Find out about volunteer opportunities with SWAP

Work with people from around the world in a role where no one day is the same. Working and volunteering at SWAP is always a rollercoaster ride. You will meet people, learn things, and experience things you never thought you could do in Wigan. If you are looking for a role where you will meet people from around the world, where you can really see yourself making a positive impact on someone’s life, where your skills and experience will be valued, for a challenge, then SWAP is a good opportunity for you.

How You Can Help

SWAP needs volunteers for a range of roles, Caseworkers, English Conversation teachers, Translation volunteers, Women’s Group volunteers, Welcome Service volunteers, help in the kitchen and giving us a hand with office-based tasks.

What skills and qualities should a SWAP volunteer have?

For us, it’s important that you:

  • Enjoy learning about other cultures and countries;
  • Are open-minded;
  • Have a few hours a week that you can give to SWAP on a regular basis;
  • Are willing to expand your own knowledge about support systems in the UK
  • Want to help people to improve their own lives;
  • Have a sense of humor and enjoy the thrill of working with a growing organisation!

We give all volunteers full training, ongoing support and social activities, and we pay reasonable volunteering expenses.

Still interested? Have a look at the volunteer role descriptions, download the volunteer application form and return to us via email, post or in person: once we receive your form we’ll call you in for an interview. Good luck!

Whilst we aim to work with volunteers from a range of backgrounds and are committed to equal opportunities in the workplace, the project reserves the right not to accept applicants who are not thought to be appropriate for the needs of the project and the clients.


If you are unable to give your time but would like to help us financially, you can make a donation here: Donate. Every donation makes a difference to us, no matter how little you can give, and all donated money goes towards helping some of the most vulnerable people in our borough.

Speak Out

We know that many people aren’t happy with hostility which is sometimes shown to new arrivals in the borough and more generally across the country, but may lack the information to challenge the prejudices. Why not get informed – come to a training session so that you have “facts at your fingertips” to do some myth-busting with your friends and family!