City of Social Action

The City of Social Action seeks to make Manchester the place for youth voice, youth leadership and real change led by children and young people themselves.

If young people are at the heart of their communities, shaping their futures, then those communities will be better for everyone.

Join the #cityofsocialaction campaign on social media! Share your stories celebrating youth activism, campaigning, social action and leadership and join us in championing great young people across the city, using #cityofsocialaction.

Our aim is to make Manchester the worlds first City of Social Action.

In practice this means;

  • What Manchester does is shaped by young people.
  • Opportunities are informed by young people, meaning the offer is relevant, inclusive and accessible.
  • Young people shape how money is spent in the city.
  • Everyone in Manchester understands the value of youth social action and young people.
  • Manchester continues to invest in youth social action and young people’s ideas.

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Funding Opportunities

CoSA Event Sponsorship

We want to support youth led events happening across the city. Whether it’s in your local community or city wide, in-person or online we want to support partners providing opportunities for young people to design and deliver their own events on themes that matter to them.

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What does good Youth Social Action look like?

We define youth social action as ‘action taken to create a positive change’, underpinned by six core principles.

  • Reflective: Recognising contributions as well as valuing critical reflection and learning
  • Youth led: Led, owned and shaped by young people’s needs, ideas and decision making.
  • Challenging: Stretching and ambitious as well as enjoyable and enabling.
  • Progressive: Sustained and providing links to other activities and opportunities.
  • Embedded: Accessible to all and well integrated to existing pathways to become a habit for life.
  • Socially Impactful: Have a clear intended benefit to a community, cause or social problem.

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We'd Love to hear from you!

If you’re involved in youth social action in Manchester or beyond we’d love to hear from you, whether you’re a young person, or an adult supporting young people. We’re always happy to talk about the ways we could support you to engage in social action!

Contact Rachel Garbutt our Social Action Coordinator at


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