Some facts

About Voluntary Youth Manchester

Voluntary Youth Manchester (VYM) is a specialist infrastructure organisation, which supports a network of voluntary, community and faith sector groups working with young people in Manchester.

VYM was established in 2002 following a consultation with over 40 voluntary youth organisations.  Since then it has grown into a respected organisation locally, working closely with the voluntary youth sector and statutory partners.

Throughout its history, VYM has been sustained by the support and energy of the voluntary youth sector, as evidenced by continuing strong attendance at VYM network meetings and at larger events hosted by VYM, such as the citywide youth work conference in 2011, the This is Us Youth Work Week event in 2012, and the Safe Organisations: Safe Young People event in 2015.

In the recent difficult times for young people, VYM continues to be a voice for young people and those who work with them, as well as offering practical support to youth organisations.


Organisational Size and Structure

VYM is a charitable company (Charity No: 1114010, Company No: 5477770) with a board of trustees, drawn from a diverse range of backgrounds with one thing in common – a commitment to and passion for young people in Manchester.  Board members are formally elected by VYM network members at the AGM, and the Board meets between 4-6 times a year (plus AGM), as well as Executive meetings that address more operational matters in between full Board meetings.