Our approach

GMYN believes all young people deserve access to positive experiences.

Our innovative services offer exciting opportunities and support that young people cannot access elsewhere.

Our young person-centred approach provides a flexible support offer so young people can opt to participate when needed. Young people receive tailored support to meet their short and long-term needs.

We embed ourselves in local communities and work alongside the local authority, social workers, carers, partner organisations and schools to ensure cohesive, joined-up support. 

“GMYN has turned my life around. If it weren’t for them, I don’t know where I’d be right now –they are like my family”

Young person – Manchester care leavers programme

We bridge a gap between young people and where they could be. This is through helping them build key life skills, increasing their confidence, improving their mental health and wellbeing and building a support network.  Once these essential foundations are in place, young people have greater stability and can start to look to the future. 

How do we do it?

We ask each young person what it is they want to do!

They choose their activities and what they want to get involved in. This means we can be flexible, youth-led and responsive.

GMYN delivers various programmes and services which provide many different supportive offers. Our weekly development and drop-in activities include: 

  • Independent life skills workshops (cooking, budgeting, team building, social skills)
  • Wellbeing / mental health activities (walking, gardening, volunteering, arts & crafts, sport, social activities)
  • Work readiness sessions (CV writing, interviewing, work experience) 
  • Social action and volunteering, connecting young people with platforms to have a say and influence decisions on issues that matter to them
  • One-to-one support to meet the needs of individuals by exploring issues and barriers, providing individualised emotional support and setting goals to work towards

GMYN Theory Of Change

Here is a visual representation of GMYN’s theory of change, which explains how we believe our work will create positive change for young people.

Stay up to date

We are calling on more businesses in Greater Manchester to follow John Lewis’ example

John Lewis has recently pledged to support 300 care experienced workers by 2025, and we hope this encourages more businesses to follow in their footsteps.

The importance of the youth vote

Alex Fairweather, our CEO of GMYN, speaks out about the difficulties for young people to voice their opinions and be heard in the run up to the general election

GMYN x Westwood Cup is less than a month away!

On Thursday 4th July, sixteen teams, made up of local businesses and GMYN's young people, will battle it out for the chance of becoming GMYN x Westwood Cup Champions.

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