Youth charity Greater Manchester Youth Network (GMYN) are thrilled to announce an extension to their Esmée Fairbairn Foundation funded Care Experienced Programme in Salford, which aims to boost the confidence and self-esteem of care leavers and looked after children in the borough. In partnership with Involved Salford, the charity gained additional funds from Salford CVS and NHS Salford CCG to support even more 13 to 25 year-olds in Salford to develop positive relationships through volunteering and social action activities.

GMYN are a youth charity that creates opportunities so that disadvantaged young people from across Greater Manchester can take steps towards a positive future. The charity’s Care Experienced Team have been delivering targeted programmes since 2012.

By partnering with Involved Salford, an innovative community co-operative seeking to minimise poverty and its effects, GMYN will also work across Greater Manchester to develop multi-agency networks and a youth panel to influence policy and further enhance local and national service provision for care experienced young people.

Early participants have already reported feeling happier, more confident and have developed new skills, after only a few sessions. A young person, who has recently participated in the programme, said,

“I’ve really enjoyed it – it’s been interactive. We’ve been cooking and I’ve enjoyed meeting new people.”

Richard Driffield, Business Development Manager at GMYN, says:

“We are delighted to receive this funding from Salford CVS and NHS Salford CCG to expand the delivery of this vital work. We are looking forward to working closely with Involved Salford and Salford Council’s Looked After Children’s Team to develop new social action activities for children and young people in Salford”

For more information on this additional funding visit Salford CVS and NHS Salford CCG.