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Vote for The Manchester Museum in the National Lottery Awards

14 Jun 2011

Help the In Touch Volunteer Programme to reach the finals - you can cast your vote until 12 noon on Monday 20 June

The Manchester Museum and Imperial War Museum North are delighted to announce 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 we need your vote to help us get there!

Please cast your vote online at:

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

Voting starts at 9am on Tuesday 31 May, and lasts until midday on Monday 20 June.