Manchester Day of Action

Manchester Day of Action is our annual community volunteering project for alumni around the world.

In 2019, 380 alumni across five continents took part in Manchester Day of Action. You helped us become the UK’s top ranked university in the Times Higher Education University Impact Rankings.

When the coronavirus pandemic struck, it upended the lives of billions of people. Alumni helped to address this challenge, taking action to help people directly impacted by the crisis.

In 2020 alone, 480 of you worked across nine projects to help communities around the world.

We need alumni like you

This year, we need alumni like you to organise a project that addresses United Nations sustainable development goal three, to ensure healthy lives and promote wellbeing for all.

You can:

  • organise a project on your own
  • work with a local organisation or charity that needs help.

Once you have chosen a project to organise, we will advertise it to other alumni near you. These alumni will work with you to complete the project.

Take a look below at the action taken by alumni in previous years to get some inspiration for a project that will work for you.

The Worldwide Manchester Run 2021

Manchester Day of Action 2020


March – 7 alumni helped construct a shelter for workers from Malaysia who were caught in Singapore when lockdown began

June – 27 alumni made contactless deliveries of meals to vulnerable people, easing their financial burden and reducing their exposure to the external environment


10 alumni organised the collection of materials for a community library that had been damaged during floods.

The lead volunteer, following strict protocols, handed over a hygiene kit (hand soap, hand sanitiser and ready-to-use disinfectant), 50 cloth face masks for children, 282 books (mostly for children), COVID-19 awareness posters and flyers, and two book shelves.

The event was supported by fundraising from selling 72 Manchester Day of Action t-shirts to other alumni in Indonesia and donations from several sponsors.


Two alumni in Melbourne spent 20 hours putting together an Annual Report for a charity in India, New Beginnings Charitable Trust.


On the 22 June, 10 alumni in Shanghai and staff from the China Centre visited Home Sweet Home. This local charity works with people with disabilities and people who have experienced homelessness – providing training in areas such as English, computer skills and sewing.

Later on in the year, 100 people, including 41 alumni, plus staff and students took part in a team-building exercise, encouraging our students, alumni and people with disabilities from the charity ‘Dialogue in the Dark’ to embrace a more active lifestyle.

Worldwide – Community Mapping Day

Alumni joined students and staff to help map over 1,480km2 in remote areas of Uganda. This is equivalent to an area larger than the size of Greater Manchester, and just smaller than the size of London. 

These maps will enable aid teams to track down those who have been left in need of healthcare and prosthetic limbs following a devastating conflict that ravaged the region for 20 years. For every 50 huts found on a map, there is a victim able to receive life-changing care. 

Alumni from all around the world were brought together to work towards this, from Manchester to Mexico, and Canada to New Zealand. One alumna got in touch to arrange her daughter’s 14th birthday party, with her friends mapping in unison from their own homes.  

Manchester Day of Action 2019

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