HAC is moving location!

As you may be aware RBUF is moving location, as a result the GMYN Health Action Champion sessions that take place on Thursday 17:30 – 19:00 is also moving.

Our new venue is: CVS Rochdale, Unique Enterprise Centre, Belfield Road, Rochdale OL16 2UP.

The sessions will continue to take place on Thursday evenings, 17:30 – 19:00. The first session at CVS will be on Thursday 13th October.


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.

Networking Event in Rochdale is a Success!

GMYN held a ‘Making a Difference’ Event in Rochdale to showcase projects and work done with young people on Thursday 9th July at St. Andrew’s Church, Rochdale.

The event was well attended by different services and organisations around Rochdale who wanted to find out more about GMYN’s work. Attendees were able to network, look around the stalls and enjoy a buffet lunch.

Speaking at the event about the Health Action Champions project, Phil Burton, Communications and Engagement Lead at HMR CCG said: “Young people can have unique insights and can contribute to and influence the development and commissioning of services. The work we have done so far is a good beginning but we need to build on this by involving more young people in the work we do.”

GMYN’s network was also re-launched at the event, with many of the attendees interested to find out more about it and how they can join.

Thanks to everyone who came along, we hope you found the event useful and please get in touch if you would like to work together.

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Health Action Champions now recruiting

Looking for a new challenge? An exciting opportunity for people aged 13 – 21 to join the Health Action Champions group has now become available.

The group represent young people to make a difference for the Borough of Rochdale. They are now in their second year of existence and have already achieved some remarkable things, they also have some fantastic plans in motion for the upcoming year. No previous experience with the health services is necessary to join the group.

Last year the group created a video which looked at their achievements, including supporting Healthwatch to put on an event to engage with young people and representing young people’s views in the Clinical Commissioning Group decision making process. The group were able to represent young people’s opinions on a commissioning panel for health services in Rochdale. The video can be seen here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RSR5iBfX8Bg

“The group did some amazing things last year and they are going to do some more this year! This is such a unique opportunity to make a real difference for anybody who is interested that I hope people will jump at this chance”

Nick - The Project Coordinator

“some people say they’re going to do something – but don’t do it. We say that we are going to do something – and do it”

One of our group members

“I was very inspired by the work of Health Action Champions and to see young people from Heywood, Middleton and Rochdale so passionate and engaged in shaping local health services. I’m delighted that the project has been funded for another year by the Clinical Commissioning Group and I hope to see it grow from strength to strength. I encourage all young people with an interest in health to get involved”

Liz McInnes, Labour MP for Heywood and Middleton


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!

Volunteering film by young people premieres to great success in Rochdale

Young people_premier_film_they_produced_about_their_volunteeringYoung people from Rochdale, who have been volunteering with the Health Action Champions project, have created a short film sharing their achievements over the last twelve months.

The film premiered on the first of April at one of GMYN’s partner offices, Rochdale Borough-wide User Forum (RBUF). The audience included young volunteers, staff members from Greater Manchester Youth Network, NHS public governors, Healthwatch Rochdale and the MP for Heywood and Middleton, Liz McInnes.

The short film was lauded and very well received by all who attended, and the cinema atmosphere was made even more authentic with added popcorn! Nick, co-ordinator of the Health Action Champions programme, said “it was great to see the work of these inspirational young people enjoyed and for them to see the positive support both from people on the film and from those who attended this event, just shows how important their volunteering is to people”

The film focused on the Health Action Champions project, which the young amateur filmmakers have been volunteering with. Health Action Champions is a project that aims to improve the engagement and access of young people, into the strategic decision making of the health services across the Rochdale borough. The volunteers represent the voice of young people in the area and share opinions to decision makers within the health services. As well as organising and delivering preventative work around the wider health agenda within their communities. The project is open for young people from the Rochdale borough aged 13 – 21.

The video in question can be watched directly from this page below.

For more information about the Health Action Champions project, get in touch via our contact form or speak to Nick on 0161 274 3299.


Health Action Champion volunteers produce short film

Health Action_Logo_smallTwo young people from the Health Action Champions have volunteered their time to produce a short film about GMYN, focusing in particular one of its projects in Rochdale – Health Action Champions.

On Wednesday 1st April 3:30pm at RBUF (142 Drake Street, Rochdale, OL16 1PU) this short film will be launched and shown to an audience of friends, family, GMYN staff, and partners and supporters. It would be great if you could come along and show your support too!

This is a great way to find out about GMYN, and Health Action Champions. There will be an opportunity to meet some of the Health Action Champions themselves and ask any questions you have about the short film they've produced, the HAC project in Rochdale or Greater Manchester Youth Network.

Refreshments will be served courtesy of GMYN, and we anticipate to close the event between 4:30 and 5:00 pm

There are limited spaces so to book your place please contact Nick via our contact form or telephone 07922 814797 / 0161 274 3377.


Your Voice event was a success

Your VoiceGMYN, Healthwatch Rochdale and Rochdale Libraries planned and attended the #YourVoice event in Rochdale on the 19th February and it was a great success.

The event was for Under 25s to tell their stories of health services - both positive and negative – and be assured they are listened to.

The group discussed different topics including doctors, mental health and Rochdale Infirmary. The discussion was listened to by members of staff from Healthwatch Rochdale who will be ensure their stories are able to have a positive impact of health services both locally and nationally.

A recording was taken of the event and can be found on the community reporters website, it is titled Your Voice - Young people and service providers in Rochdale discuss local health services.

The #YourVoice event was planned in conjunction with the Health Action Champions project, for more information about this event or Health Action Champions please call 0161 274 3377 or 07922814797 and ask for Nick.

Time To Talk - 5th Feb

time to_talkOn 5th February, Greater Manchester Youth Network took part in Time to Talk Day, part of the Time to Change campaign to challenge mental health stigma.

Young people, staff and trustees came together to simply have a conversation!

GMYN's Time to Talk Day was an opportunity for people from different backgrounds and with different experiences to get together to have an informal conversation about mental health.

The main topic discussed was chosen by our Health Action Champions from Rochdale, who decided to focus on the question, "How we can support someone we know who is experiencing mental health issues?".

Visit our Facebook page to watch our film and hear our discussion... we hope that it inspires you to go out and make your own time to talk!

On Time to Talk Day thousands of people got involved and shared photos with Time to Change, who set up a Pinterest page to capture all the great things that took place, check it out here:

Click here to see the wider impact of Time to Talk day 2015

Thank you to all those who supported us in making our Time to Talk event a success.

Update - #YourVoice events in Rochdale

Your VoiceThere is now only one chance to attend the #YourVoice event in Rochdale. The event will take place on Thursday 19th February from 3:00pm - 5:00pm at Number One Riverside.

This is an exciting and one off opportunity for Under 25's to tell their stories of health services - both positive and negative – and be assured they are listened to.

During a fun and exciting two hours we will explore health and social care services and hear about how YOU can shape these key services for the future.

This event has been designed by GMYN and Healthwatch Rochdale in partnership with Rochdale Libraries.

Book now to avoid disappointment by calling Nick on 07922 814797 or 0161 274 3377 or contact us.

Please note: the previous dates on 18th, 19th (morning) and 20th are no longer available.