Following their fully booked programme of training last autumn, Greater Manchester Youth Network (GMYN) are thrilled to once again offer their Introduction to Youth Work (ItYW) training to develop the skills and understanding of voluntary, paid or aspiring youth workers in Manchester.

Free for volunteers* or £45 per session for paid workers (discounts available for multiple bookings), each of the six ItYW training sessions introduces you to a different aspect of youth work, including theory and practical application in a variety of settings.

Paulette, who took part in ItYW in 2017, says:

“Over the course of six weeks, the course encouraged broader thinking, honed my group working skills and made me a lot more mindful of the practical, social, legal and psychological aspects of working with young and vulnerable people.

“I found the team upbeat, personable, funny and it was a pleasure to learn from them and benefit from their experiences in the field.”

All sessions are held 5:30-8:30pm at Manchester Settlement and you are welcome to attend as many as you choose:

  • Introduction to Youth Work Values (Wednesday 9th May): Explore the different definitions of youth work and learn how you can embed the underpinning youth work values into your own practice. (This session underpins many of the others, therefore if you are interested in attending other sessions, whilst not compulsory, it is recommend that you start here.)
  • Conversations (Wednesday 16th May): Look at how you can build responsive relationships with young people, including identifying and managing boundaries.
  • Group Work Skills (Wednesday 23rd May): Develop an understanding of how to work with groups of young people by examining practical tools and examples.
  • Understanding & Meeting Needs (Wednesday 30th May): Explore youth workers’ roles as critical and responsive practitioners by understanding young people’s needs and knowing how to signpost to further support.
  • Planning, Recording & Monitoring (Wednesday 6th June): Gain insight into the importance and relevance of planning, recording and monitoring youth work, gaining tools and methods of applying it effectively.
  • Measuring Impact (Wednesday 13th June): Explore what is meant by evaluation, reflective practice and impact, using the example of the Most Significant Change model.

GMYN is a youth charity that creates opportunities so that disadvantaged young people can take steps towards a positive future, through direct programme delivery and by providing infrastructure support to other youth organisations. ItYW is part of GMYN’s ‘Volunteer Infrastructure Project (VIP)’, which supports organisations in Manchester to involve volunteers in their work with young people.

For more information on GMYN, VIP or ItYW, visit or contact, 0161 274 3377.


*A £10 refundable deposit is required for free places, which can be carried over between events. Contact GMYN to discuss.