Vote for The Manchester Museum in the National Lottery Awards

 The Manchester Museum and Imperial War Museum North are delighted to let you know that the In Touch Volunteer Programme has reached the semi-finals of The National Lottery Awards! 

We now need your support to get us to the finals, and it’s your vote that will help to us get there! Please click on this link to cast your vote.

The Awards are an annual search to find the UK’s favourite Lottery-funded projects. In Touch is competing against nine other projects for the title of Best Education Project. We are already thrilled to get to the semi finals but it would be fantastic to reach the finals, specifically to celebrate the achievements of the volunteers involved, raise the profile of the project and achieve national recognition for this Manchester based initiative.

The In Touch Volunteer Programme was an innovative adult learning programme and one of the first of its kind in the museum sector. This collaborative programme was developed and delivered by The Manchester Museum and Imperial War Museum North, in partnership with Salford City College. In Touch helped over 180 people from the Greater Manchester area access heritage, re-engage with learning and develop key transferable skills for future employment.

Key achievements:

· 84% course completion

· 80 hours of learning and practice per volunteer

· 79% took the literacy qualification, 95% of whom passed

· 79% achieved accredited customer service qualifications

· 18% of In Touch volunteers moved on to employment.

· 41% of volunteers took part in further learning

To find out more about In Touch and view a short film about the achievements of our volunteers please visit our websites http://www.museum.manchester.ac.uk/community/volunteer  or www.iwm.org.uk/northvolunteers

Voting starts at 9am on Tuesday 31 May, and lasts until midday on Monday 20 June. Please click on this link  to cast your vote, or call 0844 836 9682*.  Please tell your colleagues, friends and family who may also like to support us. (*Calls will cost no more than 5p from a BT landline. Calls from other networks may vary, calls from mobiles could cost considerably more).

Every vote counts, so we really appreciate your support!

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