A brand new charity set up to support youth and play services in Manchester promises to be a real game-changer for the city's children and young people.
Brand new charity to support youth and play services will be a game-changer for Manchester
The charity, 'Young Manchester', has been set up by the Council with the support of One Manchester and Wythenshawe Community Housing Group to help bring in additional funds to support projects and activities for children and young people that might otherwise go unfunded.
Working with partner agencies Young Manchester will identify sources of funding and then commission high quality youth and play work within local communities. This will be in direct response to local need and to demand from families and from young people themselves.
The charity will also ensure increased opportunities for children and young people across the city to further develop their skills and potential in all aspects of their life as they grow up into young adults. One of its key aims is to support children and young people to develop the personal and social skills they need to lead safe, happy, healthy and successful lives.
The work of the charity will be linked strategically to the Manchester Strategy and UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, and will play a vital role in ensuring Manchester as a city, is the best it can be in terms of its provision for children and young people.
Manchester City Council Executive Members agreed to support the development of a new, independent Youth and Play Trust to support services across the city back in February this year.
Councillor Rosa Battle, Executive Member for Culture and Leisure, Manchester City Council, said: "Young Manchester will transform the way youth and play services are delivered and is going to be a real game-changer for the city.
"In an era of cutbacks, the access to sources of funding outside of the council that the charity will be able to tap into, is going to play an important part in giving children and young people across the city increased opportunities in all aspects of their life by developing bespoke projects for them that respond to their needs.
"Our children and young people are key to Manchester's future and we need to do everything we can to help them achieve their full potential so that they in turn can do their own bit to help shape and share in the city's future success."
The development of Young Manchester has also had the full backing of Manchester Youth Council.
Kaitlynn Fenton from Manchester Youth Council said: "The development of Young Manchester is really exciting in terms of what it will mean for young people. Attracting new funding for play and youth services and increasing the opportunities for children and young people across the city is going to quite literally change lives and will make a real difference to me and thousands of other children and young people now and in the future."