Manchester City Council

People & communities Work and volunteering

Working and volunteering in older age

Employment Advice and Support

Did you know that it's illegal for employers to discriminate against you because of your age?  There is also no legal age at which you have to retire.

  • Help and support for older workers - provides up to date guidance for working past 50, aimed at older people who want to work longer and employers, who could benefit by employing older people
  • Job seeking advice - careers advice, work clubs, and more top tips
  • Starting a business - essential tips and advice on starting your own business
  • Pensions and retirement - information from the Money Advice Service, including retirement advice, types of pension and retirement income, and information on automatic enrolment
  • Age UK - work and learning information from the UK's largest charity working with older people

Volunteering Opportunities 


  • Become a Culture Champion - help spread the word about the city's culture venues and encourage peers and friends to attend and try out a variety of events in our galleries, museums, and more
  • Various volunteering opportunities - visit the Council's volunteering pages 
  • Volunteer Centre Manchester - provides information, support and training to Manchester residents who want to volunteer.  The site is managed by Macc.
  • National Council for Voluntary Organisations (NCVO) - an organisation providing support and resources for all aspects of volunteering
  • Manchester Carers Forum - Led by unpaid carers, many members of their team have joined as volunteers.  Various volunteering opportunities available, including peer support and befriending
  • The Royal Voluntary Service - offer a variety of volunteering roles assisting older people with practical and social support at home and in hospital
  • Intergen - brings older and younger people together to learn and have fun, sharing the untapped skills and knowledge they have to offer to each other.  Contact them for regular volunteering opportunities in south Manchester

Good Neighbour and Befriending

Good Neighbour schemes aim to support older members of the community through volunteer befriending and activities.  The links below provide information on how to volunteer or use their services.

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