Didsbury Good Neighbours


Didsbury Good Neighbours provides opportunities for local people to volunteer and get involved. We firmly believe that our volunteers benefit just as much as the people they work to support. With a range of volunteering opportunities, there is a role to suit each volunteer’s availability, commitment and preference.  If you would like to download a leaflet on volunteering please click here.


Befriending is the core of our work, building friendships with people who are most at risk of loneliness and isolation. This role requires commitment, regularly visiting an individual at home and taking a genuine interest in their life and wellbeing. Befriending volunteers need to have time to dedicate and be comfortable in a role that requires reliability, listening skills and friendship.

All befriending volunteers require references, a police check and undertake an induction training programme. Throughout their time as a befriender volunteers receive regular support and on-going training from the Didsbury Good Neighbours’ volunteer co-ordinator. If you would like to become a volunteer please click here to download our volunteer application form (Microsoft Word Document) and email it to us at info@didsburygoodneighbours.org.uk or post it to Disdbury Good Neighbours, Didsbury Park, Gillbrook Road, Manchester M20 6WH.

If you would like to speak to a member of the team you can contact us using the contact form, or by email to: info@didsburygoodneighbours.org.uk or call in and see us at the Holt Pavilion in Didsbury Park.

Volunteers provide lifts to activities and are regular faces in the Holt Pavilion, they help out at all activities, providing vital assistance and friendship to all. This opportunity is a great way for those available during the week to be part of the operation of the charity and the volunteering team.

The As & When volunteer does exactly what it says on the tin, providing the opportunity for individuals to be involved on a more occasional basis, without a regular weekly commitment yet still providing vital and much appreciated help to Didsbury’s senior generation. Roles vary from drivers and emergency shoppers to gardeners and simple DIY’ers, along with opportunities to lend a helping hand at our weekly activities or coffee mornings.

Fundraisers are vital to Didsbury Good Neighbours, without them, we couldn’t continue our work. This role provides a vast array of opportunities for both individuals and groups to get involved through sponsorship, sport, activities or events. Fundraising also provides great openings for the younger generation of Didsbury to contribute to and be part of the charity.

Volunteers are the core of our service. It costs Didsbury Good Neighbours £99 to carry out the recruitment, essential training and police checks before our befriending volunteers can become operational. Through our sponsorship scheme, individuals or businesses can donate in a more personal way. Whether the volunteer is someone from your business or a volunteer assigned through Didsbury Good Neighbours, the sponsor will receive an update of their volunteer’s activities, seeing first-hand the difference their donations have made.

If you would like to become a volunteer sponsor, please contact: sue@didsburygoodneighbours.org.uk