Please vote for Boots and Beats!

Please vote for Boots and Beats at The more votes we get, the more funding we receive to continue the project! The youth unemployment rate among 16-24 year olds in Manchester is over 22%. Boot and Beats engages young people through football and music, and tackles unemployment by connecting our participants to volunteering, training and mentoring. We are part of Manchester City FC’s Cityzens Giving campaign and your votes ensure we can continue supporting our young leaders and young people next year

Youth Work Week 2016 Campaign

Youth Work Week Manchester: 7th – 13th November 2016

GMYN want to get the message out about the importance of youth work in Manchester, specifically the contributions volunteers make to young people’s services! The theme of Youth Work Week this year is ‘Fair chances: how youth work helps young people to brighter futures’. We know it does but we need your help to shout about it! So here is an opportunity to get involved in a social media campaign we’re running and you could win a prize by doing so!

How to get involved:

To enter into the prize raffle, all you need to do is Tweet or Facebook us and share your youth work/volunteer message or story between 7th-13th November. This can be via a photograph, video (30secs or less), or a written message.

If you’re a young person, the message needs to include:

‘Youth Work has … #YWW16 @gmyn’

(e.g. ‘Youth Work has given me a place to go and make friends. I feel more confident speaking to new people #YWW16 @gmyn’)

Prize winner will receive: £20 Arndale shopping voucher

If you’re a youth work volunteer, the message needs to include:

I volunteer with #YP in #MCR because … #YWW16 @gmyn’

e.g. ‘I volunteer with #YP in #MCR because I want to make a positive impact in their lives like my youth workers had in mine #YWW16 @gmyn')

Prize winner will receive: £20 cinema voucher

If you’re a youth organisation, the message needs to include:

#YouthWork volunteers … #YWW16 @gmyn’

e.g. ‘#YouthWork volunteers have brought fresh ideas and energy into our organisation. We couldn't do what we do without them. #YWW16 @gmyn’.)

Prize winner will receive: Fairtrade confectionary hamper worth £30

Speech bubbles

As part of this campaign we have a set of speech bubbles which you can add your message to and take a picture of you holding it (or of just the bubble itself), then post on our Facebook or Twitter page. TIP: Be sure to write BIG, clearly and in a thick dark coloured marker pen so your message will show up on the photo.
For more details or to receive blank printed speech bubbles contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by Monday 31st October.

Download above information in image format: Youth Work Week 16 Flyer
Download PDF Speech Bubble template: Speech Bubble Template

Please be aware: Images, videos, tweets etc may be used as part of a compilation video after the campaign.

Social Media links: or @gmyn #YWW16


A Social Enterprise set up by disabled people from GMYN has made its own brand of tea

The Bolton based ‘Not Just A’ project have made their own brand of Tea! AFC Masters is a disability football club, they receive little funding and the passionate young people needed to start something that would maintain the club. With starting their own branded product they saw a way to raise awareness of their group and raise funds to support it. They have now developed their own enterprise and have created a brand of tea called ‘It’s not coffee’ to sell in order to support the club they play for.

Steven Percival (25) from AFC - "It took a while to come up with the name for our tea, we were pulling our hair out until Sean shouted out ‘I’ve got it, It’s not coffee’, we all decided straight away that this was the name we wanted and all the others were forgotten."

The group have been involved in designing the product from start to finish. Learning about the importance of taste, market research, branding and packaging along the way, which has been a huge step for the disabled group.

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Joe Cain (Project Coordinator) - "It’s been great watching the young people grow, we have had some socially isolated young people form friendships for the first time. All the young people have grown in confidence, and there are some young people who have gone from lack of self believe to a real sense of pride about who they are and what they can achieve in the world, which is amazing to witness."

Iain Massingham (Manager of AFC) - “The club play in green and black so when it came to the branding I guess it was a natural choice for the young people to pick these colours."


