Get Involved


At the Shaw centre we have volunteers who come in and work alongside paid staff. We pay travel costs and provide lunch. We try and put volunteers through training and where possible an NVQ in health and social care.

About The Shaw Centre
The Shaw Centre is a small voluntary day centre working with adults with learning difficulties.  We work with 15 people a day, the number of days any one person comes in is dependant on availability of spaces and how often a person wants to come in.

We try to offer a varied programme of activities throughout the week; going out into the local community, accessing local facilities. We are open to suggestions!

Are you what we are looking for?
To be a volunteer requires no previous experience of working with learning disabilities.  The most important requirement is a good sense of humour and a willingness to work with people with learning disabilities, helping them to help themselves.

What you will be doing
The type of thing a volunteer will do is to support the people who use the centre both in the centre and out in the community during activities.  Spend time socialising/ talking to them, making sure they are able to get the most out of activities, offer encouragement.

If you decide to give it a go, you will have a thorough induction and be given time to settle in.  This settling in period is an opportunity for you to decide if it is what you want and also is an opportunity for us to decide if you are suitable.

The benefits of volunteering
The volunteering can be an opportunity to a new career.  The experience you will gain can be what is needed to get a job in support work, move on to a NVQ/ college course in health and social care.  It is an excellent all round experience.
Subject to availability of places we also offer training in Epilepsy awareness, Basic First Aid, and if we can access into it, training in Understanding a Learning Disability, Equal Opportunities.

Does it affect benefits?
If you are unemployed and signing on doing voluntary work does not affect your benefits.  You receive no payment for your volunteering other them reimbursement of travel expenses, i.e. bus fare and lunch if you spend more than 3 hours volunteering at one time.

If you want any further information, contact Elaine on 0161 2035109 or email

For an application form for Volunteers click here Volunteer Application Form


We offer training places through employment and training agencies. We provide the onsite experience to help people move into paid full time work.

Social Work Students

We provide 1st placements for Manchester and Salford Social Work Students. If you are interested in doing your placement with us please contact your placement officer.