What is the City of Social Action?

We know that if children and young people are at the heart of their communities, shaping their own futures, then those communities will be better for everyone.


We believe social action has the power to be a core driver of children and young people’s progression and development. In partnership with the #iwill Fund, Young Manchester is committed to making social action business as usual for organisations working with children and young people in Manchester-to date over 10,000 children and young people have engaged in social action through our Youth and Play fund.


We aim to recognise and celebrate the great work of children and young people across the city, through our partner network and beyond .The City of Social Action will provide a platform for young people and organisations to shout about youth social action, youth voice and youth led projects, centring young people making change in their communities.


Together we will build the case for future investment, and make Manchester the place to be for youth social action, youth voice and youth leadership.

What is Youth Social Action?

We define youth social action as ‘action taken to create a positive change’, underpinned by six core principles.

  • Reflective: Recognising contributions as well as valuing critical reflection and learning
  • Youth led: Led, owned and shaped by young people’s needs, ideas and decision making.
  • Challenging: Stretching and ambitious as well as enjoyable and enabling.
  • Progressive: Sustained and providing links to other activities and opportunities.
  • Embedded: Accessible to all and well integrated to existing pathways to become a habit for life.
  • Socially Impactful: Have a clear intended benefit to a community, cause or social problem.

What will we be doing?

Through the City of Social Action, we will support the development, growth and sustainability of youth social action across the city with an exciting programme of work including…

  • Funding – a dedicated fund for youth led social action.
  • Workshops and training – we’ll be programming youth facilitated workshops and training for the sector.
  • Youth voice – a focus on growing our own youth voice work and connecting youth voice across the city.
  • Communications – we’ll be leading a campaign to celebrate great social action, great young people and great organisations.

How can you get involved?

We’ll be launching the City of Social Action campaign on social media from the 19th April. Sign up here to receive the City of Social Action comms pack and join partners across the city in celebrating and recognising great youth social action.


Young creatives

Are you a young photographer, filmmaker or animator based in Manchester? We want to work with you to produce content for the City of Social Action campaign. Follow us on twitter/Instagram for updates on upcoming opportunities.


Youth-led organisations & Young facilitators

Do you run your own youth led organisation or social action project? We want to work with youth led groups and young facilitators to put together a series of workshops focused on youth social action, youth voice and youth leadership for organisations working with children and young people across the city.


Contact Rachel Garbutt our Social Action Coordinator at for more information.