Quotes from participants at the project:

Robert Egerton (25)"I have enjoyed the sessions, it’s been great to learn about how to make a product from start to finish."
Mathew Parkinson (27)"I have learned about the Fair Trade logo and what it means."
Dhamendra Khimji (31)"We have sold our product at Ramsbottom Christmas Market and have recently set up a trust box scheme at Castlehill offices selling a number of products. The experiences have enabled me to improve my customer service skills."


Boots and Beats to be part of Manchester City FC’s Cityzens Giving campaign

Boots and Beats (A Greater Manchester Youth Network project) has been announced as one of six projects taking part in Cityzens Giving, a global charitable initiative that uses the power of football to change lives.

Run in partnership with City Football Group, whose family of Club’s include Manchester City Football Club, New York City Football Club and Melbourne City Football Club, Cityzens Giving supports young leaders in cities around the world to tackle tough challenges affecting their communities.

Boots and Beats is a partnership project delivered by Greater Manchester Youth Network (GMYN), a charity working with some of the most disadvantaged young people in the city region. This includes children in care, young carers, disabled young people, homeless young people and many others who face significant barriers. Through GMYN’s projects and support, young people are able to make positive progression in their lives.

Boots and Beats is an exciting project delivered in partnership with City in the Community combining football and music to engage young people aged 14-25 in positive activities. The aim is for young people of all abilities to participate in the project to develop new skills, gain qualifications and achieve positive outcomes in their lives. These include access and readiness for employment, training and educational opportunities as well as improved health and wellbeing.

Roosevelt Sigsbert, aged 17, is excited about getting the project underway and commented: “The project has opened doors in my life to experiences I would never before have had, such as going to the city academy and providing information to players about the project. It has really helped me with my confidence and leadership skills delivering sessions. When I first started the programme I would have said no to some opportunities through fear of messing up. I would then kick myself afterwards and get annoyed for missing out. I now just go for it and have grown so much. I have developed the ability to think on my feet, being more adaptable and flexible to mine and others needs. I have produced a music track which has opened my eyes into how music is produced and has inspired me to continue to producing music”.

Get involved and choose your cause at 

Get involved and choose your cause at


UPS Road Code – Now Recruiting Groups!

Do you work with or know young people aged 14 – 17? Do you want them to experience a free safe driving experience? Then UPS Road Code is the answer!

thumb ups road codeUPS Road Code is a project delivered in partnership with GMYN, UPS and UK Youth. The young people get to come to the GMYN head office in Ardwick, have discussions and watch videos about the dangers of driving and then experience what driving is really like in our two fantastic driving simulators.

Lunch and transport are provided for each session, and If you are able to bring a group of 10 or more young people on the day of the training, we will reward your organisation to the value of £50. This funding is limited so be quick to take advantage of this fantastic offer.

Sessions are delivered on Saturdays throughout the year, usually 10:00AM – 2:00PM but speak to us if this is not convenient to you and we will see what we can do.

“UPS road code is such an amazing opportunity for groups of young people to discuss the dangers of the road, this is something that people rally get the opportunity to do before the learn to drive and our out there for real!"
Nick – The Project Coordinator




Share Your Talent!

The Share Your Talent video has been created for Greater Manchester Talent Match, the organisation that supports young people aged 14-25 who have not been in employment, education or training for 12 months or longer. The aim of the video is to inspire young people to volunteer and gain great experiences, new skills and qualifications.



Young People muck in at the Lost Plot!

Young-People-muck-in-at-the-Lost-Plot-1On Monday 16th March, 6 young people from the Factory Youth Zone in Manchester got stuck into a volunteering activity at a community allotment as part of the Tri Volunteering programme set up through Greater Manchester Talent Match.

The Tri Volunteering Programme bring young people together with voluntary sector organisations to complete a task over about 4 hours, that will have an impact on the local community whilst providing them with new skill and experience to talk about in their employment journeys. As a twist, a handful of places on the event are also available to local employers, giving young people the opportunity to mix with employers and breakdown some existing barriers.

