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."


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.

'Not Just A' have a great start improving Debdale Park

not-just-a-debdale-park-01'Not Just A' is currently engaged in a social action project at Debdale Park. The young people involved in this project come from all different areas across Greater Manchester, but they all currently share one aim. To create a fantastic space for the people of Gorton to enjoy.

The young people have so far cleared wasteland and covered it with weed control and wood chip. The next steps involve upcycling some old tyres, planting plants and fruit bushes and trees. They are really excited about what the space will become and plan to open it up to the local community on the 6th October for the Spirit of Manchester event.



Not Just A go to Lancaster to visit The Fig Tree

not-just-a-fig-tree-01As part of the 'Not Just A' programme groups go on two learning visits. At the end of July the GMYN’s ‘Not Just A’ team ventured to Lancaster to visit The Fig Tree; an international Fair Trade visitors centre. The Manchester and Rochdale group of the ‘Not Just A’ project learned all about Fairtrade. They learned about the suppliers of Fairtrade products in places such as Ghana, they were also taught all about how Fairtrade towns were set up, including the very first Fairtrade town in Garstang.

After a presentation delivered by Bruce, who managed the Fairtrade centre, the young people were taught about chocolate and how it’s made. They were then split into groups and given cocoa beans to de-husk. The nib of the cocoa beans were then grinded into a liquid. The groups worked out what percentage of other ingredients were needed to add to the ground cocoa beans. These were then all mixed together and the chocolate was left to set. The group managed to produce their very own chocolate of different flavours ready to take home!

All the young people communicated well and worked brilliantly in teams. They learned all about Fairtrade and even got some well-earned chocolate out of it!


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!