Find youth support and opportunities in Greater Manchester

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Looking to put your mental health and wellbeing first, because you know how important it is? See youth-friendly resources and opportunities below. They're from organisations who have made a commitment to support the young people of Greater Manchester.

Staying Well

GM Health & Social Care Partnership and the Prince’s Trust have extended the availability of the Kooth service across Greater Manchester. If you're aged 11-25, this service is now free. It can be especially helpful if you're unemployed...

What is Kooth? You can think of it as your online mental wellbeing community. You're in safe hands when you use their discussion boards to talk about what's on your mind. You'll get a daily online journal you can write in too, and tips in their digital magazine.

PLUS: You can even chat online directly with the Kooth team. Kooth Counsellors are available on the site from 12 noon to 10pm Monday to Friday and 6pm to 10pm at weekends.

Kooth and the Prince's Trust

If you’re currently on a Prince’s Trust programme and are experiencing challenges with your mental health and wellbeing, talk to your Prince’s Trust Youth Support Worker. They’ll explain the support available through Kooth, the free online counselling and emotional wellbeing support service. Your Prince's Trust Youth Support Worker will give you that extra bit of reassurance and guidance to help you make the most of Kooth. They've got your back.

Prince's Trust & Kooth

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Organisations from GM’s Creative and Cultural Sector are publishing a second Creative Care Kit to help you boost your mental wellbeing and get involved in social action if you are aged 13+.

Creativity is so important when it comes to wellbeing. It can help you see the positive, boost your spirits, and think about growth and exploration - even when things seem tough.

The Creative Care Kit is packed with activities, hints and tips to help you boost your sense of mental wellbeing. It'll give you something to do - even if you can't see people as much as you'd like to.

The latest 2nd editon also has an extra focus helping you to:

  • Find and act on your passions and interests
  • Get your voice heard
  • Make positive changes in your community

If you're facing challenges in getting hold of online resources and you need extra support and inspiration at the moment, the Creative Care Kit could be just what you're looking for.

Creative Care Kit

Want to make change happen?...whilst having fun, being creative and learning new skills? The Lowry are looking for young people aged 13-17 living in Greater Manchester to be part of a new creative youth leadership programme.

You will work with artists, activists and other professionals to address the issues that matter to you. You will work together, develop leadership skills and find ways to be heard, take action and make change.

Sessions are free and will be online or in person on Mondays 6pm – 8pm every fortnight from 11th January 2021.

Interested? Send us a short introduction about you, in writing or by video or audio, by 21st December 2020 to getcreative@thelowry.com.

What to include?

  • A bit about you and your interests
  • What you want to get from this project
  • Something you might want to change (big, small or even worldwide)

Got a Question? Not sure if it’s for you? Get in touch for a chat with Jenny on Jennifer.riding@thelowry.com or 07852 552319

We welcome ALL young people and we want this group to represent people from different backgrounds – including young people who experience racism, identify as working class, have disabilities, are from the LGBTQ+ community, are care experienced or are discriminated in other ways.

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Get involved with creative and volunteering projects across Greater Manchester. Download 4 free interactive maps to find out what's happening near you!

Being creative and volunteering is great but sometimes it's hard to know what's out there in your area. These 4 interactive maps are here to help.

Have you already downloaded the Creative Care Kit? That's great! Now check out what these interactive maps can do. They're made by the same people, just for you.

Download your maps here!

Each button below is a link for you to download an interactive map of local creative projects and volunteering. It will show you what's happening where, and who's organising it. When you download the PDF map you can click on the map to find out more!

You can download all the maps if you want to!

Map 1: Being in the world

Map 2: Being myself

Map 3: Being the change

Map 4: Being creative

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Featured activities


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NCS (National Citizen Service)

NCS is a youth programme designed for 16-17 year olds, giving you the chance to mix with a new crowd, take on new challenges, gain life skills and make a difference.

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.

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Apprenticeships across Greater Manchester

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Education & training

Find out more about different education and training pathways and see what could suit you.

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Activities

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Get an idea what jobs in Greater Manchester could be a good fit for you. See which industries and job types are on the up. Find out what local employers look for in recruits. And discover more about work-related schemes.

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Build your knowledge and skills through work experience.

Work shadowing

Get a first-hand view about what a job is really like.

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