Volunteer with us

Volunteers play a vital role in the life of Arc, with over 2,200 volunteer hours donated in the 2021-22 financial year! Find out more about this vibrant community and consider joining one of our teams.

If you have any questions at all please contact, find links to apply after each role below, or drop in on Thursdays or Fridays to chat about it and pick up a form.

Use or develop your skills – Meet new people – Give back to the local community!

Arc Centre Host

Help us create a warm and welcoming space for anyone and everyone to enjoy in our beautiful Arc building. You can give time on a weekly or ad-hoc basis.

Roles may include:

  • Welcoming new visitors to the building and informally explaining what Arc does
  • Serving drinks and refreshments in the cafe and chatting to customers
  • Setting up creative activities for the public to enjoy
  • Assisting with general tasks as needed by the team
  • Taking photos and posting to social media

Do you have great people skills, able to adapt easily to whoever comes into the building, whether they are a vulnerable person who needs a safe and friendly space, a participant on one of our courses, families with children looking for fun activities or a visitor to The Gallery Cafe?

Creative Wellbeing Assistant

You enjoy arts and art making, and are a supportive, people-focused person who wants to help others create, connect and feel better. Weekly commitment for a minimum of 12 weeks. An enhanced DBS is required (paid for by Arc) plus a safeguarding and boundaries training session prior to start date.

Role may involve:


  • Supporting artist facilitators on our wellbeing programmes; setting up and tidying the studio and supporting participants to engage, relax and have a go at the creative activities. 
  • Designing and running creative activities in our cafe space 
  • Hosting or assisting on corporate wellbeing away days on an ad-hoc basis
  • Running creative wellbeing activities on stalls, at events or in the community
  • Joining our ceramics team 


Join our friendly fundraising team to collaborate on events, challenges, raffles, auctions  and more. Perfect if you are looking for work experience in the charity sector, or you have ideas to share! The team meets monthly, online or face to face depending on who is involved. 

Saturday Art Club Assistant

The best way to start your volunteer experience with Arc! Join our fabulous team who help visitors of all ages to enjoy our ever-popular monthly Saturday Art Clubs by:

  • Facilitating one of the pre-planned creative activities
  • Hosting the cafe or exhibition space
  • Welcoming people on reception


This is a great way to meet other volunteers and staff from Arc, as well as enjoying being part of the bustle and creativity of the day.

Become an Art Pen Pal

Connecting isolated, house-bound individuals with a volunteer Art Buddy, this project allows people who cannot access the Arc building or online classes to collaborate on creative projects by post.

Once a month, participants will receive a creative project from their buddy through the post along with helpful ideas and suggestions of how to build on or add to the project. They then have 2 weeks to reply, posting back their own work and adding comments, questions or suggestions for how to continue. The project runs for 4-6 months and there is an opportunity to exhibit work at the end. 

All postage and art material costs are covered by Arc and come from the Arc Studio, so no home addresses are shared between pen pals. It’s open to anyone aged 16+, with first priority going to those living in Stockport, Oldham or Tameside.

*We are not currently accepting any more volunteers for this project, but if you know someone who could benefit, you can make a referral here.

"Arc is an excellent place to begin volunteering and to help build personal confidence as it is a very safe and supportive environment."
"Volunteering at Arc has had a dramatic effect on my self-confidence and improved my skill sets, which has helped enable me back into full time employment."
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