Manchester-based Great Places Housing Group has helped to secure nearly £30k of funding to deliver youth activities in Levenshulme.
Working in conjunction with the Inspire project and Levenshulme Community Association, the not for profit housing association and recent winner of the Social Landlord of the Year award for a third-year running, initially secured cash from Manchester City Council to run a pilot for three months gathering evidence of the need for more opportunities to work with young people in the area.
"Young people are the life and soul of Levenshulme and by entrusting community organisations to put on activities for and with young people themselves this represents a very special moment in the life of our community"
Ed Cox, Inspire Centre
A drop-in session organised by Great Places and partners has been an attracting an average of 35 young people a week with over 50 registered to take part. The partnership is also supporting existing youth groups such as the Air Cadets and the Scouts and is meeting bi-monthly to share best practice and deliver joint activities for young people in Levenshulme.
Local schools, the police and other community organisations have all been lending their support and the partnership is planning more drop-in sessions, a dedicated girl’s group, sports activities, drama and arts projects.
Volunteering opportunities are available and Great Places is looking to employ two part-time sessional youth workers to deliver the activities.
Sarah Riley, community development co-ordinator at Great Places, said: “We’re delighted to have secured this vital funding which will support our plans to give the young people of Levenshulme the opportunities they deserve.
"This has been a great example of collaborative working and I thank everyone on behalf of Great Places who has worked so hard to get this off the ground. However, this is only just the beginning. Watch this space for many more events and activities to support young people in Levenshulme.”
Ed Cox, from the Inspire Centre, said: "Young people are the life and soul of Levenshulme and by entrusting community organisations to put on activities for and with young people themselves this represents a very special moment in the life of our community. The Inspire Centre has always recognised the importance of youth provision in Levenshulme and is keen to play its part in this special partnership."