Young Manchester is committed to tackling racial injustice that impacts on children and young people’s lives and to establishing clear, coherent approaches to Equality, Diversity and Inclusion within the Youth and Play sector.

Too often there is a gap between those making decisions that impact upon children and young people’s lives and children and young people themselves. This means we don’t always listen to those with expertise and lived experience of the impacts of racism, inequality, injustice and exclusion.

We also don’t hear enough from Youth Workers and those on the frontline delivering critical services with children and young people.  We know that Youth Workers have unique insights into the lives of children and young people as well as into their own lives, careers and known structural inequalities in the sector and beyond.

We recognise the role that a vibrant and thriving Youth and Play sector has in contributing to outcomes for children and young people. We want to work together, to continue to invest in the sector in Manchester and to build on the strengths and assets we have in this city. This will ensure that the sector thrives, Youth Workers thrive and children and young people benefit.

To start this important work Young Manchester expect to award two grants as outlined below:

  1. A grant to support privileging the voices and expertise of Youth Workers and Black Youth Workers in particular. We want to hear directly from Youth Workers about their experiences in the city, so that we can directly inform future plans for youth and play work and attract further investment to support their needs and strengths.
  2. A grant to support exploring the experiences that young people have of racial injustice that impacts upon their lives, their activism and leadership on this issue and their recommendations for change.

Learning from this Fund will inform the Youth and Play sector, it is our hope and expectation that recommendations from this work that will lead to action, including informing future funding and grant programmes led by Young Manchester.

We are looking to support key partners who are keen to take this work forward and are looking for proposals that will provide outstanding opportunities for Youth Workers and young people in Manchester, to be heard and to help make a difference. This will strengthen partnerships, drive quality provision, support inclusion and privilege youth voice and leadership.


Tackling Racial Injustice: Young People’s Voice and Activism Prospectus

Tackling Racial Injustice: Young People’s Voice and Activism Application Form


Tackling Racial Injustice: Youth Worker Voice Prospectus

Tackling Racial Injustice: Youth Worker Voice  Application Form


For more information, get in touch with Henry Ngawoofah – h.ngawoofah@youngmanchester.org