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Volunteering – Volunteer ‘Handy Helpers’ Wanted

Role Purpose

Main duties include:

To work alongside experienced handy people to carry out DIY tasks in people’s homes, enabling completion of 2 person jobs. For example;

  • Footing a ladder
  • Moving furniture
  • Putting up fence panels
  • Carrying tools and materials

We provide a full induction program.

Role Description

  • DIY skills to assist the employed Handyperson (HSSO) Team in delivering a range of Handyperson Services in an agreed area of Manchester:
  • Able to communicate effectively with older and vulnerable people and team members
  • Must adhere to safe working practices in use of tools and materials, personal protective equipment
  • Deliver a professional attitude at all times when representing Manchester Care & Repair

PPE and tools can be provided and you will normally start at the main office so you can travel in another operative’s vehicle.

Safety / risk assessments

  • Need to use safe working practices related to use of potentially dangerous hand tools and power tools, adhesives etc – training provided.
  • Working in the homes of older people – Visual risk assessments to be carried out before undertaking and work – training provided


Minimum one day – attendance to be agreed between volunteer and MC&R

Expenses Reimbursed

  • £0.45 per mile when using own vehicle during working day for work purposes, or bus / train / tram ticket
  • Lunch expenses up to £4

Skills and Qualities required

  • Basic knowledge of D.I.Y tasks carried out within home
  • Well organised
  • Ability to listen to instructions provided and respond accordingly
  • Ability to record information accurately
  • Ability to communicate patiently and clearly with older or vulnerable clients
  • An understanding of the limits of the role
  • Two references
  • DBS check

Advantages of volunteering with MC&R

  • Working as a Handy helper, you are directly helping older people and a part of a respected local service.
  • There is an opportunity to develop skills for working with people and to use DIY skills developed through work or hobby. MC&R provide training and also tools and equipment for use on the job.

If you would like to become a Handy Helper, please complete a Volunteer Application Form and return by e-mail to or post to Manchester Care & Repair, Unit 14 Empress Buildings, 380 Chester Rd, Manchester, M16 9EA. Please call 0161 872 5500 if you have any further questions about the role.

Handy Helper Volunteer Role Description

Further Information

If you would like any further information about Care & Repair and/or the services we offer, please either call 0161 872 5500 or fill out the below enquiry form and we will respond shortly.