The first event in the programme was held at an allotment set up by Action for Sustainable Living, who aim to support people to live more sustainably through tackling local issues and priorities with local solutions. Set up in late 2005, The Lost Plot is two allotments joined in one and is designed on permaculture principals. It has matured year upon year and now has a wildlife area, a couple of sheds, a polytunnel, a greenhouse, social area with a fire pit as well as a fully operational clay oven. There are fruit trees, currant bushes, a herb spiral and every year, members decide which vegetables to grow in the various beds. The organisation support the local residents to help at the allotment and in return they can get a share of the produce and inspiration around cooking healthy nutritious food.

Young-People-muck-in-at-the-Lost-Plot-2The group of young people made a huge impact on the day, weeding the beds ready for the next stages of planting, clearing out the herb spiral and preparing the fruit cage ready for Spring/Summer. They enjoyed getting stuck in and gained much from the experience including teamwork, practical skills and a sense of satisfaction when they could see what they had done.

Steph Lynch from Action for Sustainable Living said “We were delighted to have Talent Match join us at The Lost Plot community allotment. This allotment is designed to get people really thinking about food and were it comes from as well as having fun! The Talent Match group really got stuck in and made a huge difference”


Manchester's first Deaf Rave is a success!

Deaf RaveLast week, Manchester hosted its first ever Deaf Rave. It was brought to the city by young people from Manchester Deaf Centre in partnership with GMYN and the Trade Up programme. The young people put on the event with money they had secured from O2's Think Big fund and the Trade Up budget (funded via Royal Bank of Scotland).

A huge amount of planning went into the event and young people purchased glow sticks and wrist bands to sell as well as hiring event lighting. They promoted the night far and wide using different forms of marketing and advertising and everyone involved learned a lot from the experience.

The event was really well attended and included visitors who had travelled from Liverpool and Burnley. The visuals were amazing, the glow sticks lit up the space and the bass was felt by everybody in the venue. There was some silky dance moves being demonstrated from young people and staff alike and everyone had a fantastic time!

A reporter arrived from the Manchester Evening News to observe this unique event and asked the young people involved about it. One of the young people commented that he was "really proud" that they had created this event for young deaf people to attend and that he had visions of this event becoming a "permanent monthly fixture".


You're invited to Manchester's Celebration of Innovation Event!

celebration-of-innovationGreater Manchester Youth Network and Voluntary Youth Manchester invite you to the Celebration of Innovation Event on Tuesday 17th March, 11:30-2:30pm in Room 1.66 at MMU Birley. Book now:

This event recognises the vast array of knowledge and skills that Manchester’s Youth Sector offers and brings together resources designed to aid work with young people and organisational productivity. The event aims to be a participatory experience with attendees having the opportunity to learn about a host of different resources whilst also workshopping emerging ones.

On the day resources will include addressing key issues such as:

  • volunteering
  • impact assessment / outcomes
  • girls work
  • boys work
  • funding
  • data collection/analysis
  • governance
  • alternative expressions of participation
  • inclusive youth work

Everyone who attends this event will go away with a atleast least 10 free resources. The event also includes lunch.

PLEASE NOTE: This event is aimed at voluntary youth organisations in Manchester and places are limited.
Booking required at

Contact Myrtle using our contact form or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for further details.


All about that Bass!

The first Deaf Rave is coming to Manchester this February.

Tickets for_Deaf_RaveThe Deaf Rave will be the first of its kind in the city and will take place on the 24th February at Odd bar in the Northern Quarter. Young people from Manchester Deaf Centre have been busy planning it for other deaf young people.

Young people from The Deaf Centre in Manchester were disappointed that there were no music nights in the city for them and so they decided to organise one. They hope that this will be the first of many Deaf Raves, and that the night will develop into a monthly event.

A Deaf Rave is unique in that the clubbers don't need their ears to hear the music; instead they feel it in their bodies, due to the louder music and the pumped-up bass line. The use of a wide array of visual effect adds to the experience.

Sean Kavanagh, who is helping organize the event said, "Young deaf people are the same as most young people, we want to go out, have a dance, laugh, and meet new people, but at the moment there is nothing really out there for us, so we have decided to put on this night."

For media enquiries and for more information about the event please contact Joe on 07729956896.