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: 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:

“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


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.



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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