V.I.P. ‘Intro to youth work’ training is back this November

VIP training_photo_2GMYN’s Volunteer Infrastructure Project (VIP) supports organisations in Manchester to involve volunteers in their work with young people. Following the VIP training programme’s previous success GMYN are once again offering the Intro to Youth Work training aimed at volunteer youth workers in Manchester.

Who is it for?

Primarily for those 18+ who are volunteering with young people in Manchester (or want to be) and wish to develop their understanding and practice of youth work. Some places for paid staff are available. The programme is made up of six separate training events.

How much does it cost?

Volunteer places are free although a £10 returnable deposit is required. Paid staff can book places at £45 per event. Discounts for multiple bookings are available. Volunteer places and some aspects of these events are funded through VIP. Paid places cover the additional training costs such as partner’s trainer fees.

How do I book?

Bookings are made through the Eventbrite website which explains full details about payments and cancellations. All attendees will be asked to fill in a simple pre and post learning assessment form which will be emailed in advance of any events booked on. Whilst not essential we recommend booking onto the ‘Intro to Youth Work Values’ training as this session underpins the other training sessions. For volunteers wishing to attend multiple events it is possible to carry over your deposit to cover other training sessions. Please confirm this request via email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. once you have booked onto your first session through Eventbrite. For staff members preferring to pay by invoice or organisation wishing to book multiple volunteer or staff places on one or more of the training sessions please complete and return the 'Multiple Bookings Matrix' (available at the bottom of this page) to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

What will the training be like?

The events will be spaces for learning but will not be too formal. We expect groups of about 10 people. Each event will provide understanding around the topic & relate this to practical application in youth work settings.

Is there anything else I should know?

We ask that when choosing to book onto events, interested participants remember that each session is an ‘Intro’ to aspects of youth work. We recognise that participants will have a range of experience and knowledge and therefore suggest they book on training that will advance their youth work practice. If you are already experienced in a topic covered, challenge yourself, book onto a different event!

“I really enjoyed attending the 'Intro to youth work' training. For me, attending the training was the first step that I took to start building up the knowledge and experience that I needed to get into a career in youth/ support work. The training not only provided me with some good basic knowledge but also provided an opportunity to network with people from different organisations and find out about what they do. I would recommend the training to anyone looking to move into youth/ support work or who is already working in this area looking to build on their knowledge and/ or network with people from other organisations.” [Katy, 2014 training attendee]

V.I.P. 'Intro to youth work' training events

Dates and topics

Thursday 9th November: Intro to Youth Work Values

Exploring the definitions of youth work and how to embed the underpinning values when working with young people.

Thursday 16th November:Conversations’

Looking at how youth workers build responsive relationships with young people and how boundaries can be identified and managed.

Thursday 23rd November: Group Work Skills

How to understand and work with groups of young people through sharing of practical examples and tools for practice.

Thursday 30th November: Understanding and Meeting Needs

Exploring youth workers roles as critical and responsive practitioners by understanding young people’s needs and knowing how to signpost to further support.

Thursday 7th December: Planning, Recording and Monitoring

This session will offer insight into the importance and relevance of planning, recording and monitoring youth work and ways to do this.

Thursday 14th December: Measuring Impact

This session will explore what is meant by evaluation, reflective practice and impact, using the example of the Most Significant Change model.
For further information contact Myrtle at GMYN on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 0161 274 3377

To book your place visit Eventbrite.



Money Champions needed for the Money for Life Programme

money for lifeProgramme: Money for Life
Role requirements: aged 18-25

Money Champions are an essential part of the Money for Life Programme. You will be working alongside Youth Workers to deliver the Money Masterclasses as peer educators and championing the programme within your community. This voluntary role is a great  opportunity for those looking to gain some leadership experience and develop their transferable skills.

What will a Money Champion do?

  • Be actively committed and engaged with the Money for Life programme
  • Attend a full day Train the Trainer session to learn more about the programme and how to deliver the Money Masterclass
  • Receive additional Money Champion (peer education) training from UK Youth or GMYN
  • Work alongside your Hub, youth workers and other Money Champions to deliver/support delivery of 1-2 Money Masterclasses to 16-25 year olds (this can be split across 4 x 1.5 hour modules)
  • Support your Hub’s marketing and promotion, championing the project to other young people online (social media) and offline (events)
  • Engage with the Money for Life online network- sharing information, participating in social media campaigns and signposting others to online hub, moderating the forum and facilitating expert chats
  • Encourage other young people to download and use the ‘Smart Saving’ app- helping them to reach their saving goals!
  • Signpost other young people to online hub for gaining expert advice and seek support when needed
  • Help a group of peers to set up and deliver their own Community Challenge
  • Complete evaluation and feedback requests- giving honest feedback about the programme and own experience

The role of the Money Champion is also to be enthusiastic, passionate and determined to support their peers and Money for Life Hub. For more information please contact Nick on 0161 274 3377.


