Boom Young People are Community Reporters!

A group of young people from our Boom and Boom+ projects (our specialist projects for looked after children and care leavers from across Greater Manchester) recently completed their Silver level Community Reporter training.

The two-day course taught the young people how to create short videos using mobile phone and tablet technology. As part of their training the group also learned about ethical reporting and online safety, as well as exploring creative storytelling using words, image and sound.

By the end of the course each participant had created their own short story and captured this either on video or as an audio recording. All of the content has been shared online and can be viewed on the Community Reporter website ( The young people gained Silver level certificates and badges and are now members of the Institute of Community Reporters, a European network run by People’s Voice Media.


One participant named Mike, 17, said, “The sessions were very inspiring to me; enabling me to get my messages across in a positive, motivated way.”


GMYN delivers Community Reporter training for groups of up to 10 young people from across Greater Manchester. For more information or course prices contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or phone 0161 274 3299.



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GMYN's Celebration event of the year at the BBC

Greater Manchester Youth Network held their annual Celebration event at the BBC in Media City on 15th December 2015.

The event celebrated and showcased the hard work that all of the volunteers, young people and contributors have put in to make GMYN the Charity it is today.

As an Oscar themed event the main focus was short films. The projects that GMYN delivers, Boom, Boots and Beats, Carousel, Health Action Champions, NotJustA, South Youth Focus and Greater Manchester Talent Match - created individual films to be judged by the BBC and the audience on the night for a special award.

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The BBC awarded Greater Manchester Talent Match the choice award, they selected the film created by the Youth Panel because they thought it had a clear message, it showed how Talent Match supports young people and the journey the young people go on.

Our project Boom won the audience majority vote on the night with their film about the two groups Bury and Rochdale competing, the film had a positive spin with both groups saying they enjoy spending time together.

To see more films and keep up-to-date with recent news subscribe to the GMYN YouTube channel and follow us on Twitter and Facebook.

Celebrations at GMYN House Party Event!

On Wednesday 7th October, GMYN opened our office doors, put up the balloons and turned up the music for our House Party event! It was well attended by different organisations around Greater Manchester.

It was good to meet new people, hear about organisations we have not worked with before and see some familiar faces.

Hannah Bell from Inspiring Learning said “It was lovely to see what you have been up to and speak with so many people with the same agenda in mind.”

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Boom Summer Activities!

Oldham group discover art and treasure!

Young people from the Oldham Boom group took part in a variety of activities over the summer holidays. Firstly they helped evaluate the Boom project by giving their thoughts and ideas.
Then 3 young people spent a day at Oldham Gallery and achieved a Discover Art Award!

A few young people joined in with a treasure hunt called geocaching around Alexandra Park, it's amazing what can be found in your local area!!

Reward trips included kayaking and a joint trip to Blackpool Pleasure Beach with the Bury group, where new friends were made!

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Bury group volunteer at ARC

The Bury group took part in a range of activities over the summer holidays. Firstly they came up with new ideas for projects that GMYN could deliver with young people. Then the group went to the Agricultural Rural Centre in Stockport (ARC) to volunteer for the day. They had been there a few months ago and were pleased to see the young people again. They helped feed the animals, did some gardening and some painting.

Well done to the eighteen young people who took part in Boom in Bury and Oldham this summer!


Boom+ Extended Thanks To Lloyds Bank Foundation

Lloyds LogoIt is with great joy that we announce that Boom+ is being funded by the Lloyds Bank Foundation up until September 2017. This will allow us to continue our vital work with care leavers in Bury, Oldham and Rochdale. We look forward to our partnership with the Lloyds Bank Foundation.

We would also like to take this opportunity to thank our partners in Bury, Oldham and Rochdale for their support in the previous year. Boom+ was a tremendous success as we were able to support so many care leavers, and we were only able to do this because of their support. We look forward to working with them over the next two years.

We are currently in the middle of constructing the programme for the next 6 months, so watch this space!


Easter Variety on the Boom project in Bury – Dogs, Dj-ing and Disney!

Nine young people on the Boom project in Bury took part in a range of activities over the holidays; learning about charities, volunteering and playing music.

Firstly they met Paul from the Blue Cross who ran a workshop all about dogs and how to look after dogs properly. They also learnt more about the charity work of the Blue Cross and are now thinking of doing some fundraising for them.

On another day, two young people helped at New Spring Community Fun Day, and contributed to raising about £600 for the community. The young people served tea and coffee and made a special appearance as Mickey and Minnie Mouse!

Finally, young people learnt to DJ and showed off their skills by playing music and having a dance!

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Young people help charity and challenge themselves over Easter

Over the Easter holidays, 12 young people on the Boom project in Oldham took part in a number of activities and challenges. They baked cakes and sold them to raise money for Dr Kershaw’s Hospice, they helped out an animal rescue centre and they did some rock climbing at Dovestone’s Reservoir. It was a very busy Easter with 12 young people taking part. 6 of these young people were new so were trying Boom for the first time. Well done to everyone!

On the 7th April, the group learnt to bake cakes and sold them to people using the Link Centre. They decided they would like to give the money raised to Dr Kershaw’s Hospice as it is a local charity. They raised £20.05. Some of the group had never made a cake before so they also learnt a new skill!

Later in the holidays, the group spent an afternoon mucking out at Haywill Animal Rescue in Glossop. One young person enjoyed it so much he said he wanted to come back to volunteer again.

As a reward trip, the group were then taken to Dovestone Reservoir with Adventure based Learning and the young people did some rock climbing near Indian’s Head!

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Well done to the two new Boom+ ambassadors who completed training!

On Thursday 20th of March the Boom+ project saw two young people complete the training to become Boom+ ambassadors. The young people attended an afternoon of fun games, interactive and informative activities and skills training sessions. Having volunteered with Boom+ for past 6 months, the young people were able to identify the qualities needed to make a good volunteer and the benefits of volunteering. The new ambassadors will now go on to promoting to other young people.

Maryam Duale, Boom+ Project Coordinator, said: “The young people were able to use their experience of volunteering to help guide the session. They are now equipped with the information and skills they need to help and guide other young people towards volunteering, so watch this space. I am very proud of the young people and can’t wait to see what they achieve.’


Boom+ group in Oldham are helping fight youth homelessness

boom plus_logo_smallA group of people from Boom+ in Oldham are creating a campaign to help tackle homelessness among young care leavers.

The campaign was the brain child of Graham Brooks, a young care leaver in Oldham, who identified that this was a major problem for care leavers.

Recent research carried out by Rebecca Coombes for the Guardian newspaper suggests "40% of care-leavers experience homelessness within the first six months of leaving local authority care."

Graham, who is now involved in the project said: “I am really excited about this project. I have had friends and family who ended up homeless. I hope the campaign we create will become a national campaign, and I hope it will make a difference."

Maryam Duale, Project Coordinator for Boom+ added: “It was important to us that the project was led by young people and that they were able to have a voice on the issues that were important to them. The young people involved are all care leavers, and they had some experience of homelessness and wanted to do something to tackle it.”

The group will be meeting once a week to try and build a campaign, for care leavers by care leavers. You can join the campaign and support it using the hashtag #Caringforcareleavers.