, medical care, and companionship at what can be an isolating time of year.

We are currently looking for volunteers to generally staff the project along with those with specialist skills like barbers, nurses, nail technicians, optometrists, dentists, podiatrists, and veterinarians. Please let us know if you have any additional skills which you feel might be useful when you fill out your volunteering application. However, there are no specific skills needed to be a Lifeshare volunteer. We need assistance serving meals, welcoming guests, handing out supplies, wiping down tables, etc. We do a full induction so you will get to see exactly how things are set up and see which area you’d like to get involved in!

As we are on a new site this year, all volunteers, new and returning, will be required to attend an onboarding session. We have six dates available throughout December and ask that you select one when you fill out your form. Due to space constraints, we have to limit sessions to 50 attendees so if there is a date you require please book early.

Once you have selected your volunteering slots your confirmation will arrive via email. Please allow us up to 48 hours to send over your confirmation before following up.

The post code for the new site is M3 1NX.

Following the current COVID guidelines, we currently are recommending to all volunteers that you undertake a lateral flow test within 24 hours of attending your shift.

At present, we are not mandating this as a prerequisite prior to attending your shift but our policy may change to follow changes in the government guidelines.

Please do not attend your shift if you experience any of the symptoms listed under the current government guidelines. In those circumstances, please contact Barry Plumridge.  if you are unable to attend so we can arrange for your shift to be covered. Volunteers who report having symptoms will not be allowed to attend their subsequent shifts without providing proof of a negative PCR test.

Volunteers are not currently required to wear a face-covering whilst on shift but our policy remains under review. A range of face coverings will be available for you to use if you wish when you arrive onsite.

Many of our guests consider themselves to be exempt; however, all attendees (volunteers, guests and visitors) will be required to submit to a non-contact temperature check at the site entrance prior to gaining access to the site.