Withington Assist


A Charity for Older People Living Locally


What we do


We provide a range of support services and activities for older people designed to help them continue to live independent, active and fulfilling lives. We offer social groups where people can get together such as the film club, walks in the local parks, exercise classes, day trips and the weekly lunch club. We also provide support services such as help with gardening, telephone and in person befriending services. 


How we raise money and what we do with it


We rely on public and private donations. We receive grant funding from a number of sponsors including Manchester City Council, Wellbeing Fund, National Lottery, The Coop, Withington Civic Society, Southway Housing Trust and the Duchy of Lancaster. We receive donations for our activities and rely on the generousity of our community.


Our Service Users


We have over 190 members from the Withington community and surrounding locality. People hear about our services through a variety of ways whether referred by a social worker or health care profession, finding us through the Withington Methodist Church or via a friend or relative.


The Trustees


Assist relies on the time given freely by the trustees to ensure that the charity is properly managed. We have a small and dedicated team and welcome interest from others who want to get involved in governance activities. Please get in touch via withingtonassist@gmail.com.


Management Committee

  • Chair: Barbara Aston

  • Treasurer: Vicky Wharmby

  • Secretary: Sarala Gunawardena




  • Jacqueline Kirkby

  • Pip Cotterill

  • Gavin White

  • Meena Shah

  • David Lamb

  • Emma Horridge

  • Gemma Glennon


Our Volunteers


We cannot run our services without the valued help of our volunteers.  We currently have over 50 volunteers with people of all ages and backgrounds supporting us in providing a range of services. If you are interested please get in touch to find out what kind of volunteering we have available by emailing withingtonassist@gmail.com.  We will let you know what opportunities there are and if you might be interested and then download the form on the Volunteers page and drop it into us in our office at the back of the  Withington Methodist Church or email it to us.We’d love to hear from you. 


Our Safeguarding Vulnerable Adults Policy 2022

Opening times


Monday to Friday: 

9:30am - 3.30pm


Some Thursdays we might be closed for training or catching up.

Contact us 



Annual Reports


0161 434 9216