About Young Manchester

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Manchester is a young, diverse and vibrant city.

42% of Manchester's population is aged 25 or under, our city is home to world-class cultural institutions, and Manchester is the third fastest growing economy in the UK - expected to reach a size of £71 billion by the end of 2023.

But we're leaving our children behind. 45% of children in Manchester are currently living in poverty. The impact of the pandemic, the cost of living crisis, and the way systems are currently working are restricting young people's ability to thrive and reach their potential.


Young Manchester is a youth-led partnership with over 120 members - all local non-profit organisations and groups supporting children and young people in Manchester.

We strengthen, connect and champion opportunities for children and young people (aged 0-25), ensuring these reach the most excluded children and young people in our city.

Together, we're creating a Manchester where every child and young person can shape their city and reach their full potential through vibrant, connected and inclusive opportunities.

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"Our vision is of a Manchester where every child and young person can shape their city and reach their full potential through vibrant, connected and inclusive opportunities."


The challenges facing Manchester’s children and young people can’t be solved by one person or organisation alone.

Young Manchester brings organisations, individuals and systems together, to strengthen, connect and champion their work, and to find and deliver solutions to some of the most complex challenges facing our children and young people today.

We do this in four ways:

  • 1. We Put Power in Young People's Hands

    We embed young people's voices in all levels of Young Manchester's work. From young trustees, a young Co-CEO, young staff and Young Ambassadors to youth-led funds, youth consultations and young grant panelists; young people shape every decision we make. When we work with others, we encourage them to do this too.

    Adults have been making decisions about children and young people's lives without their input for too long - and we still haven't solved the challenges young people are facing. We're here to change that.

    By demonstrating what is possible when young people have a voice, we're creating a Manchester where all children and young people can meaningfully shape the future of their city, and the services that exist for them and their communities.

  • 2. We Build a Strong and Connected Sector

    Through our membership offer we support over 120 non-profit youth and play organisations to enhance their work, develop together, build capacity and celebrate their impact.

    Every day our members are supporting and empowering tens of thousands of children and young people across Manchester, providing safe spaces with supportive adults that young people can trust.

    We're building a youth and play sector in Manchester that is strong, vibrant and sustainable, supporting all children and young people to to be happy, healthy, safe and realising their full potential.

  • 3. We Resource High Quality Youth and Play Opportunities

    We work in partnership with funders and organisations with resource who want to support youth opportunities. We support them to design their programmes and develop their ideas, drawing on insight from our members to increase the volume and quality of provision for our children and young people, ensuring it meets need where it is greatest.

    We're supporting the creation of a Manchester where all children and young people, regardless of their background or life circumstances, have access to outstanding opportunities.

  • 4. We Influence Investment, Policy and Practice to Support Our Shared Vision

    We build and maintain strong relationships with partners locally, regionally and nationally to keep them connected to the real local challenges facing young people in Manchester. In turn, we work together to influence investment, policy and practice to support work towards our shared vision.

    We're working to make Manchester a city for all children and young people, where the benefits of economic growth are experience by all.

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Meet the Team

  • Imogen Gregg-Auriac
    Imogen Gregg-Auriac

    Imogen is an experienced leader with 20 years' experience in the non-profit sector developing and delivering transformative work in the UK, China and regional Australia. She is passionate about the role of community development and education in supporting individual and community resilience.

    Most recently our Head of Partnerships Imogen is excited about leading Young Manchester through the current transition, to sharing power with young people, working alongside members and increasing the reach of partnerships.

    Before joining YM, Imogen worked with Red Cross as a senior leader, driving large-scale services for children and families and those experiencing deep social exclusion. Earlier in her career she held project and programme development roles at the Children’s Workforce Development Council and Save the Children UK. Imogen has an MSc in Violence, Conflict and Development from SOAS and spends her spare time running (slowly) mumming (quickly) and volunteering with her local Scouts.

  • Samuel Remi-Akinwale
    Samuel Remi-Akinwale

    Samuel is a young person that’s eager to help and support everyone he can. He is studying Politics at King’s College London and is very interested in policy-making.

    He currently manages a small production collective called Creation Foundation, dedicated to hosting honest conversations and authentic content.

    Samuel is also working on an anthology of stories of young people who have had challenges accessing higher education due to the UK’s immigration policies, prefaced with policy analysis and suggestions.

  • Emma Sims
    Emma Sims
    Head of Development & Partnerships

    Emma joined Young Manchester in January 2022, bringing over 8 years of experience in partnerships, impact and strategic communications from her career in the charity sector. Prior to this, Emma held roles at a number of national charities including the Together Coalition; Step Up To Serve - the charity that co-ordinated the #iwill campaign; the Community Transport Association and National Union of Students.

