Message from Greater Manchester and Manchester BME Networks We condemn racist attacks which have been reported in different parts of Greater Manchester and across the Country. We are saddened and concerned to hear about the closure of the African Caribbean Care Group’s luncheon club last week due to racist threats. The African Caribbean Care Group […]
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Manchester Youth Council are making available a small grant for the Don’t Hate Educate Campaign, for which there is also a Don’t-Hate-Educate-Session-toolkit. There is 10 funding pots of £150 available for groups/organisations/school/ college councils to run their own Don’t Hate Educate Campaign. The funding is for work with young people between 11 – 25 to […]
The Outdoor Play and Learning (OPAL) programme has upcoming freelance opportunities for experienced playwork practitioners to work with children and young people coordinating play activities in schools. OPAL is being delivered in a number of primary schools around Greater Manchester to help create happier playtimes, better play spaces and to enable school staff to support wonderful play for […]
CTZN is a smartphone based app that aims to connect young people with community based activities, and to incentivise and reward them for taking part. It has been developed by a Manchester based design and tech company, Gencia, in partnership with Greater Manchester Police, and has been informed by young people from Enthusiasm Trust. […]
Reclaim have been funded by the Police and Crime commissioner to deliver a project to raise awareness about Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE). Please see leaflet and a link to webpage. They are running sessions for young women aged 16-25 affected by Child Sexual Exploitation on Tuesdays 1-3pm and Thursday afternoons 4-6pm at their base in the […]
Brook Manchester is looking for young people aged 15-19 to get involved in improving sexual health services across the city, by joining their participation group. This is a great opportunity to learn new skills, to get involved in campaigning and even to lead projects. If you know any young people who may be interested contact […]
https://www.fresh4manchester.nhs.uk/ is the new website for under 25’s around sexual health, relationships, contraception and much more. Our experienced Education Outreach workers provide information, education and training around contraception and sexual health for young people and professionals working with young people. The team has a specific remit around hard to reach and vulnerable young people (under […]
Young Identity, in partnership with Commonword, works with young people between 13 and 25 to obtain an arts award at Bronze, Silver and Gold levels. They offer creative writing, spoken word and performance skills training and have a brilliant masterclass by some of the best spoken word Artists currently on the UK scene. In particular, […]
Interested in improving your confidence? Enhancing your employability skills or those of the young people you work with? Gaining some work experience? SPOT Finance is a dedicated group of student volunteers from The University of Manchester committed to improving the living standards of young people across Manchester. We conduct a variety of business, financial and skills […]
Please note the dates of VYM’s quarterly meetings for 2016 which can always be found in the orange box on the left of this page. If these dates clash with any major events or activities, please let us know as soon as possible as it is difficult to rectify nearer the date. We will confirm locations as […]
VYM Network Meetings
Monday 18th November, 2-4pm
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VYM Equality and Diversity Audit
We are starting a piece of work to look at what next for Manchester in terms of support around equality and Diversity and young people.
Context for work
With government cuts to youth work, the ending of our youth work qualification at Manchester University and Manchester Metropolitan University and the closure of youth services, the impact is being seen. We have a changing workforce and these are changing and challenging times. There are been a lack of training in recent years for youth work and specifically around equality and diversity, and the infrastructure to support organisations has been weak and is currently changing. Voluntary Youth Manchester have been funded by Young Manchester to do some focused work around equality and diversity. Following feedback from the sector, a series of workshops are being delivered and we are now doing a piece of work to look at ‘what next’. Steph Champion will be leading on this work for Voluntary Youth Manchester.
We want to explore what work is being done in Manchester around equality and diversity and what is needed to enhance this. What are the next steps needed to bolster the youth work sector in Manchester?
To do this we are asking organisations to engage in an audit.
- What work is being done in Manchester which focuses on increasing equity for young people?
- Within a transitory environment of changing workers and changing times, how do we keep our work active and reflective?
- What future work is needed within Manchester?
We are asking organisations to join us in a conversation to frame this work, to share what they are doing, and to support in creating recommendations from the audit.
8th November 10am – 12.30. MMU Brooks building.
- We invite you to join us in commence this work and be part of shaping it.
- Share any projects which promote equalities work and your experiences as a youth work professional in Manchester through a structured conversation.
17th January 2020. Venue tbc
- Support in creating recommendations for future work
- What next for supporting Manchester’s diverse young people?
If you would like to be part of the discussion, please get in touch (firstname.lastname@example.org) to share thinking further as we plan the work and we hope you will be able to join us on 8th November,