Looking for something new to try in your spare time? A fun activity to boost your skills?

Find something that excites you and give it a go!

What are activities?

Activities are like a hobby but are usually for a limited amount of time. They are normally organised by a company or charity. They are something you do in the evening, weekend or holidays, outside school or college. Activities can be done with other people or on your own.

There are exciting activities near you and across Greater Manchester ranging from sports, volunteering and social action, to MCing, outdoor adventures and environmental action.

Ready to take part?

Taking part in an activity requires commitment. Before you agree to join in, think about what’s required and whether you have enough time.

Get in touch with the organisers. They'll be happy to answer your questions before you decide to sign up.

Don't worry if you don't think you'll enjoy it. You can always look for something else.

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Why should I take part?

Benefit 1

Stand out from the crowd. Activities give you something to talk about and look great on job, college and university applications.

Benefit 2

Explore your passions and interests by trying out something new.

Benefit 3

Gain new experiences and develop your skills. Activities can help you develop essential life skills and build your confidence and self-esteem.

Benefit 4

Expand your social network. Meet new people and make new friends.

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NCS (National Citizen Service)

Want to make this summer one you’ll never forget? Register for NCS today and get ready to meet a bunch of new mates, learn life lessons, skills and hacks, get your voice out there, and push yourself to new the best way possible!

The Outward Bound Trust / Serious Adventure (13-19 years)

The Outward Bound Trust is an educational charity that helps young people believe in themselves through learning and adventures in the wild.

The Outward Bound Trust / Serious Adventure (15-19 years)

The Outward Bound Trust challenges young people to change their perspective.

Questions & answers

Many activities are free but some activities charge. Help with costs, such as confidential bursaries, are sometimes available.

Some activities are aimed at different age groups. It’s a good idea to check age requirements before applying or signing-up.

Most activities don’t involve exams. For some activities, you’ll need to complete an application form and go through an application process.

You decide what’s right for you. It’s important to consider how you balance your time and ensure you don’t take too much on. Talk to your parents, carers or teachers to help you decide.

This is different for each activity. Some activities may take place at different times of year, such as during the summer holidays.

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