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Become a Member

Any not-for-profit organisation or group that shares our vision of having outstanding opportunities for all children and young people is invited to become a member of Young Manchester.

Through our membership offer, we’re aiming to strengthen, connect and champion the incredible organisations and leaders of all ages, from youth-led groups to national institutions, supporting and delivering for children and young people in Manchester.

      Our ambition is to:
      • Strengthen: Our organisations and leaders of all ages feel confident, empowered and able to deliver outstanding opportunities for children and young people.
      • Connect: Our organisations and leaders of all ages feel they belong to a diverse network of supportive peers helping to develop and grow the quality, ambition and reach of opportunities for children and young people.
      • Champion: Our organisations and leaders of all ages feel that we champion their needs and celebrate their strengths, ensuring that decision-makers recognise the vital importance of our collective work.
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      Our Membership Offer

      Together, Young Manchester’s full and associate members make up a vibrant and diverse network of organisations and groups all working to achieve our collective vision for children and young people in Manchester. Alongside our young trustees, staff and ambassadors, our work is shaped and driven by our member organisations and the young people they serve.

      As a member, you and your team will be able to access any of the below:

      ICONS 01

      Enhancing Your Work

      • Training opportunities based on your needs

      • Digital resources on learning and guidance

      • 1-2-1 bespoke guidance and support

      • Organisational development support (joint with Macc)

      ICONS 02

      Funding Your Ideas

      • Funding application development and support

      • Opportunities to engage with local and national funders

      • Development of partnership projects and bids

      • Access to funding administered by Young Manchester

      • Opportunities to engage with businesses

      ICONS 03

      Developing Together

      • Access to strategic and geographical partnership meetings

      • Opportunities to meet and learn with other members at our member events

      • Opportunities to develop ideas and projects together

      • Support for organisations running partnerships

      ICONS 04

      Spaces for Leaders

      • Spaces for leaders to come together and discuss strengths, challenges and the direction of youth and play work

      • Opportunities to engage with business leaders

      • Access to training and development for emerging and existing leaders (e.g. LEAD+)

      • Support and networking opportunities for trustees

      ICONS 05

      Creating Change

      • Amplifying your needs and strengths to decision makers across the city, region and nationally

      • Creating space for young people to advocate and influence, by putting power in their hands and getting them a seat at the table

      ICONS 06

      Celebrating You

      • Celebrating young people making change

      • Celebrating the sector that supports them






      "The network meetings have made partnership and collaboration much easier. It has led to additional work for us as a trust. It has also help us improve our practice. Young Manchester has really changed the spirit of youth work to one of collaboration and quality rather than competition."