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:

www.twitter.com/gmyn or @gmyn #YWW16


Book Your Place on GMYN’s Carousel

carousel-flyer-2016-apr-01Following a successful course in March, Carousel will be delivering another of its 3-day ‘Volunteering into Employment’ courses at the start of May. This fun, informal course encourages participants to consider volunteering as a way of developing the skills and experience needed to find a job they really want.

Packed with activities, training, a trip out and guest speakers, the course rewards all participants with two accredited certificates that look great on a C.V. and also offers on-going support and introductions to other courses, training and employment opportunities. All food, refreshments and travel expenses are provided.

If you are aged 18-25, unemployed and live in the Oldham area then contact Jonny Daniels via our web form, or telephone 0161 633 6222 to book your place or for more information.


GMYN House Party! Wed 7th October - Drop in between 12-3pm

GMYN-house-party-01As part of the Spirit of Manchester Festival, you are invited to attend GMYN’s head office in Ardwick to find out more about our projects, the young people we work with and how you can get involved.

Join the party and take part in:

  • Music and Dj-ing
  • Football skills
  • Interactive games
  • Ethical products on sale
  • Activities about volunteering
  • Free buffet lunch

Register your interest at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or speak to Emma on 0161 274 3377

27 Ardwick Green North
M12 6FZ

Please note our building is not wheelchair accessible.


Carousel ‘Intro to Volunteering’ Course 4th/5th/6th August

Carousel-Flyer-AugustGMYN’s Carousel Team in Oldham has now delivered four of their innovative three-day ‘Intro to Volunteering’ courses for unemployed young people in Oldham.

Delivered each month, this short course is perfect for young people who want to explore volunteering as a potential route to their perfect job. Whether it’s working with animals, child care, retail or sports this course helps young people see volunteering as a way to gain the necessary skills and experience to get back into a job they really want.

All participants receive an ASDAN Volunteering Award as well as free First Aid training which are both perfect for starting to build up an attractive C.V. The course is also a great way to find out about volunteering and employment opportunities out there in Oldham as the course hosts many visitors who come and talk to participants about their exciting opportunities.

Lunch, refreshments and travel expenses are provided and the course is delivered from The Salt Cellar in central Oldham.

To book a place on our August course or for more information contact Jonny Daniels on 0161 633 6222.


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


Volunteering at the ARC!

The Bury Boom group spent a great day volunteering at Agricultural Rural Centre (ARC) in Stockport. Five young people from Bury spent a day of their half term holidays at the farm, meeting the animals and helping out.

Firstly they met all the animals including the ponies, llamas, rabbits, ducks, cockerels and a baby goat called Elvis. They helped to feed the baby animals before giving hay and feed to the others. After lunch the group spent over an hour painting the stables white and black so the ponies have a nice new home. The group were also visited that day by Cat and Katie from Children in Need (who fund the project).

One young person said “It’s been fun and I’ve decided I would like to do animal care at college.” ARC staff thanked the young people for helping out and the young people enjoyed it so much we have decided to go again in summer.


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The Sun Shines in Oldham for Carousel Team

The-Sun-Shines-in-Oldham-for-Carousel-Team-01The Carousel Team successfully delivered its second 'Intro to Volunteering' course last week with eight unemployed young people from Oldham taking part in a range of engaging community and team building activities. The group were challenged to work both in groups and individually through a range of creative challenges and workshops to provide them with a greater awareness of volunteering.

All the participants benefited from learning how volunteering can help them towards employment, further education or training through boosting their confidence and developing new skills. All the young people rated the course very highly commenting that the course succeeded in influencing their perceptions of volunteering as a vehicle towards their chosen career path. One of the highlights of the course was taking in the sunshine whilst volunteering at local beauty spot, Dove Stones Nature Reserve.

The next FREE Carousel course for young people in Oldham is 19/20/21 May. Please contact Jonny Daniels for more details using our contact form or telephone 0161 633 6222 / 07922814804