The Widows Empowerment Trust

Promoting social inclusion in the lives of widows and widowers

Get in touch! Call us on 01619 714072

Supporting people who have lost a life partner

Social help and Inclusion

Losing a life partner at any age has a severe impact on well-being. We strive to counteract loneliness in widows and widowers through our work.

Caring Volunteers

We know the challenges widows and widowers face. Our volunteers are here to support through The Widowsempowement Trust in Manchester by engaging in social activities and through home visits. 

Support Groups

Our aim is to build a support network with love and empathy around widows and widowers to improve their quality of life, happiness and self-worth.

We need donations for transporting volunteers to home visits and fundraising events.

In the news: Widows Empowerment and NCS

"That´s TV Manchester" recently featured a news story about how we are working with NCS to engage volunteers aged 15-17. Our goal is to strengthen the confidence and social skills of the young volunteers and bridge the gap between old and young generations

Working with National Citizen Service (NCS)

Young volunteers helping elderly lady

Are you our next young volunteer?

Widows Empowerment Trust is working with NCS this summer to give volunteers between the age of 15 - 17 the chance to gain work experience, build self-esteem and confidence whilst doing valuable work and promoting social inclusion for widows and widowers. 

We have a large range of opportunities for young people, and need volunteers to help with the following: 

1. Social events with the service users, where you join in on creative and fun activities like arts and crafts, karaoke or games. 

2. Fundraising activities such as bag packing. 

3. Volunteers can raise awareness about loneliness and the impact this can have on a person in the community. 

4. Help with organising events such as “Never too Old to Play”, which is a day of sports, activities and games with old and new generations. 

5. Raising awareness in the community about our workshops. 

6. Organising sponsorship events such as walks, sporting events and bake sales. 

You will work within a team of 13 other young volunteers, and have the chance to really make a difference!  

Our services and volunteer programs

Home visits and befriending

young volunteer a home visit helping older volunteer

Home visits is one of the programs we offer to counteract loneliness and isolation. Volunteers will make regular home visits or or call for a chat.

Day trips and meals

a meal out in a restaurant

Food tastes better when you share a meal! We offer meals out, combined with day trips and fun social activities to strengthen and build our support network. 

Admin and fundraising

our volunteers and patrons of the trust

Our volunteers are so vital for us and take on a huge variety of task. Help with administration, fundraising and project work is needed on a regular basis. 

Pampering Session

Our spa dates and programs

Everyone deserves to get pampered once in a while, and we arrange spa days with access to jacuzzis, steam-rooms and saunas for a social and fun day out. 

Celebrations and Holidays

buffet with widows empowerment trust

Getting our community together to celebrate key dates and special holidays is important for us, as we believe no one should be alone on days of celebration.

Education and Training

Volunteers sewing and making crafts

Why not volunteer and learn something new at the same time? In these sessions volunteers and users of the service can share their skills. 

get to know us

What we do

Who we are

Why we do it

Supporting Widows/widowers with dementia

Young and elderly people around a table

Support, community and education

As some of our users are are facing dementia, we offer extra support to them and family members. Also, we educate the community about the challenges they face for a better understanding of how dementia affects the individual, our society and how they can help. 


Shelves stocked with food, corn flakes, cereal, tea, jars

We cook for a lot of people!

If you want to volunteer, feel free to throw on an apron! You can also support our food bank by donating to the Tesco donation stations or directly to us. 

Parachute jump for widows Empowerment

Our founder and leader recently jumped in tandem from 15 000 ft, despite her fear of heights to raise money for the charity. The promotional video for the event was covered by "That´s TV Manchester".  



Members of the trust were lucky enough to be invited to a red carpet Christmas celebration at the Irish Centre, and received great feedback on our work in the community. 



Wilsons House, Monsall Road, Manchester, M40 8WN

+441619714072, +447472064322, +447479916948


Open today

09:00 – 17:00

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 We need your donation to carry out our good work putting smiles on widows and widowers faces. Your generous donation would make a huge difference to someone's life. 

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