    Originally from York, Emma spent five blissful years in the North West, studying Politics and Policy at the University of Liverpool; as Vice President at Liverpool Guild of Students and working in Manchester before venturing to London for 3 years. She returned to Manchester in 2020 and is glad to be back up north.

    Emma is a Trustee at UCLan Students' Union, and spends her spare time pickling vegetables, going to gigs (pandemic allowing), and admiring her cat, Mildred.

  • Rachel Garbutt
    Rachel Garbutt
    Social Action Manager

    Rachel has worked in the third sector for the past 5 years, joining us most recently from a role with Save the Children UK. Here she supported the Children’s Communities project, a local systems change initiative that aimed to improve outcomes for children, young people and families through capacity building and collaboration. Prior to this Rachel was Volunteer Coordinator for Manchester International Festival 2019.

    Rachel first gained experience working with young people through volunteer roles with ReachOut and the British Red Cross, and later as programme manager of the HeadStart programme at The Challenge where she supported young people to gain access to social action opportunities.

  • Brigitta Appiah Darko
    Brigitta Appiah Darko
    Grants and Partnerships Officer

    Bri is a dedicated advocate for change and empowerment. As a recent graduate with a degree in French and Italian, her journey in making a difference began as a Displaced Person Liaison Manager for a small charity. Here, Bri wholeheartedly supported refugees and asylum seekers, driven by her belief that no one should ever feel alone in their struggles.

    Fluency in five languages has allowed Bri to connect with diverse communities and bridge cultural gaps, underlining her commitment to understanding and celebrating differences.

    Passionate about inclusion and representation, in 2020, Bri launched BreahhCreates, a creative platform that champions Black women in the card industry. It's a reflection of Bri's deep-seated commitment to amplifying voices that deserve recognition.

    In her role in grants and partnerships, Bri is excited to bring my diverse experiences to the table, working collaboratively to create opportunities and drive meaningful change.

  • Matthew Needham
    Matthew Needham
    Marketing & Communications Assistant / Administration Officer

    Matt is a Visual Artist, Creative & Activist based in Manchester, they are excited to be working with YM to amplify the voices of young people in the city and provide them with outstanding opportunities. Matt graduated from the University of Salford in 2020 with a BA in ‘Media & Performance’ and has since worked with various GM based Arts Organisations in both artistic and strategic capacities.

    Matt joined the team at Young Manchester in 2021 as Marketing and Communications Assistant / Administration Officer, they enjoy being part of a nurturing and encouraging workplace and the far-reaching impact of YM’s work. Matt was a member of the 2021 cohort of YM Ambassadors and believes a holistic attitude to the lives of young people is necessary across sectors to ensure every child has access to the services that they need.

    Matt is currently working with the British Art Show 9 and The Whitworth as an Art Agent working with a group of Queer & Neurodivergent individuals to discuss the concept of 'Safe Space' as a tactic for Care & Togetherness.

    Matt was the Assistant Director on the 'DIS:Play' project with Contact Theatre X GMCDP. Working with a number of Disabled and/or Neurodivergent young people to create performance(s) around Disabled People’s History and their lived experience. Matt is also a member of Contact’s Young Company (CYC) and is a Neurodiversity Champion for the Charity Starling CIO. They are currently part of the BBC Mentoring Scheme and recently finished the 'Intro to Directing' course with Sheffield Theatre & Ramps on the Moon (ROTM)

  • Liv Clarke
    Liv Clarke
    Project Coordinator

    Liv is a 21-year old award winning activist from Fallowfield, Manchester. She’s a proud, working-class woman and has been a youth activist since the age of 12. From creating the OUR Pass, a free bus pass for 16-18 year olds in Greater Manchester, to leading national campaigns – Liv is passionate about amplifying the voices of young people and leading change.

    Liv is currently studying Education BA at Manchester Metropolitan University, with the hope she’ll be moving one step closer to changing the education system, so that it works for young people rather than against them.

  • Hasaan Amin
    Hasaan Amin
    Project Coordinator

    Hasaan is a born-and-bred Mancunian raised in South Manchester. Prior to joining Young Manchester he has held various positions in small-charities and large membership organisations. Most recently, Hasaan has worked extensively with KCLSU to improve governance and compliance as a governance coordinator.

    Hasaan serves in a voluntary capacity as the youth engagement lead for Mothers' Against Violence in South Manchester. In his role at Young Manchester, Hasaan will be working to monitor and implement our flagship Young Ambassador Programme.

    Hasaan's professional experience is extensive with links to multiple partnership organisations across the country. Alongside his studies at King's College London, Hasaan has served as an officer for the students' union in the position of Family Officer (Parent & Carers'). He is excited to bring his wealth of experience with him to enrich, engage and ensure young people in Manchester have access to decision-makers and a seat at the table.

  • Megan Powell
    Megan Powell
    Business Operations Officer