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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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!


Making a Difference in Rochdale

Rochdale-GMYN-Event-InviteGMYN would like to invite voluntary organisations and those working with young people in Rochdale to attend our event. Come along to find out more about our projects, the young people we work with and to explore partnership work with us.
  • Thursday 9th July
  • 11am-1pm
  • St. Andrew’s Church, Entwisle Road, Rochdale, OL16 2HZ
  • *Free buffet lunch provided*
Places are limited so booking is essential. Book your place now by contacting us or telephoning 0161 274 3377

We look forward to seeing you there!

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.