On Monday (30th April), Young Manchester invited their first ever Youth and Play delivery partners to celebrate their commitment to young people in the City, at an event held at Manchester’s creative hub HOME.
The event saw the Young Manchester’s trustees and delivery partners come together to share their plans for the development of youth and play services in the City and how they will deliver more social action opportunities for young people in Manchester.
The funds will be used to develop a range of initiatives including youth volunteering and fundraising programmes, residential and outdoor education activities, youth participation and a range of youth led creative programmes involving drama and music.
Chair of trustees Nigel Wilson commented
“it was great to have all of our partners in one room and see the potential we have for developing and improving youth and play services in the City. We have a fantastic variety of partners, each one different in the services they provide for young people. We cannot wait to see the outcome of the funding they have received from Young Manchester and we look forward to witnessing the changes that it makes to the lives of young people in Manchester.’’
The lead partners that have received funding are Manchester Young Lives, 42nd Street, East Youth and Play Partnership, HOME, The Proud Trust, Factory Youth Zone, Groundwork, Barlow Moor Community Association, Greater Manchester Coalition of Disabled People, Teens and Toddlers, Wythenshawe Community Housing Group, Whalley Range Youth Alliance, M13 Youth Project, N-Gage, Greater Manchester Youth Network, Nacro, Manchester United Foundation, Music Stuff and Communities For All.
Young Manchester received an initial investment of over £3.5 million from Manchester City Council for 2017 – 2020, and then partnered with the #iwill Fund in November 2017 to create a pot of £2 million.
The #iwill Fund is made possible thanks to £40 million joint investment from the Big Lottery Fund, using National Lottery funding, and the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport. The #iwill Fund supports the aims of the UK-wide #iwill campaign to increase the number of people taking part in social action.
Young Manchester is acting as a match funder and awarding grants on behalf of the #iwill Fund.