Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteering can be brilliant for meeting new people, developing skills, gaining experience and giving something back to your community. At The Factory 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.

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On Session: Each session at The Factory 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.

Apply: Download the FYZ Volunteer application form and return it to amanda.cross@thefactoryyz.org or pick one up from The Factory reception desk.

Young Leaders

Recruiting now for 2018 Cohort 1!

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 ellie.page@thefactoryyz.org. Alternatively, you can pick up a form from The Factory reception desk.


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 one year 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).


To apply to be a Volunteer Mentor, complete the online application or download a form and return it to James Dronsfield, Mentoring Manager and Safeguarding Officer at james.dronsfield@thefactoryyz.org

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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 our People Manager, who will try and organise this for you.